I am still here! I know I have been MIA for a little while. Sorry about that. Life has been out of control crazy (as usual!). We had a wonderful response to our bead party last weekend. I still have some beautiful pieces, so if you missed it, you still have an opportunity to buy some beautiful Ugandan jewelry. Email me!
We are also in the middle of planning a big fundraiser. The Hope Project is Feb. 26th for anyone local. It will feature 3 bands, a yard sale, food, inflatables, vendor booths, and lots of fun. Come and support us anytime that day 7-3 at Oak Mountain Presbyterian (who is generously letting us use their facilities! thanks!!) Preorder BBQ on my sidebar!
On top of that, we are promised our home study before Thursday--yay! We will get it shipped out to immigration as soon as we get it and then...wait some more. That is the last step though before all our paperwork is shipped off to Eastern Europe. Malachi is turning 3 and we are so ready to go meet him and Grace!
I am also in the middle of placement season with exchange students. Let me know if you are interested in hosting! We have some great kids needing to be placed for next school year.
And then I am teaching a few classes again to fundraise. Wow, I wasn't expecting that to be the emotional drain it has been. One of the neatest students I have taught so far died a couple of weeks ago. It was completely unexpected and put me into emotional shock. I am devastated for his family and friends and so wish I had the opportunity to know him more than the 2 classes I taught him. It was strange to return to class and have him missing. Life is so short. I can't say that enough.
In many ways, we feel like we are on a march back through the last months of Abigail's life now that we are in February. Please wrap us in prayer as we prepare to celebrate her life again in April, but without her for the first time. The ache is still so painful 10 months later. I hope we are making you proud my sweet passionate girl.
I have also been spending a lot of time helping others with homeschooling, as well as advocating for orphans. I am constantly amazed and the variety of people God puts in my life to encourage me and that I get to encourage.
Ok, that should catch you up on how I have been spending my last couple of weeks. I have lots of blogs I have started and never had a chance to finish. I have several issues I am thinking about and trying to sort through. I can't wait to hear your thoughts! Stay tuned!