Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today I outfitted two more girls in school uniforms and shoes. This makes four since school began. I am not sure that dressing more than three for school is fun! Tomorrow I get to go shopping for school shoes. Same style just one of every size ... now that sounds like fun! Some days I feel like the verse in the Bible...the one about your quiver being full! Tomorrow makes number nine in girls here at Promise House which by the way is the limit! I do think my quiver will be full for sure!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Yum! Yum! The girls graduated from the Inside/Out program with the Bethany Christian Services this past Wednesday evening. We all were invited to dine in a private dining room at the resturant. The girls were served apetizer, salad and what you see above, Beef tips, mashed potatoes with cream cheese and green beans. The desert was delicious with it being Chocolate Custard. It was fun to see the girls enjoying themselves.
The girls have been involved in a program called Inside/Out with Bethany Christian Services. On the day that the girls got a complete makeover BCS treated us to Sho Guns. This was a pretty cool time, the food was delicious. As you can tell we enjoyed the chefs!
I was able to attend this event with the girls and their houseparents at that time.
I have heard that a lot in the past few days. So I thought I would share with our friends. We are doing ok. I can't say that life here at the Promise House is not challenging for I would be telling a lie. It is! I can say that since we have been coming to the Promise House including before we came on August 11, I have seen God do wonders with these girls. I do see changes and that is all owed to God. Yes, He used Ryan/Amada and us as his tools but he has been the difference in the girls lives. Now to just be able to explain that to the girls where they will understand.
One of our girls told me that she could see a change in herself and it was for the better. Another girl told me some time back that she was an athiest. God opened the doors the other day for me to show pictures to her of a premie baby born at 28 weeks. With his moms permision, I was able to show this particular girl the improvement with Issac from Week 1 to Week 3. I am so excited that God used me to share with the girl his miracles with Issac. Sometimes we have to look for the "bloom"....you know: "Bloom where you are planted!"
God has been good to us. Please continue to pray for us! We have three girls due the week of September 9th!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The church we attend here in Little Rock had scheduled the Lord's Supper this past Sunday evening. So we chose to stay home with the girls since we had not talked to them about the importance of the Lord's Supper. Jesse called a "family meeting" following supper Sunday evening. He explained the Lord's Supper which led into them asking many more questions. Jesse was able to share the plan of salvation with them. I ask that you pray for these 8 girls that they will truly have an experience within their heart with the love of Jesus. Many, many questions were asked....planting the seed...that is what our job is all about!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Time counts for a lot in the Promise House. We count the days til the due date. We count the days to the next doctor appointment. We count the days to visitation. I guess by now you can kinda get the drift. So seeing a girl sitting and updating her caleander is not an unusual thing. By all means .... we live by time!
A Sunday School class from First Baptist Fort Smith came today to paint and do crafts with the girls. As you can see we made bows for each girl. Then the men painted two of our bathrooms...Canary Yellow! The girls and I also got to make bracelets and earrings. They played lots of baby shower games. It was a lot of fun. I guess it helps to love to do crafts!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Lucy poses for a picture on Moon.
Today was a new adventure but then I am beginning to think that every day at the Promise House is a new adventure. We loaded up the van and headed out to "Kingdom Reins" with Mrs. Becky from Bethany Christian Services. We met Mrs. Laura and Lucy, who was adopted thru Bethany Christian Services. They both showed us things about the horses. One, did you know that you have to have something like tennis shoes on to be around a horse? Well, some of our girls did not...they wore their flip flops! two, did you know that horse manure will not stick to your shoes? Then finally did you know that in the book of Job they describe a horse? Three cool facts that we found out today.
Meet Moon although Lucy calls him Sun!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We have currently moved to Little Rock to be houseparents with the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home at the Promise House which is for unwed pregnant teenagers. We are moved in but unpacking has been really slow. For one we moved from a three bedroom house thinking we had downsized (such a better word than "thrown away" our stuff) enough for the move. NOT! So we are still working on that part of our life. Look for soon quotes from the girls and more about Promise House!