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Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas in Massachusetts












They boys have been super excited this year... such fun ages for Christmas! The cuteness levels have reached new heights... especially with our new little girl mixed in. This snapfish album is just the highlights. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thank you for lives changed!

As runners (well, ok, walkers) in the Grace Race in October, we received the following email from one of the Leaders for the Grace Race organization. As many of you supported us in this effort we'd like to share with you the results...

Dear Grace Race participant:


We are so grateful for your running or walking in the 6th Annual Grace Race on October 10th! We hope you enjoyed the experience. You were part of our biggest field to date. It was also a day for new records, as both men's and women's course records were broken. We have received all of the pledge money and have finished tallying up the proceeds from this year's event. Through your support, we raised over $120,000 this year for the project in Kenya! All of this money goes directly to the construction of the orphanage, school, and vocational training facility being built in Naivasha Kenya.

Because of your help, 100 orphans now living in extremely difficult conditions will have room, board, education, and vocational training - all at the same site. Because of your help, these boys and girls will have a safe and secure environment in which to grow and learn. You are doing your part to improve the lives of needy kids, giving them tools to succeed and hope for the future. The plan is to complete construction of the dorms and administrative wing by next fall, so that orphans can move into the facility by this time next year. Please visit www.gracerace.org to see photos of the race and photos/blogs covering the team's trip to Kenya after the Grace Race.

We also have a group on Facebook, which you are welcome to join. Mark your calendar for the 7th Annual Grace Race, Saturday October 9th 2010 10:00 AM. Please tell your friends about it too. You can register online - via coolrunning.com or by following the link on our web site. We'll have child-care available again, for those with children too young to walk or run.

To complete construction of the classrooms and vocational training rooms we will need to raise another $100K. Together, with your continued help, we can do it! If you would like to make a donationto the Grace Race Fund to help us get even closer to the finish line,you can do so anytime - online through our website, or by writing a check to The Grace Race Fund, 275 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford MA 01824. Thanks again for being part of a wonderful and diverse community that is helping the orphans of Kenya, "one step at a time"! Best wishes for a safe, restful, and joyful holiday season.

Sincerely,The Grace Race Team



Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting us and the lives of these children. Know during this holiday season that you have been part of something bigger than yourself and have done great things for "the least of these". It is awesome to be able to complete a 10 year plan for these kids in only 2 years!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

This is how we roll...

This is how we roll in New England...
Kindergarten December 9, 2009
Over 6" on the ground and still falling.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Following God

If you know me, you know that my family is extremely important to me. You've probably heard me talk specifically about my brother, Rob. If you and I haven't talked recently, perhaps you don't know that Rob, his wife Becky, and their 3 small kids are getting ready to move to Haiti to be missionaries. This is no small change! Although they've been working for this missions organization (Reciprocal Ministries International) for a number of years, and have been extremely active in their local church, they have felt God leading them to do more: to go work directly with the people of Haiti.

I admire their courage and their willingness to truly follow God where he leads. Many of us say it, and perhaps even feel like we mean it... but would I be really willing to move to someplace like Haiti? with all of what that means for my family? not sure. I'd like to think so, but as I see this become more real in their lives, the more I wonder if I could do it. So, in the meantime, I am doing what I can to help get them there.

They are still in need of roughly $9,000 to make this move. The shipping container to carry all that they own (and it's not a big container) is waiting to be loaded in their driveway. They are sending it in less than 2 weeks. Then they try to raise the last of their funds before they head down to Haiti in February/March.

Can you help them get there, too? It doesn't have to be a large sum. If I learned anything from our Grace Race earlier this fall, it's that every dollar helps. Can you spare a cup of Starbucks this week? How about Dunkin Donuts? How about that gift for someone who already has everything? How about...?

Check out their blog at: http://robandbecky.blogspot.com/