Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PTL!

Hello Everyone!

This is just a quick note to let you all know that Meeting #2 went well and we are eagerly looking forward to our third meeting on the third of February.

God bless you all and thank you so much for your prayers!

Be sure to keep an eye on our Adoption Timeline. :) We've been adding more information to it!

Praise the Lord!

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~The Big Sister :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Update:


Hello Everyone!

Today is the Second Meeting (out of three). Daddy and Mommy will be meeting with the social worker at 2:00 pm. We would really appreciate your prayers and we are praying that the Lord would lead Daddy and Mommy to have a great interview! The whole S. clan here on the farm is looking forward to hearing about everything and when our parents come back home and we hear how it goes… we’ll let you know!

In Christ,

~The Big Sister :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

An Update...

Hello Everyone,

We just wanted to let you all know that our next Home Study meeting was canceled and will not be this Friday. Instead Daddy and Mommy will be meeting with the social worker on Monday, January 25th (#2 Meeting), and the last meeting (#3 Meeting) will be with everyone on Wednesday, February 3rd. (Details to follow- of course =) ).

Today, we went to the midwife (Naturopathic Doctor) for check ups... Everything went very well and Judah loves standing on the weighing scale! He did a great job of it all by himself with a little help from his big sister... We love our midwives!



Well, that's it for now! May the Lord bless each and every one of you and check back soon for our next update!



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~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Home Study #1



Hello Friends,
This is just a quick note to say that our first (of three) home studies went very well! We were blessed to have a CFA social worker who was a home schooling mom and also has been a Christian for 20 years! Judah was quite our talker and kept everyone will entertained during lunch and during her three hour stay we had lots of yummy cookies and tea!
That's it for now... other then that- check back soon because our next meeting will be on Friday (details to follow).
In Christ,
~The Big Sister :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Prayer Request

Hello!

This is just a quick update to let everyone know that we will be having our first home study meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:00 PM. We would really appreciate your prayer for this day especially! We will update later to let you all know how it went. Thank you!

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~The Big Sister :)

P.S. Happy Timkat!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Haiti: A Prayer Request

Dear Friends,

Our family wanted to give a quick update on our adoption blog for a prayer request. Many of you know about the earthquake in Haiti. In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, there are two sisters, Jamie (30) and Ali (21), who have been running an orphanage for three years. The orphanage houses about 120 children. Because of the earthquake Jamie, Ali, and the children have moved to the yard of the orphanage and are running out of supplies (such as diapers etc.)... Most recently they are now out of water and the little ones will not survive without clean water for more than a few days. Please keep the Orphanage of BRESMA in your prayers! Please pray for these children and these young ladies as the Lord leads.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. -Psalm 82:3-4

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~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

We Are On The IAN Blog!


Hello Everyone!

This is just a quick announcement to let everyone know (who follows or checks) our adoption blog that one of our posts was re-published today on the IAN Family Blog (our adoption agency)! So, hop on over here to see it!

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~The Big Sister :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Picture Credit

On the IAN blog I found this article about the Christmas Traditions in Ethiopia. I thought it was an interesting read especially with comparing Ethiopian Traditions with American Traditions. Over all my favorite parts of the article is about how the Ethiopians dress in white during this time and the food preparations. :) I'm looking forward to trying to make Ethiopian food! Anybody want to come over and have some with my family?

Article taken from How Stuff Works & IAN Families

Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. It is a day when families attend church.

The day before Ganna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. The shamma is worn somewhat like a toga. Urban Ethiopians might put on white Western garb. Then everyone goes to the early mass at four o'clock in the morning. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.

Most Ethiopians who live outside the modern capital city, Addis Ababa, live in round mud-plastered houses with cone-shaped roofs of thatched straw. In areas where stone is plentiful, the houses may be rectangular stone houses. The churches in Ethiopia echo the shape of the houses. In many parts of the country there are ancient churches carved out of solid volcanic rock. Modern churches are built in three concentric circles.

In a modern church, the choir assembles in the outer circle. Each person entering the church is given a candle. The congregation walks around the church three times in a solemn procession, holding the flickering candles. Then they gather in the second circle to stand throughout the long mass, with the men and boys separated from the women and girls. The center circle is the holiest space in the church, where the priest serves Holy Communion.

Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called ganna. It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.

The foods enjoyed during the Christmas season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served from a beautifully decorated watertight basket onto a "plate" of injera, which is flat sourdough bread. Pieces of injera are used as an edible spoon to scoop up the wat.

Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. The children walk to church services in a procession. They wear the crowns and robes of the church youth groups they belong to. The grown-ups wear the shamma. The priests will now wear their red and white robes and carry embroidered fringed umbrellas.

The music of Ethiopian instruments makes the Timkat procession a very festive event. The sistrum is a percussion instrument with tinkling metal disks. A long, T-shaped prayer stick called a makamiya taps out the walking beat and also serves as a support for the priest during the long church service that follows. Church officials called dabtaras study hard to learn the musical chants, melekets, for the ceremony.

Ethiopian men play another sport called yeferas guks. They ride on horseback and throw ceremonial lances at each other.

Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.



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Melkam Gena
(Merry Christmas)


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~The Big Sister :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

SALVATION FOR AFRICA

I was recently studying an apologetic topic and I ran across this hymn written by Alice Marie Reynolds (Early 20th Century). Since we've been working on our adoption process for Ethiopia and I've always been interested in Africa I thought it was very interesting to find out that there had been a hymn written about salvation (the topic I was studying) and Africa. I thought I would share it for our Adoption Blog!


Salvation For Africa

Dark land by night oppressed,
Chained by the chains of wrong;
Crying for “Living Bread”
And Gospel light so strong,
With none to bear this light to thee,
I pray, O God, send me
To tell the story ever new.

God’s promises are true,
He will His own defend,
Arise and shine for Him,
Your light ne’er let grow dim.
Salvation’s sound shall yet ring round,
Old Afric’s coast by error bound,
And Jesus shall the victor be.

Let not the cares of earth
Fast bind me to my home;
Break every fetter, break,
I am my dear Lord’s own.
I’ll go where’er His hand may lead,
Doubt not or ever be afraid,
But trust His grace; lean on His Word.

Jesus shall come again,
When this whole world has heard
The Gospel preached and sung;
O Christian, tell the word,
Haste, haste the day when Christ shall reign
As Conqu’ror and Prince divine,
Triumphant o’er this world’s domain.

Click HERE for the music to this hymn.


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~The Big Sister :)