Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Do you have room?

During a recent conversation with my husband about adopting more children the phrase, "we have no room" came up several times.   You will not hear those words from our mouths EVER again!!!

Sometimes God gives one of his children a clear message to share with others.  God gave Megan @ Millions of Miles words to share and they have changed me profoundly.  Go read her post titled "Do you have room?"  Not only has God given this message to Megan but to several other people recently. Catch what Amy just posted last week.  

After you read her post watch this video.

and this video.

That Whoever Believes in Him from Southland Christian Church on Vimeo.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Disney Wish Trip 2011 - Part 3

SPOILER ALERT!!!!  If you don't want to know secrets behind the Disney Christmas Parade do not read this post.

We happened to be at Disney the weekend they were filming the annual Disney Christmas Parade.  Yes, you heard me right the Christmas Parade does not actually happen on Christmas Day.  It is taped during the month of November to allow for proper editing.  Taping is an ALL day affair.  It is a tedious process and they film the same section several times.  The taped version on Christmas morning is definitely more magical! Christmas morning see if you can catch a glimpse of us on the parade route.  There were so many cameras there is no way to know if we were actually taped. 


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Disney Wish Trip - Part 2

We spend six days wondering around the Disney Theme parks.  The kids had a blast and Sera's face was priceless when she met the Princesses.  She also fell in love with Mickey & Minnie Mouse.  We were able to attend two special Christmas event while we were there; the Mickey Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional which was narrated by Michael W. Smith. 


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Disney Wish Trip 2011 Part 1

We chose to take Sera's wish trip during the holiday season so that Sera would be able to experience all the lights and decorations at Disney. Well, Siemen's heard about Sera's story and decided they wanted to do something special for Sera. On one night of our trip Sera was given the honor of turning on the Christmas lights at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights presented by Siemen's at the Disney Hollywood Studios Park.   We are so grateful to Siemens, Disney, and Give Kids the World for making our trip unforgetable.

It was a very special night and Sera was treated like a princess!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Samaritan's Purse

Before we left for Sera's wish trip we made sure we packed our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  This is one of our FAVORITE holiday traditions.  We get the opportunity to bless a child overseas with Christmas presents and share the good news of Jesus Christ.  Each of our children write a letter and pack their own box.  The pictures below are of them writing letters to put in their boxes.

Don't despair, if you forgot or just did not have time, you can still pack a shoebox online. Operation Christmas Child has a page where you can Build-a-box online and choose which items you want included in your box.  You can also make a financial donation to help with expenses related to shipping of the shoeboxes.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Legoland in Florida

Last week we traveled to Florida for Sera's trip from The Lexington Dream Factory. We spent nine days in the Orlando area. I am going to start posting pictures from our trip. The below pictures are a day trip we took to Legoland. The kids had so much fun there and the adults were amazed by the lego creations.


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Lifesong for Orphans - HopeEthiopia100

Children at the Lifesong Ethiopia school  are fed 2 nutritious meals per day, provided with a quality education, and taught the message of Jesus Christ. This gives kids like Beza the hope they need in order to break free from gripping poverty.
We currently have a need to build a 12-room expansion to our existing school, in order to reach more children like Beza. We have been blessed, by the generosity of a donor, to be able to MATCH all donations to the Ziway and Adami Tulu Schools between now and December 31st... up to $130,000!!!

This week, the 5th through the 9th, we invite you to join Hope Ethiopia:100. We are looking for 100 people to give a one-time $100 donation
Joining this team will not only give hope to kids like Beza, but your dollars will be matched AND you'll be entered into a drawing for a FABULOUS gift basket (details below).

Help us achieve the next $10,000 by being a part of our Hope Ethiopia: 100 Team!
Together we can make a difference in the lives of these kids!  Together we can do more to bring joy and purpose to orphans!
And don't forget to keep checking the Lifesong blog for updates all week!
*Gift basket includes: $100 itunes or amazon gift card, Lifesong t-shirtLifesong cookbook,Journey On CD, handmade necklaces & note cards by orphans in Zambia, handmade ornament from a child in Ukraine, 5 bags of Gobena coffeeGobena coffee
Gobena t-shirt, andGobena tote bag. This basket is worth over $250!

*To commit via check, please send an email to Make check payable to Lifesong for Orphans, indicate 'preference Hope Ethiopia: 100' in the memo.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gifts with a Purpose from Lifesong

Make a Difference in ONE Life!

What is your holy discontent? What is your God-given passion on this earth? You know, that one thing that MOVES you to action, that brings you to tears, and causes you to lose sleep? We have a passion, a yearning to see justice for the fatherless!

"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." - Isaiah 1:17

2011 Gifts of Purpose from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

It's that time of year again. Holiday music rings through your speaker systems. Decorations light up your street corners. Families gather together.It's the season of love, joy and family.  
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this season of giving, we often forget to give to those who NEED it most! This year give differently. Give FAMILY to the 147 million orphans worldwide who dream of belonging. Give HOPE to children living on the streets whose only Christmas wish is survival.
What if, this year, your family gave a gift to those who need it most? A gift that won't fit under the tree? 
Would you consider making a difference in ONE LIFE...
  •  Help a child break free from gripping poverty.
  •  Give the love of Jesus through Christian mentors.
  •  Give a future to an orphan's caregiver.
This year join Lifesong for Orphans in giving a gift with purpose. A gift that will speak Jesus to a child. Introducing Lifesong's 2011 Gifts of Purpose Catalog

NOW, for even more exciting news....

In Ethiopia, children need an education to break free from gripping poverty. Public schools are lacking, so kids are left behind without the  HOPE of an education or future. Our current Lifesong school is not only giving by teaching these children about Jesus, but also feeding 350 hungry children 2 meals each day. We currently have a need to build a 12-room expansion to our existing school... please join us to make a difference in a child's life.

As of last night, we have a generous donor that has stepped up to MATCH all donations to the Ziway and Adami Tulu Schools in Ethiopia between now and December 31st... up to $130,000!!!!!! Can you tell I'm excited? What a GENEROUS way to make the most of your giving and bless the children and families in these communities! Let me tell you first hand, these schools NEED to be expanded... these children NEED an education... they NEED to be fed each day... they NEED to hear about Jesus! Lets give HOPE to these precious children in Ethiopia!

Would you join us in prayer as we seek to make the need known?

***You can use the link above to make a matched donation OR select any of the Hope Ethiopia options below. 

Gift of $30 cares for 2 children for 1 month.

Gift in Honor of
Gift of $525 cares for 35 children for 1 month.

Gift in Honor of
Gift of $1,500 furnishes one classroom.

Gift in Honor of

Also, don't forget that you can give a gift in honor of a loved one this holiday season!


Sunday, November 20, 2011