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Friday, September 26, 2008

We are Back! Sorry for the lag in posting!

I have been out of the loop for a few weeks and so behind on my posts! So, I am attaching lots of fun photos of little hot stuff. We have seen God do some CRAZY things in the past few days. Some I will share later and some, I will have to keep to myself as it involves other people-But trust me when I say I am CONTINUALLY blown away by how good God is.
We are loving life here at the Becking household. I totally LOVE fall and I am so ready for the fall weather. I am really trying to take in my time with Bianca. I know this time next year will be different as there Little Miss Sunshine will be here also. And while I CAN HARDLY WAIT for her to get here, I am really loving my time with Bianca. It is so cool to see her learning so many things every day.
I have to just say one more time also...A HUGE thank you to those of you who follow our journey and are so supportive of our adoption. We love it!
On to the PIC PARADE!
How sweet is she? I finally cornered her to get a decent pic...Sorry for the red eyes!

Eric celebrates hi B-day last week and we had a ball with Grammy Janis!

Wahoo for little hot stuff!
This chica loves hangin' with her daddy

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Below is an edited version of the documentary I created from my travels in Africa.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Doing Our Part for Africa...Part 1

I have been waiting until some of the adoption info came through to post this, and I have been anxious to get it up and running. A few months ago, Eric-(my husband) and his best friend (Justin) started Water4Water, a bottled water company where ALL proceeds go toward clean drinking water for Africa! We are soooo excited about this. Justin is a really awesome guy and God really got ahold of him and gave him the idea. Who does not drink bottled water these days? And how awesome if we could CHOOSE to buy water that actually makes a difference for those in need? Sounds right up most of our alleys! Okay, we are not, at least for now competing with Evian, or Dasani, but we are making our goals HUGE! So far it has really taken on a life of it's own in our local area. We are excited to see events choosing to buy Water4Water to make a difference for Africa. We are also seeing local restaurants, churches, gyms, & other businesses choosing to buy Water4Water as their bottle water vendor. A $1 donation per bottle and ALL proceeds go to providing clean drinking water for Africa. Right now all of our proceeds are being directed to Blood Water Mission- a great organization started by Jars of Clay.
Coming up next week we are a sponsor for the Young Nashville Party that Creative Artist Agency is putting on. My sister got us the connection as she is a rocker and CAA is her agency. We are soo excited about this. Personally, I am hoping that artists see this product and look at taking it on tour. Everyone should be standing for something and I think so many people TRULY want to make a difference! No matter what the plan, God has it figured out and I LOVE knowing that. We have been amazed at how many doors have opened up to utilize Water4Water already. And what I love even more is that people are becoming aware of the daily realities for our people in Africa.
Here are some of the realities I am speaking about concerning water:
* In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation issues
* 1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to water related disease
* Over 1/3 of the world's population has no access to sanitation facilities.
* Women and young girls walk as many as 6 miles a day to fetch water.
* In a world of unprecedented wealth, almost 2MILLION children die each year due to lack of clean water and inadequate sanitation
* Of all of the renewable water in Africa each year, only 4% is used because most African villages lack wells, canals, pumps, reservoirs & other irrigation systems

God can use regular people to do big things, and that is what I am fully expecting. I could not be happier that Eric and Justin have moved forward with this and I can only imagine what is to come! Look for another awesome organization I will be posting soon that a group of crazy women (me included) have started to create...Room For One More...

To Much Love and Thinking Outside the Box!

Friday, September 5, 2008

We are #5 on the Waiting List! - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
Okay, so I told a few of you we were #4 on the girl waiting list yesterday and I just found out that we are actually #5. Do I wish we were #4, yes, and even more I wish we were #1 but I am happy that we are not #30! I need to take a breath! Okay, so what this means it that there are 4 other families waiting ahead of us to get their referrals of a baby girl 0-12 months old. God's perfect timing..If I could know what he knows or be able to see what He sees I am sure I would be blown away. The fact that He is bringing us together with another baby girl way over in Ethiopia is just wild. I love it. And let me say...there are no dull moments in the adoption world! You just never know what lies ahead.
God bless you all who have been contacting us. We are so thankful to have so many people on board and excited about Little Miss Sunshine. She is loved so big already.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

WE HAVE AN UPDATE PEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am soo pumped and beyond excited to announce that our dossier is submitted and we are OFFICIALLY on the wait list for a referral!!!!!!!! Holy schnikeys I am too happy about this news! Since we are using a smaller agency (IAN) for anyone interested, there is not a long wait list. We are either #4 or #5 on the wait list for a baby girl 0-12 months!!!!!! Watch out...Baby on the way...But I can still enjoy cocktails along the way!
Do I have any idea how long the wait will be before we will see a picture of our future baby?...NOPE, no clue. I am estimating (and I did say I) 3 referrals this months, so I say October we will know who our daughter will be and I am fully focused on January for her to come home! I love it!
I have been talking to so many of you lately that feel God is leading you to Ethiopia and I have to say I believe God is doing something so much bigger than we can see.
Wow, just thinking we will get to see our daughter's photos soon makes me so emotional and happy, freaked, and anxious! I know Bianca will make a great big sis, and I have a flood of thoughts when I think of introducing Bianca to her new little sis. Bianca is front and center on all fronts of attention these days, so I have been praying for a smooth transition.
For now we are going to choose, "Little Miss Sunshine" for new baby girl's temporary blog name...So as you read in the future and see LMS you will know who it is!!!

I am so glad we chose the agency we did. I have been in contact with Leah Reeves and she is great! Check out her blog here. She has a daughter from Ethiopia and now works for IAN. It is a great smaller agency so they do not have as long a wait list as some of the other great larger agencies.

We will keep you posted!!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesday Fun Pics

New pics of the family weekend! What a fun long weekend for us to hang out with people we love! A little pic parade.
I will be posting more over the next few days...Big announcement...I have decided on a temporary blog name for Ethiopia baby girl...I hope you can stand the wait!
I also have to say, I have totally loved getting so many emails lately from so many of you. How cool are blogs? The fact that they can bring total strangers together is so rockin'! Love it!
I want to help support those of you guys in the adoption process as much as possible, the way others have supported me in the past. I am excited to see what God has in store!
I also need to say this..GOD IS GOOD! All of the time. I am seeing good stuff happening to so many people. And even sometimes in the not so good stuff, it is inspiring to see God at work.
Life is short, I want to live more and more each day committed to the things I am passionate about...That is what makes life so rich. It has just taken me several years to learn that...And I am guessing I will only continue to realize these things at a higher level as I grow older.
Bianca....exhausted after an afternoon at Grammy's with cousin Kylie!

What....More pictures mom??? Something is up...Why all of this blog activity...What are you up to?

This is little beauty Kylie Becking. She is Jonathan's (or J-Lo as I like to call him) little girl. (Eric's younger brother) This child is adorable!

I had to get a pic of this...Bianca patiently waiting on mom...ALREADY at her young tender age!

Here is what we spent the evening in tears of laughter over...And YES it can be dangerous to small children. Not too intellectual around here tonight!