Saturday, January 23, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Young Girl Waits To Hear From Birth Mother In Haiti
CENTER BARNSTEAD, N.H. -- Many more families are still anxious to hear from loved ones, including some here in New Hampshire. In Center Barnstead, a Haitian adoptee is eagerly awaiting word from her birth mother.
The Winslow family of Center Barnstead adopted Grace from Haiti when she was 9, and also Jon, who was 2.
While Jon's birth family is from a part of the country left relatively untouched by the earthquake, Grace's mother, Mimose Lubin, lives in Delmas -- one of the hardest-hit areas.
She is still waiting to hear if her mother or any of her family in the country are safe.
Mary Winslow said the family is finding hope in the little things they know -- like the fact that Mimose has a one-story apartment, which might have been survivable in a collapse.
**Click on the above link to see her story!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
This time we were encouraged to have signs that said our district number and town on them. So that the reps could see..."oh my...there are some of my constituents here...hmmmm...I'm being held accountable!"....One woman had a sign that said: "Yes I homeschool, and Yes I vote, need I say more?!" That was good!
Then at 9:45 we went inside for the session which began at 10:00. Oh my...there was soooo much debate for the bills leading up to ours that we were very concerned. It was 12:00 noon and our bill went on the floor. A call was put out for the author of the bill...Judith Day, and she wasn't there. The vote was given. It was a roll call vote which means that each and every vote went on the record. So you can log on and see who the 34 reps were who voted against it. It was 324 in favor of the ITL and 34 against it. It was great. A huge cheer erupted in the gallery and the speaker of the house said..."now homeschoolers, here is a civics lesson for you today. we have strict rules of protocol here in the house and one of them is that there is to be no demonstrations of any kind once a vote has been made."...it was cute that we had a small civics lesson of manners in that way!
We walked out a bit lighter on our feet and encouraged in the Lord! Truly feeling that there is something to our state motto..."Live Free or Die"...at least until the next legislative session begins. Don't stop praying!
As many of you have heard, our dear Haiti was shaken by a massive 7.0 earthquake yesterday followed by a 5.9 and 5.5 after shock, causing massive devastation and panic. Our prayers go out to the people of this dear country. We have received word that Bresma 1, Bresma 2 (Grace and Jon's orphanages that they came from), are all okay, along with all of the workers and precious children. Praise the Lord!!! This is nothing short of a miracle, these orphanages are just off of Delmas, which the news says has more houses down than standing. Please pray for Grace's mother, Mimose, her brother Junior and her sister Rebecca. Their small apartment is located just off of the main road in Delmas. Communications are cut off now as all of the towers have been destroyed. So far there has been no word from Grace's Mom and her siblings. Grace's biological sister Magnalie that lives in Mass. with the Kangas family are monitoring this and trying desperately to make some connections to find out if Grace's family are okay. Of course Grace is worried and very shaken by this. She thanks you all for your prayers. Jon's family all live in Petionville which has not been affected by this that we know of.
We learned, too, that St. Joseph's Home for boys was completely destroyed. This was a wonderful mission. We visited this mission on our first trip to Haiti. We also learned that other orphanages have sustained great damage, too. There was a hospital destroyed. The main road in Delmas that we refer to as the "crazy road" is completely destroyed. We learned that although they haven't mentioned a death toll, they are lining the bodies up on the streets. It is hard to feel so helpless to this terrible situation, but we are encouraged to know that we can pray, and trust that others will join us.
We learned today at the state house that the Hope Ship, the 1,000 bed hospital ship is enroute there. For this we are thankful.
We promise to keep you posted. If you want to keep up to date with people that are actually in Haiti, you can keep track of this on twitter at this link:
Please join us as we pray for Grace's family and the many, many, other people, families, and ministries that gave been so devastated. Please pray for the many details of continued food and water delivery, safety, etc.
We will continue to update you if we receive more information.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
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This past Fall, Glenn and his friend Dave Menard worked out a barter. Glenn helped Dave with his new garage, and Dave came and painted our house! It's now a beautiful new color! He did it all in one day! It was awesome! Most of you know how our house looked before. The new color is yellow and it's just beautiful!
Friday, January 08, 2010
Here's part of the gang hanging out outside. From left to right: Cynthia, Shronda, Grace, Jolyn, Maddie, Krista, and in the front is Rylan. Grace is holding Stanley, her new cat!
Here are the girls sewing. They have a beautiful sewing room. They make all of their own clothing for the girls and the Mom.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
The bill had been on the consent calendar for today, their first day back in session for the new year. That meant that it would be voted with a big bunch of ITL bills all at once and be not an issue. Well...some folks decided that they wanted to get it on the regular calendar for individual voting because it was a 14-6 vote and not unanimous. And...they were able to do just that. So...there was a call put out to homeschoolers to go and meet and greet legislators on their way in to the hall by holding signs outside the state house. We decided to take up the call and go!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
What were you doing 20 years ago today?? Me...I was in labor with our precious daughter Brittany. We would finally meet her after 36 hours of intense labor at 3:39 in the afternoon, 20 years ago, today!
George Bush Sr. was our President.
Judd Gregg was NH's governor.
Dances with Wolves was the #1 movie.
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev won the Noble peace prize.
Glenn and Mary Winslow started their family with their 9lb beautiful daughter, Brittany!
We love you Bip!!
Monday, January 04, 2010
Here are some photos from 2009 in no particular order: