Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Only four days left to win an ipad2!

There is only four days left to win a brand new ipad2!!  Help Josie reach her goal.  She needs $1100.00
See previous post for details on how to enter!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


a note from my 14-year-old, Josie. . .

AFRICA HAS HAD A  SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART EVER SINCE I WENT TO PICK UP MY LITTLE BROTHER, CRUZ, IN 2009. WHEN I WENT ON THAT TRIP, I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT GETTING CRUZ, BUT I ENDED UP FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING ABOUT AFRICA. THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT IT THAT IS CALLING ME TO GO BACK. 

I ALWAYS SAY IT IS NOT FAIR THAT PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN CONDITIONS I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE LIVING IN, WHILE I AM LIVING A LIFE WHERE I GET THREE MEALS A DAY, SLEEP IN A NICE HOUSE, HAVE LOTS OF NICE CLOTHES, AND THE ONLY THING I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IS WHAT TO WEAR, OR WHAT TO EAT... NOT WHERE MY NEXT MEAL IS COMING FROM, OR HOW I AM GOING TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY. 

I REALLY WANT TO GO BACK TO AFRICA BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP MAKE A CHANGE. I WANT TO BOND WITH THE PEOPLE OF AFRICA, AND I WANT TO BE CHANGED. 

WHEN MY OLDER BROTHER, CALEB, AND MY DAD WENT TO AFRICA LAST SUMMER I COULD TELL A BIG CHANGE IN THEM. I GOT TO HEAR ALL ABOUT  HOW AFRICA WILL FOREVER CHANGE THEIR LIVES.. AND I WAS JEALOUS. I WANT TO EXPERIENCE IT FOR MYSELF, AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT I WILL FINALLY GET TO GO BACK TO AFRICA THIS SUMMER...AND COME BACK CHANGED  :) 

NEXT MONTH, I WILL BE HEADING BACK FOR TWO WEEKS OF MISSIONS WORK IN THE TWO COUNTRIES OF UGANDA AND ETHIOPIA.  ALTHOUGH THE TRAVEL IS EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, I'M DETERMINED TO RAISE THE MONEY TO GO ON THE TRIP THAT MY MOM AND KARI GIBSON ARE LEADING.  I SO BADLY WANT TO SERVE THESE PRECIOUS PEOPLE, AND HELP MAKE SOME ORPHANS LIVES A LITTLE LESS DIFFICULT, IF ONLY FOR A COUPLE WEEKS.  

I AM RAFFLING OFF A BRAND-NEW iPad 2 AS A FUNDRAISER.  SOMEONE IS GOING TO HAVE SOME HUGE FUN WITH THIS THING!  FOR $25 PER ENTRY, YOU CAN POSSIBLY WIN, AND HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOME WONDERFUL PEOPLE'S LIVES AT THE SAME TIME.  WE'RE DOING THE RAFFLE FOR TWO MORE WEEKS, AND POST A VIDEO DRAWING OF THE RESULTS RIGHT HERE N A COUPLE WEEKS.  WOULD YOU CONSIDER HELPING ME OUT, BY CLICKING ON THE "Add to Cart" LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT (ABOVE THE PICTURE OF THE iPad)?

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS!!

JOSIE

Monday, May 14, 2012

Josie's misson-trip iPad raffle!!




Here's a great chance to win a brand-new iPad 2, while helping Josie get to Africa at the same time.  Last summer Rob and Caleb went on a life-changing missions trip to Ethiopia and Uganda.  This summer I am leading a mission trip with my BFF Kari (mycrazyadoption.org), and Josie is going with me. This will be a very special time with just Josie. (Rylie will go on my next trip! With them being twins, one-on-one time is hard to come by).  I am so excited for Josie to be able to work in orphanages, trash dumps, schools, and the home village of her youngest adopted brother, Cruz in Chuko--where our clean water project is.  She came up with this fun idea to raffle off an iPad to help raise money for her trip, with any surplus going towards donations for the projects and orphanages we'll be working with on our trip.

This iPad blast will go for two weeks and then we will draw a winner of a brand new ipad. . .IT COULD BE YOU!!!  Just click on the "Donate" link at the top right of this page.  Each $25 donation gets you one chance at winning.  Thanks for your help!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

World Wide Water Day!!


Everyone deserves CLEAN Water!
I know that I take for granted that at any moment I can access water from many places in my home. We turn on the faucet, dishwasher, washing machine and expect water to be there. Over a million people in the world to not have water. They walk for miles to collect DIRTY water to meet all of their needs. Eighty percent of all illness are from water borne diseases. This is horrible that in this century, people are still having to live like this!!
The problem seems so big, but we can all make a difference. How??? Start with the village of Chuko in Ethiopia. A Glimmer of Hope is helping me bring clean water to the entire village of Chuko. Approximately 10,000 people will have their lives forever changed!!
Not only will they get hours back to their day, but they will have CLEAN water!!
We need your help to make a difference, it doesn't have to be a huge amount, anything is a big help.
We are getting close to having this entire project funded!

These are pictures of the people of Chuko walking for an hour each way to collect DIRTY WATER!
Help make this end for them!!

Go to www.aglimmerofhope.org/digdeep
to donate!!
Thanks for being a part of World Wide Water Day!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Super hero batman elf!



Buddy our elf has been hard at work this Christmas season- After reading the little boys Christmas list and being around our house - he has figured out one of their most favorite things in the world!! It doesn't get much better than this!!
Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Caden Day

Five Years ago today we got "the call" that we have a son. What an amazing day that was. It was early in the morning and all 5 of us were on our bed fighting to see the laptop screen and then getting lost in the HUGE eyes that were starring back at us! This is the day we choose to celebrate- because from the first moment I looked at him- he was my child.
I love you sweet boy!!




Caden thought it was great to wake up to Buddy his elf holding a Happy Caden day sign and leaving a Caden Day gift!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Autographed Baseball for Clean Water for Ethiopia

Ok- I am not good at fundraising or asking for money but when it comes to raising money for clean water I will climb out of my comfort zone and do it! My sweet brother signed a baseball and asked Billy Beane from the movie "Money Ball" to sign it for me so I can raise money for Dig Deep. Half of the water wells are under construction right now and when I finish raising the remaining funds, the entire village (approx 10, 000 people) of Chuko will receive the gift of clean water!!
As we celebrate this Christmas season and reflect on 2011 we can be thankful for all that we have, but think of those that walk many miles a day for nasty, contaminated water to bring home to their families. Help them with the gift of LIFE!! Everyone deserves clean water.

This signed baseball is on ebay until 12/18/11, so go check it out and give it as a gift to the baseball fan in your family. Click HERE for the auction.


If you simply want to donate to the water well for Christmas gifts, then you can go to
www.aglimmerofhope.org/digdeep

I can send you a nice Dig Deep card letting that person know that a gift was given in their honor.



"C" showing his uncle, his new car!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Baptism at K Kauai



Baptism is very special all in itself, but when you get to do it at K Kauai family kamp with one of your favorite people in the the world, it is even sweeter.
Diana was R & J's small group leader (who they adore) until she moved. Diana still remains a very important spiritual leader for the girls and they wanted Diana to be the one to Baptize them. No one could have been more perfect to do the job! It was a beautiful ceremony with great friends around to show there support.
Sorry mom- it was spur of the moment!!
I am so thankful for great mentors in my kids lives.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

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Five years ago today, a very special lady gave birth to the most amazing son! As we were busy preparing for a fun Batman birthday party, I couldn't help but stop and reflect on this very special gift that our family was given.

As he came barreling into our room EARLY this morning, he was so excited that today was finally here. After tearing off a Batman paper chain each morning for so many days, it has finally arrived! Watching him and his excitement was so fun and the anticipation of all of his friends coming to help him celebrate finally reached its culmination today.

Having been to Shebedino where he took his first breath, grieving for what his birth family who doesn't get to experience this with him, and being soooo grateful that I get to be his mom staying up late all week, making capes and masks and preparing for a fun birthday....my emotions are just so jumbled. I love being his mom, I love seeing the beautiful boy that he is turning into. I'm so grateful. . .I'm so honored, but I'm also so grieving for this special woman who gave birth to him, five years ago today. I pray she is looking down from Heaven right now, with her heart so full, seeing the boy he's becomin
g!

Happy Birthday to our sweet, sweet boy!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My best friend Kari (my crazy adoption) and I have dreamed of leading a trip together to Ethiopia! We have been friends for over 13 years and both have adopted children from Addis Ababa! We can’t wait to visit orphans all over this beautiful country with a Visiting Orphans team ready to man up 4 the fatherless!

You can apply now for this amazing trip!

Apply Now!

“Simply Love Ethiopia” 12 Day Trip
Dates: June 7-18, 2012
Leaders: Kari Gibson & Julie Neal
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Team Size: 30 persons max
Cost: $3200 – $3400 (trip total varies depending on flight and travel insurance costs)

Details:

Join My Crazy Adoption blogger, Kari Gibson and her best friend, Julie Neal on a 12 day missions adventure to Africa. Together, they are leading a team to minister in Ethiopia and will make sure your time is both powerful for the orphans and immeasurably life-changing for you!

The team will be working for several days in Addis Ababa with Project 61 for extreme needy children living in the Korah city dump… VBS, community BBQ, Home Makeovers, Leper Hospital, and more. We will have a special outreach at Baer Essentials (rural Dahley) outside the city, as well as an excursion to Negash Lodge to see the beauty of rural Ethiopia. We will have the incredible opportunity to hopefully celebrate the inauguration of the Dig Deep Well in Chucko Weyama (My Dig Deep Project) with A Glimmer of Hope. We will visit the community and share in their joy of living with clean water! The team will also minister at two Govt Orphanages [ages infants to teens] as well as visit Fistula Hospital for an exclusive tour of the center and the courageous women featured in the movie “A Walk To Beautiful.” Just for fun- donkey races and bowling!

We are looking for men, women, and teens who want to Man Up 4 orphans!
Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is LOVE. (1 Cor. 13:13)






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