One Child Campaign is a ministry outreach of Faith Central Ministries. The vision of the Orphan Awareness and Vision trips is to create a united effort of ministries to give voice to the over 5.5 million orphans in Ethiopia and around the world. This will be accomplished through sponsorship, empowerment and discipleship that will meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children. This trip will immerse you into the lives of orphans and street kids. It will create an experience that will raise awareness not only to the orphan, but also for the body of Christ to realize the impact it can have through advocacy and adoption. An important part of our ministry is to provide resources for adoptive families. This is a mission to raise up a generation with selfless faith. Together, we can breathe hope into the orphan crisis.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Week 2 of "7 Challenge" complete...
Well, it's the end of week two...well, technically, the beginning of week three...as awesome as it's been, why is time going by so slowly??! I guess that's actually that is a good thing. This week was the week that we chose to just wear seven items of clothing fall week long as per our family 7 Manifesto. Here were my choices:
It was trickier than I imagined in my mind. Thankfully, we office out of the house, but I still had a very full week of meetings, phone calls, work outs, office and home projects out the wazoo. In this always changing Oklahoma weather, any given day is a gamble to know what the temperature will be. While we've still been really enjoying our food, we're realizing that we are blowing through our food budget way faster than we imagined due to how much chicken and fresh fruits and veggies we are consuming. We're both still down about 5 pounds, but for the sake of the budget we may switch our meat to beef, as we have a freezer full of grain-fed cow.
As well as the first week went, I was feeling quite confident that I could tackle this week with ease. Nope. Turns out, I have more issues. I like the creative process of choosing what to wear and though my closet has been almost cut in half (and Becca cleaned out 110 items from her side), I still have so many choices...and I wore my sleep/work out combo of shorts and a tee seems like every day for hours at a time. I did cheat on Thursday by putting on a blazer: partly because I had a very important meeting and it was a good choice as we had sleet and cold rain most of the day compared to the almost 80 degrees the day before. Ahhhh Okie weather. In full transparency, I also had to incorporate a belt on Saturday and Sunday as we had a One Child event and church - and though I haven't lost more weight...the inches are going away and my pants were falling off. Nuff said.
I just finished a much needed sacred pause due to the lack of pauses this past week and the serious lack of sleep due to children up all night...and for the safety of my family and the general public, I had my first glorious cup of Ethiopian liquid glory this morning in over 2.5 weeks. Trust me, it was necessary. In exchange for this, I will be choosing another thing that I love to give up for the next several days. It's not about the law people, but the guidelines are appreciated and being kept for the most part. We've had a couple of extra spending situations this week including taking Sakari to the doctor and pharmacy for poison ivy that she got on her face after distinctly disobeying Momma's orders...hello, obedience and consequences discussion with our almost 5 year old.
We're happy to report that so far, no plants have been killed and our indoor herb garden is coming along nicely and I can't wait to rip into some fresh basil! My mouth just watered as I typed basil. Too far? Oh well, this is who I am. Enjoy this picture of the herb growth on the dining room table.
We also enjoyed another relaxing Shabbat dinner, I don't know, there's just something about it. Yesterday evening, we set up our outdoor garden (still a little work to do) and plan to plant seeds in just a few minutes (yes, in the middle of my work day). We will also be adding one more "row" of dirt in our homemade planting bins as known as Rubbermaid tubs with drainage holes drilled by the power tool queen (Becca) which we set on top of their lids for extra good drainage on the west side of our home. We thought we would try this idea because we despise weeding and it will be manageable and right out our dining room and kitchen, next to our compost bin. If you look closely to this picture you can see a cute little guy looking on...and yes, recycling is still fun...if only for the exercise of it.
Cheers, my friends! Have a great week!
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