This One’s Going to be Random…

I really should be washing the piles of dishes accumulating in my sink, but instead I chose to sit down, type out a few words, and drink some iced coffee from a mason jar.

iced coffee

I’m on day 3  of 6 of baby-sitting for a friend and I. AM. TIRED. My little friends are wonderful and great kids, but whoosh am I not used to that pace of life yet! Caring for a 2.5 & 14 month old is busy! Today as I was reading to one of the kiddos, I realized that the ages of G & M are almost identical to the ages of my friends’ kids (if their documentation is correct). Life will change dramatically when they come home and I can’t wait for it!

In two and a half weeks, the husband and I are hitting the road for two weeks to drive up to Northern California to visit wineries, friends, and enjoy time away. Any tips for long car rides? We like reading books to one another. On our last big road trip, we read almost three of the Harry Potter books. We may try to finish the series on the road, but we are open to other ideas.

Last week, I signed up for a blogging class for the month of July with Blogelina. Included in the class is a year of free web-hosting, so this site may be changing a lot in the near future. I’m really excited to see what God will do with this little blog. I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a new name. If you have any ideas, I’d love to throw them in the pot! My husband has been trying to have me sit down to do a day of brainstorming for the blog…maybe that will finally happen this week!

This past Saturday I had a small Thirty-One party to raise some funds for our adoption. Thank you to all who came and purchased some products! It was fun sharing with people our heart for adoption and even in the midst of the trials how God is changing our hearts and revealing to us more of His heart for orphans and families. Orphan care and sustainable living in third world countries has definitely been ruminating in our hearts lately. We’re looking forward to how God will continue to grow that passion and vision in our lives. This week I am finally picking up Orphan Justice: how to care for orphans beyond adoption by Johnny Carr. It should be a good read and I’m ready to learn more about how to love and care for the 98% of orphans who are never adopted or have families to call their own.

We still have A LOT of funds to raise for our adoption, but I’m pretty worn out from fundraising and I’m pretty sure my social media friends are tired of me saying stuff about it online. After the Thirty-One fundraiser, we’re taking a break from fundraising until we get back from vacation. If you’re interested in helping out during that time, there is a link on the upper right-hand corner (says donate now) that you can click and it will send you to our tax-deductible donation account. Other than that, we’d just appreciate your prayers for our girls, the process, and our funding.

This summer I’m re-reading a book called Bread & Wine with some friends and once a month we are going to get together for dinner and make some of the dishes in the book. I’m looking forward to cultivating community with women over the table and in homes. There is something special about sharing a meal and sharing your heart with women who have walked different journeys.

It’s really hot in Tucson now…like REALLY hot. I’m glad that I’ll be getting a break from it for 3 days while I’m on a quick trip to watch my brother play baseball in Iowa.

it's hot

One last random thought…this weekend I bought a new mop. And it’s awesome. That’s all.

Have a great week friends!

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2 thoughts on “This One’s Going to be Random…

  1. We love reading to each other as well! (road-trip or no road-trip) I recommend reading Marley and Me (WAY better than the movie, as is the case most times); being the dog-people you are, I think you’ll get a kick out of reading about Marley’s crazy antics and the growth in the family who own him. We really enjoyed it and still speak fondly of the time when we read it together. We also use road-trip time to ask each other the hard questions about life (“How do you think _____ is going? I know you wanted to work on this – are you encouraged/discouraged? How can I help you accomplish ______ more? What ideas/things have you been thinking about lately?”) – overall, just a more in-depth time of “checking in” with each other. Sounds like a great trip ahead for you! 🙂

  2. I agree with Dawn. Our road trips are filled with “the question game”! I’ve found some awesome questions to ask your spouse/significant other on pinterest. I think it drives Travis nuts at first but then he’ll play along 🙂 We are also avid Name Game players! Sometimes when we’re just hanging out at home we’ll break out into it. It’s the simple game where someone starts out naming a famous person, then the other person follows with another person starting with the first letter of the last name. For example: I’d say Jennifer Aniston and he’d have to follow with someone who’s first name starts with “A”, Adam Sandler. It can get pretty funny to see what name pops into your head 🙂

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