Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Changing Smiles


They are smiling now but these next few days aren't going to be smiling days.


We are heading for Shriners tonight. Tomorrow John will have surgery.  Knees and feet.  The goal is to get his feet flat and his left knee straight and his right knee bent. 

Aaron will have surgery on Friday.  Thumb.  They are taking his left thumb and changing its position. 

So that is that.

Smiles will change within 24 hours.

Rob and I will be working together to keep both boys entertained/comfortable/pain-free etc etc. 

We would covet prayers for them over the next few days/weeks.  They are both scared and hopeful and longing for bodies that don't require surgeries so they can do all the things that their friends can do. 

 It's hard being in their bodies sometimes. It's hard and over the next few days their hard will be even harder.

But they are both tough and resilient. The roads they have walked have made them that way.  They have dealt with more in their short lives than most people deal with in a lifetime.  They are tough little guys and we are beyond proud of both of them. 

Pray for them.  If you want to leave a comment here or on Facebook or send an e-mail letting them know you are praying along with a cheery note, I know they would love to hear from you.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Remember the Days


It's finished!

The 2nd book in our Remember the Days series is finished!

As of yesterday afternoon, the e-book version of the book is now on sale on our website.


If we weren't so bone-weary exhausted we would have danced through the night in our little house in the woods.

As it was, our celebration consisted of a few weak smiles, a quiet hurrah and a feast of steak and potatoes.



U.S. History and World History side by side for the K-6th graders.

Remember the Days is a fun new series for grades K – 6. These books teach history the way kids like to learn it: in story form, with a friendly layout and plenty of colorful pictures. Amaze your kids with great stories from around the world, and from ancient times down through modern times. Study U.S. History, World History, Church History, Geography and more-- all in order, in context and written from a Christian world view.



The beautiful covers are compliments of  Lucille Brown at Penelope and Lane!

I LOVE how Medieval Days and Early Modern Days match...


Remember the Days will eventually include Modern Days and Ancient Days.

I can't imagine how crazy we will feel when all four books are finished.... For now, we are enjoying seeing these two books side by side.

Early Modern Days is in e-book format only. You can purchase it HERE.

At the end of February we should have the physical copies of the book in our hands! 

Maybe then we will do the dancing through the night party!





Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Not So Brilliant Rallying Cry

 LAST CALL...


This is it...


It's New Year's Eve and 28 children are still on the wrong side of the $1,000 wall.

Two days ago there were 36 so we have made HUGE progress but we are still not done!


If you are going to donate...




NOW IS THE TIME.


I don't have a brilliant rallying cry.


Just a plea. 

It would be precious indeed to see all the children cross that wall.


Please won't you take part??






Thursday, December 29, 2016

Living. Breathing. Real



You see these babes?


















36 babes.

3 days.

I did some very very rough math and basically we need about 11,500 to get all of them over the wall.

Please won't you help??

Pick one.  Put 10 or 20 or 50 or 1,000 in their grant account.

Every single dollar lifts the financial burden from their future family!!

Please.

They are children.  Living. Breathing. Real.

They are voiceless without us - trapped in a world where being an orphan and being disabled means being shut away for life.

Be their voice. 

Fight for their cause.

Please!!