Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Visit to Arkansas, Tea Parties, and Christian's Adoption (Please Read)

 We had so much fun in Arkansas, I had to include some more pictures from our trip. Adelyn is sitting beside me and she is looking at these pictures saying, "That's hot." They definitely remember how hot Arkansas is compared to 'home.'

 This picture absolutely cracks me up. This is the girl's cousin Dillian. They all look like teenagers in this pic. ha!

 We had a dinner party at my mom's house that night and lots of relatives came over. It was so so good to see everyone!
 We swam every day at Lala's! It was so fun and a great way to cool off! My sweet step mom got these bathing suits for the girls and they were just perfect with the floaties built in.
 Adelyn hurt her foot one day and Annabelle was her doctor. Me and mom were laughing hysterically that they were both cooperating with this!
 And today the girls had a tea party and it was too cute not to snap a picture of. 

Now, please, please don't stop reading here...

 A precious lady from the blog "Team Sullivan" met a boy named Christian on a trip to Ghana and now is blogging to raise funds for the family that is trying to adopt him from Ghana. Please take 2 minutes and read a snip it from this "God story." 

"After our time in the school yard we went back to the hotel for the rest of the night. Jake and some of the others headed into the restaurant gazebo to talk….I snuck away to our room to write the day’s happenings in my journal. As I was writing tonight, all of a sudden the door flung open and Jake walked in with Christian and some of his friends!!!!! When I saw him peek around the door I said, “Christian, I was literally just thinking writing about you!!!” Jake began filing through our suitcase of shoe donations to find some for Christian and his friends (it turned out that many of the children from the school yard had followed a few of our group back to the hotel…many of us rode back in the pick-up truck, but a few walked back and apparently had company coming behind them). Unfortunately medium sized boy shoes had been the hot commodity over the past few days, and there were none left that would fit them. Instead Jake rounded up some t-shirts, food, and candy and as quickly as they came in Christian and his friends were gone – practically skipping off happy as could be! Later tonight as Jake and I were summarizing our day with each other Christian’s name came up again.

“I asked him about his eye,” Jake said.

“What?!?!?! When?!?!” I answered.

“When he came to the hotel tonight. We were talking up in the restaurant before we came to look through the shoes.”

“Well, what did he say?” I asked.

“All he said was that his dad didn’t want him anymore…so his dad had tried to gouge out his eye. He also said that his mom didn’t want him either, so he lives with his grandma now.”

As Jake spoke my heart sunk for this boy. He was so intelligent, and well-spoken, and sweet-hearted. Knowing that his own mother and father didn’t want him made me sick. Immediately Psalm 27:10 came to my mind –
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
After Jake and I talked a little more I felt strongly that I should look around and find Christian tomorrow. I wanted him to take me to meet his grandma."

If you can, please click on "Team Sullivan" above and read the whole story. It's amazing how our God works.

**You can donate to "Christian's Grace Fund online by clicking  here.**

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