Saturday, February 25, 2012

4th Birthday

It's been just over a month since we celebrated Malakai & Amiya's 4th birthday. It's hard to believe that they're already 4 years old and it also marked 6 months at home together! 

Since there's been a LOT of new in their lives, and ours, we decided to keep things somewhat simple and close to home. On January 16, Wes & I stayed up late blowing up 80+ balloons and filled their room with all the balloons. We put streamers coming down from the dining room doorway and everything on the table was Toy Story themed. They loved playing with the balloons and a couple days later loved helping Wes pop every single one of them! 

For dinner they got their favorite, Peanut Butter & Jelly and wore some very special hats that they couldn't decide if they wanted to keep on their heads or on the table.
  On Saturday, Wes' mom (Gigi), aunt, sister (Aunt Kelly) & cousin Zach came to visit so we celebrated with them along with our friends Aunt Melissa, Uncle Michael & Cohen. We made some strawberry cupcakes that the kids seemed to enjoy

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Forgotten Initiative

Listen in as Jen Young, Forgotten Advocate, shares the impact one 'journey bag' had on a precious foster care child,
"A caseworker called to say thank you for the journey bags we delivered. She described one story of a child that came into care with a sibling from a horrible situation that involved a death of a parent. Caseworkers tried to keep the two brothers together, but could not, which was very difficult for the boys.  The caseworker said that when she gave them a journey bag, their eyes lit up. She expressed how excited they were to have their own bag and the joy it brought the kids really touched the caseworker as well. 
I couldn't help but tell this caseworker about the 500 bags we received from a church that put each of these bags together.  I told her that while we're glad the bags are appreciated, needed and useful, God cares about this child and took care of the details. His hand was upon this situation and He knew just what this child needed!"
The "Journey Bag Project" is just one way The Forgotten Initiative, partnering with Lifesong for Orphans, seeks to bring joy and purpose to the foster care community. 
To see how you can be involved or to learn more, please visit their website.