The care center in Ethiopia is in desperate need of new mattresses for the babies. They are doing the best they can but the mold problem is huge! The mattresses they are able to buy in country are very prone to mold. I am trying to get as many Naturepedic Mattresses over there as I can! We have a wholesale account open with them so I am hoping to get the BEST price I can!
To have 30 mattresses sponsored at $60 a piece. Then Erick and I will hand carry them to Ethiopia when we go to pick up our son!
Updated: February 13, 2014, 9:06 pm: Read Full Post
So I have officially become one of those "bad bloggers". I promise I have good reason! Though I have no idea how the people with 8 plus kids keep up with blogging!So our little Isaak has completely just stolen our heart. He is doing amazingly well. We have had no attachment problems. He sleeps amazing, much better than our other kids. He eats a TON and we have been graced with a ton of donated breast milk which is helping him heal and attach. The other children just love him more and more every day. Since we have been home we have seen him grow leaps and bonds. He went from acting like a little newborn to an active 12 month old! God is sooooo Good! I was honestly prepared for the worst after we came home and God has truly given this mamma grace. The kid number transition has been the easiest ever. He is extremely healthy and happy which makes keeping up with the house, natural child birth teaching and homeschooling rather smoothly.Thank you all again! I will try and get more pictures up soon! We only have one phone and I have turned into one of those mommies who can't seem to take pictures without her "smart" phone.Here is a little taste of the beauty of this child. Lots of love from this J Crew!
Updated: January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm: Read Full Post
Hello everyone! Well the Jensen family is at 6. I am working on some pictures to put up but I realize that we have been home for one week now and I have not posted. I honestly do not even know where to start. I can see why people bring their computers along and blog while actually on the journey. We had a wild ride since we went to Africa and back in 6 days. Let me tell you what this 33 year old body was feeling the whirl wind!We were also blessed to travel with our good friends Cody and Lynsey which made the trip even that much more of an extraordinary blessing and adventure.We arrived on the 8th of January with all of our Naturepedic mattresses in tow and were able to go take custody of Isaak Sebona that same day. It was beyond a rush of emotions. Not to mention the not eating and sleeping during 2 days of travel prior.That same day I became deathly ill...like couldn't get out of bed at the OH Life Center so Erick found some angels, Ron and Kelly, to help us out. Isaak also cried that entire day as we had just "stolen" him from the only family he has known up until now. So yes first day was crazy crazy!At 4 am on the 9th Isaak woke up next to me and started to talk my ear off in his little baby language and has been happy with us ever since. This is a huge answer to prayer as I was concerned with attachment issues the older he got. As the days have turned into almost 2 weeks since we have had him in our arms he is beyond attached! It is so beautiful! The kids love him even little Selah calls him "her baby" and is not jealous at all...another huge relief.He did come home with a horrible double ear infection and throat and sinus infection though we are on the mends already with that.You can view our welcome home pics here
Updated: January 4, 2014, 7:35 pm: Read Full Post
Excited Beyond Words
"Lord, you are a God who speaks, who hears, and who acts. You are El Chay. Thank you for making me and breathing life into me. Please watch over me and hear me when I cry to out to you; deliver me from my enemies and glorify your name so that everyone who knows me may know that you alone are El Chay, the Living God. Amen." ~taken from "Praying the Names of God" by Ann SpranglerThis book has literally seen me through this adoption. Reminding me the beautiful, amazing attributes of the God that I serve. It helped me keep focus on Him and what he could do. Though I failed miserably at times...I would keep taking hold of my mind and literally forcing it to see Jesus as my focal point.God has taught me so much in this journey from trust to empathy to righteous anger to reliance on the rest of the body of Christ. So many times I had hit rock bottom and was up late texting friends and family and receiving beautiful words of encouragement and verses that totally lifted my spirit.I honestly can not describe with words the excitement and relief that I am feeling right now. The Sunday before we got the news we had cleared a bunch of us families that were STUCK had decided we would all be flying over to Africa and fighting in country for our children. I remember Sunday night being a little scared and yet hopeful that we could maybe get somewhere. One of my friends asked me if Erick and I were going over there and my response was this "Yes...unless God decides to do a miracle". That night I read about our Lord being the mighty Yahweh Shammah, The Lord is There. This name is associated to God's presence and power. And to continually thank God for being there in the midst of our struggles versus thinking that we are alone. I would love to say that I slept in total peace th...
Updated: December 30, 2013, 2:18 pm: 1 Comments Read Full Post
Well I am finally finally writing to tell you WE CLEARED!!!!! We are going to pick up our precious little boy!!! Oh Thank you all for praying for me! I honestly couldn't get through the day without your prayers. I could barely hold my own head up and you all have stepped in and helped us!Thank you all that had contacted our senators! I am elated and excited and energized!! Not sure I will caffeine this morning! (Can you tell with all of my exclamation points :)I have one more favor if you have wanted to give to our adoption or know someone that does please please share this info with them. As most of you know our adoption has gotten well over $40,000 unfortunately due to some huge hiccups we had. Our planet tickets will be very expensive flying from our small town of Rapid City. Please please consider helping us on this final leg of our journey!This has been the LONGEST LABOR of my life!!! That is the only way I can describe it!THANK YOU all and lots and pictures to come!!!!Here is the Link to BringingBabyJensenHOME!You can also click on the link on the side bar!THANK YOU all again!!!
Updated: December 28, 2013, 8:13 pm: Read Full Post
Please Please HELP!!
This is a post from another mom that is STUCK with us! Oh please please we need your help! We know there is strength in numbers...we can not free our children without God and without the voice of the people speaking up for our children!She has included the links of how you can help! Also if you live in South Dakota or Wisconsin the Senators are aware of our cases...please let them know you want them to fight for us! You can call or email they are very nice.Here is Holly's BlogClick on her actual blog to get the links ect. As much as I want this post to be screaming we cleared and we are going to get my boy, its not. So prepare yourself for the ugly truth about our state department.We were submitted to the US Embassy on October 16, 2013, the average time period to clear is 1-6 weeks, we are now coming up on 11 weeks. The reason you ask? Oh well they decided to unethically hold 20 or so cases from our agency and complete a Anti-fraud investigation, under no grounds do they have to perform this, they are choosing to. We believe they are holding up cases, trying to find fraud, even though our cases are clean. So do you think they are actually performing the fraud investigations? Nope. They are giving us NO information and can not tell us when it will âbeginâ. They need special funding to complete these investigations, so either they will sit on our...
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