Monthly Archives: June 2010
Well I do have several items up on ebay right now, but with 2 more items shipping today, our total take-home amount for our adoption fund for June is….$559.60! Thank you Lord!
Each item I sold this month was either a donated item for our upcoming garage sale, a goodie from our closets, or book lots that I have been working on as I collect books at garage sales.
The Leevster is my assistant. I just tell him an item has closed and has been paid for and he packages the item, weighs it, prints the shipping label, and takes it to the mailbox or leaves a note for our postal carrier to pick it up. He also has learned to contact the buyer and let them know their item is on its way. He and BooBear are my photographers as well. Do you really think I could have set up all the little Sweet Streets pictures like BooBear did?
It is a team effort to gather all the funds needed to pay for agency fees, Meds, Doctors’ visits, and the actual FET procedure itself. The kiddos are very excited about having more siblings and this is their way to do something in addition to prayer.
With Hurricane Alex coming in tonight in South Texas/Mexico, it has been a different kind of summer afternoon in the Houston area. We are an hour outside of Houston, but those first rain bands off Alex have made their way to us. It is so strange to have wind this time of year. In fact, if there are wind gusts in the summer, it usually is from a tropical storm of some sort. Has it cooled the weather off, uh, not really, but it has made for a ‘book reading’ kind of afternoon. It does make me remember to check our hurricane supplies for the rest of hurricane season.
Sweet BooBear and I had some canning to do today. I spent many a summer helping my grandmother put away her garden & fruit trees’ bounty. Now that BooBear is old enough to show interest in preserving we did some more canning today. Last week, we put up 7# of green beans in the freezer using the FoodSa*ver. Earlier this week, we put up several quarts of tomatoes and today it was time to do some dill pickles.
Keeping our jars hot at 170 degrees:
How I store my rings. They are easy to hang in the kitchen on canning days for easy access:
Here is our finished product:
so we whipped that out too.
Zucchini sweet relish cooling:
I am ready for some iced tea and a board game with the family. Have a wonderful Sabbath as you rest and worship the Lord!
Well, if I ever see one of these at a garage sale, I will snatch it up! Rhea has been home resting a shoulder injury and decided to clean out some old boxes that have been in the closet. (remember the Cello hats?)
The Leevster had his top braces put on last week. He has adjusted so well and is still smiling like anything and even asked me to try to get an ‘action’ shot of him on the swings. These were taken a few hours after we came home from the orthodontist. He was in a lot of pain, but like I said…still smilin’!
Well, they’re certainly not encouraging couples to go through IVF and freeze their embryos. However, the fact is that many couples will choose to do that anyway (and often times, they will intend to transfer all of their embryos later but can’t due to becoming ill, divorces, etc). When I’ve encountered this question, I’ve tried to explain that it is the same question that would be asked to an adopting couple regarding an unmarried girl who is choosing to give her child up for adoption: “Well, if a couple adopts her child, then wouldn’t other unmarried girls would have an incentive to have sex before marriage?” But, we both know that’s just not true… Adoption has always been around and embryo adoption is no different. Couples will continue to go through in-vitro, just like unmarried boys and girls will sadly continue to go against God’s plan and have sex before marriage and become pregnant and unprepared to raise a child. And just like these unborn babies in the womb need families, so do frozen embryos. Once someone has already made the decision to create them and aren’t able or willing to have any more children, someone must be willing to carry them or they’ll stay frozen or die.
I hope this helped to explain it a bit more!
We have had some really great questions so far:
Well, what you see above are tiny embryos. Life. Babies. Children. They need families to help them finish growing. We are in the process of adopting embryos and are in the matching phase of the process currently with our agency. We have put together a profile which includes an autobiography of our family with photographs and a letter to the little ones’ genetic parents.
What you see in the photo above is our FINAL homestudy ready to be sent across the country! Since the agency has a final copy e-mailed to them from our SW, we will have a phone meeting with the agency’s SW today. After that phone call, and they receive this hard copy of the homestudy, we will be ‘officially’ announcing on the blog our adoption plans!