2. I wonder if the Southwestern book salesman enjoyed hearing part of our adoption story?
He did seem interested, and asked several questions. This will probably sound terrible, but it's nice having an excuse when a telemarketer calls or a salesman stops by. "I'm afraid we won't be able to help you this time. You see, we're in the process of adopting a child or two from Ethiopia, and all of our extra funds are going toward that this year." Nothing against Southwestern books; in fact, they're great. We just really don't want to spend the extra money right now. We do still try to help out worthwhile charities when we can. It's amazing that the more you give to the Lord's service, the more you get back. When God leads you to do something, He will provide. Always. Way beyond our expectations.
3. Malia refuses to share her Capreen toothpaste with anyone.
I'm not sure exactly what Capreen is; however, she insists that is what the flavor is called (I always thought it was mint-flavored. Shows how much I know). She claims that, "The other kids should use the bubblegum toothpaste. I don't like that kind."
4. When Malia wants to play "chest" with you, please understand that she means chess.
And when she wants a "crispy" to eat, it means biscuit. (?)
5. When Malia takes her nap in the afternoon, the other kids have to read a book for at least an hour. Yesterday, Ashton decided to read to the dog, who for some reason didn't seem very interested in the story line.
11. This coming week is our church's VBS. I am helping to teach one of the preschool classes. The other teacher plans on leading the lesson for three of the days, and assigned the other two lessons to me. I find it interesting that both of my lessons just happen to be about mothers who gave up their children. I will be teaching about Baby Moses and Samuel. Both mothers loved their children. Both prayed for their children. Both gave their children to someone else to raise. I think about my Ethiopian child(ren)'s mother all the time. What must she be going through? I'm sure she loves her children and doesn't want to give them up, yet wants a better life for them. So she gives them up to God. I am amazed and so humbled at these mothers' sacrifices.