Friday, July 31, 2009
All day long today... I have pondered on choosing my favorite Poppy Dip: Hubby is out of town, sweet Zoie is sick with sinus infection, bronchitis and cutting 4 molars (I just found that out) Awesome M jumped in and packed himself for 2 weeks at Kanakuk Golf Kamp. I love teenagers! Awesome H played with sissy so I could take him to Mexican food lunch date, but an hour before kamp he learned the hard way to look reallllly good for parked cars behind your vehicle. It was a solid crunch, but thankfully there was no one trying to get in their car. WHEW!! 10 people ran toward us and my teen handled it like a pro... pointing at me "She did it!" Just kidding. He was very grateful the damage was minimal and no cops involved.
Kamp dropoff, no nap Zo = VERY grumpy baby. Pizza delivery. Praying all drama is over for the day! That's why there is no way I can pick just 1 Poppy Dip today.... it was all good and crazy!
Poppy Dip contest ends at midnight:)
Keep writing those "P Dips"
If I draw your name... you win a very special Poppy Dip dress! You pick the fabric available and size...graciously donated by Sallee.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
What is your special Poppy Dip, even when things are hard?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The stuff you need:
1 1/2 cups of butter
1 2/3 cup of sugar
3 teaspoons of vanilla
1 box of graham crackers
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon salt
8 chocolate bars, dark or milk ch.
3 cups mini marshmallows
Go for it:
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs and vanilla, stir in crushed graham crackers. Take 1/2 of the mixture and press firmly in the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Add chocolate bars in a single layer on top and cover with mini marshmallows. Add last half of cracker crust and cover marshmallows and press firmly. Bake for 20-24 minuets.
Sarah baked this delighful treat for us on her 24 and we gobbled them up! Keep enjoying your summer & all the yummy things to pig out on:)
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Our dear friends received their referral back in Feb. and are still waiting to bring home their 2 beautiful children. Problems happened that were out of their control, but they have had to wait so long. Tonight in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia they have their official court date and we pray that they pass with flying colors. God won't allow his precious children to stay in Ethiopia a second longer than He has planned! We pray that THIS IS IT!
Here's how you can pray (a note from Kim)
*that the judge is satisfied with all our court documents and how they read, that the Women's ministry MOWA writes the recommendation letter we need, and general favor upon our case.
At some point Wednesday morning our agency will call to let us know how things went. I will post an update on our blog A Blissful Heart
Gillman family we are hoping and dreaming and praying and cheering that you hear the words... you passed!! I have your favorite cupcakes and we can't wait to celebrate God's miracles no matter what!
Who's going to win an adorable Poppy Dip dress?
One more thing to add... I bumped smack into an AWAA family today at the Landing! It was so great to meet Michelle Witaker and her adorable kiddos. What a special surprise:)
Monday, July 27, 2009
If you are interested in bringing home his niece, Lulu iPod Touch... take a peek at my BF's blog and Raffle Contest. She is joining the Haiti mission trip and needs our help!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I'm a huge fan of the cutest dresses on the bloggy block... Poppy Dip!! If you have a girl, these dresses will make even the cloudiest day brighter! Poppy Dip mom, Sallee is adopting again from Ethiopia and sewing these adorable creations for their fundraiser at the very affordable price of $25... tons of fabrics to choose from!
You can win an original dress right here at Simply Love. Every day you can enter to win! Here's what you have to do...
"The name It's Poppy Dip means "everything is good''... it's an expression that our 2 year old (from Ethiopia!!) loves to say when he's happy and it's good!!" Sallee
Here's how the contest works: I want to know what makes your day a Poppy Dip day. Leave me a comment and share one Poppy Dip "everything is good" thing about your day. You may enter 1 time every day for a chance to win!! The more comments you leave the greater your chances will be. I will randomly choose a name on Saturday, Aug. 1st. You choose the fabric and Sallee sews the prize. We'll announce the winner via bloggy video.
Grab your high heels.... On your mark, get set go!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie
Graham Cracker Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
7 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 c sugar
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
1 c powdered sugar
1/2 c milk
1 (9oz) carton non-dairy topping
1/4 c finely chopped roasted peanuts
How to put it all together:
Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Press into a 10 inch pie plate. Bake at 375 for 6-8 minutes. Cool.
Whip cream cheese until it is soft and fluffy.
Beat in peanut butter and sugar. Slowly add milk, blending thoroughly.
Fold in topping. Pour into cooled crust.
Sprinkle with peanuts. Freeze until firm.
"We had an exhausting day of travel yesterday and today but we are finally here in Santa Domingo, Ecuador. We arrived in Quito at about 10:00 and by the time we went through customs, got our luggage, and arrived at the hotel it was 12:00. When we were getting of the plane we were all given masks to wear until they collected our health forms. I think we had the masks on for about 100 ft. Customs went very smoothly and we did not lose any luggage. We all slept very well and after breakfast was finished we loaded the bus and headed to Santa Domingo. Thank goodness for Dramamine. The road to Santa Domingo is brutal. Buses here have no problem passing on corners and the curves never end. Fortunately we arrived with no sickness, just a few upset stomachs. This afternoon we settled in and practiced our dramas. Tomorrow we will be going white water rafting. The reason we are doing this first is because the kids in school are having exams this week and we will not be able to be in the schools until next week. Thursday and Friday we will be doing the dramas in parks and at city squares. I could tell by some of the responses at our share time during devotions that our young people are already being impacted by what they have seen. Please continue to pray for us that God will use us in a great way and that he will provide protection for us."
Ecuador Mission Trip 2009
Please pray for my niece!!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
We can ALL DO SOMETHING!!
click & listen....
James River Assembly â€¢ Messages
Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed.
I will post the podcast of the sermon as soon as I can!!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
One less orphan.
Watch and be inspired to take action!
Our BEST is to put children who do not have a mommy or daddy into homes and families... a family is a permanent solution!! It's radical hospitality!! Adoption requires sacrifice!!
Orphan Study part 3 of 4
6 Key Values of O.R.P.H.A.N. Care that Every Person Can Do
O pen your heart to orphans: Understand God’s heart for the orphan. He cares for them and expects us to care as well.
R ecognize your responsibility: Every person can care for a child who is vulnerable or orphaned in practical ways both locally and globally. Become involved in an orphan-care ministry in your church.
P revent children from becoming orphans: Advocate for children. Prevent children from becoming orphans by offering care and treatment of mothers, fathers, and children who are living with HIV.
H elp in practical ways: Offer relief, food, and clothing but don’t stop there. Focus on family-based, church-initiated solutions which are sustainable and wholistic emphasizing education and community development.
A ccept orphans into families: Work toward solutions which allow children to grow in families—not just homes or institutions. Promote adoption and permanency as God’s idea for the health, growth, and healing of a child.
N ever forget the church: The local church via the family is God’s answer for the orphan. Create partnerships with churches worldwide, encouraging the local church to own and direct orphan-care efforts.
S - Submit to God's Word & pray
Gather together with other members of your church to study God's Word and pray about the ways God wants you care for orphans.
Orphan Study part 2 of 4
Friday, July 17, 2009
We had the opportunity to watch Rick and Kay Warren's powerful study on orphans today. I want to share it with you, too. Take the time and watch the video..... it's passionate and crystal clear on our role as followers of Jesus Christ and His commandments to take care of orphans. Here is Rick Warren's orphan website and I will post the 4 part video each day.
Wrap your hearts around this today... There are 3 things YOU CAN DO to help orphans. We are called to obey and simply love.
1. Relieve their hurts.
2. Defend their rights.
3. Provide long-term solutions.... ADOPTION!!
We can all make a difference.
Orphan Study SVCC Part 1 of 4.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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I took these pics at sunset.... people kept walking by and saying hi. I even got to talk adoption to a few passerbys. How amazing to be in such a special place with my girls!
Gramma thank you for the very special "happy" Spending time with my mom & girls in FL was so special!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Just the girls having fun! We went to an amazing restaurant with dear friends called the Bubble Room. It was one of a kind. The desserts were scary good. We have found beautiful sea shells, watched a huge alligator swim in its natural habitat...Ding Darling preserve, swam with dolphins (in the wild) and found 2 nine-legged star fish. Every day has been a fun adventure with my girls.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Take a peek at her blog!
Whooohooooo!!! Mr. Ipod will be coming home to you soon!
Congrats and thank you!!!
Exceeded what I prayed for....
We did it!!!! I'm so excited to share we raised $2,154 for my Haiti mission trip and overflow to bring important supplies and needs to the Haitian orphanage!!
God is so good and faithful. My bloggy friends are so good and faithful and loving. My heart is overwhelmed by your kindness and support! We're all in this together.
Today at noon we will announce the winner of MR. IPOD TOUCH!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
My fingers are crossed!! Stay tuned!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Please leave Zoie a special note for today (life book memories:)