Thursday, November 08, 2007


Nate, holding a pen and piece of paper out: Mom can you write a curse word?

Me, shocked: No, we don't say curse words and we don't write them.

Nate: But Grandma writes them all the time.

Me: Do you mean cursive words?

Nate: Yeah!


The other day Nate and I were watching an Animal Planet special on the Black Mamba snake of South Africa. Kenny was nursing and didn't seem to be paying any attention. Then all of a sudden he looked up, pointed to the TV and said, "Mamba". Nate was impressed.


Abi: Mommy, what are these bumps on my tongue?

Me: Taste buds.

Abi: HAHAHAHAHA, taste bugs! No mommy, what are they really called?

Me: Not taste bugs, taste buds, Silly.

Abi, laughing even harder: Taste butts?!

More Beautiful Faces of CFM

This last picture is of our orphan girls. They live in a government-run orphanage that keeps them until they finish 8th grade. After that, they're pretty much on their own. We minister to them at the orphanage and keep an apartment where they can bathe and get a good meal on the weekends.

Three orphan girls have lived at the apartment after reaching the age limit, with a girl from my g12, Ogii Tseegii, who is sort of like their older sister. They finished their high school with the help of Ogii Tseegii, and now, all 3 attend universities, a dream come true for them. The girls who still live at the orphanage come to church when they are allowed.

Please pray for us to continue this work. We desperately need money to provide these girls with an education and a place to live when the time comes. Also pray for Ogii Tseegii and the orphanage ministry as it grows and expands.

What's Been Making Me Smile

  1. Kenny, repeating everything like a parrot.
  2. The thought of 5 days of peace and quiet and lovely afternoon treks through the snow-covered, Narnia-like pine forest.
  3. Abi volunteering to do dishes and doing a fine job.
  4. My new friends in Kansas.
  5. A first time mother calling me in a panic to ask if her knitting would cause her unborn baby's umbilical cord to become tangled.
  6. Making Nate eat his words when he said, "Girls can't play basketball."
  7. Sharing red beans with sausage and rice and cornbread with my Mongolian friends. (Thanks for the cornmeal, Twila!)
  8. The 3 hour nap I had this afternoon.
  9. Being a Titus 2 woman.
  10. A dash of cinnamon in my coffee.
What's been making you smile?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Bread, Vacations, and Babies

When God said that man shall not live by bread alone, He wasn't figuring we'd put rosemary and thyme in it!

The kids, my helper, Boloroo and I ate a whole loaf with hamburger stew for lunch today. It was fresh out of the oven, sliced with loads of butter...mmmmmm.

In other news, our little vacation has been postponed for a few days. Hetee had a few loose ends to tie up at church before we can leave. I'm holding my breath so that nothing else happens in the meantime to make us postpone even further. I actually cried, I was so disappointed. Today I keep thinking, I shouldn't even be here! Hopefully all will go well and we'll be able to go at the end of this week or beginning of the next.

Been saying that since March.

Now on to the baby part of my post.

To all my family members back in the States, who think I don't have a TV, no, I'm not pregnant.

Here's a picture of a young couple who, a few months ago were faced with an unplanned pregnancy and the pressure of family to abort . Thanks to our Little Hearts sponsors, we were able to help them make the right choice AND we provided groceries for the mother during the pregnancy.

Ankhaa, baby Egshiglen, and proud daddy, Babaa

These guys have a neat story. Soon after eloping, against her family's wishes, Ankhaa became pregnant. Her parents (not Christians) knew that Babaa came to our church so they asked if they could meet with us. They were distraught and adamant that their daughter have an abortion. Hetee pleaded with her father to allow them to have the baby. He told Ankhaa's dad that we would help provide food and prenatal care for his daughter so that she would not go hungry. The father, who had come to trust Hetee, finally agreed. We took Ankhaa in, under the Little Hearts Feeding Program and provided her with weekly groceries, vitamins and birth classes.

Egshiglen's birth was easy and very fast. Ankhaa and Babaa would like to say thank you for giving to make a difference in their little family!