Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 164 - FOF, Jonah & Crafts: Kaleidoscopes...

Friends of Fanose (FOF) fund is up to...


I was a little discouraged after a slow week at FOF last week. From the very beginning, I have had Satan whispering in my ear that there is no way FOF can raise $5000. In fact, this pesky little voice kept me from starting this project for almost a year! The little voice reminded me how I have NEVER done a fundraiser before. The voice reminded me that I have never asked anyone for money before (besides my parents...haha). This little voice reminded me how much out of my comfort zone I would be asking people to donate money. This little voice told me over and over that people are too busy with their own lives and charities to care about a village in Africa. The little voice told me that the economy is bad and people don't have extra money to donate to provide clean drinking water to the almost one billion people in the world that don't have access to clean water. This little voice told me that the problem is just too big, building a well in one village in Africa isn't going to make a difference.

Thankfully, my GOD is much BIGGER than that pesky voice and HE continued to press upon my heart that although I couldn't raise the funds needed to build a well in Africa, HE could. With HIM all things are possible.

I am sooooooo thankful that HE gave me the courage to start the Friends of Fanose fund. Because of HIS faithfulness, FORTY THREE people WILL have access to CLEAN, SAFE drinking water. How awesome is that? I would LOVE for the Friends of Fanose fund to raise the entire $5000 that is needed to build a well, but you know what? Right now, I am pretty dang happy for those FORTY THREE people that will have clean water!!!

Thank you to my friend Jennifer (who I went to high school with and haven't seen or talked to since!!!) and my friend Kristy for helping us reach an amazing $865!!! YEA!!! I also want to thank each one of you that have told friends and family about the FOF fund. Also, a HUGE thank you to those of you that have prayed for our fund!

We are making a difference!!!! Feels pretty good, doesn't it? Keep spreading the's working!!

CLICK HERE to visit the Friends of Fanose page.

I cannot tell you how much toady's donations cheered me up! I was not very happy about a certain phone conversation I had today. My phone rang this morning at 11:01 a.m. The name on the caller id said, "Jonah's caseworker." My heart stopped. I have very conflicting feelings about Jonah's case. I want him to be with his family, but I do not have a peace about him being with his family. I cannot go into specifics, but there are many (MANY) reasons I feel that way. MANY. Did I mention there are many reasons? Haha! I promise it isn't just because our family has fell in LOVE with him. And it isn't just because we picked him up from the hospital and we are the only family he has ever known. And it isn't just because he is MY BABY! Haha! I honestly have many concerns about whether he will be safe with his birth family. Being a foster mom is VERY hard. His caseworker called to let me know that his mother is now in a place in her life where she is free to come to the DHS office for visitation. She asked if Jonah would be able to come to the DHS office this Friday to visit with his mother for two hours. Two hours doesn't seem like a lot of time, but it will probably double the amount of time he has spent with her in his entire life! I know he is HER son, but he doesn't KNOW her. I would never drop off any of my girls with a stranger for two hours. I am trying to decide whether or not to stay with him during the visit. As a foster mom, I have that right. Decisions, decisions...




{Let me just preface this craft by letting you all in on a little secret. The goal of our craft time is the journey to the end product, not the finished project :o) Our projects aren't always technically correct and sometimes they don't even function as they are suppose to :o) But you know what, we couldn't care less :o) I just LOVE spending creative time with my girls! Of course, there is no particular reason I am telling you this today...hahahaha!}

For this project you will need (all kinds of fun things):
Card stock, construction paper, copy paper, aluminum foil, glue, scissors, crayons, Ziploc bags, sequins & a hot glue gun.

Oh wait...I almost forgot the most important thing you need...
Sweet kiddos to do all the work! Haha!

Step one - decorate the copy paper (this will be the outside of your kaleidoscope)...
This is the beginnings of an elaborate Candyland creation!
Sophie Le chose to draw a portrait of her daddy...she totally knows how to work her daddy...haha!
Here she is drawing Daddy's whiskers...haha!!

Step Two - glue the copy paper to a piece of construction paper...
We like projects that require the use of lots of glue :o)
Be sure and press down on the edges...
There is a BIG story behind every element of this just had to be there :o)

Step 3 - fold the card stock in thirds (triangle shape)...

Step 4 - glue aluminum foil (shiny side up) to the card stock...
The girls really liked working with the foil!

Step 5 - draw circles on a Ziploc bag and cut them out...

Step 6 - place glue around the edge of the plastic circle (if we do this craft again, we will hot glue the edges together...the regular glue took way too long to dry)...

Step 7 - put sequins on the plastic circles (you could also do glitter, but I cleaned the floors earlier today so we skipped the glitter...haha!)

Step 9 - place the other plastic circle on top to create a sequin pocket...

Step 10 - glue the outside of your kaleidoscope to the card stock..

Step 11 - refold your kaleidoscope into a triangle shape and glue together with a hot glue gun...
Careful! It might be a little hot :o)

Step 12 - hot glue your sequin pocket to one end of your scope...

Step 13 (whoa...this project has lots of steps!) - cut a circle out of black construction paper and poke a hold through the middle (this is your peephole) then glue to the other end of the scope...

Step 14 - ENJOY the kaleidoscope that you made all by yourself :o) Kids LOVE toys that they make by themselves and I LOVE that they know they have the ability to create something cool!

Thank you to Se7en for the great idea!


Nadra said...

Oh Amy...even though you have MANY reasons for concern about Jonah's birth family...all the logical stuff...that doesn't make it any easier on your heart. Thinking about you and praying for God's guidance in your decision. Protecting your heart and protecting this sweet baby is hard, but I know God will give you the answer.


Laura said...

I pray that God will give you peace about Jonah's future. You have given him an amazing start and a very loving home. I know the Lord will answer your prayers for him!