Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ahem...my "Red River Valley Survival Tool Kit"
-shovel (and not just one, many different kinds to deal with various types of snow, ice and depths of snow)
-snow blower (the bigger the horsepower, the better)
-boots (including those for rain, snow and sub zero temperatures)
******DELETE THE PANTS AND COAT.*****
...just go all out and get yourself some Carhartts..full outfit! Oh, and bright orange IS ideal, because, depending on where you are living, you run the risk of being shot by a local hunter at various times of the year.
Okay, where was I.....
-an umbrella ( although you run the risk of having it snap in half due to the high winds)
-sump pump hoses
-battery back up sump pump
-life jacket and canoe, (paddles optional )
-buckets, squeegees and mops for random acts of flooding or flowing poo from a leaking drain that is already "plugged"
-ice scraper for windshield
-windshield de-icer if you cannot cut through the ice with your scraper
-spring jacket for those "whoopsies" of warm weather mother nature surprises us with ;)
-pockets full of kleenex to wipe those teary eyes from being exposed to inhumane temps and winds
-endless supplies of hot cocoa, coffee, tea, or whatever hot beverage suits you
You know, I think I'm done...I think this can give you a good picture as to what to expect in living in the frozen tundra I call home. I'm sure there are many more to add as I haven't started with the month of scortching temps that come in July or August, mosquitoes and other random bugs that find there way up to the great white north.
So lesson learned-when purchasing a home in this area, good advice would say to have a big garage or a shed easily accessible year round to house your basic survival needs.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
She has just brought so much joy and laughter into our household since chaos has broke out in Fargo/Moorhead.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
A boy played among the hundreds of thousands of sandbags in the Fargodome, an indoor football stadium, on Wednesday night. Residents in North Dakota and western Minnesota are bracing for the Red River and Missouri River to spill their banks.
Photo: Dan Koeck for The New York Times
Water and ice rose around a home in Hickson, N.D. Weather forecasters predicted that by Saturday, waters would swell to more than a foot above the record level reached on April 7, 1897.
Many many homes have succumbed to the water, however, many more are safe thanks to the overwhelming volunteers that have come from near and far.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
You can click on the badge I have posted on the side of my blog and follow this story.
I know what it feels like to have a child born with medical needs, as both my boys were in the NICU for breathing issues. It feels so uncomfortable and helpless. I remember feeling so angry when I would walk out of the hospital and the world was still carrying on with it's day as if nothing was happening and how I wanted to SCREAM for it to just STOP and pay attention to helping my child.
This mother is strong beyond words, and she is such a testimony on what it mean and looks like to fully surrender your child into the arms of the Lord when so many things are out of control.
Please stop for a moment today and read their story and be praying for Stellan's full recovery!
Monday, March 23, 2009
On top of the rapidly melting ice, we have endured heavy rains and tonight more thunderstorms and more rain. Here is a pic of what Moorhead, MN looked like from top of a parking ramp today.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I've also found some GREAT spring projects, perfect for anyone who would like to add some refreshment to their home or desktop! Here are some ideas below:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I just have to share about this amazing couple again, Bud and Kim who are living in Kitale, Kenya with their 1 yr old son. We lived with them for the 2 weeks we were in Kenya last fall. They have been on my heart this week as they are back in Kenya after coming "home" to the US for 2 months. Now, they will be living in Kitale for the next 12 - 18 months. They work so hard to provide love and nurturing to children who otherwise would be on the street-or dead. Pray for Bud and Kim this week as they pursue goals of filling their second of 4 or 5 homes with children very soon. You can track them on their blog http://www.huffmansinkenya.blogspot.com/
We miss you guys!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I’m headed to Africa. I will be going along with three or four others from th Fargo community as well as a team put together by Children’sHopeChest on what they call a “Vision Trip”. Children’s HopeChest currently has sponsorship programs in Ethiopia and is looking to expand to Uganda. So we will be touring the area visiting orphanages that are in need of sponsors, visiting and loving on the kidsWe are hoping that 400-700 children will be sponsored as a result of this one trip.
I would love for you to be able to share in this journey with me. I will be blogging and trying to post pictures as best I can as the trip goes to keep you updated as often as possible.
There are several ways you can get involved in this project…
1. I will be collecting donations to help pay for the costs of going on this trip. If you want to help in this way, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Cosider donating your points to one of the people going on this trip. Points will alleviate the costs for a plane ticket. We need 80,000 points to get a free ticket. If you have even a small amount to donate, we will cover the transfer fee. Please email me if this is something you can do!
2. I would like to collect small items to be able to bring as gifts for the orphans. This includes bubbles, socks, onesies, crayons, etc.
3. Prayer: This trip feels a lot different for me in a lot of ways. This is a trip to potentially get many people in our community involved with caring for these orphanages. Pray for God's leading in this, in choosing a community he would like our community to sponsor. Pray for safety in our journey. Pray for issues that often come up such as our "time of the month" (sounds silly I know),
4. Here’s a BIG one. Will you consider the possibility of sponsoring a child in one of the orphanages I will be visiting? For just $34 a month you can change a child’s life. The neat thing about Children’s HopeChest is that they help facilitate an actual relationship with your sponsored child. You will receive information about their circumstances, family of origin, orphanage, town, and country. You will have the opportunity to write to your child through the CHC website as often as you’d like, as well as send hand written letters if you wish. One of the coolest parts about CHC’s sponsorship program is that they coordinate yearly trips for the sponsors to actually visit their children and orphanages. Can you imagine coming along with me to Africa to visit the poorest of the poor? To bring joy to children in a country where one meal a day is considered a luxury?
I would LOVE to get all of my blogging readers to join together and sponsor an orphan community. Get your children involved. Get your family involved. This will truly change your life!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I am such a dreamer, a risk taker, an adrenaline junkie....but at the same time I am a person of logic and a woman of a sound mind that I would never do anything that "financially doesn't make sense".
The truth is, TJ and I have been offered a "job" to run a baby house-for adoptions out of Gaba, Uganda. WHAT!?!?!? Could this be????? I, Lindsay, have ALWAYS wanted to have an "orphanage" of sorts-a children's home....but Lord, a BABY HOUSE!?!? That's my dream's dream. we have been in contact with people who have been in Uganda, just recently adopted from Uganda, and somehow we have connected.
Also, I am going to Uganda this April through Children's HopeChest with 3 or 4 others from the Fargo community...AWESOME! There, we will be travelling with Peter, a significant person, who has authority and discernment to tell TJ and I if this baby house is "legit"and how to minimize it being corrupt (if that risk is there at all). This Peter guy is also in the know of Children's HopeChest AND this couple that just recently adopted from Uganda. This all just seems to be coming full circle, so why, then, have I completely lost my desire to serving in Africa??
Some thoughts that I have had this week are:
"Why would you want to go to Africa? Your family couldn't be safe"
are you kidding me
"Why would you want to go to Africa You are too small to fix those problems"
are you kidding me?
"Why would you want to go to Africa? It's a waste of money that could otherwise be spent on the children there who have nothing...and you've been there several times anyway".
are you kidding me?
I mean, logic can tell me that "those thoughts are not from God". But sometimes I truly feel these things-really!
I don't know. I'm just rambling, my thoughts are jumbled because it is late and I am tired. I'm tired of thinking, tired of wondering if Africa is for us full time or not. Somtimes I just want to sit in a room full of cute purses and shoes and say "this is good for now" but I know that that is not what God wants with my life.
I love the analogy that God has in the Bible about us being jars of clay. What a beautiful picture to think of as he is refining and molding us-in the Potter's Hand. And each of us are so unique. I love the Body of Christ.
But wouldn't it be easier if we could just be handed a piece of mail and told what steps to take next?!?!!?