Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Chris in Nicaragua

Chris just got back from another trip to Nicaragua. The object of this trip was two fold. One to bring art work home from the kids so we can have a fund raiser art auction for them in the Spring sponsored by our charity Kids in Crisis.

The second was to build additional rooms on the building to rescue two sisters. The girls mother was a prostitute and so are there older sisters, she asked us to take them so that they wouldn't end up in the same life style. There plight has been something that has been very much on Chris's heart - his daddy side kicked in big time, he was going to do what ever it took to help those girls. We raised money to help with the construction, so it was huge for him to be able to go there and physically build there rooms, and then meet them, hug them and tell them their daddy God loved them so much he sent someone far away to help them.

The kids painting

Building the rooms

Some of the kids that live there

Precious sisters

Monday, October 5, 2009

YAH !!!

Today my British back ground check for the adoption arrived !!!!!!!!

Everything is now completely done for the homestudy - we just need the social work director to sign off on it.

Next step - apply for our immigration approval our I-800A.

One more step closer :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

and it continues.......

After witnessing a miracle Thursday, Chris left Friday morning at 7:45am, to fly to Miami and then Nicaragua. He had an 1 1/2 hr layover in Miami. At 10:30 I got a call from Chris - he was not in Miami, he was sitting on the runway in ORLANDO!!!

Oh my this didn't sound good - apparently a lady on the plane had a heart attack so they had to land at the closest airport. There was NO way he was going to make his connection - unbelievable. Just when you think it is smooth sailing - WHAM - your hit again.

He fineally got to Miami, but they couldn't get him on another flight until 7:00pm, urrrr, the worst part though was that we couldn't get hold of anyone in Nicaraga so no one new what was going on. He fineally arrived at 8pm, I spoke with him, and there was no one there so he checked himself into a hotel, and fineally was able to talk to the team who were now in Somoto - 4 hrs away. This morning he caught an early bus, and got up there by 10:30am - speaking no spanish I'm sure that was an adventure. He is doing great, and not discouraged by all the craziness.

So why did things go so crazy after we saw such a miracle - I don't know, all I know is His ways are better than mine.

Now that brings me to today. I got up this morning to find our cat, Madison had died. He has been with us for 14 years, we got him a month after we were married, our first baby.

Urrrrr, what was I going to do with a dead cat - I know - call the neighbor. Allen, our very kind neighbor came over, removed Madison and dug a big hole in our yard to bury him in - what a blessing, I guess if I had to I could have done it, but I REALLY didn't want to. It's sad to know he is gone, but he was old, and we thought it was getting close.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Where is my brain????

Man - WHAT A DAY !!!!!

Today Chris was scheduled to leave for Nicaragua on a missions trip. The tickets were from Washington, which is 2 hrs from us, as the price was so much cheaper. I had made all the travel arrangements for him. The flight was at 2:05 pm, so we had planned to leave the house at 10:30am. Of coarse we were running late, it was a crazy morning getting the kids to school. We have Chris's parents dog staying with us, a golden retriever, well he loves shoes - especially taking them outside and hiding them, so this morning we could not find Benjamin's shoe anywhere - and I know it was there last night - so we actually had to run to Target and buy him a pair of shoes - fortunately they were old, and he needed new ones. Needless to say we were stressing a little on the way to the airport, especially when we hit traffic outside of DC.

Fineally we arrived, just in time 1 hr and 10 min before the flight - except we were at the WRONG airport. OH MY - I had thought it was Dulles airprot when actually it was National airport - they are both in DC.

We jumped back in the car and made a dash for National, knowing that there was no way we would make it - we got there at 2:05pm just as the plane was leaving, Urrrr, you can imagine how awful I felt. We spoke with continental and they said for $150 we could switch the ticket for tomorrow, but that would mean he would loose a whole day as it doesn't arrive until 8pm, and they were on a pretty tight schedule in Nicaragua.

We then spoke to several other airlines to see if we could purchase another ticket, but no one had flights. The last person we spoke to was American Airlines, we explained what had happened and that he was going on a missions trip. The earliest flight he had was 7:30am, but would get there at 11:00am - much better, and even better we could leave from our airport instead of DC.

Then came the question - HOW MUCH? lets see, a ticket, one way, the day before from our small airport I was thinking at least $600 - money we did not have or want to spend - $600 could go a long way in Nicaragua - so we held our breath and prayed - he asked for our continental ticket, and then stated typing for what seemed like forever - and then he went over to the printer and handed us a brand new ticket, and said he was able to transfer it, and there was no fee - WHAT - nathing, nada, even continental was going to charge us to change the ticket, and this was a completely different airline.

Thank you God - I have no other explanation than that God is alive yesturday, today and forevever - and I know we witnessed a miracle.