family fall 2016

family fall 2016

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMACHI





 
 
 
We were matched with Noah almost 2 years ago (April 2012) through Amachi! "Amachi" is a Nigerian word meaning
 "Who knows but what God has brought us through this child?"
 
Amachi is a mentoring program for children and youth who have a parent in state or federal prison. Our hearts were tugged to pursue this after watching the movie "Courageous."  Children with parents in prison have a 70% chance of ending up in prison as adults.
 
With your help, Amachi can break the cycle of incarceration and continue to create opportunities for children in our city, ages 4 to 17, to connect with individuals who can encourage and care for them.
 
 
Jeremy will be competing in a duathlon on Saturday April 12 (exactly 2 years to the day that we first met Noah :) in honor of Noah's life, potential, and dreams. We pray that the cycle of incarceration will stop with him and he will grow up to be a strong Warrior for the Lord.  We have so much hope for Noah and his mom. We have loved living life with them and watching him grow up. He is 2 months younger than Mabel and is excelling in Kindergarten this year. 

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN...


 Jeremy has a fundraising goal of a minimum of $100. Please consider making a donation to Jeremy and Noah's team this year! Are you called to invest in the lives of vulnerable children in Knoxville?

To donate to Amachi in honor of Jeremy and Noah, please go HERE! and leave us a comment to cheer the boys on!
 
Who knows what God has in store for this boy's
(and so many other babes) LIFE!?!
 
 
A look back at our past two years together... woo wee he has grown SO much!





 
 
 
 



 


 





 

 



 

 
 
 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PERSPECTIVE

Breastfeeding gives you some time to reflect and pray. A lot of time actually. As I looked into my baby boy's face in the middle of the night for the ~60th feed since he had been born last Thursday; I couldn't help but think of my girls down the hall and their birth mothers. I don't and will probably never know their birth weight or length, what time they were born or even the exact day, whether they were in a hospital or plopped straight into that red dirt I have come to love so much, whether their father cut their umbilical cord or if he was present for any of their life after conception, whether the cord was wrapped around their neck like their brother's was causing a moment of sheer panic in their mother's heart.  I don't know when their first step was or their first word. BUT I do know some things. While the majority of the first 2.5-3 years of their lives are a blank slate to me and the next 2 are comprised of second hand reports from the SAINTS  and volunteers who cared for them, cherished pictures, and 4 personal visits across the ocean; I HOLD ONTO THE TRUTHS I KNOW TODAY. I WILL TEACH THEM TO HOLD ON TO THESE TRUTHS AS THEY GROW OLDER and begin to ask questions. And they will ask questions and doubt and believe lies from Satan about their stories.





TRUTHS I KNOW:  Their mothers both chose LIFE over and over for them. They chose not to end their lives as their stomachs began to round and the fatigue grew. They chose LIFE day after day and possibly years of breastfeeding them. While I was busy studying for finals my freshman and sophomore years of college to get into nursing school, two BRAVE women across the ocean were waking up every 2-3 hours possibly on a cot or foam pad,  but more likely on a hard cement block or in the red dirt to feed their children, MY CHILDREN.


 Needless to say, it took me a few hours to fall back asleep last night. I was filled with overwhelming GRATITUDE for the sacrifice of my children's birth mothers to choose LIFE for them. Adoption is often filled with loss and missing pictures and we will be processing and dealing with that with our girls for the rest of their lives. BUT last night made me realize how much I want to really SEEK TRUTH for my girls and pull parts of their story out that celebrate life and how much they were and are loved, cherished, and fought for. Adoption is a story of redemption. There must be great loss and tragedy for it to be needed in the first place. It shows me more of Jesus than I could ever put into words.



 It is easy to get caught up in the numbers, milestones, pictures (even though I do love pictures) when you have a baby and all of those things are really fun in this new season with Jude but what really matters right now is choosing LIFE for my child 8-12 times/ day and being truly present for him as I provide nourishment for him to LIVE. This perspective helps me not complain (as much) :).

 
 
My prayer today for all of my children is that they would LIVE their whole life "as God’s chosen people, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED,  and clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience"- Adapted from Colossians 3:12.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

FORGET THE FROCK 2014

"That instead of saying: It’s not my child, my community, my problem, a Lent that says: It’s not happening on my watch."

Lord, "Give us a Lent that goes with less so others can live "
- Ann Voscamp

Consider ending your lent with this?




The Millers will be joining in on "Forget The Frock" this year!! All of the proceeds towards Feeding the Orphans will go towards babes in Ghana in the homes that Portia and Mabel used to live in plus many others!!  I challenge you, your family, your youth group, your church to do the same!!
 
To order your shirts from FTO, go HERE!

FTF Website Logo



Forget the Frock isn't a charity--this is a MOVEMENT, started by a woman who loves Jesus and answered His call to do SOMETHING. That something was the decision to forego all the frilly frock (you know, dresses, suites, ties) that accompanied Easter attire and purchase a t-shirt that actually served a PURPOSE, a shirt that would feed a hungry child. This movement isn't asking you to support a specific cause, and we're not into fundraising.  We're here to challenge you to apply James 1:27 to your life by simply choosing to wear an article of clothing that meets a need instead of adorning ourselves this Easter Sunday.
 
To learn more about Forget the Frock, go to http://forgetthefrock.org/.