It's just that random around here.
First...because blueberries and sour cream are on sale at Kroger this week (at least where we live) I thought I'd share a yummy blueberry muffin recipe.
I made these the other day from the Family Supper Club blog. Delicious.
Muffins are a great and easy snack. I usually make a ton. After they are cooked, I freeze them in large freezer bags. Then when the kids want a snack, they get one out of the bag, pop it in the freezer for 30 seconds and wah-lah...a homemade snack made with real live ingredients. Gotta love that!
Several of you have emailed me or left comments wanting to know about reputable adoption agencies in Haiti.
I feel like I need to define reputable. Forever, when I was looking into international adoption I would say, "reputable" when in fact I meant "easy" agency. From hearing so many stories of international adoption I think we all have to be honest and admit there is probably no "easy" way to adopt a child from another country. It's hard. It's complicated. Things come up. There are usually going to be complications. Good thing people adopt because God has called them to it instead of adopting because it's a walk in the park.
Now, when I say reputable I mean agencies that have a good reputation for adopting out children who are in fact orphans, or whose parents are willingly relinquishing their rights (not being paid to or forced to). "Reputable" to me now means, if you start the process and money has been handed over, you're coming home with your child.
I've talked to several people from Haiti or who have recently worked in Haiti and have connections there right now. They say that many adoptions have been postponed because the government buildings have collapsed. People who run orphanages and facilitate adoptions are expecting many adoptions that are already in the works to be delayed. This is heartbreaking for so many families who I'm sure already feel like they have waited forever to bring their child home.
Even though the adoptions are up in the air right now, I've seen on the news that there are in fact lots of babies and children being brought to orphanages (that were already overflowing with babies prior to the earthquake). Something in my heart tells me that although it may not happen soon, or be a possibility to adopt in the near future with all that is going on right now in Haiti that long term, there will be babies and children that need to be adopted down the road.
Yesterday my friend Megan and I contacted some adoption agencies and orphanges in Haiti. I want to share what I found in case you and your spouse want to begin praying about whether or not the Lord will have you begin the process now or soon to help Haiti and possibly adopt a child down the road as the country hopefully begins to heal.
Three agencies I contacted:
This is a great website to browse. It will touch your heart.
Here's the page you go to in order to request information about adoption.
This is an orphanage and their blog is being updated with daily needs. I love having names of people to pray for.
The Livesay family works with Heartline Ministries. Do you know about them? If not their blog will blow your mind. I love these people. What a precious family, living in Haiti...you will be inspired. God will grow your faith through this family. Seriously...dump something off your reader and add this blog to your list. Feel free to give mine the boot.
Remember those t-shirts I was telling you about yesterday? 100% of the proceeds go to 3 organizations in Haiti. One of those organizations is this orphanage, Heartline Ministries. (The other two organizations are Compassion International and Real Hope for Haiti) Have you bought your shirt yet?
You can read their adoption information here.
Here's the contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
When emailing them you must answer these questions in your initial email to them:
1. Do you believe in and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord ?
2. Are you active member (s) of a church ? If yes, please name the church, provide its address, explain to what denomination it belongs, and describe your involvement.
3. Are you single, married or divorced ?
4. How old are you and your spouse? ( if you are married ) How long have you been married ?
5. How many children do you already have at home? their ages ?
6. What gender and age range of the child you hope to adopt ?
This orphanage was featured on the news yesterday.
Their adoption information can be found here.
Here's the contact information: JBell6549@aol.com
Dixie, who runs the center has a blog she is keeping updated through this disaster. It's interesting, and a great place to stay in the know from someone in Haiti.
What did we do before blogs?
That's where we are...we've contacted these places and are waiting to hear back.
Want to be ready...just in case.
Kind of scares the crap out of me, but oh well...away we go.