We are living a pretty crazy life right now! Jacen and Jory are both playing baseball and Jory is playing soccer. Last night Jack and I had to split up to get them both to their games.
Jack took Jacen to Green City, which is about an hour away and I took Jory to his game here in town. I had Jia, who by the way was having a melt down in the heat, I was keeping score for the first time because I couldn't tell the sweet little umpire no, and then Renea looks me up with exciting new about our trip to Haiti!
I was just a bit on edge and extremely grateful that Grandma come to watch Jory play ball!
As you may already know, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Based on statistics from the World Bank, 78% of Haitians live on less than $2.00 per day and 54% live on less than $1.00 per day. Life expectancy is about 52 years. About 50% of the population is illiterate and due to the lack of funding there are not enough public schools for all the children. Life Connection Mission is a multi-denominational non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide a quality education, from preschool through high school, to produce responsible productive graduates, and to improve their lives through various ministries, headquartered in the village of Montrouis, Haiti. In addition the mission plans to create a business and technical school to help prepare students for advanced careers. In order to meet this mission, we plan to do the following:
1. Minister to the general needs of the community.
2. Administer College Education Excellence and sponsorship program for the school.
3. Provide a feeding program at the school.
4. Partner with medical missions.
5. Build homes & provide other humanitarian services to the children of Mont Rouis
6. Host incoming groups that wish to visit and help with the ongoing needs of Haiti.
You can find Montrouis on the West coast just 50 miles north of Port-Au-Prince where the devastating earth quake hit in January.
LCM sponsors about 300 children in the Montrouis area. For $25 a month you can help provide Christ centered education, books, supplies, uniforms, hot meals and medical care.
If you'd like to sponsor a child, go HERE and fill out the form.
Here are just a few of the children displaced from the earthquake that urgently need sponsors.
Can you help??
In August, we will be visiting the homes of the children involved in the LCM sponsorship program. We will have the opportunity to get to know them, take photo's and get updates for their sponsors!
Believe me, I'm pretty excited! I feel very humbled to be able to do this.
God has blessed me abundantly and tremendously. It is with much anticipation, thankfullness and humility that I plan this trip.
I am doing a lot of sewing projects to earn money to go. I'm making aprons, toddler clothes, baby blankets, dolls and more! Visit my SEW BLESSED blog to see what I have to sell. I also just finished a wedding cake to earn money. If you'd like to just make a good 'ole fashioned contribution, you can do that via the 'chip in ' box in the right!
I've yet to post Mothers Day pictures or pictures of Jia's Spring Fling at preschool! I'll get on it, but right now we're making Jia's room into a big girl room and that has our week end booked up!
For me, its the things they're able to accomplish with their money (Angelina Jolie)
Sometimes we feel we're the minority because our lack of wealth.
I found something to put it into perspective for us.
We are in the minority.
Not because of our lack of wealth,
but because of our plenty.
Globally, I am in the priviledged minority.
Click on the box on the right to find out how rich you are. Richer than you think, I bet.
Richer and hopefully ready to give some of your newly found wealth to those who need it most.
All you have to do is make a choice.
$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.
$30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.
$73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.
$2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village.
I am most certainly not what 'most' would consider wealthy. We live paycheck to paycheck. We seldom have money to go places we'd like to go. But we do have plenty.
Plenty of food. Plenty of clothes. Plenty of warm blankets. Plenty of shoes.
There are times when I literally lay my head on my pillow at night, snuggle into my soft bed, pull my warm covers up to my chin and feel horrilby guilty, all because I can.
Because I can sleep in a soft bed, pillow under my head, warm blankets covering me, full stomach, kids tucked in, feeling safe and sound, a job to get up for... and because I know that isn't the case for everyone.
There are times when I crave a Hard**'s Hand Dipped Chocolate Milkshake,
and I feel guilty because I can just drive over there and get one.
If I feel like lasagna, I make lasagna for supper.
Grilling hamburgers, done.
I don't have to wait for someone to come dole out my daily bowl of cornmeal.
Saturday was our 17th anniversary! And we did something that we NEVER do.
We left the kids and went to the city overnight.
Jory and Jia spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's. This was the 2nd time for Jia to spend the night. I had told her Friday that she was going to Grandma's the next day. Big mistake.
She woke me up at 6:30 AM on SATURDAY wanting to go to Grandma's. All morning she was trying to get me to hurry up. At one point she even brought my shoes to me thinking if I put my shoes on, we'd leave. Such a stinker.
Grandpa added some wooden blocks to the gas pedal of the lawn mower so Jory could ride it all by himself! This is a first for Jory and he was so excited. I bet he went through 2 tanks of gas just cruisin' the yard!
Grandma got Jia to pose in front of her columbine. She is smiling so big! I love this picture.
And this one totally exposes a bit of her personality. Always got the mouth open and has the funniest expressions I've ever seen. She is a total ham. Jacen and I were discussing her this morning and he said she's going to be a 'goody goody gir' at school (whatever that is). My prediction is that she is going to be the class clown and always in trouble from doing something to make people laugh.
Jacen spent the night at Renea's with her son Tyler. Her daughter had prom Saturday night, so they stayed busy all weekend too!