Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Michigan vs. Michigan State "squares" adoption fundraiser

If you're into college football, October 9th is one of the biggest games around, and one of the biggest rivalries in college football...the battle of 2 unbeaten teams...#17 vs. #18 . If you're not into college football, it's a fun way for a chance to win a little money (a $20 donation gets you 4 chances to win $100 - up to $400). Either way, it's an opportunity to pitch in and help raise some money for the Neal's latest addition.

What is "squares", and how does it work? It's simple really...and yet a little hard to explain. We will create a grid with 100 squares. Across the top, will be Michigan State and 10 columns numbered 0-9. Down the left side, will be Michigan and 10 rows numbered 0-9. For every $20 donation, your name will be randomly assigned to a square. That square will have a corresponding number at the top for Michigan State, and a corresponding number on the left for Michigan. See the grid below with the example names of Joe, Sue, Bob and Mary:
Based on the score at the end of each quarter of regulation time (for those non-football fans, there are 4 quarters in football), we will determine a winner for that quarter. That winner will receive $100, and will still have the chance to win in subsequent quarters.

Looking at the above example, if the score at the end of the first quarter was Michigan State 3 - Michigan 0, Mary would be the winner because Michigan State's score ended with 3 and Michigan's ended with 0. Moving on, if the score at the end of the second quarter was Michigan 7 - Michigan State 3, Sue would win $100. If the score at the end of the third quarter was Michigan State 10 - Michigan 7, Bob would win $100. Finally, if the score at the end of the 4th quarter was Michigan State 13 - Michigan 7, Sue would actually win another $100.

Hopefully that makes sense. If you're ready for the fun, click the PayPal link below and donate $20 for every square you would like to purchase.

***update: If you got to the blog from facebook and/or you have a blue bar at the top of your page that includes a facebook button, be sure to close it or click on the actual blog link next to the close button before clicking the "Donate" button below, or you will get a message saying "fatal error".

Monday, September 20, 2010


This adorable boy turns two today. He is out on a date with Grammy right now. He affectionately calls her "Minga" (I have no idea). She is returning the favor. So, it's like their pet name for each other. Micah is a big fan of direct address, so if he says your name once, he says it a million times. Cute to hear him say "Minga" a hundred times.

Crazy thing about adoption...or at least me and adoption...when we first looked at Micah's pictures in the orphanage I thought "Yeah, he's cute. I've seen cuter." But, since we've been home with him and his personality buds and grows, so does my perception of his cuteness. This boy is intense! When he is happy, all is well. When he is mad...Look out world! Luckily for us, the happy is beginning out to win out over the sad. It hasn't been that way until now.

We aren't doing much to celebrate. It seems like we should be having a big party, but the truth be told...Micah would hate that. He's not a fan of crowds, even crowds of people he loves. So, we are staying low key. Seth's idea of a birthday treat for Micah was to give him straight juice. Not watered down. Now, that's really living it up!!!

My mind can't help but wander to what two years ago today looked like for Micah's birth mom. I wish she could see how he has grown and what an incredible boy he is. Such a bittersweet thing.

Happy birthday sweet boy!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What I would've missed...

A friend told me about a conversation she had with another friend regarding our third adoption this week. The conversation was questioning if we had room in our "small house" for another child. This question is ridiculous on a lot of levels. First, I wish this person would bring their concerns directly to me so that I could address the issue myself. Secondly, this is the typical home in Ethiopia (or at least the region Micah is from). Not huge. I don't think we are doing him any harm.

Or, an orphanage in China. Is this a great place for a child to grow up?

But, most of all, I think about what I would've missed out on if I would have let my "small house" dictate my decisions. If I would've missed what God called me to. Look at these they look like they are missing out on a big mansion somewhere? No thanks. I will take my little house and my happy kids. You can keep your comfort and I'll keep the kids.

Footnote to my rant: I know full well that not everyone is called to adopt. That's not what I'm trying to say. Also, living in a big house isn't wrong. It's just the insinuation that I need to that is objectionable

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

cute kids

Micah reading a little Greek mythology -- we home school. It's how we roll.
Sophie has this crazy need to look like a Chinese tourist for every picture. She is working it!
Micah seems to be settling down the insanity a little bit. As his language grows, his temper flares less. Thank God!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The balance

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.

For a while now, this has been my heart. To go into the and find Jesus in the people there. Maybe it's naive to think that I really would just pack my belongings into storage, hop on a plane and go. But, that really is my instinct. Obviously, I have some "baggage" that I would bring with me (namely, four kids and a husband). So, for now, we are here. In a country filled with too much stuff, too much pride, too much entitlement. It begs the question, where am I finding Jesus here? I know He is here, just buried much deeper? Still looking.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


  1. consistent or habitual in action
  2. recurring at set times or functioning in a normal way
  3. conforming to a standard or to a generally accepted rule or mode of conduct
I have never been, nor will I likely ever be called...regular. I am not consistent. I have very few habits. I don't do anything at a set time or for that matter function in a normal way. I don't really like standards. I don't conduct myself in a generally accepted manner.

All this to say...I am planning on blogging with some regularity. I want this to be a journal for my kids. So, I am committed to doing it with more regularity.

Let's see how this goes.