Sunday, October 28, 2007
Though there are some perks to having short hair: it has cut my shower time in half (seriously!), and i don't get it caught on things like my gri-gri, starbucks apron, hairblow dryer, and underneath my while i'm rolling over in my sleep. Also, it's amazing how much lighter my head feels! (weird?). I also look a little more clean-cut and professional, with my mommy-hair-cut. It is strange though, when i look like someone i don't think i am inside. somehow, with my new haircut, i don't see me...my hair is just not an expression of myself - if hair can be so. But no biggie, it'll be just like it was come next october.
here is a picture of kylie, with her pony-tail of love. this picture will have to do for now, as landon has our digital camera with him in south dakota on a hunting trip with duvick and his brothers (yeah, he'll be in for a surprise when he gets home!)
MISSION & VISION
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.
Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Um...i'm not sure if this is a mid-western thing, or just a gurnee thing, but it seems really cool here to adorn your yard with all sorts of figurines. click on the picture to see it bigger. I mean, my grandmother has a goose on her front porch that she exchanges outfits according to the current season or holiday - that's cool! what goes on here is just weird. most of the time the statues aren't life size or realistic looking at all...i'm not sure why this seems so great, but really, a lot of the yards around here look like this. this one is just down the street from our house.
The next day we ventured to North Carolina to meet landon's family at their yearly reunion - "The Mountains" as it is so appropriately called. What a joy to be with family again! And to be amongst beautiful changing leaves upon rolling mountains! We got to see our nieces! And meet little Greenlee for the first time. I can't explain the preciousness of being with family again - just to be stranded out here without any close friends or family makes time with family even more valuable and cherished.
here are some pictures - all a part of the essential "mountains" experience:
Caramel Apples in Cherokee
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tom, Mariellyn, and I eating some grilled corn we picked up on the side of the road. Reminded me of Kenya, except this corn we smothered in lemon juice and salt - really delicious!
This picture is so sweet to me - it is a picture of myself with one of our school directors, sponsorship coordinator and our sponsorship kids! They all stayed after school to meet me and i was so grateful! What sweet kids.
This adorable little girl is Pahola, she needs a sponsor - any takers?
Here is a picture of Tom, Mariellyn, and I speaking with the director of one of our schools. She is showing me what the children have been learning and how they keep tabs on their students and teachers. I was so grateful for Mariellyn and Tom to translate for me.
Well, that's just a few pictures from my trip. Let me know if you need to see more!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Aeneas, our other nephew, Patricks little brother. Hehe. Their mom sends us awesome pictures of them with captions.
We are so excited because we get to see our nieces this week in North Carolina! and we'll get to see our nephews for thanksgiving!
And for those of you who don't know and are wondering - yes, we ARE the ONLY married couple on either side of our families who do NOT have chillins'.
Monday, October 8, 2007
This is something that i have been reading over in my prayers these last few weeks. Sort of where i am right now - trying to understand God in light of his incomprehensibility. As a Christian, i know that all i am is who God has made me and what God chooses to do with me in light of Him. So, these last few years as my idea of God as been uprooted and i have been so desperately searching the being and character of God, my own understanding of myself has been uprooted also and i have been living so unsure of who i am. Not that i seek God in order to understand my own self, but i am truly lost without him.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I love being a McBrayer. Learning more sweet and silly things about my husband and my family every day!
(at least they're not finding spiritual figures on their grilled cheese - it could be even more strange!)