Monday, February 28, 2011

A Broken Heart.....

I have been researching about Democratic Republic of Congo and piece of my heart tore off into a million pieces.  The children and people of that country have no hope.  They are inhabitants of the poorest country in the world...that is FACT!!  The number of orphans in that country is astounding and that does not even count the number of street children that are roaming living on the brink of death with every breath they take. 
I recently had the privilege to speak with a native Congolese woman, who now lives in the United States.  She now travels back and forth.  She described the poverty to me in such detail.  People say it is all relative.  It is NOT!!!!  I am sorry, but it is not.  I have been to other countries and it is not relative.  They still need basic necessities to live, and they are not any cheaper in those countries.  Thus far, every country I have been on most items are the same price as here or more expensive.  So for someone who lives on less than $1 per day cannot buy beans to feed their family, because enough beans to feed their family would more than deplete their monthly income.  And that is only food to put in their starving bellies.  That does not pay for $2 medicine to save their child from dying of Malaria, clean water to drink, electricity, schooling for their children, and the list can keep going and never end. 
A piece of my heart broke off when I was told and read in various places that in the Congo, little girls as young as 4 and 5 years old will sell themselves to survive.  They will become victims of child molestation to simply survive.  They will become victims of extensive sexual, mental, and physical abuse.  It starts at that age and NEVER ends...NEVER!!!!!  My oldest daughter is 6 years old, and I will say again my heart is broken...BROKEN!!!  Your child, your daughter will have to sell herself at the young age of 4 years old because she has no food to put in her mouth.  She has had no food for days, weeks.  Her belly is distended and full of parasites.  She will willingly make herself a victim of horrid abuse to simply be able to take another breath of life.  This child has no hope.  She has no future.  She will not go to school and she will never be able to break the cycle.  She has no voice.  She does these things and cannot cry out, because who is she going to cry to?  She has NO ONE!!  My heart not only is broken for these girls, but is in a million pieces because people, Christians, so not care.  They care more about themselves.  When you do nothing to change the simply do not care.  I can sadly say I was there once.  I was there where it was out of sight, out of mind.  But now it is not out of sight, and it sure is not out of my mind.  Those children do  not deserve to live like that.  They do not deserve to be orphans.  They do not deserve to starve to death.  They do not deserve to live with a broken heart.  What they do DESERVE is for our HEARTS to BREAK so then we can then mend their heart back together with our love.  They deserve a life of HOPE and LOVE.  Will you allow your heart to break so that an orphan's heart can be healed?

If you have the time go here and read some gut-wrenching facts and thoughts that should make your heart stop a few beats and cause a tear-stained face.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ready for Spring

 We are so ready for Spring here.  The weather was absolutely beautiful while Kevin, Morgan, Naomi, Justin, Brittany, Kaden, Aaron, and Lisa were here.  I have lots more pictures but I want to do some touch ups of the others.  I got some gorgeous shots of little Naomi and Kaden.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I think most everyone is celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend spending quality time with those that they love most.  When holidays come you often think about what they mean to you and what you do to celebrate with those you love.  For me, it is also a time when I think about those that don't have these special times to remember.  They don't have wonderful memories on any given day, much less a Valentine's Day.  They don't have anyone to love them.  They don't have anyone to hold them.  They are all alone in this world.  There is Jesus to comfort them, but most do not even know who Jesus is.  All we can do to help these orphaned children is keep making it One Less.  That is what we have to do.  We have to love them and hold them and tell them who Jesus is.

Anyone needing something quick and yummy to whip up for a party?  These cookies are the easiest thing to make...I promise.  I rarely make them because I could literally sit and eat them all.  I am not much on cookies or most sweets for that matter, but there is something simply blissful about these cookies.  I have tried every "from scratch" sugar cookie recipe and have yet to find one that is satisfying like these.  These are not a good recipe for sugar cookie cutouts, but are great for decorating. 

1 white cake mix
(do not use one that has pudding mix in it)
1/3 C oil

 Mix all together
 Spoon onto greased cookie sheet, and
bake at 375 for 8-10min
 Let Cool
I use store bought white frosting
(it is the best)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Got Love? Adopt!

There is an awesome family who is adopting a little girl from South Korea and they have some awesome Orphan Awareness gear that they are selling as their fundraiser.  I purchased one of the original Got Love? shirts and I LOVE IT!!!  I will be ordering a tye dye one soon.  Oh, and they have the coolest beverage mugs.  I think I may need one of those too....hmmm...Valentine's Day...Mother's Day...we shall see. 
You can check out their stuff here.  They are also having a giveaway that I believe will end sometime tomorrow, so hurry on over and help spread the word about their gear.  And most of all lets pray for this family who is making it ONE LESS!!
I finally got all the new pieces up on the Making Footprints site.  Mom and I have been really busy the past 2 days making jewelry while we have been snowed in.  I am going to try and take pictures of the new pieces tomorrow and get them up as soon as possible. 
GOOD NEWS.......One of our fellow His Hands families finally is seeing light at the end of the tunnel and will be able to get their precious little boy soon.  Some of you may have been following on facebook or know the story already, but they have had a nightmare of an adoption.  AIT in Taiwan never would give sweet Owen a visa to leave the country to come home.  The courts granted The Smith's to be his parents but then AIT would not issue a visa.  They have been trying for 8 months all avenues to find a way to bring him home.  All avenues failed.  But thank you God that they will be able to move to Australia (Mark's job transferred him) and will be united with their son soon.  So, we should see some amazing soon of  three families, the two of have cared for and taken Owen in and the other of the family finally being ONE and together.  I love good news and wanted to share.  I, personally, cannot wait to see those pictures.  So, Christine if you are reading this you better share those pictures as soon as they are taken.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fundraisers and Facebook

For those who may not know, my mother and I have been working since the early fall on fundraising for our foreign mission trips and helping adoptive families fundraise (that one is a work in progress).  We just branched out with some really cool new items.  We started a facebook page and you can find it under Making Footprints and if you haven't checked out our website you can go here and scroll through all the older posts to see items that we have made and sold to our wonderful supporters.  We are raising all the funds to use while we are in Costa Rica in May.  We are wanting to purchases Spanish Bibles to take with us, and help "the least of these" that we may meet.  If you know anyone that is adopting and would like to fundraise with us let them know they can email me at  We are also working on t-shirt designs and I am hoping we can get those designs out for all to view in about 3-4 weeks.  These will be an awesome fundraiser for adoptive families.  The more we can sell, the bigger profit to be made (costs less per shirt).  I have posted all of our new items on our facebook page, so take a look and see if there is anything you might need.  And keep checking back on facebook, because you don't want to miss the upcoming giveaway that we are getting ready to launch in the next couple of days. 

This is my FAVORITE piece!!!
I want it for myself, but will
have to wait til I can get some more made.

I named this piece "Love Is Not  A Color."  It represents the love that makes a family of all colors.  We will definitely be making some more similar to this. 

Another awesome fundraiser going on is The Adopt Shoppe.  You can find this shop on facebook as well and on etsy.  Kate's store name is The Adopt Shoppe on both sites.  Her family is raising money to adopt their 4th child from Taiwan.  They just brought Mia home this summer and are in the beginning of the process again.  An amazing family.  You can read all about them here.  Kate is getting ready to launch a new item for her store and is doing an amazing giveaway to 5 lucky people.  The giveaway will end on Friday, so you better head over to Facebook and LIKE The Adopt Shoppe. 

Click on the above image and it will go straight to The Adopt Shoppe Facebook page.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year

Leia is a little young to really understand anything about Chinese New Year, but we celebrated just a little.  We went out to eat Chinese food with Dad, Mom, Jeff, and Linda.  It was nice and relaxing.  The restaurant was so quiet and the food yummy.  We have not eaten Chinese food since we were in Taiwan (kind of had our fill for a while when we were there).  Leia and Carson love rice.  It has to be a genetic thing.  Carson ate rice before any other food as a baby.  People thought he would choke on it and it would get stuck in his mouth, but NO.  He loves it!!  Leia was kinda partial to the egg rolls too....and the Fortune Cookies.  I think she had three fortune cookies.
A Chinese tradition is to give your children money in a red envelope on Chinese New Year.  I plan on doing this and saving their envelopes for when they are older.  For those who do not know, Chinese New Year lasts two weeks and everything shuts down.  The government offices close.  Everyone simply spends time with their family.  And, I hear, there are really awesome festivals. 
 Our Chinese Princess is ready to celebrate
 Give me some food
 Liv and Pappaw
 Daddy and His Chinese Princess

 Eating some yummy Chinese cuisine
 Logan eating his American cuisine
 Carson, eating a little of both
 waiting on Mommy and her food
 2nd bowl of ice cream
 Papa, Daddy, Leia, and Carson
 Daddy reading his fortune
 Liv reading her fortune.  She is getting ready to be
promoted in her
 Carson almost ate his fortune
Daddy's fortune read, "It is easy to make friends than
to keep them."