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Our spare room.  This simple 12 x 14 foot space has served many functions during the last two years.  It has been a study, a guest bedroom, a semi-permanent bedroom, and also a general dumping ground for boxes.  Well, now this room finally has a higher purpose.

Sometime in the next 6 months or so this room will become the bedroom of whichever child(ren) we adopt from North Carolina’s foster care system.  And to be quite frank, I couldn’t be happier.  Of course the futon has to go (if you have $25, it’s yours).  The dresser is an advance purchase.  The walls will need a new coat of paint- probably white so we can let our adoptive child(ren) pick out the colors for their room.  We will also no doubt need some new furniture (bed, another dresser, mirror, etc.).

In case you are just tuning in, I posted on here a while back about how my wife and I came to the decision that we needed to open our home and hearts to a child or children presently in the North Carolina foster care system.  [The initial post about adoption, clearing up misconceptions, and also how God has blessed us since].  We are now only two classes away from completing our MAPP training course with Lutheran Family Services.  The classes have been wonderful, our instructors fabulous, and the information has been eye-opening.  The sadness and misery that abound around us, from sexual abuse to neglect directed toward children, is deeply depressing and tragically all too common.

Once MAPP training is over it is on to the home-study- a period when the social worker comes into our home and conducts a series of interviews with all of us (Sasha included).  We also have tons of info and documentation to get together, including: marriage license, birth certificates, tax forms, autobiographies.  In addition we need to pay for a fire inspection- and no doubt buy a fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, etc.

This whole process has been such a blessing.  If you feel led to help us out with the costs of this adoption- which luckily have been quite minimal thus far- just click on the “Be a Part of our Dream” link on the top right corner of this blog.  The link will take you to PayPal where you can donate whatever you feel might led to.  Of course donations are NOT tax deductible, but they will be GREATLY appreciated by myself and my family.  And even more importantly, please keep us in your prayers as we go through this complicated but rewarding process.

Once we’ve completed the home-study we will be ready to begin the process of being matched by our social worker with children who they think might fit well into our home.  Whoever that child (or those children) might be I hope they like the view from their window.

And an even better view- but with my reflection included (not a ghost)

If you have any stories about adoption to share feel free to take up as much comment space as you like.  thanks for your prayers and support.

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I was thinking about my goal of competing in Ninja Warrior, and came to a realization last weekend.  I realized that my workouts are still based on the same model I’ve used for years (i.e. heavy weights, low reps), and haven’t changed in any significant way to help me build a strength base tailored to Ninja Warrior.  I started changing that yesterday (Monday).

First of all I slowed down my movements considerably on my first set of each exercise.  Each movement was taken with deliberate speed of about 4 to 8 controlled seconds up and 6 -10 controlled seconds down.  Maintaining constant motion throughout without stopping.  The second (and final) set of each exercise was a static hold (the only exception was squats). I aimed for a 15 – 25 second hold in each exercise, with the exception of chin-ups where I held my body at the mid-point (arms bent at 90 degrees at the elbow) and held on for as long as I could.  Lastly, I performed the workout in supersets alternating between muscle groups (i.e. bench press and chin up, or squats and bent over rows).

The results?  Well, I left the gym feeling pretty energetic but could still feel how much I had put into the workout.  Furthermore, my next day soreness is negligible, which at least proves I didn’t over train.  I believe that next Friday I will do a similar workout to the one above, but thereafter I will alternate workouts between static and super slow workouts AND explosive fast paced workouts with lighter weights (I’ll explain that one next week).

I’ve written about our family’s dream several times on here before.  For those of you who need to catch up, check out the links below.

A Farm of Our Own

Setting Our Goals

Also Scroll down to the bottom to see a Brief Summary.

Caught up?   Good.  So here is the idea.   Anyone who can afford to share a little just drops a bit in the donate button below.  Who should do this?  If you have some spare change laying around in your PayPal account (or in that jacket you haven’t worn for months) you would be a good candidate. It is all up to you.

You see, I am very curious what could happen if the hundreds (possibly thousands) who have visited this sight over 52,000 times donated a dollar or two towards a fund to help us achieve this dream.  What do you think?  Maybe we could have a good part of our down payment ready to go.

So you ask, what’s to keep me from blowing all the money on booze and comics?  Well, just my word.  I would hope that after almost ten months and tons of embarassing pictures, you guys would know how much a share without reservation.  If anything I am TOO truthful.

If you don’t want to donate, no hard feelings.  Well, maybe a few.  But for those who do, thanks.  Let me know if this whole PayPal things works, I’ve never used it before.

DONATE

Warning: This donation is NOT tax deductible. 

What will we be doing with the money?

1. Down payment on a piece of land- small to medium acreage (30-60 acres).  We are still locating the right piece of property and we are waiting to see where I end up in two to three years with my Ph.D.

2. Run a small scale animal rescue (dogs/horses).

3. Combine the animal rescue with a program for at-risk youth.  We are still learning lots about this, and it is very interesting stuff. Click here to read about one such pet training program currently employed in prisons.

4. Run a fully operational ranch and/or farm (depends on the land) where we can sell a portion of our agricultural returns and donate the rest to local individuals in need as well as local charities.  Some ideas we have include orchards, crops, milk, and eggs.  There is a big learning curve on all this stuff and I spend much of my limited free time reviewing books on these subjects.

5)  Care to make any suggestions to fill this space?  Anything I missed?  Drop a note in the comments section.

God bless you whatever you give- including those of you who give nothing.

BTW, for those of you skittish about PayPal, you can email me and drop a few small bills or a check in the mail.

Well about two weeks ago (yeah, I know it took me a while to post on this) my wife, my daughter, and I took a trip to the local zoo. It was fun times for all, especially her. However the ride home was not fun times for all as she was about 5 hours overdue for her daily nap. But still, in balance the day was pretty awesome, terrific, and even stupendous.

Me and Sasha at the Zoo

The above picture is great, but WordPress refuses to let me post it as a thumbnail. So sorry, you guys will need to click the link.

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Sasha got to make pies out of sand, paint a big papier-mache animal of some sort, meet a live possum (as opposed to the dead ones she sees all the time on the road), have a gas can thrown at her by a playful gorilla, learn that brand name hot dogs aren’t all that tasty, push some older boys around who were dumb enough to push her out of the way, and watch an ostrich do a really weird dance.

Crazy Ostrich

Click on the link and see for yourself.

BTW, this was an excellent workout. The zoo follows a 5 mile path. I walked about 7.5 miles or more that day.

I would have posted earlier, but my wife didn’t want me to blog about these blessings until we watched them play out a bit more.  However, I can’t contain my joy any longer and after spilling the beans to Neil over at 4Simpsons a week ago, I am going to share God’s gracious actions in our life with all of you.

As all of you who read this blog know, my wife and I have decided to pursue adoption.   Our choice (and our agreement) resulted from a rather miraculous experience- and I don’t mean simply the miracle of getting your wife to agree with you (you know what I mean husbands).

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It is a place to share how the Lord has convicted you. Whether by his Word, through the voice of a friend or stranger, or whatever means. Share your experiences in the comments section, and I will share (as convictions arise) my own experience.

Below the page break is the content of my first post to the Convictions page.

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