Friday, March 18, 2011

A Judgement Call...

There's this blog that I lurk around at every once in a while. I know of this family through the adoption world and I used to find their family facinating. I was so captivated by their ability to have so much going on and handle it all with such grace and true faith.

This is a good place to insert the fact that I am a terrible judge of character and my first impressions are almost always wrong.

Anyway, I have had the opportunity to follow (via blog) this family for over 2 years now.


Oh, how my first impressions definitely deceived me once again!

I think of this family nearly every day. I have caught myself judging them to the point of condemnation. I KNOW that the way they live is built on their own experiences and their own version of faith.

I know that my obsession with the way they live is sinful. I have tried to reason with myself and come to some logical explanation as to why I even give this family a second thought. They are clear across the country and I have no connection to them what-so-ever.

After much thought, I think I have come up with an answer as to why I think of them so often. Today, as I was cleaning my (too big) house and washing my (too many) clothes, I started to think that perhaps it's

MY outlook that is un-faith-filled. (my own made up word)

This family has 12 kids. It would be 13, but an adoption disrupted. Some are grown and out of the house but I think 6 or 7 of them still live at home. I belive all of the kiddos have been home-schooled. Mom and Dad are 50 years old. NEITHER parent is working, and they just announced that they are expecting. (yes, as in PREGGERS!)

They openly admit that they do not have money in the bank to pay April's bills. Yet they road trip across country far more often than my family of 4 goes on vacation. They attend marriage workshops and purchase books and stay in hotels and then plea on their blog for jobs and provision.

In my world, this is complete irresponsibility. Teetering on the brink of abusive to children who may not be provided with opportunities they need to car, college, social events, etc.

Now before you get all indignant, remember that this is my opinion on my blog...but I have ALWAYS thought that is is our responsibility as parents to provide our kids with everything they need to complete college or whatever technical training they will need to perform a meaningful, wage- paying, honest job.

WHERE is the responsibility in any of the antics of above said family?

Does anyone have an opinion on any of this?
Am I completely out of line? (I mean, aside from judging them)

Or am I living too conservatively?
Is my faith weak because I don't expect Jesus to intervene for me at every corner?

~ I rely on Jesus to press on me and whisper in my ear and encourage me to make good decisions. ~I rely on Jesus to watch over my family and give me discernment in dangerous or iffy situations. ~I rely on Jesus to heal my loved ones when they are in pain and ailing. ~I rely on Jesus to stay close to my children and wrap his arms about them when they are hurting and scared. ~I rely on Jesus to place people on the planet where they are needed to minister to unchurched, unloved and injured people. ~I would even rely on Jesus to provide for my family in the case of a catastrophic injury or some unexpected expense.

I do not rely on Jesus to pay my monthly bills.

What do you think?


Monday, March 14, 2011

March Meltdown...

I was soo on track. I had posted 3 times before the middle of February. I was gonna be back to my regular musings that entertained all three of you and kept you glued to the edges of your seats...

Ugh. Life. It soo gets in the way sometimes.

I had a little melt down. Some of you know that I have been to Ghana, and I have adopted and I went back to Ghana with some friends last summer. In fact, my last post was about some of the great things that went on while we were on that trip. Warm. Fuzzy. Nice.

Every silver lining has a cloud, right? Right. Said cloud began to pour on me about 3 days after my last post. A group of 20 people will have 20 ideas and 20 agendas and 20 personalities and 20 opinions. Two groups of 20 people will have 40 ideas and 40 agendas.....well, you get the idea.

Sometimes more is less.
Sometimes bigger isn't better.

I want to calf-rope. I want to throw my hands in the air and walk away from the difficultness. I could easily wash my hands of the whole thing and find an "easier" Ghanaian project to support. BUT...

I have two VERY dear friends and an adolescent boy in Ghana that I pray for every night. I won't give up my ties to Northern Ghana because of these people. I will support and try to help however I can because these lives touched mine.

My life was forever changed because of some VERY SPECIFIC faces and people in the community of Vea.

Pray for me. Pray for Vea. And Pray for Matt Turner because I think he will be the one to get it all done.

Peace and Grace!


Friday, February 25, 2011


Some of you know that I travelled to Ghana for the third time last summer. This trip was a little different from my others. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel with an amazing group of people. We were a group from all walks of life with one common purpose. We went to enrich the lives of people in my son's home village of Vea.

We saw and treated over 700 people during a medical/dental clinic. One of our physicians even delivered 2 babies! We were also able to pay to have a well drilled near the existing medical facility. We played soccer with kiddos and worshiped with the masses in authentic Ghanaian style. It was an amazing experience!

We also saw first hand the effects of living without contemporary medical care. One of the kiddos we saw was a small boy who has bladder extrophy. His father cares for him the best he can, but the child is in constant danger or getting a deadly infection. He dribbles urine constantly and has been asked not to come to school or use public transport because of the smell.

Our team promised this father and child that we would help him. In the past 3 weeks or so, I have been sending out emails asking the team to remember our promise to this child.

In addition to over $600 in donations from the team, I collected another $100 from a very generous friend. In all, I am sending $783 dollars on Monday back to Ghana specifically for this child. The medical portion of his care is covered by a national health plan. The problem is that the facilities that can help him are hundreds of miles away. The money raised will pay for transportation and logistics of his travel.

Thanks to everyone who prayed, donated or just took time to give this child an extra thought. We are very blessed to live in this country where we have so much at our disposal. Hug your kiddos tight tonight as you tuck them in their clean, warm beds.

Peace and Grace!

- Posted using my super cool iPad

Location:Home Sweet Home,United States

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Back to Soccer...

My Philip has decided he wants to play Soccer again. I'm glad because he is pretty good and needs to keep playing in order to keep his skills up, but sad because this Mom loves baseball. This is a little treat from 2008 when he had only been home a few months.

Word Salad

This blog was the second of three that I started. This one was mostly centered around my lap band. The first one was all about Ghana and adoption and the third blog was for community support in Calallen. Hmmm. All of these things are my life and the title of my blog is "Life of Lively", after all. I am now merging all three blogs with this one being the home. I hope you will stay and read through some of it. It's a small snapshot of the 'big mess' that is swirling about my cranium daily. It has something for everyone.

Peace & Grace,

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back to Blogging

I'm checking out this process of blogging from my iPad. I have so many random thoughts and I really think I need go get back to writing. My spontaneous randomness is getting more intense and I think writing can be cathartic and clarifying in my situation. I sometimes feel like an octopus with each of my legs in a different tank of water. So there you go. I'm back, take it or leave it.

- Posted using my super cool iPad

Location:Lone Oak Dr,Robstown,United States