Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Speaking of Exciting Trips...

I get to go visit my kids at Miracle Ranch for 10 days over Thanksgiving break! I leave this Friday, and I am so crazy excited. I don't think it's natural for humans to get as attached as I got to these kids last summer and then be forced to leave them.
The night before I left Miracle Ranch the kids threw a huge good-bye party for me, complete with food, music, balloons, and confetti. They even made super sweet cards and wrote letters. I was so emotional that night as I tried to reconcile the excitement of knowing that I would see my family again soon and the sadness and guilt I felt for leaving the ranch. One little boy saw the tears in my eyes and slipped away to his room. A few minutes later he came back with a little stuffed animal, and told me that I could sleep with it when I missed them. The other kids really liked his idea and soon my arms were overflowing with stuffed animals to bring home. At this point there was no point in even trying to hold back the tears. How could kids who have so little of their own be willing to give up one of their few possessions, just so that I could feel better? I don't know if I have ever felt more loved in my entire life.

(excuse the pic, I was clearly crying and my camera was on a weird setting. And yes, that is a baby under all the toys!)



Ten days isn't a lot of time, but I am going to treasure every second with the kids. It's impossible to describe how much I love them and how much they have taught me about life. They are truly an inspiring, resilient, loving, thoughtful, compassionate, hilarious, joyful, and incredible group of kids. I can't wait to wrap my arms around them on Friday!




Sunday, November 16, 2008

Guess Who's Going to Ethiopia??

Nope...not me.

JANAYA!!!!
We are working to get a passport expedited for her asap.
Yup, I'm a bit jealous...but I know it will be an AMAZING experience for her! The 10 days I spent in Ethiopia had a huge impact on my life, so I am thrilled that Janaya will get a similar opportunity. YAY :)
The plan is for them to leave on December 7 and come home Christmas Eve. What an incredible Christmas gift!







We think Janaya and Zena kind of look alike.. Especially their eyebrows--haha I know that's random, but just LOOK at them! Here are 3 pics of Janaya when she was younger, and a few more of Zena :)







Thursday, November 13, 2008

Introducing....

COURT DATE SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am THRILLED to introduce you all to Miss Zenabesh!!! Isn't she gorgeous???!!!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dinomight Fundraiser

As if these last few weeks haven't been exciting enough with the election of our first black president, the Dinomights also had the awesome opportunity to meet the first black man to break the color barrier in the NHL at our fundraiser last night, Mr. Willie O Ree. He spoke to the kids about his struggles in the NHL and said that not one day went by where he was not faced with racism and bigotry. He encouraged the kids to never give up even even in the midst of adversity. He is truly a hero to me and all of the Dinomight kids, and it was so beautiful to hear from the man that paved the way for teams that look like ours in the world of hockey. He is known as "The Jackie Robinson of the NHL".






We also had another special guest--Brad Bombradir of the Minnesota Wild presented awards to our kids based on their academic achievement, leadership, and service to others.


Most of the following pictures were taken by Edward, who decided he would like to be the photographer of the night. He was so cute walking around asking EVERYONE if they would like their picture taken (including the tech guys running the power point). He even did a self-portrait :)



Dinomight Alumni (and really good friends of mine!)










My old Bible-study leader, Erica and I


Such a fun night! I am extremely proud to be a Dinomight alumni and and blessed to be able to continue being involved in such an incredible program.

Pictures of Fall

We are praying for a successful court date this week!! Feel free to join us if you would like :)