Sunday, September 28, 2008
Hugs to all, Melonie
Friday, September 26, 2008
Maxim has a new look! And the little girls at school just love it :) Now for Daddy.... hes not so happy with it. I think he just looks amazing. He has grown into a Happy, smart, funny bundle of joy. Did I mention hes VERY LOUD at 6a.m.
Received an email from Alina. She is well and waiting.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This has been the worst year of our life as a family. And through it all we have praised God and knew he would provide for us. And as you can see he has. Again:>)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My friend Gina GOT COURT lucky duck. Oh how I wish she and I would be in Estonia the same time :(:(
Its cooling off in Arkansas, The the fair is on Saturday and we will take the boys. Sasha loves to ride the roller coaster. And max will love all the animals.
Life is good and we are trying to get back to normal.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Many children will never be adopted. We can pray for them, we can adopt an orphanage as a church group. We can send hope to them by our letters of love and hope!
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
Our whole table was doubled over with laughter. The meeting had begun somberly with formal introductions, but all it took was a little fun to make my diminutive tablemates relax into our time together. Last summer on our team’s trip to Ecuador with Compassion International, we had the opportunity to share lunch and craft time with a group of elementary school aged children at a Compassion project near Quito . Each child had shyly introduced themselves with their beautiful Spanish name. When we got to one shiny-haired, sparkly-eyed boy, however, he announced his name loudly—“Stephen Segal!” The whole group erupted with laughter.
Dr. Wess Stafford, in his book Too Small to Be Ignored, says this about poverty, “More than any other emotion, the poor feel overwhelmed. Without financial resources, shelter, food, education, justice, or skills to address their plight, they succumb to the downward spiral that leads to hopelessness and despair. That, my friend, is the essence of poverty.” As president of Compassion, Dr. Stafford has seen the most extreme poverty and its effects on children all over the world. He has watched the light leave children’s eyes, seen their shoulders begin to slump, and their hearts begin to believe that all hope is completely beyond them.
As I watched these children laugh, I was struck with how little it takes to restore hope. A sponsor’s small, monthly donation of money is only part of the story. There are many other means of building hope in Compassion’s ministry. I entered a home later that day and delighted as a young girl brought out her treasured stack of letters from her sponsor. Each of those letters was a reminder that someone else in the world loves her, believes in her and has found her valuable. The kind words and smiles from the Ecuadorian Compassion staff also nourished the souls of their small students. I hope even their visitors from America stoked the fragile fires of hope in those children’s hearts.
There are children all around us that need an infusion of hope. They are longing for a kind look or an affirming word. It doesn’t take much to rekindle hope in a child, but it does require paying attention to those in need. Most of all, they need to hear about the God who created them and who cherishes them as His own special child. The children in Ecuador had heard The Message and received the hope that would forever save their inner selves from the ravages of poverty even though they still faced great physical need in their communities each day.
Before we left that day, I asked the children what they wanted to be when they grow up. “I want to be a policeman,” my precious sponsored child replied. “I want to be a teacher,” said another. One stunning little girl told me she wanted to be a fashion designer. Tears filled my eyes as I hugged these children good-bye. My heart was full, too, with the dreams and hopes of an amazing group of children.
Dear Lord, I want to be tuned in to helping restore hope in a hopeless child’s life. Will you bring me a divine appointment with a child today who needs a loving smile or a kind word? Help me to be ready to share your grace and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I want to Thank God for all who have sent flowers, emails, cards, money for his services... Thank you is all I have to offer. I hope that I will be given the opportunity to give to someone else in a time of loss. This is truly the worst thing we have ever gone through.
We are excited and grateful for the day when Alina will be with us. She is excited to become a part of our life and we are just as excited for her to be our Daughter.
I hope that all of you know that in times such as this we still need to remember we have to live, we still have to go on, we are still a family and our life is not over. As a mother who lost a child I cant ever explain the pain I feel. For my children, I love you, for Justin.... Not goodbye;.) Ill see you later!!!!
Hugs, to you and yours...Melonie