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Help to Adopt

Hey guys!  Christie from Satisfaction Through Christ is about to adopt a little girl, and she needs some help.
One of the things I absolutely love about blogging is the community we create.  We are more than just online friends or bloggers.  We are real people living real lives.  We are on our own journey, but we need others to come along side of us and helping us out every now and again.  Just like you do.
Here’s my chance to come alongside another blogger and have a little teeny-tiny part in her story.

Please read and then follow the links and read some more.  By donating towards her adoption fund, you will changing her family and also the life of a little girl.  That’s a lot of change for $10.

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Friends, I have been so overwhelmed by the generosity shown towards our family over the last few days.  The response has been amazing and I’m at a loss for words on how to say thank you.  I’m praying that the Lord will give me the proper words at some point.  Words will never be enough, though.

For the full story and to read our adoption announcement post, visit here!

Today has been an emotional day, but I now know {without a doubt} that the Lord has called us specifically to bring this baby girl home.

Last night we had a $10 donation come in from a friend.  I emailed her thanking her for her donation and she quickly expressed sadness at not being able to give more.  I told her that every little bit helps…and it does.
If you’re anything like me, all you’ve seen is $35,000 and thought, “There’s no way I can help with that.
I get it and I know — it’s so much bigger than any one of us but it’s not too big for God!

This morning the Lord laid an idea on my heart and I’ve fought Him all day about presenting it to you, but I know that He hasn’t called us to walk this road alone.  So, I’m excited to present our biggest fundraising effort yet….

Operation {Adoption} 10:10:1
10 Days: $10: 1 Baby Girl
Goal = $10,000
 
Our adoption agency has given us 15 days to raise the initial $10,000 we need.  The remainder will be due in increments until she is born.  But for now, we are praying for 1,000 friends to come alongside of us and donate just $10 each.  
 
I know $35,000 is overwhelming.  
 
I know $10,000 is overwhelming.
 
But $10 is a little less overwhelming.
 
So, would you commit to partnering with us and would you commit to praying for us?
 
If so, simply use the PayPal donation widget below (if you don’t see the PayPal widget you can donate here, too).

Please leave a comment with your first name.  I’d love to use each of your names in a special project for our little girl; something she can always have to remember how many people helped bring her home.
 
And, if you’re so moved, would you share this post?  On your blog, on social media, through email?  May the LORD be glorified in it all…

Considering Adoption? Plan Your Family!

Ya, I know it’s a repeat, but it’s been a long time and I’m out of words tonight.  Shocking, huh?

What causes reasonable, relatively intelligent adults to desire the company of a four-legged beast?

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Perhaps my family experienced an emptiness that they attempted to fill with the love of an animal. Perhaps their need for physical affection was left unmet. Perhaps I should have licked their hands each morning and chewed on their bare toes.

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Maybe then they would have been satisfied with our family of four humans and our pet free, dander free, hair-ball free home.

Notice you can see into FringeMan’s sinus cavity. Let’s all be thankful it is not hay fever season.

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Maybe then I would have two whole slippers, one more shoe, 54 more dollars (money spent on paper towels), and 3 more pounds (weight lost mopping). Ok, I don’t want the pounds back!

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Oriana could be sleeping in a dirty alley and eating out of dumpsters; however, she’s sleeping on my couch and eating from my children’s plates. Fried eggs are a breakfast favorite.

What has happened to me?

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Pet adoption is not easy. In fact, leaving the hospital with a newborn in hand required less paperwork. The hospital didn’t even ask for references. They should have. Just ask the FringeKids…on second thought…

Home visits, doctor visits, vet visits…about the only thing this pup didn’t require was a 2 am feeding.

BUT, the middle of the night feeding was replaced with a pee-pee walk.

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If you are in the early stages of family planning or maybe you already have a small child or two, remember these simple steps. They will prepare you and those in your family for a four-legged addition.

1. Leave puddles of water in various locations throughout the house.

2. Put at least one slipper through the paper shredder.

3. After a long day at work, greet your spouse with a wet lick on his cheek.

4. Keep a bowl of dog food right in front of the coffee pot so your husband (or wife…equal opportunity) will step in it.

5. Place a foul smelling pile of rotten, steaming meat-loaf under the kitchen table. (this will represent poop) Now step in it with bare feet.

6. Have your child mop the floor 62 times in one day.

7. Set an alarm clock for 2 am and march the family through the backyard…preferably without a coat…whispering “hurry up and pee already!”

8. Bury your couch cushion in the dirt and retrieve it one week later. Return to couch. It will smell just right.

9. Throw up in your car.

10. Bark incessantly at every movement you see through any window in the house.

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Now you are fully prepared for pet adoption!

Just don’t forget your checkbook, phonebook for references, and be sure to clean your house for the ‘inspectors’.

Enjoy Fee-fee or Fido or Spike or Daisy….you get the point!

I am also thrilled and somewhat shocked that my kitchen was featured on REMODELAHOLIC this weekend.  Yay!  If you’d like to check it out, click HERE.  Thank you Remodelaholic!

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Family Planning & Adoption

What causes reasonable, relatively intelligent adults to desire the company of a four-legged beast?

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Perhaps my family experienced an emptiness that they attempted to fill with the love of an animal.  Perhaps their need for physical affection was left unmet.  Perhaps I should have licked their hands each morning and chewed on their bare toes. 

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Maybe then they would have been satisfied with our family of four humans and our pet free, dander free, hair-ball free home.

Notice you can see into FringeMan’s sinus cavity.  Let’s all be thankful it is not hay fever season.

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Maybe then I would have two whole slippers, one more shoe, 54 more dollars (money spent on paper towels), and 3 more pounds (weight lost mopping).  Ok, I don’t want the pounds back!

100_2756

Oriana could be sleeping in a dirty alley and eating out of dumpsters; however, she’s sleeping on my couch and eating from my children’s plates.  Fried eggs are a breakfast favorite. 

What has happened to me?

100_27571

Pet adoption is not easy.  In fact, leaving the hospital with a newborn in hand required less paperwork.  The hospital didn’t even ask for references.  They should have.  Just ask the FringeKids…on second thought…

Home visits, doctor visits, vet visits…about the only thing this pup didn’t require was a 2 am feeding.

BUT, the middle of the night feeding was replaced with a pee-pee walk.

100_2758

If you are in the early stages of family planning or maybe you already have a small child or two, remember these simple steps.   They will prepare you and those in your family for a four-legged addition.

1.  Leave puddles of water in various locations throughout the house.

2.  Put at least one slipper through the paper shredder.

3.  After a long day at work, greet your spouse with a wet lick on his cheek.

4.  Keep a bowl of dog food right in front of the coffee pot so your husband (or wife…equal opportunity) will step in it.

5.  Place a foul smelling pile of rotten, steaming meat-loaf under the kitchen table.  (this will represent poop)  Now step in it with bare feet.

6.  Have your child mop the floor 62 times in one day.

7.  Set an alarm clock for 2 am and march the family through the backyard…preferably without a coat…whispering “hurry up and pee already!”

8.  Bury your couch cushion in the dirt and retrieve it one week later.  Return to couch.  It will smell just right.

9.  Throw up in your car.

10.  Bark incessantly at every movement you see through any window in the house.

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Now you are fully prepared for pet adoption!

Just don’t forget your checkbook, phonebook for references, and be sure to clean your house for the ‘inspectors’.

Enjoy Fee-fee or Fido or Spike or Daisy….you get the point!

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Puppy Mania & More

My wicker coffee table is soon to be a pile of splinters.  Apparently wicker is only slightly less tasty than rawhide.  I’m certainly glad I rescued this castaway table from a trash pile; total investment being a whopping $1.98 in cheap spray paint.

Either I was going to have another baby or get a puppy and a puppy won the vote of my family, especially since my son wanted me to deliver an 8 or 9 year-old boy.  It’s bad enough my daughter weighed 9.8 pounds at birth.  I cannot imagine the stitches I would need after delivering a 65 pounder.  No, I’m just not a hardy enough woman for that kind of birthing and epidurals scare me.  I have a slight aversion to large needles entering my spine.

Nowadays adopting a puppy from the local pound is more difficult than planning for a child.  Twice I left the hospital with newborns and no-one called friends and family for a reference check.  I had no home visits and not one person asked if I had a playpen for the backyard.  Why doesn’t that make sense to me?

It seems fitting that this puppy has a slightly unusual name.  I am already getting the raised eyebrow and questioning glare when after a slight hesitation, I reveal her name.  I can take no credit for naming Oriana.  At 9 weeks, she already knows her name and responds to our call.  Oriana it is…my constellation puppy.  Doesn’t “Oriana” sound like something in outer-space?  Right now she looks a little like a martian with her lamp shade.  Take a peek.

Her “fix” just finished being restitched.  This feisty pup successfully removed her first set of stitches and I can’t blame her.  Who wants those little knots irritating their tummy anyway?  Poor girl…no babies in her future…no getting up twenty times a night for feedings…no changing stinky diapers…no cleaning spit-up of her new couch…no calling 911 every-time her little guy sneezes…Oh, we’re talking about the dog, right?  Sorry, I got carried away.

Watch out when she gets the lamp shade off!  She’s a handful that can’t wait to eat my sofa.  If I let her sleep on it I think she may forgo making it her next meal.

Oriana is in the festive fall spirit.  She’s determined to get this pumpkin and she’s not even waiting for pie.

She’s a lap dog already.  Let’s hope this mutt doesn’t get too big.  I warn you now, this post is about to go downhill in a hurry. 

Look at those dirty feet!  End of the day foot dirt and toe jam should never make its way into a photo.  I know what you’re thinking…I haven’t bought my poor children any shoes this fall and they are forced to run through the streets of NY barefoot…that’s about right.  I do give them plastic baggies once the snow flies.   It’s called waterproofing.

Speaking of snow…it hailed something fierce this morning and snowed just North of us.  I left Maine because of snow in October and May.  What’s going on?

If you actually read this entire post, please do let me know.  You deserve a purple heart or something…at least a door prize of sorts.  I know, most of you just scanned through the cute puppy pictures.  I don’t blame you!