Starting now Tues, April 26, through Sunday, Ordinary Hero will give a $500 grant to the top seller, a $300 grant to the 2nd top seller and a $200 grant to the third top seller who sold the most during that time frame. It adds up fast and really helps you meet your fundraising goal with these grants. They are also offering a separate $250 grant to those who have not sold yet, or who have not sold beyond $100.
They have some things on clearance, and also have some new cuff bracelets, raincoats, shirts AND Sheep! Yes, Sheep! Purchase much needed food for the orphans too!. Check it all out in the STORE! Also, there is more info on the blog about this grant contest and items in the store if you want to check it out.
40% of your purchase goes right towards our adoption
think Mother's Day, birthdays, gifts
Make sure you select our name on the affiliate drop down box when you make a purchase!
With the donation items in the STORE remember you are helping children other than solely helping us!!!
Happy Shopping and please spread the word!
Ours started off kind of funny...if you ask me I made funky buns for church and asked Dave to load them in the car As he started too, he noticed I had a completely flat tire on my car. Of course it was a day we needed both cars for church with all the rolls in one and the kiddos in the other.
So we called and woke up my parents and borrowed one of their cars. So I am loading all the rolls in their car and hear some serious distraction going on in the garage. I am running around to much and getting neurotic, thinking we are going to be later(in my book) than I want to be. We all leave at 8 and I was leaving at 7:15 with Olivia So as I am running around I finally look around in the garage and notice a robin stuck in there he kept trying to get out and hitting the window So Dave gets some gloves on and catches the darn thing and the kids had a blast watching him catch this thing and then looking at it in his hands. They never got to see one that close As he lets it go, it took a nose dive but then finally took off and found his family...minus a lot of feathers the kids couldn't stop laughing either could I typical of our days here you just have to laugh We are so thankful for our church and it's been wonderful to be able to sell our rolls there and advocate about the orphan God just keeps providing... I worked on hanging up rummage in our garage and the kiddos all played outside we took a walk dyed our Easter eggs it was 55 degrees here so beautiful the snow is gone and the winter clothes are put away Dave put a screen door on changed a flat tire Easter dinner of choice by the kiddos was fun frozen food which we rarely ever have they picked mozzarella sticks, popcorn chicken nuggets and bagel pizza bits and we made some Easter cut out cookies to go with
This rubbermaid is full of beans and rice The kiddos love to play with it Spoon it, play with their figuurines in there, put it in bowls, cover their feet and hands sometimes their whole body, if I'm not looking is in there We play with it outside in the summer time too. Last year the beans got all over and before you knew it all these little bean sprouts were popping up all over the yard It wasn't so nice in the sandbox though. fun and messy but they all have to help clean it up! The kiddos have off of school today and Monday. We are making Easter cut out cookies and praying for that snow to melt. Come on Spring!
So Dave is sitting in church on Sunday and feeling rather out of sorts. When he got ready for church, he went in his drawer and pulled on a new pair of underwear noting that they were brand new but they seem to fit weird when he put them on. He thought I had tried something new as I often do and that I probably had a coupon or got a great deal on some new style of underwear for him so he didn’t complain and put them on. Out the door we went but I could tell they were really bugging Dave.
The undies were not only tight on his thighs they also hung low on his waist. He started to think, “geez, how much weight have I gained?!” knowing that he needed to lose some it was rather depressing to realize that even his underwear were tighter and didn’t fit right.
To church and back we went. Once home we started working on lunch and he changed into some old clothes to work in the garage. He paused in the kitchen long enough to mention something to me about the underwear. He looked at me puzzled and I said “Oops, I wonder if I got you the new hip hugger style men’s underwear” I went on to explain that a friend of mine had grabbed the wrong package off the shelf and hadn’t realized they even made that style to go with the new low riding jeans. He felt better knowing it wasn’t his expanding waist that was causing the discomfort but I wanted to check the label to make sure.
I went to check the label of the undies (as he had them on) and giggled as I had to reach farther down the back of my jeans saying “Wow, you aren’t kidding, these are tiny” He felt the tag get pulled then I busted out laughing. I had trouble breathing I was laughing so hard but eventually I was able to tell him that he had been wearing our 7 year old son Odin’s underwear for the past 4 hours. Our son had made the jump and grown out of the superhero undies to young men’s similar in style to Dave's.
I have not laughed that yard in months.
I couldn't stop crying and the kids were laughing
what a joyous moment (even for Dave!)
I love my family!
Be Still Sitting in the basement waiting for the tornado warning to expire
my thoughts and mind started to go into overdrive.
First, I am not a sitter so to sit there for 30 minutes with 4 kids and do nothing was good for me.
Being still with my awesome Savior is what I needed
God was just working on my heart
I was getting so emotional, thankful, blessed, happy and content
besides my leg falling asleep holding Jeremiah indian style on the concrete floor for 30 minutes!
The kids passed out fast asleep except for Olivia
She had long slow blinks as she stared at me.
She was wondering about a lot of things.
Wondering if Nanny and Papa were downstairs with us.
(my kids think my parents live at our house because they're here all the time) and if my dad was working (he's a truck driver)
Making sure everyone is safe
Daddy was on the phone and in and out the whole time
Our bunny was scurrying all over in his cage
It was me and the kiddos and my sweet Savior
We are so blessed as a family
As I looked at the kiddos all sleeping I couldn't help but think about our lives and how precious it is each day
they were created for a purpose
Love them more
Teach them more
God made us for love,
to build one another up,
to do wonderful things in HIS glory
God has a plan for their lives
The kids were just fine laying on a cold damp concrete floor because they knew they were going to be ok and Jesus was with us
They all asked a ton of questions that night before bed about tornado's, earthquakes and sickness
Why do we have it if there is God
Does the devil do this stuff
Can you die if you got thrown out of the tornado
Their little minds were just thinking away
God helps me to realize that I am weak and that I desperately need Him moment by moment. Strength, wisdom, insight, love, patience and knowledge all come from Him. Life isn’t soft and easy! If it was, we wouldn’t need God, would we? Through the circumstances He brings into our lives, we are forced to trust Him. I am so thankful and feel so blessed each day I have with them and for each teachable moment
long poopy post last night the kids and I went and cooked for the homeless. they love making tacos because they love chopping all the toppings, so we decided to bring tacos for everyone and make a cake When someone has to go to the bathroom we all have to go You use the one bathroom that everyone uses that lives there It's down the hall in between all of their bedrooms and such. So my kids think it's fun to run in their rooms and ya know just run around like a kid and be loud talking to everyone Jonah says, I have to go poop really bad mommy, I am having trouble walking which he was he's a funny and gross kid Livey says, I'm next then so we all huddle into this little space of course it's tight so Olivia sits in the shower and some sit on the floor Yuck. bathroom floors totally gross me out wherever I am even if there clean Jonah poops and then looks in his underwear while he's pooping and says, mom, I have some poop in my underwear. what am I going to do? well, your just going to have to take them off or wear them I am not wearing them I will take them off but where will I put them? Well not on the counter or anything, and I have no plastic bags Jonah says, I will put them in my pocket then. ok So he starts to wipe and gets poop all over the toilet seat this kid uses wads of toilet paper and flushable wipes. I help him clean the seat up and himself. he just doesn't get the whole flushing a couple times thing he just always plugs the toilet up because he has so much toilet paper in there. 4 flushes to clean up the mess I had no wipes with me now he has poopy all over his butt that I cannot get off because the toilet paper is gone and there is no more. All the other kids have to go yet of course So I tell him I will clean you better when we get home, there is nothing I can do and we need to make dinner, NOW So he takes his shoes off and pants off to get his undies off and walks all over the bathroom floor while Olivia goes potty not thinking about it but she decided to wear a leotard there with leggings she takes off her whole leotard and puts it on the floor so she can go potty naked I am totally grossing now about germs I was talking about germs and bacteria and they just think they have to see it all to believe me. why is it that kids just have to inspect their pee or poop. Olivia puts both hands on the potty and watches her pee go down really yuck! Jonah was just looking at the poop in his underwear. why is everything so interesting to them like that disgusting I said, poop is poop so he puts his undies in his backpocket and we all finish up we srubbed our hands because I was so grossed out You have to air dry your hands because their is no towels Jonah is having fun wearing no undies he is totally gyrating in the hall and dancing All I could think about was the thin layer of dry poopy all over his buttcheeks I was totally grossed out Then we get back into the kitchen and the dining room and everyone is getting ready to eat and there just hanging out there Jonah decides to tell everyone what just happened and how he has no undies on and how they should not worry because they are in his backpocket. One couple laughed and and some other guys joked around with him but I was totally disgusted and all I could think about was poop and germs now Needless to say everything came through fine and everyone was happy Jonah couldn't stop dancing because he loved the feeling of no undies.
The most important part of our task will be to tell everyone who will listen that Jesus is the only answer to the problems that are disturbing the hearts of men and nations.
We shall have the right to speak because we can tell from our experience that his light is more powerful than the deepest darkness.... How wonderful that the reality of his prescence is greater than the reality of the hell about us.
Betsie ten Boom Thank you all for the birthday wishes!