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For this child, I have prayed. (Samuel 1:27)

Archive for the month “October, 2013”

Like Ostrishes and Sand

So there is lady who is now stationed in Cambodia and doing some pretty amazing work there.  The other day, she saw what is highly likely a scene that should simply not exist in the world: a child being sex trafficked.

She wrote about it here.

At first, I tried to think of a million other things that could have actually been going on in the scene.  Perhaps the man was a family member of someone who babysat the girl.  Maybe the money had nothing to do with the child at all.  I wondered how the writer could hear the verbal exchange so well over the loud motor vehicles, maybe she simply misunderstood since it is not her native language.

Then I realized what I was doing is exactly what half of the problem is. I was denying that such a scene was taking place. Here was someone who clearly felt that this child is being sold for sex, and I, having only to rely on her words, was finding myself choosing to deny this.  It is so easy to sit here having had a safe childhood in a culture who values children and refuse to accept such notions. But really though, isn’t that a huge part of the problem?  Does that not lump me in with all the other people who inadvertently allow this to happen because it is easier to simply look the other way?

A feeling of guilt and helplessness washed over me.  Then I remembered that I am not helpless at all. I can write about this and hope that this gets the word out about what is happening to precious little girls, babies really, all around the world and especially in Cambodia.  Believing in the power of prayer, I prayed for them. I prayed for the writer to continue her amazing work and for taking the time to write about this little girl.  I prayed for the men involved that they will somehow have a change of heart.  I prayed for the little girl to stay strong after being abused so horribly. I prayed and I prayed.  And now I am praying that some of you, those reading this, will pick up the prayer chain and get the word out about this precious child in her blue pajamas and all the other little girls just like her around the world.


Finally! It’s over

You may or may not recall, but for the last six months the Hubs has been working two jobs trying to switch over to working full time from home.  His job hours required that I tend to the kids and all of the household things during the week and a lot during the weekends. The last few weeks were extremely challenging due to us being sick and just not feeling well.  But by the grace of goodness I held on to the bloody end and survived. Hallelujah!

So last week was his first week working from home. He has been helping me in the evenings with baths and after-dinner clean-up, and I swear I died and woke up on vacation.  I will never complain about how hard this is now that I have some help around the house….or at least until Chunky starts walking. 😉

For random news/updates:

Still praying hard and trying to move “home” to Georgia.  The main (only?) thing holding us here is this house. Right now the market is so bad that selling at what it goes for would put us in debt and we will have to rent for quite a few years in order to build back up a savings and down payment on a new house.

Chunk is doing well. I think he may be another smart-tater like his big brother. He is still a joy but I can tell he is a strong-willed child.  As with his big brother, I am hoping to help nurture the trait and help gently mold these traits into the natural-born leaders that they seem to be. No clue at all where they get this outgoing, outspoken personality from as I was hopelessly shy growing up and I know C doesn’t have a social butterfly bone in his body (he’s more of a quality over quantity kind of fellow when it comes to friends).  I may just have to give credit to genetic recombination on this one. 🙂

I have noticed that Chunk is experiencing some separation anxiety now and he definitely prefers me (though it may be due to nursing him).  Nathan was always a go-to-anyone, see ya later kind of baby. Just very independent from day one.

For Halloween, Nathan will be a Transformer and Chunk will be a Chunky Robot.  I will try to take pictures with my good camera and get them posted. 🙂

I have also started a little store to sell boy’s clothes.  The local consignment stores here are getting a bad reputation for ripping people off and I prefer not to sell through them.  I try to sell outgrown clothes or clothes that I don’t think I will want to dress Chunk in by the time he is big enough to wear it.  This lets me build up a paypal account balance so that I can just buy them clothes using the money I’ve “earned” by selling their old clothes.  It’s mostly fun and has a the added benifit of not putting a burden on my husband’s income for us.  He really appreciates that I am being resourceful, the moms appreciate cute clothes at decent prices, and I enjoy getting to dress up two very cute little guys.  So for now, it def seems to be working for us.

Nathan also started some classes at our local family gym.  He is doing a sports introduction class and just had his first class this week.  It’s so funny watching adults around him. Nathan, as I mentioned, does not have a shy bone in his body. He will walk right up to a stranger and give them a high five, and remember them so that if he ever sees them again at any point he will walk right back up to them for his high five! So this sports class, he did soccer. He actually has quite a knack for soccer! He soaked up the terminology like a sponge and mastered the little techniques the first or second time he tried.

I’m a little nervous for future classes though because he doesn’t have any patience with boredom. So if they review the techniques or practice something he already knows, he starts acting up quite a bit.  He also is picky about changes. I noticed at the last practice that he made sure no one used a different color ball than the one they started with.  Some high lights of the class, things that only Nathan would do:

  • The teacher asked him to sit in a circle with them. The other kids were compliant and sat right down with huge doe eyes for the lesson. Nathan remained standing saying, “No thank you. I think I’ll just stand.”
  • When the teacher wanted them to keep practicing a certain throw to make sure all the kids got it, Nathan, bored, collapsed dramatically onto the ground and declared apologetically that he was simply too tired to throw a single ball more. He remained there until another kid attempted to move his star, then he moved quicker than lightning to put his start back.
  • They played a red light/green light game. When one of the teachers moved, he lectured her on what exactly you are supposed to do when one shouts Red Light.
  • In the middle of the teacher talking, he paused to give a thumbs up and shout, “Good Job dude!” to the man that had been playing basketball in the adjacent court.

I think it is pretty evident to all who meet him that this kid of ours is just in a league of his own, marching happily to his own beat.  Like them, I am baffled by him but aside from some rough edges he is a hoot and I am proud of my charismatic little boy.

Nathan also just turned four years old last week! He refuses to accept that he is no longer three years old though.  If you ask him how old he is, he’ll say, “I’m three. I’m too tired to be four.”  Whatever works.

Gotta run…Chunk is waking up….




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