Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our prayers have been answered!

God is so awesome!  We have prayed and waited so long to make this announcement.  It has been years in the making...  I almost can't believe I'm actually making it!

We are overjoyed to be able to announce that we are adopting Ting Ting!!!!

We received our preapproval last night.  The next step is to wait for our Letter of Acceptance which takes about 2-3 months.  The journey's not over, far from it.  Our best guess is that we will be able to travel in about 5-6 months which puts us around September.

 We want to thank everyone who has been praying with us.  There's no way we would have made it without your support and prayers.  Please continue to pray with us that this part of the journey would be smooth and quick and that God would be preparing her heart to join our family.  

God is good!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sprouting update

My we're sprouting!

Saturday night:

Sunday morning:

 Monday morning:

Wow!  I knew they sprouted fast, but it's almost like you can see them growing!  Another day or so and I will be ready to rinse them and put them in the fridge to use later this week.  YUM!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I have been reading all the benefits of eating fresh sprouts (see below) and have been wanting to try it.  I actually brought the sprouting jar MONTHS ago.  For some silly reason, I felt intimidated by it.  But this morning I overcame that intimidation and put my first batch of mung beans to sprouting!  This weeks menu includes spicy spareribs and stir fry bean sprouts for dinner Thursday--using our own freshly sprouted bean sprouts!  

Years ago the Chinese carried mung beans on their sea voyages and ate them in large amounts to prevent scurvy.   

It appears that while the nongerminated seed does not have vitamin C, the process of sprouting prouduces it.  Not only does sprouting produce vitamin C, it also changes the make up of the bean/seed.  It also increases vitamins A, B (including folic acid), and E.  Mung bean sprouts are high in fiber, have a low glycemic index,  a nice amount of protein, low cholesterol, and produce enzymes that facilitate the digestive processes...just to name a few benefits!  

One cup of mung bean sprouts has:
30 calories
3 g protein
6 g carb
.2 g fat
and all the nutritional benefits above!

My stir fry bean sprout recipe comes from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.  I love the information in this book.  It challenges so many modern "health" practices and makes so much sense.

Monday, March 5, 2012

SFCV--A must watch report!

Please take 10 minutes to watch this video, I really think you will be blessed.

Sigh, I SO want to live there....

Friday, March 2, 2012

Why should I buy a calendar in March??

I realize it is now March and many of you are probably thinking it's too late in the year to purchase a calendar.  Here are a few great reasons to purchase this special calendar (or two, or three!):

*The MAIN purpose of the calendar is to bring awareness to the children of SFCV,
*The proceeds go to helping the the children at SFCV, and
*Who wouldn't want to wake up to these precious faces every day??

Some friends shared their great ideas on how they use their calendars.   One way that really encourages me is that they pray for the children of that month every day.  What a great daily visual reminder to lift these little ones up to God.  The calendars also make great gifts to pastors and church elders to help bring awareness to our churches.  Many times the command to care for the orphan gets overlooked just because it is not right in front of us.  This is a great way to daily keep these angels in front of us to remind us of their need.  You see it's never to late to get one for  your home or to give a few as gifts!

And the best reason to purchase a calendar in March--

The SFCV calendar is now only $15 (includes shipping)!!!

You can email me at to get payment details.