Sunday, November 2, 2014

Orphan Sunday {Part 1}

Today is Orphan Sunday, a very special day. Orphans are very near to my heart, and I can honestly say that orphans has changed my life. 

Last spring, I had the blessing to go to the Dominican. Those eight days were amazing. Up until then, I had mental pictures of orphans in my head very different from the sweet, Jesus loving, happy children I played with. Now, I know that is certainly not the case at many orphanages, but it gave me a tangible understanding of this quote I had heard many times:

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes…” – David Platt

Some of you know exactly what this means. Painting a girl's nails. Blowing bubbles. Making bracelets. Eating lunch. As silly as it sounds, these are real living, breathing, kids. 

As you may know, my eyes were opened to the plight of orphans about three years ago. China, specifically. It sounds ridiculous to explain how deeply I love that country. It is a dream to serve there someday. I'm trying to make that happen, but we'll see. 

我爱中国。:-)

There are 157 million orphans in the world. Y'all, that is half the United States. I'm not sure how we can sleep at night knowing that that many childrens are going to sleep right now without a mama and daddy. 

We have to do something. Our Father loves orphans and calls us to care for them. 

James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father considers pure and flawless is to care for orphans and widows in their distress."

... Part 2 coming soon, about what we can do. 

In the mean time, any questions, please? I think I know a thing or two about adoption, orphan care, and the orphan crisis. I would be more than willing & Bally to answer any questions that you may have. 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Chubby Cheeks & Lashes

I'm back from Alaska!

It was amazing. That is all I can say. Amazing. More on that later.

We caught a red eye last night (this morning?), and reached the front door of home sweet home at 9:00.

(Book worms:
I promised myself I would not, under any circumstances, watch Fault in Our Stars or Divergent until I  read the books. I read about 50 pages of FIOS in August and never got up to finishing. I bought Divergent and never read it. Yep. I rented those movies on my phone for the flight. I fell asleep after FIOS, so I have yet to see Divergent. FOIS was pretty good. I've seen better, but it was certainly wort my time. And I didn't cry. Yay!)

Anywho.

I have a swamp of Alaska photos to edit.

For now, I leave you with baby A.

S'cute, yes?


Taken with my Nikon D610. My settings were: ISO 6400, 105mm, f/4.5, 1/320. Edited in Lightroom & in Photoshop CC with Florabella Actions.