Sunday, December 30, 2007
We got an Aaron update....He is 16 pounds and 8 ounces also 30 inches long.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I know it has been a month since I have posted last. We are having computer issues which still are not totally resolved but I can at least give you this update. We received a very special Christmas present yesterday. The embassy cleared our paper work and that means that we are entering the last step. It was actually sent to us Sabbath. Some embassy person was working extra with a holiday approaching. Thank you whoever it was. I can't describe the difficulty of waiting through the last few steps especially since we thought Aaron might me be home for Christmas. But this was just the encouragement that I needed. Soon Aaron will be in our arms and I will begin to figure out this mommy thing.
Since it was Christmas Brandy Paul Perry and I were talking about the Christmas story and where we put the emphasis. Not that one part is more important than another but where we focus. They said in Nigeria the part of Herod and the ruling over the people is emphasised and how the birth of the Christ child brought freedom. We often focus on the birth and don't always look ahead to all the birth would mean to you and me. I encourage you to read the Christmas story and look for something you haven't seen before in the story (Luke 2 and Matthew 1:18 and through chapter 2).
We had the pleasure of having an early Christmas this past weekend. David and Kim and Anthony were here. Much good eating and visiting happened. We also had the Smith's for dinner with everyone. It is fun to have a full house(13). Last year we started a new Christmas tradition that included eating ribs. I am flattered that my family likes my ribs so I boil and broil with a homemade sauce. Today I am going to go eat lunch with Perry. He is at work and this evening we will have a small Christmas celebration.
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you through this Christmas season.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
It was even without pictures a good weekend. We arrived at Perry's Dad and Mom's at about 5PM and got to play basketball with Jonathan. Perry's mom had out done herself and had a huge meal ready for us. Perry's grandma and grandpa also helped us eat. The next morning we got to take it easy and headed out for Thanksgiving dinner/lunch at his Aunt Tracy's. The food was great with lasagna as the main course. Good eats and good visiting ensued. We then went out to the farm and helped grandpa load some wood for the wood stove. Perry also got in a card game which was good. Sunday morning it was hard to say good bye but we headed out. I must note Perry's mom helped me find a spice I have been looking for desperately. Of places the Food Lion in Salisbury had it. I had even checked a Food Lion in Virginia Beach and they didn't have it. Three cheers for mom Barbee - I will be able to try some more Latin dishes.
Note: Virginia is the longest state ever.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Then they arrive for the people to use and enjoy. This little girl is from Honduras and a friend of mine (Andrea) delivered it. The little girl was so excited and my friend got to tell her and other children about Jesus. So Ben this is what happens to your box.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The thing I have remembered and held on to is the part of the verse on those who wait on the Lord. I consider the fact that it does not say how long the waiting will be. My wait is the perfect length in God's eyes and I must trust that it is. I must trust that He will renew my strength. Not only my strength in moving but my strength in waiting. The waiting in some cases is harder. But then comes the promise. It may begin as walking maybe even plodding but we will run and even fly. His timing is prefect and when we wait for His timing we will fly to places yet unseen.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
By the way Mr. Aaron is now 14 pounds. We are moving through the legal system in Guatemala. We pray for his health, his foster family, his birth family and his quick arrival home.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Dad and sometimes David and Gabe were in charge of the machine that truly makes the applesauce. Which I should mention I actually used this time and realized I never do this part. It is also great because it spits out any run away seeds and the peels. (Note this machine also makes great jelly). Dad sugars the applesauce and Mom and I test it. It is then put in jars and canned.
I must admit that it is hard work. It is definitely worth it and much more fun when everyone helps. We made 32 quarts of applesauce in 3 hours. We still have more apples but maybe we will wait till December.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This is splashing down into the lake.
This is a bad picture but this one of many cool rooms at Fairhaven and they show movies, have parties and even worship here. Grandpa is in charge of the movies. Also Grandma Lorna has a great place here as well. We were able to have lunch with her and Cheri on Sabbath.
All in all a wonderful way to spend a weekend!!!!!!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This is Anthony with Uncle Perry. He is practicing.
This is a family pic minus Kim and Gabe. Anothony is sleeping or wanting to sleep.
This is the cutie close up.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This is a more recent picture. He is getting so big. At his last doctors appointment in August he was 2 months 18 days old and 25 inches long and 8 pounds 10 ounces.
It is hard to explain how much I and Perry love this fellow. Some might argue he will never look like you and you did not carry him for nine months how can you love him. Because I choose to love. Just as I daily choose to love my husband. I love Perry passionately and completely. It does not mean that Perry does not disappoint and fail me. My love is not dependent on Perry's response. I believe that is why I can love Aaron without ever physically holding him yet. I look forward to the day I will hold him and what I hope for is the day Aaron is not just a picture but a reality. Those that are already moms are saying wait till reality hits and you are probably right. For right now I live in my naivety.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This is my variation on a Betty Crocker recipe. I have had several requests for it. It is easy and done in the crock pot.
12 apples cored and quartered
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup splenda
1/2 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
Place all ingredients in the crock pot(5-6 qt). Cover and cook 10-12 hours on low ( 5-6 hours on high). When apples are tender place in the blender and puree. It makes approximately 4 cups.
*Note if you are not a splenda fan you can use all brown sugar or a combination of brown and white sugar.
*Note if you do not have a blender peel the apples and use a potato masher after the first time period and cook down an extra 2 hours.
*Note I play with the spices I have made it with some or all the spices removed or adjusted except cinnamon. You can add more cinnamon but don't get rid of it all together.
*Note I have done up to a recipe and half at one time in my crock pot.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
It has been awhile since I have posted but it has been an exciting week.
On the work front, we are getting a new computer system. I spent Wednesday in one of our stores using the new system. It was a challenge but we had the benefit of an early store that had made the conversion so our day was better than theirs.
We also had the pleasure of having my brother David and Kim and Anthony up for a visit. Gabe and Dee came in as well. It is always fun to have a house full of people. We commandeered Mama and Papa Bond's large table and had a lovely lunch after church. Grandpa Graffius was also in town. We passed the baby(Anthony) and he was such a good sport. Kim got several good generation pictures which I hope to get a copy of. We ended our wonderful weekend with a trip to the Meadows. (For those that don't know this is the best soft serve around and you have to get a calender to know what the flavor of the day is) David and Kim, as well, gave us some wonderful baby gifts and some practical advice on what works for them.
My husband and I have renewed our attempts to learn Spanish. I think it may be like trying to quit smoking. For most people it takes more than one try. We are using a tutor this time because the local community college is not offering the next level of classes. I may learn my alphabet yet.
The other thing is Perry and I made some big purchases yesterday. We bought a car seat, a mattress for the crib we had gotten at a yard sale and some bedding. This is exciting and scary at the same time. We don't know exactly when Aaron is coming home but we hope it will be sooner than later. It is hard to be patient and know exactly what to plan for...we know that we won't need newborn things but beyond that it is a guessing game. He could come home at six months or 1 year. I am biased I am hoping for the 6 months.
Finally here is a picture of Aaron.
This is about a month ago (2months old)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Clinic had many different settings including outside, in churches and in homes. Many of the people we saw were in pretty good health but others were not.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
This is before completion but this was for Anthony. David and Kim wanted a quilt that reminded them of Pennsylvania and the family here. I hope that I got close. I used iron-ons that I created on the computer. I also quilted the outline of Bedford County and used bottons to mark major cities in Pennsylvania. This was my first attempt with such a thing and I would do it again. It isn't in the picture but my Mom embroidered Anthony's name and Pennsylvania for me.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Friends and family Perry and I are headed out in a medical mission trip to Guyana. Guyana is in the northern part of South America by the way. We will be flying in to the capital Georgetown early tomorrow morning. We will spend the next week and half traveling up river and doing medical missions along the way. We are working with local Seventh Day Baptist Churches in the area.
We would appreciate your prayers. Especially in these areas: that all our medicine arrives safely and we clear customs, along with the people of course, for opportunities to witness, that our medicine will make a temporary difference in the people, that we will come back better equipped to serve the Lord and that the local churches will benefit from us being there not be hindered and everyone involved will be flexible.
He who has begun a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Slow forward progress is being made in the adoption front. We received a paper from US immigration that will make the adoption process in Guatemala flow easier.
Things we know:
We are adopting from Guatemala.
We are adopting at least one child/infant
We are excited and trusting the Lord
Things we don't know:
Who our child/children is
How old they will be(most likely will be an infant and no older than 4 years old)
If they are born yet