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Sunday, November 27, 2011

I had a great reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving!  I got off work early on Wednesday because of the holiday and when I came home...there it was.  A nice white package I had been waiting for for about a week, my long-awaited completed home study. 

A lot of things ride on this home study.  You can't apply for any grants without a completed home study, you can't apply for the last application needed without a completed home study and you can't submit your completed dossier paperwork to the Ethiopian embassy without a completed home study. 

I already had my last application ready to go.  It's called an I600A and it's an application that is sent to the US Immigration Department for them to look over and make sure you are eligible to adopt the specific age range and gender we have requested.  They also set a fingerprinting appointment for us which is one of the last steps before we can send our paperwork to Africa.

If everything stays on the timeline that is average for most people then we should be able to submit all of our paperwork - which is also known as a dossier - to the Ethiopian embassy by the end of January.  This simply means that we will get in line for a child that meets the requirements that we have asked for!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I won a book in a raffle and little did I know how awesome this book was!!  I highly encourage you to purchase it as a Christmas gift for anyone in your family who is interested in Africa, reading, orphans or just following God's calling.  At 18 years old this girl up and left her cozy home, loving family, friends and boyfriend to be with the people of Uganda.  She ends up adopting 13 little girls and starting up a great sponsorship organization called Amazima which helps raise money for the children of Uganda to go to school, have school supplies, food and clothing. 

I'm a bit naive to the conditions in Africa to be perfectly honest.  I think a lot of people are like me, you know what you see on tv and that's the extent.  I've been reading a lot of books on raising adopted children and what to expect when you get home from respiratory infections, scabies and other things to watch for.  In Katie's book she is always talking about repairing the children's feet from jigger bites.  So I decided to look online at what exactly a jigger was  I even went to the extent of watching a video that showed how to remove jigger egg sacs from feet.  It's like one of those gross things that you can't look away from but still make you cringe.

I found this video that really broke my heart.  These kids are crying out in pain, there is no numbing ointment or shots available.  If you have a weak stomach you probably shouldn't watch.

NewSpring Foot-washing/Jigger Removal from The 410 Bridge on Vimeo.

I usually take old shoes to Goodwill, and although I feel like they are a great organization, I plan to start sending shoes to Ethiopia because these people can benefit so greatly for what we consider worn out shoes.  The lady who helped us with our home study is headed to Ethiopia to pick up her new son in about a month or two.  I'm gathering any shoes, any sizes that you might be ready to part with that she can take with her to Ethiopia when she goes. 

Contact me if you need to know where to drop them off or if you'd like to mail them to my house you can send me an email with SHOES in the subject line and I'll let you know how you can help!

My email is

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Every time I go in the Just Love Coffee Roastery building to buy coffee I see a saying on the wall that really hits me.  "Be the change you wish to see in the world".  I believe it's by Mother Theresa, but needless to say it has stuck with me.

I ran acrossed this great documentary and wanted to share.  Addis is the capital city of Ethiopia.  Someone this weekend called us heroes for going on this journey of adoption and although I was flattered, we have done nothing but simply followed God's calling.  There are millions of mouths to feed all over the world, we are just feeding one.  We are BEING THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.  The real question is how will you change the world?

The City of Addis - A short documentary from Session 7 Media on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm Speechless

I'm recovering this morning from a sore jaw because I was literally laughing and smiling the whole evening.  Last night was the Mr. Football 2011 fundraiser that the football team, booster club and parents put on for us last night.  Thank you can't express how much love and support we felt last night, the auditorium was FULL. 

I had some of my crafts there for sale as well and sold quite a bit of stuff.  Our grand total was around $4600!!  Best legs and talent with to Austin Fisk and the player who raised the most money won the crown and that was Ethan Turner.  One of the funniest parts was that the guys came up with women's names for the show.  One guy even shaved his legs to just under his short dress.  Sitting in the front row I could see his hairy legs under his dress!! ha ha  I can't believe how many of the guys did their nails and toes.

All the yummy desserts provided by the cheerleaders

Lots of soups (chili's and homemade chicken noodle)

Getting a ticket for some good food!

Two awesome football moms :)

The craft and coffee table

Smiles after a big piece of chocolate cake!

Me and my Pops

Micah eating chips, his favorite food

Football mom volunteering to sell my crafts!

Micah and Grandma!

More volunteers!

Guys and Girls (not sure which is which) grabbing some food

Lee "Leah" Carden

Chatting before the show

Setting up

Each boy had a bucket for donation votes

Waiting on the show, LOL!

Mrs. Rudy Thomsen

Micah and his best bud Jeremiah being silly
Chris, Toya and Tommy before the show
The judges panel

The auditorium was FULL

The contestants, ha ha!

And the talent portion begins...

Back up dancers for Beyonce
"Don't stop believin"

Zumba dancing

Saying thanks!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mr. Football 2011 coming this FRIDAY!

I can't upload the actual flyer that was created, ugh, it's so funny!!  There's a bearded woman on it if that tells you anything!!  But here are the details...

Join our Warren County Football Team as they strut their stuff for a worthy cause!

Mr. Football 2011 Womanless Beauty Pageant

Our football boys will be dressing up for a Womanless Beauty Pageant to show their head coach how much they care about him and his family.  You will not want to miss it, so please join us at the

Warren County High  School
November 11, 2011 (Friday night)
Meal in Cafeteria starts at 5:30pm

Soups and Chili Supper (includes soup, drink and dessert)
Cost is $5.00 * Pageant will follow, cost is $2.00

All proceeds will go to the adoption fund of Coach Tommy Johnson and wife Monica Johnson as they are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.