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A lot of you know this already, but for those that don’t, Peter is heading to Africa (Liberia) next Thursday.  He will be gone for ten days and will be staying with the Liberian man who lived with us last fall.  We’ve been busy getting things ready for his trip — visa paperwork, collecting donation items, contacting various organizations, researching shipping options, etc.  It doesn’t seem like it was this complicated last time we traveled to Africa.  Maybe that’s because we left on such short notice or maybe because we had all the adoption/visa stuff to keep our minds focused on.  Either way, I’m worried this time that something is going to fall through the cracks.  I just remembered today that we need to make sure to get the malaria meds from the doctor this week so he can start them seven days before landing in Africa.  Do I sound like a paranoid mother sending her firstborn off to kindergarten?  I kinda feel like that mom.  Oh, I know he’s fine on his own… but my dear hubby is a bit of a scatterbrained genius sometimes with way too many irons in the fire and it’s a good thing I’ve invested in sticky notes. 

I haven’t blogged in detail yet about the non-profit corp that we recently started — mainly because we haven’t been completely sure which direction things would head.  We first started thinking about this idea last fall during our time in Liberia… and since then we’ve been researching a ton and contacting other orgs doing similar things.  We’ve been holding all our ideas and plans out to God for adjustment and tweaking as needed.  Right now we feel like the doors have opened wide in the direction we’re headed, and we are walking through them excitedly — but we’re also still very aware of the need for flexibility.  So this trip of Peter’s is a very open, pioneering type trip.  We’re not completely sure what will come out of it long-term — although we have a good idea.  Of course, in the immediate, it’s a great opportunity for him to spend some more time in Africa doing as much good as he can; connecting with as many people and organizations as he can; all the while evaluating how the vision we have fits in with what others are already doing there.

I will share more about it in a separate post.  I want to be able to do it justice and I just don’t have the time to write more tonight.  We have some really special friends staying with us this week (the Z family for those of you in the AoH loop) and they pulled in this afternoon.  What an awesome family.  We really, really love them and have been looking forward to their visit all summer.  I’m sure Jamie will take enough pictures to fill up several posts on both of our blogs! — But I do want to share a litte more about the purpose of Peter’s trip before he leaves for Liberia next Thursday.  We really would appreciate prayers for his safety as well as for the right doors to open.  Stay tuned for more…  🙂

Well, I guess I didn’t do a very good job communicating earlier about Henry’s appointment.  I had several people ask for clarification.  I’ve talked to so many friends and family in person about it that I forgot to be really specific for those that just pop in here every now and then…

So here goes:

The bottom line is that it looks to the specialist that Henry’s non-functioning arm is the result of nerve damage in the shoulder.  He is not a candidate for nerve surgery; so unless a miracle occurs, he will never regain the use of his arm.  The damage is permanent.  We are getting the MRIs this week to find out “officially” whether there is any brain damage causing additional issues in his body (resulting in Cerebral Palsy.) 

Hopefully that is more clear.  When I said I was processing, I meant I was having to deal with the reality that it’s a permanent condition.  We’ve been trying to hold on to hope and stay optimistic that therapy and/or surgery would help him regain even just a little use of it.  Like I said, I have thoughts that I will share later…

Right now though, I’m going to follow up on a fun tag!  Brandi tagged me to share ten random things — and I probably would have passed if it had been about me (since I am sure you have had all you can take of random Amberness between my 100 things and the weird tag!)  but I couldn’t pass on this one since she said to include Peter.   I don’t write enough about my husband on here… so in no particular order, here are ten random things about him:

1.) Peter twirls his hair when it’s long enough.  Drives me nuts, so I always bug him to get it cut and keep it short.  I have come to realize after five years of marriage that it is a completely unconscious habit — he really can’t help himself! 🙂

2.)  He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  I think this contributed to his ability to thrive in really hot weather and his love of Mexican food. 

3.) I always tease him that he must have been born with a phone on his ear!  Seriously, the guy is a communicator and is on the phone a LOT (most of it is work-related, although sometimes he talks to MY friends for a while before handing the phone to me!)  It actually works out pretty well for us, because I am not much of a phone talker — so it balances out in the end.  At least I always know I can get in contact with him if I need to! 

4.)  He is a chronic sleep-walker and sleep-talker.  At least once or twice a month I wake to him saying something totally off the wall in his sleep — or else getting dressed because he thinks someone is in our house at three in the morning!  I have had some FUNNY conversations with him that he totally does not remember! 

5.) Peter loves people and is one of those kind of guys that makes friends instantly.  He just knows what to say to put people at ease and he genuinely enjoys meeting new people and developing new relationships.  He is really great with kids too — they instantly warm up to him.  I think part of it is because he is definitely still a kid at heart. 

6.) He has a great sense of humor and has such a contagious laugh when something strikes him funny.  I crack up just listening to him. 

7.)  Peter plays the keyboard off and on with one of our worship teams at church.  He also heads up the sound team.  I think it’s great that he knows what all those knobs and switches control on the board and that he can mix sound… it seems really complicated to me.

8.) He’s pretty opinionated and if you get him started you’d better be ready for a lively discussion! (very different from my peace-maker personality…)  He loves listening to talk radio and calls in!  Yes — he is that crazy Peter from WA state that you may have heard on the air… Ha! :0)

9.) He has blown out both knees on separate occasions (one while playing soccer, one while snowboarding.)  After a couple surgeries, he’s back to both sports — albeit carefully!   He also has two herniated discs in his lower back from an injury in high school.  I am amazed by how much he does with chronic low back pain.  You really wouldn’t know it by how active he is. 

10.) He’s very optimistic and willing to takes risks.  I love that he thinks outside the box and is adventurous enough to approach things from an unconventional standpoint.

So there ya go… a little randomness about my hubby. 

…was a good day.  It was the day my husband was born.  Happy birthday to a great husband, father, leader and friend!

This is totally unrelated, but consider it my bloggity tribute to my man!  🙂  Here are a few pictures Peter took the other night of the lunar eclipse.  I thought he did a great job — moon pictures are difficult!






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Wife. Mother. Friend. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Student. Adventure-lover. Photo-taker. Book-reader. Organic gardener. Granola-maker. Green smoothie drinker. Snowboarder. Soccer-player. Aspiring rock-climber. Sometime health nut. Passionate about justice and mercy. Adoption advocate. Business owner and jewelry designer. Wild at heart. Crazy-blessed to live out in the country with my awesome family.

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