Thursday, November 10, 2011

Month of Gratitude - Day 10

Wasn't sure what I was going to post about today because I have much to be thankful for.  Then, when driving home from getting a hair cut this evening, I checked my phone and saw a few emails from Facebook.  The comments made no sense to me, so I opened Facebook and found this:

mom-
sorry for hacking your facebook and changing your profile pic... (; 
you were overdue for a new one. you're my role model and 
i love you more than life itself! ♥
love, 
your amazing daughter
Decision made!  
Today, I am thankful for my beautiful daughter, Mackenzie! 


I love my boys.  They are wild and crazy and fun.  They make me laugh and keep me running.  
But, there's something special about having a girl!

She was my first-born.  Sweet baby girl.

With big blue eyes, and an adorable grin.


She is bright and caring. 

Loves animals and cares about people.

Straight A student, piano playing, tennis playing 


She surprises me with special things.  She's the one who has always made me cards.

When she knows I'm sick, or it's Mother's Day, or Eric's and my anniversary, or my birthday, she's the one who gets the boys together and organizes special surprises.
Like this:
Or this:

I was so proud of her this year when she went to Haiti with me.
She loved on those kids and didn't complain about the heat or the lack of comforts.
Such a mature young woman she's becoming.



She is absolutely beautiful -- inside and out!!

I am SO VERY BLESSED!!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Calendars for a Cause!

Seems that I'm always trying to get organized. Once our 3rd child joined the family, this wasn't as easy as it once was. When I was recently scheduling dentist appointments and doctor's appointments, I realized that this year has quickly gotten away from me and I am in need of a 2012 calendar. So, I was so excited when I saw this:


The new Amharic Kids' 2012 Ethiopia Calendar!

I was even more excited when I saw that they were selling them in bulk for families to use as fundraisers. Because, I mean, who isn't excited to do fundraising?!   (ha!!)

Actually, I have been wishing that I could do something to help raise money for a certain special family that I've met online through our adoption. They recently adopted a sibling group of 3 kiddos from Ethiopia to add to their family. They have a heart for sibling groups, you see. And they are faithful. When God calls, they respond. And not just once, but twice.

God recently pierced their hearts again. This time, not for a sibling group of 3, but for a sibling group of FIVE!!

Yes, you heard me correctly -Five!
Five!! Cinco!! Cinq!! Ammïst!!

 The Jensen family - Chrissy, Paul, and their 7 (soon-to-be 12!!) kiddos - live in Tennessee.  They are currently awaiting a court date.  You can read the story of this most recent adoption here and follow along as the story continues to unfold on Chrissy's blog, Injera and Chocolate Gravy.  Also, if you feel called to do more than buy a calendar, you can donate to their adoption fund on their blog!

If not, you know you need a calendar for 2012, so buy one here.  It will have beautiful pictures from Ethiopia each month, bringing back memories for a lot of us, I'm sure!  

The calendars are $20.00 each (which includes the shipping costs).  All proceeds will go to the Jensen families travel fund.  They will need to purchase 4 round trip tickets, plus 5 one-way tickets in all!!  That is no small potatoes!

To purchase your calendar, click on the PayPal button on the right to pay and then either leave a comment or email me at lori.stark@gmail.com with the mailing address where you want the calendar shipped.  

Calendars for a great cause!!  And, maybe, if you're lucky, you'll be able to get organized.  I know I'm hoping I can!

Month of Gratitude - Day 7


On this day, when all 3 children are home from school, full of energy, and on each other's nerves before noon, 

I am thankful that we live in a safe neighborhood, with beautiful parks and playgrounds all around.

Beautiful trees with leaves - red, orange, yellow, and brown.

The sun shining on my face.

The boys able to run safely ahead, while I stroll along with the over-sized puppy in need of exercise.

There's no better way to tire the boys (and the dog) out so their energy is used for good and not evil on these unscheduled free days.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Month of Gratitude - Day 6

Today is Orphan Sunday. 

Today (and everyday), 
I am grateful for our God.

There are an estimated 147 million orphans in the world.

Our God knows each one by name.

An estimated 15 million children have lost both parents.

Our God is the Father to the Fatherless.

He sets the lonely in families.

He will never leave them or forsake them.

He has a plan for them.  And it is good.

The question we must ask ourselves is:

What is MY part in His plan?