Sunday, 30 October 2011

Meet Katie

I firs read about Katie on Lu Bird Baby 's blog.I was touched ! She is such an inspiration! I would like everyone to here her story and feel challenged to do more for Christ!
Here's part of Katie's journey to where she is now told by Katie herself.


It is my 16th Birthday and I am eating sushi at my favorite restaurant with my parents when I tell them that I would like to explore the possibility of taking a year in between high school and college to do mission work. This is unheard of in my family and they say they are not sure and will think about it. I am nervous, but somehow I know it is right. He changes their hearts.

I have just turned 18 and find an orphanage online. I beg my parents to let me visit over break, just three weeks. A month later I am on a plane. I am so excited. I am so scared of being, but I know He is going with me. I fall in love.

I graduate high school having made the commitment to teach Kindergarten for a year at a school in The Middle of Nowhere, Uganda. In August I get on the plane. I’m apprehensive and I cry most of the way because I miss my Mommy and my boyfriend. I am eager, but so uncertain. I trust Him. I teach 138 children how to speak English and to love Jesus.

It is October and I am just not sure I can do it anymore. I live in the smallest room I have ever seen in the back of a pastor’s house. I am more uncomfortable than I had bargained for. No one understands, not people here, not people at home. I am tired. But I am prideful and I am not going to quit. I don’t like this. But I know He has a plan. I learn, I grow, He is there.

It is December and God has spoken very clearly about opening a ministry that sponsors 40 of the orphaned children in the village where I am working. This involves moving into a different house, ALONE. It is big and I cannot imagine how God will fill it up. I am lonely and I am anxious. But I am still trusting. He fills the house, and we now have 400 children sponsored.

It is January and I am looking at a little girl, crushed under a brick wall with no one to care for her or her younger siblings. I offer to take the three home with me until we find them a better placement. I am not really sure what to do with them, but I know they are God’s children. They stay.

It is three days later and the littlest looks at me and calls me mommy. My heart might break in two. Something clicks. I am even more scared than I was the day I stepped on that plane, but I KNOW. Today I have 13.

I have to deliver a baby, give a boy stitches, pull a tooth, give and injection. I am petrified. But no one will do it if I do not. He is present, He holds my hand, they are all fine.

It is August and I must get on a plane back to America to go to college, as I have promised my father. I do not remember how to be a teenager or what it is to be normal Brentwood, Tennessee. I will have to leave my babies. I will have to make new friends. I am sad and I am terrified. He wraps His arms around me. He puts just the right people in just the right places, and they help me and they make me feel at home.

First semester is over and He speaks clearly to me that I cannot serve two masters. “Go HOME,” He says, “and stay.” I am uncertain, but I want to be obedient. He squeezes tighter. I am thankful.

I have to look at my loving parents who have given me everything and tell them that I will not go to college right now, because I feel God wants me to be in Uganda. I know how disappointed and how angry they will be. I am more scared than I was when I got on the plane and more scared than I was when I took my first children. But I know that this IS the Plan. They love me anyway.

It is February and my daughter’s biological father comes to take her away. My heart breaks in half, and I am not sure I will ever be able to get out of my bed again, let alone foster another child. I am more than devastated, but I want what is best for her, what He wants for her. She comes back and her biological father learns about Jesus.

It is March and a lame little girl is brought to my gate. She is undoubtedly mine, but I am still anxious. What if I can’t do it? I don’t know what to do with a special needs child, especially as my 13th child. I am criticized and ridiculed. I wonder. I trust and praise God for her sweet little life. She starts to walk.

I find myself in a village full of starving people that for some reason seem to want to kill me. God says to serve them anyway. I am not sure how it is going to work, or if it is safe. I can’t figure it out, but I know He can. 1,200 Karamajongs, the poorest of Uganda’s poor, are now served hot meals daily.

We keep taking in more children until there are 400 in our program. There is no way we will raise enough funds, but by now I have stopped worrying. He has always provided. Blessings rain from the sky, and all 400 children go to school.

I am 20 years old and have 13 children and 400 more who all depend on me for their care. Who are all learning to love Jesus and be responsible adults and looking up to me. The reality of it all can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, it is always pure joy. There is a common misconception that I am courageous. I will be the first to tell you that this is not actually true. Most of the time, I am not brave. I just believe in a God who will use me even though I am not. Most mornings, before I even get out of bed I am overwhelmed with His goodness, with His plan for my life; I stand in awe of the fact that He could entrust me with so much. Most days, I don’t have much of a plan. I don’t always know where this is going. I can’t see the end of the road, but here is the great part: Courage is not about knowing the path. It is about taking the first step. It is about Peter, getting out of the boat. I do not know my five year plan; even tomorrow will probably not go as I have planned. I am thrilled and I am terrified, in a good way. So some call it courage, some call it foolish, I call it Faith. I choose to get out of the boat. To take the next step. Sometimes I walk straight into His arms. More often, I get scared and look down and stumble. Sometimes I almost completely drown. And through it all, He never lets go of my hand. 




"When you think of what one young woman can accomplish by simply being open to God's call no matter the cost, you begin to ask questions like, Am I really open to God's will for my life? Through Katie's life, we're reminded how God can use ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him. We simply need to be willing to be used."
Rich Stearns, President of World Vision US, Author of The Hole in Our Gospel




She has a book out here are  some reviews  and links were you can buy the book ,click HERE.: 
I'm writing this book on the chance that a glimpse into the life of my family and me, full of my stupidity and God's grace, will remind you of this living, loving Christ and what it means to serve Him. I'm writing with the hope that as you cry and laugh with my family you will be encouraged that God still uses flawed human beings to change the world. And if He can use me, He can use you." Katie

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Home

We had friends over this past weekend,Romanian friends,a family that lives in Scotland for over two years now and a friend that is in Manchester for a few months for training at a new job that he has in Romania, and the family that lives like..10 min walking distance from our house.We are all Romanians.
We had a lot of fun,cooking,shopping a little bit,remembering old times.
We all grew up in the same church back home,we used to go camping with the Church every year in the summer,have barbecues and vacations together and with other friends from back home; remembering all that kinda left me home sick...I miss my friends,my family,people from our Church...places were I grow up..
I've only been here for a little over a year and I still can't find my place.We didn't find a good Church to go to and that is probably one of our biggest  need right now.

First of ,you might be wondering what am I doing here?..:)

    Well let me tell you...we had a hard time living in Romania...we couldn't save up for a house or for a better future for our kids..we lived pay check to pay check...Adi was still in school and working at the same time ,I was staying home with Emma as she was a baby back then,we tried our best with a family business in wedding planning and it wasn't enough.

      We were considering moving to Canada at first...we started the processes  and then we had a talk with some friends from here(UK) that knew we were struggling  and they  offered to help us by moving here.The hole moving and starting over was really hard,I was pregnant and working here and dealing with all the documents ,my husband had a tough job at first working more then 10 h a day(including commute) it was really hard.
    We started the hole thing knowing that God was on our side,we prayed for it ,we didn't want it if God wasn't in it!!Having God with us is what kept us(me) sane and hopeful.

      So as from January this year we are officially  UK residents .So officially our home is here now...but our hart is not.Don't get me wrong,here is were I chose to be,I realise that the future of my kids is here,I like this country ,I love it ! It's just that we miss home,we miss our friends.
 I personally miss random people that I never sad hi to,just walking down the street,taking a maxi taxi or eating a Shaorma:) from a local shop...you never appreciate the little things until they are gone.It's not as easy as I thought it would  be moving to a different country and start from 0.


                                  We had our second child here,Hannah Luisa.
My husband has a grate job now (he will go for team building at a live Top Gear next month...so he is pretty exited about that)and I can stay home with my girls and finally do what I wanted to do ...design pretty things :).




So to end on a happy note...appreciate what you have the good and the bad and fight for you right to a better life!

Thank you for stopping bye...

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Giveaway winner

The winner is Mihaela Cristina Voineag!!
Congrats!!!

Please leave me a message on my facebook with your details!

To all of you that entered.thank you!!!And stay close there will be many more giveaways so keep following my blog and share it with your friends!:)
see you!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

smells like Christmas...


Oh..I can wait for Christmas this year!!It's my favorite Holly Day !I'm subscribed to Michael Buble on you tube and he just posted Christmas" Exclusive First Listen....I just thought I should share it with you guys, I keep pressing the replay button!!Love it!I lighted a winter smelling candle and a spice apple one (Glade ones) ....it's smells like Christmas in my house ..and outside is coooooold!!
By the way, do you know there are only 67 days until Christmas!!? Time will fly by so fast!
Keep an aye opened for some Holly Day Crafts I'm working on!



                                             Are you looking looking forward to Christmas?




Monday, 17 October 2011

It's a Cars Birthday Party!

This past weekend I have organized a surprise birthday party at our house for a seven year old boy(the son of some close friends) that loves Cars(the movie that is).So when I was thinking about a party theme I first went with Batman  and then I found out that Cars was his thing.So here you go a Cars birth day party....now keep in mind I have Girls and this is a boy's party....I did my best.:)



                                                                  the birthday boy!



                                                                          the food.


We had hot-dogs,plates of fresh vegetables and chicken nuggets with four different sauces ,sausages and plates of bite size  fruits.




As drinks I found Cars juice!! How cool is that?!:)) The kids loved it!



Of course we had to see the movie!Cars 2 and popcorn.



                               We played Put the tail on the donkey !The dads had fun too!:)


                                                          The birthday cake!

 
The decorations were simple: a big Happy Birthday banner with Balloons.


Our friends and the birthday boy!!
Happy birthday Marco!!!


Friday, 14 October 2011

Giveaway !!! (ended)

I have over 1000 views on my blog and as I promised the GIVEAWAY is here!!!!For you to win you just have to follow my blog,so go ahead now and click on the Join this site button ..done? ok now all you have to do is wait :) I will send your prize enywear you are !!!...I will randomly chose one of my followers to win these :

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 They are all made of felt with black pearls and the gray one has cute buttons! The head band is metal and it is black color.
So...do you remember I sed (on facebook )you can chose one of three ...well.....you can have ALL OF THEM!!!All three !! So be sure to follow my blog for a chance to win!!!Spread the news people!!! The giveaway will end on October 20...so you have five days!!
If you have any questions please feel free live them below in the comment section !
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Monday, 10 October 2011

No sew tutu (ballerina skirt)





  Emma started ballet two weeks ago,so I had to buy her a ballet costume...
I bought everything but not the tutu(ballerina skirt) because I learned  a  long time ago from another blog or you tube,(cant remember exactly were ), how to make it.
So I gather every thing I needed and gave it a go .I love how it turned out!!!I will definitely make one  for Hannah too.






 So here is the tutorial on how to create this delightful simple tutu without a sewing machine.Allow about 30 minutes for the project.


This is what you will need:

 - 5.5 m of tulle(6 yards)
 - 2.5 cm wide elastic(1 inch)
 - Scissors
 - needle and thread
 - ruler(measuring tape).



Decide how big you want the tutu to be. I mesured my little girls tummy and sewed the ends together to make a big circle.



Cut the tulle in desired lengths.
The strips don't have to be perfectly straight or exactly the same length..
(I fold  it to be easier to cut it).







Remember that your strip has to mesure double the length
you decided for your tutu to be. 




Fold the strips of tulle in half to make a loop. 
Hold it against the elastic and take the ends of tulle and put it through the loop around the elastic.
Tighten the loop.(I tried my best to take of picture of me doing it but it did not show on the picture becouse of the tulle being so sheer,so I TRIED to draw it...don't laugh now!! 



Continue working around the elastic, tying the tulle and pushing the pieces together to form a skirt.
Continue adding strips in this way until the elastic band is covered. 
The ends form the skirt and the knots hide the elastic
 Accessorize the tutu with flowers and ribbons as you wish 
using satin ribbon (tie it to the elastic as you did with the tulle strip)
or accessorising it  with fabric flowers or bows.
              I used some hand made satin flowers that I made in three sades of pink and white pearls.
You are done!, you  have now  a beautiful tutu for your little ballerina!:)
They can be a Princess, a ballerina, a fairy.The only sewing part was attaching the ends of elastic,it is really easy!! I want to try different color combinations next time.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Good book


I love reading,even thou I don't seem to find the time to do that anymore...so I was on the look out for fast reading books like these ones :

which I love,


I have a favorite one  in Romanian 
that I got as a gift from my sisters in law when I had Hannah.

But my recent favorite is this one:

I got it on sale from a Christian book store ,it was originally  6.95 US dollars  and I got it for...get ready....one pound UK...now that is what I call a Good Deal! :)

I found it on line too, on Amazon if you wish to get it.Just click on "Amazon" and it will get you straight to the book.

I love to read these kind of books...you read just one or two lines and you fill encouraged ,refreshed , it's just a little more wisdom for life....just for Moms (according to the back  cover of the book):),and they do come in handy when you have that card to write for a new mum,or for Mother's Day:)

Here are a few of my  favorite quotations:

A mother's patience is like a tube of toothpaste---
it's never quite gone.
                      Unknown

Her dignity consists in being unknown to the world;
her glory is in the esteem of her husband;
her pleasures in the happiness of her family. 
               Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Be patient.
A time will come when your children 
will appreciate all that you do for them.
                                                                                         Unknown

Praise the children and they will blossom.
                          Irish Proverb.


For I know the plans I have for you,
declares the Lord,plans to prosper you 
and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
                          Jeremiah 29 :11


A childhood should hold both discipline and affection.
These two combined will one day produce
an adult a mother can be proud of.
                                                                                            Unknown

A new mother should prepare herself
for sleepless nights,prayer-filled days,
and a stirring in her soul that makes her
thankful for every moment spent with her baby.
                                                                                                 Unknown


One of the best ways a mother can bless
her family is by knowing when to say no,
and take time for hearself.
                                                                                             Unknown


Use the talents you possess:
The woods would be very silent if no birds
sang there except those that sang best.
                                                                                                Unknown

I want to help you grow as beautiful 
as God meant you to be when 
He thought of you first.
                                                                                           George MacDonald


Give your children enough guidance
to lead them in the right direction.
Give yourself enough restraint 
to let them become their own people.
                                                                                                    Unknown


Hope it did refresh your soul and brought joy to your step and wings to your spirit.(I'm quoting the back cover of the book....I'm not THAT GOOD!:)