Thursday, July 31, 2008

She's a material girl!

I was inspired to make a handmade doll from a couple of blogs that I read. I purchased the material a couple of weeks ago and began drawing a pattern. I finally decided to go ahead and attempt it. I can sew squares together to make a quilt, but I have never attempted something like this. I think for my first time, it turned out pretty good. Aleeyah kept asking what I was doing as I was slaving away at the sewing machine. Once the body, legs, and arms were stitched together, she started to get it. Then she started asking about eyes, nose, and ears, and more importantly, the head!! She immediately wanted to hold her and so promptly placed the headless doll in her shopping cart and wheeled her around the house while I finished the doll's head. After Aleeyah went to bed, I sewed on the head, crocheted the scarf, and sewed on the eyes and mouth-which by the way, should have been done prior to stuffing and sewing on the head. It would have made the job much easier! After she was complete, I tiptoed into Aleeyah's room and laid the doll beside her. When Aleeyah awoke this morning, one of the first things she asked was, "Momma, where's her nose?" Honestly, after the eyes and mouth extravaganza, I decided being noseless wasn't too bad. Nobody likes a nose that is just runny all the time anyway!!!!

Today the girls have been inseparable! I hope to later today take them outside and get some pictures together. It's still pretty wet out this morning from all the rain we have got the last couple of days. Here are a few pictures to tide you over.
Let me know what you think!!!

Hand drawn pattern and material


Finished doll!


Month 15

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.



Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Month 16

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.



Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Month 17

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.





Monday, July 28, 2008

Month 18

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.

Here are some pictures from January 2008



Sunday, July 27, 2008

Month 19


As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.

I hope that you are enjoying this as much as I am....okay, I know that probably isn't possible! I only have one for you today though!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Month 20

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Month 21

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.



Thursday, July 24, 2008

Month 22

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.






Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Cowboy Cody!!!

Well, 18 years ago, my little brother was born! That just sounds crazy to me! He was always a very active little boy and so much fun to play with. Not much has changed since he has "grown up"!! I believe that he will always be a big kid with a huge heart. There was always something different about him. When all the other kids were too cool for their parents and siblings, Cody was proud to introduce us to his friends. He will always stop anywhere just to give you a hug or to put his arm around you. Someday, he will make some girl very happy!

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to spend a lot of time with him since we moved here. And I am looking forward to watching him go through his last year of school and start making life decisions. I'm so proud of him. He has been through so much and is such a GREAT kid...errr...young man!!!

Love you brother bear!!!!

**and no, I am not short (I'm 5'7'') he is just ridiculously tall!!!


Month 23

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Going blog crazy!!!

With all the new posts of old pictures in honor of Aleeyah's birthday, I feel like I am going blog crazy!!!! I would be pretty proud of myself for posting pictures daily as I promised, BUT blogger has this cool feature that you can schedule a post. So I have been taking the time to put together 3 or 4 posts and then scheduling them to post on their particular day. :) So there it is-that's my secret! I hope you are enjoying seeing some of the many faces of Aleeyah!

We were invited to a barbecue at Chris' boss' house on Saturday. We had a great time. Aleeyah jumped on the trampoline most of the time. We played darts, ping pong, washers, and Chris even jumped a little bit with Aleeyah! At one point, David (Chris' boss) took Aleeyah and a few other kids over to see a neighbors dog. She LOVED it!!! She is such an animal lover and Gus was such a great dog-very well behaved. She wasn't happy when we had to say good-bye.

Anyways-snapped a couple of pictures and a video! Enjoy!!!



Month 24

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.

Here are a few pictures from July 2007...


Monday, July 21, 2008

The Power of One....or Two!

I wanted to share a video that was shared with me today. It's a great reminder that we have the ability to make a difference even when we think we are alone in our efforts. But I do believe the phrase should be the power of two because we are never alone!

Thank you Benita for sharing the video and thank you God for being our escort.

Month 25

As the countdown to Aleeyah's 3rd Birthday continues, we have decided to share our favorite pictures of Aleeyah by posting at least one picture a day for each month of Aleeyah's life counting down to her birth.

This month we celebrated Aleeyah's 2nd Birthday!!! The first 2 pictures are from her party. She has always believed that it is most stylish to wear her sunglasses upside down!


Aleeyah and my niece, Kira


Jack came over to play one day after her party and they played in the new Jeep!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What is Compassion?

Merriam-Webster defines compassion as a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Another source states it means a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. Another states, the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it. Other words that compassion might be associated with is mercifulness or mercy, pity, humaneness, commiseration, and sympathetic.

I have been wanting to write this post for some time now, but never could find the right words. How do I explain my understanding and meaning of compassion? I feel like there is so many things I want to say or yell from the mountain top. I find myself stumbling over my thoughts. So many thoughts that I want to share.

Compassion to me, is the ability to be impacted by a child that knows more about life than I will ever know. Compassion is a place that children around the world find comfort and refuge in God and His people during the hardest of hard times. Compassion is a chance to learn about living your life for Jesus and loving others just as He loves us. Compassion draws me closer to children in need and closer to the One I need. More words I think of when I think about Compassion is--humbling, joyful, excitement, uplifting, hope, painful (at times) and most of all, love.

If you haven't gathered, Compassion to me is not as Webster describes it. Compassion is an organization that we got involved with over 2 years ago. It is an organization that pairs you with a child in need. A child who needs food, prayers, shelter, education, and so much more. Without help they are hungry and some are without hope. A lot of them live their lives in homes that we wouldn't want to put our old junk in and they drink water you would never want your dog to drink from. While I can take my daughter to the doctor for a runny nose, parents are watching their own children die from hunger and treatable illnesses. They listen to their children cry at night because their stomach aches from emptiness.

There was a recent post made on a Compassion's blog about fasting. Compassion had urged readers to fast due to a rising food crisis. We complain about rising food costs and our economy. Imagine working at a job that only earns $1 a day and then having to use 80% of that to pay for food to feed your family. The post author states, "...I?ll tell you what would impact me ? and again I?ll speak as a mother. Ask me to wake my child in the morning and tell her she will have nothing to eat today. Ask me to put her to bed at night crying because she is so hungry. When she looks at me with complete love and trust ? knowing that she depends on me for everything ? ask me to tell her there will be nothing to eat tomorrow either. Now ask me to repeat this daily until her ribs protrude, her tummy bloats, and she can hardly walk. As a mom, I want to give my child everything ? the best of everything. Now tell me that I can give her nothing ? not even the food she needs to keep her alive. "

Through Compassion, we have had the gift of being able to sponsor, write, mentor, and be a friend to 3 of these children. They receive over 80% of the monies by providing them with food, shelter, spiritual and educational teachings, and health care. It is a one on one sponsorship. We love them, we pray for them, and we always look forward to their letters and drawings.

I look forward introducing you to our 3 very special kids over the course of the next couple of months (all 3 of their birthdays are coming up). I never expected to learn so much about life and Jesus through a 6, 7, and 8 year old. It has been an amazing experience.

I thank God for Compassion International for such a wonderful program. I thank God for Emanuel, Marisol, and Gacheri for opening my eyes to the world. And most of all, I thank God and Jesus for being the ultimate example of love.

I want to encourage all our readers to look into the program for yourself if you are not already a sponsor. Providing so much for these kids sounds like it would be expensive, but it is far from it. I am embarrassed to say we don't sponsor more. A sponsorship is only $32 a month and is priceless to these kids! Right now there are children who have been waiting over 6 months to find a sponsor. Can you imagine your own child-hungry and sick-waiting for someone to help for more than 6 months? I can't. Talk to your spouse. Talk to your children. Consider giving your love for these kids. Please, please pray about it. It is urgent.

Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

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