Monday, February 21, 2011


I'm sure you have all heard about this book...if you haven't...i strongly recommend you all go to Barnes & Noble & find it!! I have to admit...I've never been one to read. Up until about 3 days ago, I would go as far as saying...I very strongly disliked reading. My kids have actually said .."the only thing my mom likes to read is magazines!!" Well Kiddos...not anymore!! I read through the entire "Radical" Book..yes, cover to cover in less than a day...yay!! And I'm now considering reading it for the 2nd,3rd, 100th time!! Yes, it was THAT good!! And last night, I drove down to the book store again, and purchased myself another book!! I'm currently on pg 121 of Choosing to Beth Chapman. And once again, I recommend it...even though your tears will be flowing. Like I've said like a billiongajillion times...ever since returning from ET..In my Heart & mind, I've gone through every possible option as to how we can better serve, minister, love on, share the word of those in ET, and right here at home. I've actually been wanting to read Radical for several months now...I've been putiing it on the sideburner...possibly because I knew how it would make me feel, or I should it should make us feel. But, now what?? Should we just sponsor a child or children?? Should we lead a mission trip to ET?? There is a song I listen to on a daily's by the African Children's Choir...Called Jeremiah. Goes something like this..
  "Jeremiah, what do you see?? I see the branch of an almond tree. Jeremiah, what do you see?? I see the branch of an almond tree. The voice of the lord come to Isaiah. Whom shall I send to go for us?? The voice of the Lord come to Isaiah. Whom shall I send to go for us?? Here I am Lord, send me , send me lord. Here I am Lord, send me. Do not say that you are too young. Whom shall I send to go for us?? Wherever you want Lord."

   Those are the words that are stuck with me. Now, I'm sure all of our family out there is thinking..."oh my goodness...Kristen, stop this crazy thinking!!" Don't work yourselves up...We are not moving to Africa today!! But, please buy the book "Radical" and see for yourselves what we are commanded to do...not called to do. I hear God saying..." the things I require of  you Kristen arent always going to be fun, easy, or stress free." Actually totally opposite. Whether God sends me.... in the way... of leading a mission trip, fundraising for an organization that supports orphanages, or sharing His Word...I pray that my family & I are used for his Glory. Talk about a deep post, huh??
   On a lighter note...I've been majorly slacking on my blog...we had a relaxing Valentine's Day..the kids and I made Kasey a Valentiney Dinner, complete with homemade cards, Catawba(fake champagne!!) name cards for our spots at the table, and candles:) The kids always look forward to this every year!! Today we are enjoying being together as a family...yes, even Kasey is home with us!! I wish you all a wonderful week!!
                   Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American DreamChoosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and HopeSorry about the "click to look inside!!" You'll just have to go to the store, purchase yourself one and read away!!!
                                                                xo Kristen

Thursday, February 10, 2011

the talk of baboons...

For the last 6 months or so, Ageze & Tesfa would frequently use the word...Omboma(sp?). I've looked this word up several times!! I was beginning to think they must really like President Obama!!Ha!!! Every time I'd look this mysterious word up..all that would show  up was Barack Obama!! Anyhow, the other night while at my parents house, the boys were getting pretty fired up on this the topic of omboma!! We asked the boys several questions.."what is it?" what does omboma mean?" "what does it look like?" and so on...well, what we got in return was something like this..." big, mean like lion, open doors, tall legs, monkey face, big teeth, naughty, eat puppy!" So, we went up to the computer..typed in ethiopian animals...a long list of pictures came up...Ageze was sure he would know exactly what it would look like...and he did!!!!!!                                                                                                                                                    The Gelada (Theropithecus gelada), sometimes called the Gelada Baboon, is a species of Old World monkey found only in the Ethiopian Highlands, with large populations in the Semien Mountains. Theropithecus is derived from the Greek root words for "beast-ape."[3][4] Like its close relatives, the baboons (genus Papio), it is largely terrestrial, spending much of its time foraging in grasslands.

Go to fullsize imageGo to fullsize imageGo to fullsize imageGo to fullsize image These were a few of the pics that he pointed out!! No wonder they run to their rooms shouting..."no omboma, no omboma get you!!" Now I have absolutely no idea if this word they are using means a Baboon....but, I do catch them playing Baboon on occasion...yep, yesterday, we went to an indoor playland...and I got a few questions about what the boys were playing!! C'mon people..havent you ever played baboon or hyena before??? Ha!! The other women there got a good laugh or two!! On a more serious note, I cannot imagine having such a fear as this. This was a real fear of the boys. Ageze claims they would eat their food, and they were able to open the door at their home. He said, with such disgust & fear, that they would see these ALOT!! He said," momma, they have big teeth, naughty, open Ageze door at house, come in, Ageze ET papa say... Ageze run!!" When they start talking of life in ET, you can hear their hearts pounding, they get very into telling their stories...often times it will go on for an hour!! That particular night, Ageze also told us he would eat cow tongue...He showed us how they would cut it off, put it on a stick and put it in the fire...he said.."yummy, Ageze like it!!" Again, I cannot imagine. Each & Every time they share with us about their lives in ET...I am taught. This was not a nightmare for was their reality. As they continue to grow in their height, weight & speech...I continue to grow in ways I never knew existed..and for that, I am so very thankful.                                                                                                            xo kristen

Thursday, February 3, 2011

a whole lotta sick.

Oh yes, there's been a whole lotta coughing, ear-tuggin, noses runnin around this place!! And, this momma is sick of it!! I guess after being coughed on for the last 2 weeks, I was bound to have the sniffles, yep...I'm sick & tired. First it started with the younger two!! Those little guys have ridiculous high pain I took them both in on Sunday...Saturday night was a.longgggg.night. Ageze was crying about his ear(for the first time!) and they were both coughing their lungs, Sunday a.m. off we went to the clinic. The Dr. said.."Mam, don't be surprised if you see blood coming from his ear...he has bad ear infections in both ear's and they could very easily rupture at this point(thankully this did not happen!!)...I wouldn't be one bit surprised if that happened!!" What a horrible mom!! That's what i thought anyhow..but seriously...he had not even mentioned his ear hurt till the night before!! Anyhow...we left with med's for both of them..Tesfa only had 1 ear infected..then Kate was home Tuesday & Wed, & now it's me!! I wish there were such thing as "call in sick" days for us mommas!! On the brighter is about 50 degrees warmer than that's something to celebrate!!! Comeon Spring:)    xo Kristen