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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prayers needed

Please add this need to your prayer list.

Your immediate help is needed to protect the rights of Christian
adoption agencies in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Social Services recently announced
revisions to the legal regulations that govern the licensing of
adoption agencies in the state. While many of the proposed changes
will improve the services offered to children and families, certain
standards will harm America World's, and other wonderful agencies',
important mission of ensuring that all children grow up in loving
homes.

One regulation is particularly troubling because it would deny
faith-based agencies the right to provide services in accordance with
their religious and moral beliefs. This standard would deny an agency
a license if that agency screened applicants based on religion, sexual
orientation, or family status. This means that America World and other
Christian agencies would be forced to accept all applicants regardless
of whether or not they share our religious and moral convictions, or
else be forced to forfeit our license to conduct adoption services.

America World is proud to be a part of the calling and tradition of
Christians helping orphaned and vulnerable children throughout the
world. Since our founding we have united over 3000 children with
loving, Christian families.

This regulation, if allowed to become law, would violate the
Constitutional rights of faith-based organizations and endanger our
ability to continue in this vital ministry. What’s worse is that it
will deny countless children in Virginia and around the world their
fundamental right to a family.

We emplore you to please take a few minutes of your time to stand up
for orphaned and vulnerable children.

There is an online town hall accepting comments from the public until
April 1, 2011. To comment and express your concerns, simply click
HERE.

You can also contact your elected representatives to urge them to
protect the rights of faith-based organizations and the precious
children we serve.

Click HERE to contact your Virginia Legislators.

Click HERE to contact Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Click HERE to contact Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli.

Here’s a sample letter to use or help you think about what to say:

I am writing to express my opposition to new regulations proposed by
the Virginia Department of Social Services that violate the rights of
faith-based child welfare agencies, and will deny countless orphaned
and vulnerable children the right to a permanent, loving family.

Proposed regulation 22 VAC 40-131-170(B) would require a Licensed
Private Child Placing Agency to accept any individual who applies to
become a foster or adoptive parent regardless of whether that
individual shares the agency’s religious and moral beliefs. Agencies
that do not comply with this regulation would be in danger of losing
their license.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a long and proud tradition of
citizens of faith working together to care for and protect children.
In fact, a significant number of children who are adopted today are
adopted with the help of faith-based organizations. These groups have
been successful at protecting children and providing them with
permanent, loving homes because of their tireless advocacy on behalf
of children. The proposed regulation, however, would forever silence
one of the strongest voices for children in the Commonwealth.

This regulation is a clear violation of the Constitutional right to
the free exercise of religion and is an attempt to elevate the rights
of one group of citizens at the expense of another. What’s worse is
that countless children in Virginia and around the world will be
denied their fundamental right to a family if it is allowed to become
law.

I urge you to do everything in your power to oppose this regulation
and protect the right of faith-based organizations to continue to
serve children.

I will be following this issue and your response closely.

Thank you in advance, to all of our families, for your prayers on this
matter.  We serve a mighty God who can move mountains and change men's
hearts!• •

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Update from Ethiopia

Greetings from Ethiopia! Things are going really well here and I'm excited to tell you that I'm now a full-time mommy! On Thursday morning I told a couple of the AWAA in-country staff (Yonas and Job) that I was ready to bring the boys to the guest house with me as soon as I could. That very afternoon while at the transition home, Yonas came up to me and told me that I could take them today! They wouldn't have the paperwork ready for me, but I could get that later. What a great surprise! So Thursday at 4:30, Jagiso and Simon were able to get in the van with me and come! Both boys fell asleep around 8:30 Thursday night and Simon slept until 6:30 a.m. and Jagiso slept until 7:00. That was great! Yesterday was our first full day together and we had some challenging moments as well as wonderful moments. Both boys were very happy when they woke up which was wonderful because I am NOT a morning person. By the end of the first day, I was exhausted, but it was a happy exhaustion. Of course, I was really wishing Garth could be here with us, but hopefully we'll get get to go home soon. I am hoping that our paperwork will be submitted to Embassy on Wednesday so please pray that that does in fact happen. The latest trend has been that once families get submitted to Embassy, they are cleared to travel within 1 day. However, nothing in Ethiopia...or adoption for that matter...is a sure thing. My mom will be flying here on April 5 so we definitely won't leave before then because I WILL need help with the boys on the way home. Thankfully the longest trip will be at night Ethiopian time so hopefully they will sleep the majority of the trip. Time will tell, though. Right now I am enjoying the sounds of my sons' breathing while they nap. Nap times are definitely a gift to mommies everywhere. Tonight at noon CST, we will get to communicate via Skype to Garth and my parents which I am greatly looking forward to. The boys have been asking where Daddy is so I'm excited to see how they react when they see him on the computer screen. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, March 18, 2011

WE PASSED COURT!!!!!

On March 10, 2011, we had our first court appearance to adopt our boys and we passed! I would like to introduce you to Jeremiah Jagiso-Ned and Simon Theodore Druckenmiller! My plan is to stay in Ethiopia until I can bring them both home sometime in April so please pray for a quick Embassy appointment! Thank you!

Jeremiah, Garth, Simon, and Carmen Druckenmiller

Friday, March 4, 2011

PLEASE PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garth and I are safely in Washington, DC in our hotel. We will soon be having dinner but we wanted to "reconnect" with our online family. I am SO GLAD we did! The first e-mail that was at the top of my list was from our family coordinator. Here is what she said:

Dear Garth & Carmen,


We are writing to ask your family to join us in prayer for the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs (MOWA) regarding the number of cases they will be able to process each day. They have made statements that they desire to decrease the number of recommendation letters they write each day. We understand that because of these statements, the Court and MOWA are in the process of meeting to discuss and work out any potential changes or new processes regarding adoptions in Ethiopia. We want to blanket these meetings with prayer and ask you to come along side us in this.


We are sorry to be sending information to your family so late in the day but we wanted to communicate this request to you before the weekend. We know rumors and concerns can arise from any information being shared in the adoption community and our desire is to continue to primarily provide you with any confirmed information in a timely manner. Please rest assured we will continue to seek information on what is happening in the adoption process in Ethiopia and will share with you any new confirmed information we receive.


Joining your family in prayer,
 
Caitlin Edwards

Africa Family Coordinator
 
One of the main reasons families don't pass court the first time is because MOWA hasn't written their letter of recommendation. If this does in fact take place, it could significantly delay court dates and Embassy hearings. Please pray that God's will be done in this matter.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Monthly Update!

Yesterday, we got another update and some new pictures! I absolutely LOVE getting these updates! Both boys have been healthy this month so that is wonderful news. They have been having fun playing together as well. Our S**** hasn't grown much this past month and he's gone from 32 lbs. to 32.4. He was described as calm and content. Jeremiah has gained 3 lbs. going from 30 to 33 lbs! He was described as content, caring, and sociable. While I can't show you their entire faces yet, you can enjoy this picture of S***'s eyes and Jeremiah's smile. The next monthly update will be from ME!!!!!!!!!!!

S****'s eyes and Jeremiah's smile

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Pampered Chef products!!!!

I am excited to tell you about some brand new PC products that are available now! I KNOW that you are going to want some of these...if not all! John and Christina Anderson and Tim and Angi Cooper still have TWO DAYS left in their fundraisers so order today and help these wonderful families bring their baby girls home!

*Cookies not included :-)
#1343 Stoneware Cookie Sheet - $34.00 Stoneware Cookie Sheet
For your secret homemade cookie recipes, pizzas and more. Contoured handles are molded directly onto the baking stone, making it easy to move into and out of the oven. 15" x 13".

About Stoneware:
  • Evenly distributes heat and draws moisture away from the surface
  • Retains heat, so your just-out-of-the-oven foods stay hot longer
  • Virtually nonporous, so it doesn't retain oils, odors or flavors 
  • Microwave-, freezer-, and conventional and convection oven-safe  

Great for pasta, hamburger, etc.!
#1622 Scoop ‘N Drain - $10.50 Scoop ‘N Drain
Scoop ground meat from skillets, raviolis and hard-boiled eggs from water, chicken from stock, and even fried foods from hot cooking oil. Holes in the durable nylon head quickly drain liquids. 13 1/4". Heat-resistant to 428°F. Dishwasher-safe.

Great to use for grilled pizza!
 
#2126 Mega Lifter - $19.50 Mega Lifter
The easiest way to move foods from the oven or grill to serving platters! Simply slide the stainless lifter under pizzas, appetizers and cakes, then use the angled nylon helper handle to keep your fingers from touching the food. This sturdy duo can even handle deep dish pizzas and cakes up to 5 lbs.! Lifter, 10" x 10". Helper handle, 7" x 2 1/2". Dishwasher-safe.

Make uniform slices of your vegetables in one quick motion!
 
#2417 Veggie Wedger - $18.00 Veggie Wedger
Cut onions, tomatoes, potatoes and citrus fruits into six wedges in one quick motion. Simply place food on the base and use ergonomic handles to press a serrated stainless blade through the food. Includes nonskid base. 5" diameter. Dishwasher-safe.

Manual Food Processor...This would make a GREAT birthday present or Mother's day gift

 
#2581 Manual Food Processor - $49.00 Manual Food Processor
Just drop in ingredients and pump the handle! Our unique curved blades chop, slice and blend ingredients in seconds. The more you pump, the finer the cuts. Includes a handle lock for convenient storage, measure marks for easy measuring and nonskid base for stability.
3 cups. Vessel and blade post are dishwasher-safe. 

There's a great mango salsa recipe in the new spring catalog! I can't wait to try it!


#2418 Mango Wedger - $14.50 Mango Wedger
Cutting mangoes is no longer a challenge! Our unique stainless blade design hugs pits as it slices mangoes into four sections for more fruit and less waste. Includes ergonomic handles and protective storage cover. 7" overall length. Dishwasher-safe.
Stop losing your measuring spoons! These snap together!

Measuring Spoon Set
Not your typical measuring spoons! Six sizes accurately measure liquid and dry ingredients and conveniently snap together — no bulky ring! Extended lengths and oval heads fit within most spice containers. Their unique design lets you set filled spoons on the counter top without spilling. Includes 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 and 1 tsp., plus 1/2 and 1 tbsp. Dishwasher-safe.

So go to my website here and after clicking on "Our Products", click on "How to Purchase" (top left). To support the Anderson family, enter "Anderson Adoption" in the co-host name space. To support the Cooper family, enter "Cooper Adoption." Their parties will end on Wednesday so don't delay!

Today I Kissed an Angel

Today I kissed an angel. I knew it from the start. The first time my angel smiled at me; I gave away my heart.

Today I kissed an angel; This angel child of mine. Though not of my creation, My child by God's design.

Today I kissed an angel. My heart is dancing wild; Our family, by a miracle; Blessed by our angel child.

All I Really Want by Steven Curtis Chapman