Monday, October 22, 2012

Brahm {11 months}

Brahm had one of those "there must be lots of growing happening INSIDE" this month...because my September calendar for Brahm is blank.  Seriously.  No new words, no new skills, no funny little new quirks....

But that's not a bad thing--he is STILL crawling everywhere, climbing everything, eating what he wants (currently his faves are grapes, bananas, cherry tomatoes, and anything sweet the kids give him), wrestling with anyone who happens to be laying on the ground, and making his needs known in a very loud way.  That's our little Brahm-y!  

*And as a side-note--since I'm posting this a few weeks late, I will tell you already that he is EXPLODING in new skills!  It just took some time for those things to emerge!  :-)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lighting Conundrum

For some reason, the two largest rooms in our house have ZERO lighting.  None.  We've doubled the amount of lamps we own since buying this house, just to create some light!  

It's worse in the kitchen, since that's where we eat and hang out.  And in the summer, it's not a problem, since it's light so late.  But in the's like we're eating by candle-light!  

So I finally decided what I WANT in that room, but now we're just not sure how to make it happen.  

This is what it looks like now...

And this is what I'd like...

IKEA has the cutest little hanging pendant lights, but the only problem is, they have a normal plug, and 10 feet away from the middle of the room, we have.....

Can we strip the plug and combine 3-4 pendants in an electrical box?  Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated! 

Monday, October 1, 2012


Ever since our trip to Zambia in 2004, Joel and I have sponsored two little orphans from Namwianga Mission, the ministry "village" where we visited.  Eric's House held about 20 orphans ranging in age from birth to teenagers.  But the number of children needing care soon prompted them to add on another house, and then another, and now--we've lost track--they have 3-4 houses providing care for little ones. 

Zambia doesn't allow adoptions.  In fact, it's not even a "concept" there, apparently.  Namwianga gets children that have lost both parents (due often times to either childbirth or HIV/AIDS--the numbers in Zambia are staggering) or children whose parents can no longer afford to care for them.  In the second case, the goal is that after 2 years (once they are not requiring so much formula/milk) they can go back and live with their family.   Because of that, we cycle through children that we support every 2-3 years, depending on what has happened to them--either they've outgrown the need for expensive milk, or they've gone back to be with their families.

Recently, we received pictures of our newest little ones--a sweet little girl named Louise, and this little guy, Heath.  Isn't he adorable?!?!?!

Just yesterday, we got an email stating that recently his grandma had come to get him, and against the advice of his care-givers, took him home.  Heath had been pretty sick, I guess.  His grandma took him to the hospital where he died a few weeks ago.  Apparently, he had "bad blood", which means it could have been HIV or some other blood disorder.  It just made me sick to hear that. 

And it makes me wish we could do more over here.  Sending money each month DOES help, and for those little ones who live on that milk, it is huge.  

We keep offering to adopt those little ones, but no one has taken us up on that offer!  :-) And since some of them still have extended family, that is obviously NOT the best option for them, either.  

...............(it seems that I should be leading to a conclusion here...
but to be honest, I don't have one).............................................. 

I DO know that God loves each child dearly.  
And that, as one of God's children, He calls me to love them in the same way.  
And one more thing--little Heath is with Jesus--healthy and whole--never again to be sick or in need of anything.