Thursday, August 26, 2010
On Tuesday night, we were lucky enough to gain another child. I know it was in a rather unconventional way, but we love him all the same. Our host student, Hector, from California, via the Kansas Weslyean men's soccer team, moved in with us. Hector is starting his senior year at KWU, and he needed a more stable, family oriented place to finish out his college career. That place is our home.
All my life, I knew that I was destined to give back. To help others who needed it. The thing is, I always thought I would do that in some big, grand way. I would travel to some remote country and give my all helping small children. Or I would live in the slums of a city and help the elderly live out their days in dignity. NEVER in a million years did I ever think it would happen in our own backyard, our own HOME, with a college kid from California.
When Hector told us he wanted to go home to California and not finish up with school, our response was immediate and confident. He could move in with us for the next year. He would live in our spare room in the basement, go to school, coach Carson's soccer team and continue working at the Country Club on the weekends. For us it was a no-brainer. It was the thing to do. It was the RIGHT thing to do.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Really, isn't that true? When I think back to times where we were really struggling with getting everything paid, and never felt like we had a penny to spare, all of my mental time was taken up with the thoughts of being poor, and how to make ends meet. We are currently in a better place, and I find that I don't spend nearly as much time thinking about those things.
There has to be a happy medium where we are always conscious of our situation, but when the situation turns more dire, we need to be confident that we have "saved for this." We need to be able to rely on what we have been doing all along to get us thru a hard time.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
He is definitely a faster runner than me (come on, he has 29 years on me) but he was sweet and waited for his mom. His basketball coaches passed by us in their car, as well as his papo, and I could see the delight and surprise on all of their faces. I was beaming the whole way.
I think this could be the start of something really great for us!
ps, can you tell I finally found a sunflower field to shoot?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Posted by Amanda at 12:03 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
My friend and I made a plan
we were going to photograph sunflower fields
in the waning evening light
I had the fields located
the camera batteries were charged
and the sunset looked to be beautiful
we drove 30 miles to the North
and located the fields
but to our dismay,
the flowers were nodding their heads
there would be no sunflower photos tonight
they were thirsty or sleepy
and the light had faded much too quickly.
But luckily, the carnival was in town...