Holy Week

I love Holy Week!  I love the closeness with Christ, the closeness to His story, the story of our redemption.  I am taken in at the last supper, I grieve the suffering on the cross, I anticipate with great joy the resurrection and I celebrate new life on Easter.  A week full of emotion, meaning, deeper spiritual growth, love and gratitude.  Holy week has it all and not only to I get to benefit by taking part I get to give back to God by being apart of it and letting it change me.  Here are a few images to stir His spirit within you.

 

Maundy Thursday

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Good Friday

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Holy Saturday

This is a writing I found, author is unknown.

Something strange is happening — there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.

 

He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the Cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: ‘My Lord be with you all.’ Christ answered him: ‘And with your spirit.’ He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: ‘Awake, o sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.’

 

I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in Hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in Me and I in you; together we form one person and cannot be separated.

 

For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, Whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

 

See on My Face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On My back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See My hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.

 

I slept on the cross and a sword pierced My side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in Hell. The sword that pierced Me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.

 

Rise. Let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity. “

 

Easter Sunday

 

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Have a blessed Holy Week!

 

 

 

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Welcome to my Esty shop!!

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Check it out!!! Adorable handmade hair clips and barrettes for the fashionable little and not so little girls in your life.   I also have Ethiopian inspired handmade cards.  Some of my hair clips are made with vintage fabric and many are vintage inspired, all of them are cute.

Anwen and her little sister (who is in our hearts but not yet in our arms) were my inspiration.   Anwen always looks so cute when she wears clips in her hair, and I can only imagine her sister will rock the clips just as well!

The handmade cards were inspired by Esuyawkal, I wanted to make something to celebrate Ethiopia, something that I would have looked for as I waited for him to come home.  Here is a sample of one of my cards:

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This is part of the series of cards that depict Tukuls, the traditional homes in Ethiopia.

The vintage aspect of my shop is in process.  As many of you know I am a great lover of vintage goods and my goal is to offer up some of my excellent finds in my shop.  I’ll be sure to let you know once I have a few things posted.

While I have been searching for a way to sell some of my handmade goods, this shop came into existence in part to help fund our adoption.  At this time all proceeds from Prolifika will go towards our adoption, which I hope will cause you to feel even better about recommending my shop or purchasing for yourself.

Here we go again!

The Grant family is adopting again!!! We are very please to announce that God has lead us to another adoption and we are pleased to be in the early stages of the process.  We are returning to Ethiopia as this is where Esuyawkal is from and If one of us is Ethiopian than all of us are Ethiopian!

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Our hearts will forever be in love with this amazing country, it’s beautiful people and it’s rich, vibrant culture.

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We will be rounding out our family with a little girl between 3-4 years of age.  Ewan, Anwen and Esu are very excited about having a little sister, their understanding of why we are adopting is not always sound but it is always cute!  The children though are not the only ones that are giddy about adding a member to the family, Brian and I are also quite thrilled!

We were so impressed with our agencies Adoption Advocates International and Adoption Link (for the homestudy) when we adopted Esu that we are using them again.  It has been nice to be back in touch with people that helped us along the way when we were in process with Esu.  It’s like talking to an old friend, or that labor and delivery nurse that was awesome and you will never forget, it just makes you feel good to see them or talk with them again!

So, there you have it, our big news!  Three cheers for adoption!!!!

Important health warning for children of Ethiopian/Abyssinian/Eritrean decent!

Our agency had a little blurb about this in their newsletter and I was pretty alarmed, alarmed in that dodged a bullet kind of way.  Here is a condensed version of the article from the FDA with a link to the larger, more in-depth article.

An article by the FDA exploring the link between children of certain ethnic groups and an increased risk of experiencing life-threatening or even fatal side effects from taking codeine for pain relief was recently brought to my attention, as children of Ethiopian descent may be the most at risk. From the FDA’s website:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing reports of children who developed serious adverse effects or died after taking codeine for pain relief after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Recently, three pediatric deaths and one non-fatal but life-threatening case of respiratory depression were documented in the medical literature. These children (ages two to five) had evidence of an inherited (genetic) ability to convert codeine into life-threatening or fatal amounts of morphine in the body. All children had received doses of codeine that were within the typical dose range.

Parents and caregivers

who observe unusual sleepiness, confusion, or difficult or noisy breathing in their child should stop giving their child codeine and seek medical attention immediately, as these are signs of overdose.

FDA will update the public with more information once it has completed its review. 

 

Additional Information for Parents and Caregivers

Certain children may be at risk for life-threatening side effects, such as breathing difficulty, or death when taking codeine for pain relief after tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. This can occur even with use of codeine at recommended doses.

Codeine is usually prescribed on an “AS NEEDED” basis. Do not administer codeine to the child on a regular basis UNLESS the child requires the drug. Do not administer more than six (6) doses per day.

Signs of serious side effects of codeine in children can include unusual sleepiness, confusion, and difficult or noisy breathing. If your child shows these signs, stop giving your child codeine and seek medical attention immediately by taking your child to the emergency room or calling 911.

 

 

 

To see the full article please visit

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm313631.htm

 

Catching you up

A lot has happened since my last post which was on Thanksgiving, so this post is to catch you up on what has been going on in the Grant Clan.

-Brian and I got away for a night and visited the New Glarus Brewery, and stayed in a super cute B&B.  Brian had a ton of fun sampling the beers at the brewery, I was prohibited from drinking due to all of the gluten in beer but I really enjoyed watching Brian have fun.

-We saw Santa:

 

Ewan really wanted to visit Santa so we met a friend at the local mall and the kids sat on Santa’s lap.  Shortly after our Santa visit, in fact we were still at the mall, Ewan started to ask questions as to the legitimacy of the mall santa.  He came to the conclusion that the mall santa was a man dressed up, and personally I also thought he was kind of creepy too.  Later that afternoon we were at our home school group Christmas party and the kids started debating over whether santa was real or not.  A mom came to me to warn me of the conversation in case I was a die-hard santa person, which I am not.  I figure my kids will find naturally and I am a-ok with that.  Later that night as we moved furniture around to make room for our Christmas tree Ewan started to ask the direct questions as to whether santa was real, in fact he asked me straight up if Santa was real.  I stop sweeping, and since I was not facing him at time allowed myself to panic quietly for a moment before turning to answer his question.  I have always been of the mind that if my child asks me something directly I will not lie to them.  So, I told him that santa was not real and we talked about St. Nicholas, the conversation went really well, until he started asking about the Easter Bunny, at that point I told him to talk to Daddy.

 

We ACCEPTED an OFFER on our CONDO!!!!!!:

 

This has been by far the biggest and best thing that has happen to us since my last post.  It has also been an answer to prayer and completely guided by God, and amazing we can see that happening in the midst of it all.  We accepted the offer a few weeks before Christmas and are slated to close in the next few weeks.  For me the most amazing thing about this whole experience is how God has answered our prayers and given beyond what we have even been praying for.  We have seen his provision and experienced his leading and been able to see his plan for our family unfolding.  I am learning patience in this process and to trust in Gods timing, I am learning that even when it feels like things are not moving, God is.

This Saturday we are looking at a house in our neighborhood (which we really love) for the second time.  At the showing we are meeting woman who owns the house, who was also raised in the house and then purchased the house from her parents and raised her children in the house.  We are praying that she likes us and feels good about possibly selling to us.  We are also praying that God would perfectly orchestrate this for us, which we know he can.  So feel free to talk to God on our behalf if you feel lead.  🙂

 

– I started a group at my church:

This fall I started an adoption support group called Odyssey at my church.  The group was started to meet the needs of the adoptive families in our church and outside of the church as well.  A safe place we can come to talk about things related to adoption, a place to feel supported.  Each month we have had a topic, this months topic is “How do we keep our children connected to their culture”?  I am happy every month when we come together and share our experiences, I am always learning new things from the other parents.  I am also elated that my church is so supportive of adoptive families and of orphan advocacy.

 

-Looking to Ethiopia:

 

With the sale of our condo and the purchase of a house on the horizon we have started teh conversation about possibly adopting again.  We are currently discussing when we might want to start the process again.  I am eager to get to a place in which we are earnestly praying about the next adoption, I can’t wait to see where God leads us.

 

Well I have just about used up my time at the computer, the children are getting restless.  Esu is actually standing on my chair behind me and pulling at my hair, I better wrap up before he pulls too much out. 😉

 

-My last picture is a current one of the kiddos, they are growing so fast I can hardly keep up.

 

 

Photo Friday- Kilted Ethiopian

Eusyawkal is represent'n for the McLeod Clan!! So Proud!

Photo Friday- Big hair

My baby just after I took braids out of his hair- I am glad that I am not the only one in the family that has big hair. 🙂

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