Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Variable Measures of Productivity

(Just the title makes your eyes sorta glaze over, doesn't it? )

Well, here on the suburba-farm, on a rare day of no outing and synchronized naps, I've gotten quite a bit of stuff done. We've been blessed with late September weather in the middle of August. 70's, breezy, and sky the most perfect shade of blue.
The Tomatoes and Peppers all picked (and the last of the green beans, but they are big honkers, looking to become chicken chow :-p
A Full Clothes Line


 The future makings of tomato, basil, mozzarella salad-just add balsamic vinegar ......

And a little something pretty to dress up the table
What's going on at your place?
  As far as adoption updates, the Hidden Treasures auction as blessed us with nearly $1500. Basically that's all of trip one, 100% covered. We still haven't heard a peep about actual travel dates, though our verbal referral should now be an official signed referral.
 I added a web gadget of sorts, for coup-aid. They offer the option to purchase $50 worth of gift card, by way of for $20-$10 goes to the organization, and $10 to our adoption fund. I'm reluctant to campaign too much for funding, as folks have been beyond generous. However, if you want a cheap eat out night, and feel like kicking in to the adoption kitty to boot, feel free to click away. I am confident we are probably very close to funded, but really have no way to know precisely, as the fees are not yet squared away. God will provide, regardless. Of this I have no doubt.

 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
   “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.   Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
(Matthew 6:28-34 NKJV)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Less than 3 days left!!!!

For our Hidden Treasures auction benefiting Princess Penny (and Princess Julie too-who began her journey in the same orphanage as Penny.)  Our family is absolutely in awe of the generosity of all of those who have donated, and that of those who are bidding so generously to help us get our girls home. File under 'Abundantly more than you can think or imagine'.

Life is trucking along here at Casa de 'Zinger at what appears to be the stable, make-you-want-to-chew-a-bottle-of-Tums, pace  that has set the tone for the entire summer. My mom had another scare with complications from her cancer, necessitating a week's stay in the hospital again. I was fortunate to be able to sneak up to see her on Tuesday. She's home again, briefly, but still HOME. Round 3 begins Friday.  We've had a bit of a virus running about the house too (it seems to be running about a lot of places) with some fever and generally feeling like dirt. Mr. P seemed to take the brunt of it this go 'round (someones got to, right?) running up a temp of 104!  Needless to say, not to much time to blog, so please accept my apologies for being so slack here. Work is still work. Busy, crazy, best nursing staff ever. Ce la vie....

No news yet on travel dates. We were warned to expect a minimum 4-6 week lag, and honestly, having already seen the evidence of God's wisdom in not bringing the much anticipated 'travel around the first of July' into fruition, I am doing much better in being still in the waiting ;) Of course, the circling insanity (and complete lack of sleep) could be helping too, but the other sounds much more noble! We can't get a drop of news about Julie, but were updated that Penny has not one, but TWO babas working with her. Again, abundantly more....

Well, that is absolutely all that is new, exicting, &/or crazy in these parts. The weather is lovely, and the grocery shopping is well over due, so I am off!


Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20- 21 (NIV)