Sunday, July 31, 2011

Piper & I spent the week at Mimi's last week. We had a great time. Alot of relaxing!
Pepaw was dressing up like Muno. There is an eyeball on the picture but you can't see it.
 Maraina came over to visit.
 Me & mom took P & MW to the waterpark in Muskogee. We had a great time!
 MW was all over the place! He loved the big slide!
 My big girl!

 Piper & Mimi going down the lazy river.



 Love this little girl bunches!!!
I also got to spend some time with my cousin Brenda. No pictures :( She is the best though! My cousin but definatley my best friend! I am so thankful for her!

Can't wait to go back to visit. :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A little funk.

Since I have been back from Africa, I have been in a funk. I don't like it. The trip completley changed my life & I knew from the begining it was what the Lord wanted me to do. He has put things on my heart since I have been back but I know Satan is trying to stop me. I feel overwhelmed. I feel sad.

It breaks my heart when I hear people say that we need to help America before we help other countries. Don't get me wrong. I know there is a huge mission that needs to be taken care of here in the USA. I believe it is what the Lord puts on your heart. I am all about doing a mission trip HERE. That is not going to stop me from doing international work. The Lord didn't say "stay in your own country & worry about your own country before you help in other countries". I can tell you this.....The homeless in America still have access to clean water.

I will never forget all the negative comments I heard when I announced I was doing this trip. "We need to examine ourseves here before we purchase an international plane ticket." Comments about how there is plenty to do here. "I could never leave my kid that long." God bless them all. I pray you do WHATEVER it is the Lord wants you to do.

I think of the things we take advantage of here. All the clean water we want. I can drink as much water as I want in a day & not worry. Produce, I don't worry that much anymore about the produce being clean or something being wrong with it. I know I can still get sick but it doesn't even compare to Ethiopia. I couldn't imagine not always having toilet paper in the bathroom. (sorry TMI). Even soap to wash my hands with. Also, school is FREE here. FREE! Not in Africa. & most kids don't go to school because they can't afford it.

Aahhh, What is next....I don't know. Prayers & patience. The Lord is good. He will get me out of this & He will lead me to what is next.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

While I was gone....

I left notes & gifts for Piper everyday while I was gone. I wanted her to know mommy was missing her & thinking about her all the time.
She had a lot of fun with Mimi. :)
She got to go watch Cars2.

 She spent the weekend with her daddy & they had fun.

 They went to the mall & played. They played put put. They stayed up late watching Gnomeo & Julliet.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy to be home. BUT.......

I remember as we landed back in the USA thinking how great our country really was......
There are some things I looked forward to..

-brushing my teeth with water out of the fosset & not a bottled water.
-taking a shower & not having to worry about drinking the water.
-the smell is HORRIBLE in Ethiopia! So much smog & you just felt like you were breathing in fumes that were horrible for you. It didn't get easier either.
-not sharing a bathroom with 20 other girls. I loved them but it sure was hard sharing one bathroom with that many of them.
-not having to sanitize over & over.
-a cold drink! They don't ice anything over there or hardly refrigerate them.
-American food. I hardly ate while I was there. I prayed I would be thankful for whatever food I got b/c I knew we were spoiled here in America. I tried most of it but for the most part I just wasn't hungry. I was ready for a cheeseburger & chips & salsa.
-they seem to always be late in Africa. They are so laid back on their time. Everything would be "15 minutes". That could mean up to 2 to 5 hours. I know it's not a bad thing. Maybe us Americans should be more laid back & not have to worry about time so much. But, for a girl who always has to be early.....it was a little hard.
-produce! I could not wait to eat some bananas & strawberries & any kind of produce!
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I had a great time but I left a piece of Ethiopia in my heart..
I will miss.....
-Seeing the neighbor kids everyday.
-the people on our team. We made some lifelong friendships. They were amazing!
-helping those in need. There is such a need out there & so much still needs to be done.
-getting loved on by the children. They have a lot of love to give!
-Ambo. It was a yummy drink.
-Beza church. The church we went to was AMAZING!
-Just being in AFRICA. I loved it. I loved what we did there. I will miss it so much.

One thing I want to remember is the way they drive over there. It was CRAZY! There weren't stop signs or red lights. They would just go & the other person would stop. They would honk when they got over to warn the other person. There was no structure in it & it made me a nervous wreck. I don't know how many times they would come close to hitting someone & we wouldn't. I would jump everytime.

_Honestly, I am ready to go back. I want to do so much. The Lord has put somethings on my heart & I am excited.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Africa 2011 with OH day 10

Time to go home!
Me & Bissy at the resaraunt before we headed to the airport.
 Our hommies!
Tucker, Ashley, Andy, me, & Clay.
 This was a popular drink in Africa. They have different flavors but lime was my favorite.
Ashley got the last Ambo.
 Tucker wanted the last Ambo. LOL!
After being in Korah all morning, no time for showers, & atleast another 33 hours before we would get home & be able to shower, we were ready to go.
Our flight left at 10:00PM, 2:00PM central time.

 Kristi & Kenya ready for an 18 hour flight.
 Everytime we would go to leave in the airplane or go to land Ashley would get scared. One time she asked me to pray for us. This time I thought it would be awesome to get out the camera and take a picture. (I am a good friend)
After flying 18 hours & landing in DC at 7:30 Eastern time we had a 9 hour layover. Kristi, Ashley, & I were the last ones to leave. We got to say goodbye to everyone.Then Kristi & I went & got our toes done. :)
Then it was another 2 1/2 hour flight....
Michael & Piper waiting for me to get back at the Tulsa airport.
We arrived at almost 7.
 Seeing my girl for the 1st time in 10 days. I was making it rain with my tears. She had grown so much. She woke up at 6:30 that day & was ready to see her mommy.
 Ashley & I with our kids. SO happy!
 This is what I came home to. I think they really did miss me.
Thankful for the experience & thankful my Piper had fun while I was gone. The Lord had His hand over all of us. Prayers were answered & He did provide. It really was part of His plan.......

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Africa 2011 with OH Day 9

We got to go back to Korah today. We were all so glad to go back. I really wanted to find a child to sponsor....
 Ali
 Vanessa
 Holli
 Lisa
 The first kid that asked me to sponsor them, I said yes. Here she is.....Samrawit who is 14 & absolutley precious!!
 Rachel is holding a little girl who has on one of P's old shirts. I just loved this!
 Holli & I found out we were going to sponsor siblings. :) That was SO neat! We found out they are both in the program & needed sponsored.

 Here is Samrawit's mother. She is absolutley adorable. She works in Korah making bead necklaces for a living. Her husband has a prosthetic leg & can't work. He stays home & takes care of the home.
 Here is there sweet family & sweet they are! We absolutley fell in love with them. This is their home. As you can see it is not much. We got to give them a few gifts & visit for a minute. They were so thankful for us. I am thankful for the Lord. I left an amharic bible with a note & a picture of my family for them. They were excited.
 Holli & I with the family.

 Then we tried to cram the 90% of us into the van & go by the trash dump where the guys were playing soccer. It didn't work out so well.
 More soccer.
 Then we went back to Korah where we helped out Project 61 with their feeding program. This was so neat.
 Brooklyn & Audrey serving food.

 Tucker & I serving water.
 At one point I remember running out of water. The kids ask for more & we would tell them they would have to wait for everyone else to get some. At one point I said "there is no more water." I remember Kristi saying "do you realize what you just said? Could you imagine us telling our kids there is no more water?" It hit me hard. I could not imagine telling my child there was no more water. I just couldn't imagine. My heart was completley broken!
 Me & Andy Bernard stopping to pose for a picture.
It was AMAZING getting to serve these kids. I am ready to go back so I can do it again.