Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm still here!

I have gotten several emails asking if I had dropped off the face of the earth! times I wish - but I am still here!

The past days have been spent going and doing.  We had our Road to Rwanda Chili Cook Off - which was exhausting and wonderful!

We had our Rwanda Training and Payment Deadline - which was a test.  The Lord challenged me to trust in Him to provide and He showed up!  Trenton and I met our goal and if my calculations are correct we even exceeded it!  We now are raising funds to meet our final deadline on May 26th of $3000, of which we need approx $2500!

We will be doing another Garage Sale this weekend and I am busy doing Portrait Sessions to benefit our Trip Fund.

Lil Trevan is sick with bronchitis and we spent the night in the Emergency Room with him.  

We are loving the beautiful weather -- sunny like summer days!  I have a ton of photos to edit and galleries to create and catch up on.  I am doing a very timely system back up then off to work I will go today!

Taylor is holding on day to day.  Things last week were a total mess and at times I just threw my hands in the air.  I was forced in the midst of planning our Chili Cook Off to just "let go and let God".  As hard as it is and was - I had no other choice in the matter.

Taylor is on the waiting list at the Phoenix House and will be spending 45 days in Rehab.  He has also been placed on 3 years formal probation.  We have prayed and prayed for many years that he would get the help he needs.  He is currently home with us and we take it minute to minute.

So, I am now off to hold Trevan and give him some of that love that only a mama can when you are sick.  I am excited to get out in the warm sunshine today!

I pray you have a wonderful day too!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pampered Chef Fundraiser for Trenton and I - Road to RWANDA!

Tomorrow night we will be having a Pampered Chef Fundraiser to benefit our Trip to RWANDA!
You can place an order to help us out by clicking the link below!

Only orders placed through Vicky will count toward our 
trip fund!
Email to let me know you ordered!
We appreciate your help!

Thursday, March 4, 2010


I will have to say - I have a weakness for cupcakes.  I get really excited by cupcakes.  They are just the perfect size to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Yummy moist cake and creamy sweet frosting - my favorite combination.  You can get all different flavors of cake.  They come beautifully decorated with doo-dads and sprinkles.  Some plain some fancy - I don't care - as long as they taste sinfully sweet.

Lately our fund raising efforts have been a lot like the long anticipated dessert.  We are working hard and despite rain and other challenges - the Lord continues to add doo dads and sprinkles to our "cupcake".  I have so blessed by people who have helped Trenton and I - whether it be with a small sprinkles or a whole cupcake. 

I don't get to eat cupcakes very often - perhaps that is why I enjoy them so much when I do.  Kinda like fund raising.  You write letter after letter, post on Facebook and then post again - only to get nothing.  Then when you do get a response the rewards are so great! I get so excited over $5!  It may not be huge but it is the thought behind it.  The mere fact that someone cares enough about MY dream - to help me achieve my goal.  

Trenton and I are taking a whole crew of loving and caring people with us when we go to Rwanda.  Without the love, support and prayers from so many - people we love and care for to people we have never even met - our trip would not be possible.

God has a purpose for all of us.  I was created to Love Him and share His love with others.  I am so excited to shine in Africa.  I again thank you - all of you - whether you can help us with our funds or by prayer - you mean so much to us.

Most of all - I owe my thanks to God for pouring his abundant blessings down on us.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Calling all Chili Lovers!

Calling all Chili Lovers!

We invite you to our 
Food, Fun and Prizes!


The Ayres Suites Mission Viejo
28941 Los Alisos Boulevard
Mission Viejo, California, 92692

When: Friday March 12, 2010

TO GO ORDERS - 5 pm to 6 pm
SEATING ONE - 6 pm to 7 pm
SEATING TWO - 7 pm to 8 pm


Chili Dinner - $5 - Includes Chili, Chips, Dessert and Drink!
Other yummy Desserts will be available for purchase!

WE are PRE-SELLING Tickets so we know 
how much food to prepare!

Taste all the contestants chili and drop a quarter in their jar to cast your vote! The cook with the most quarters will win!


Enter to win great prizes!
 Cook's Entry Fee $25 ... email: for details on entering the cook off!


Come for fun, food and fellowship!

If you can't come but would love to help us with a donation of desserts, chili, chips, paper goods or money - just let us know!
email Janean at:


Monday, March 1, 2010

Baby Steps...

Today I am exhausted.  I had an action packed weekend.  Trenton and I along with the Plaza Family did a Fundraiser for RWANDA.  Despite the pouring rain and chilly temps - we had our garage sale and BBQ.  God keeps us encouraged one baby step at a time.  We were able to each earn $100 and then give Team 1 $100.  We also broke even on our food expense.  Baby Step by Baby Step we are inching along.  

I told a friend this morning that if the funds came too easily none of us would apprciate the process.  Once I touch down on African soil all the hard work, anticipation, stress and exhaustion will be all worth it!

On Friday we received our Passports in the mail!  I was so happy I did a happy dance all around my living room.  Much to the dismay of my family -- who all thought I had lost my mind -- I was elated!
With the help of my tireless friend Charity we then went to set up the sale and purchase the food.  We had a great time laughing together!  We were blessed by people who came on Saturday and met some wonderful new friends!

After a long day in the rain I headed to Disneyland with my mom to watch my nieces compete in the National Cheer Competition.  We were sad that they did not take FIRST PLACE as they deserved - but were happy that they got SECOND.  They worked so hard and looked fantastic!  

Saturday I did a family portrait session then took my boys to enjoy Kyle Rosser's 7th Birthday.  My boys were in their element at the awesome Star Wars Party that they put on.  I saw old friends and had a great time watching my boys play until they were ready to drop!

We then headed to Grandma's to await the arrival of my brother and the cousins so we could all enjoy a home cooked meal together.  We enjoyed each others company then headed home to get the kids into bed.

So here we are.  Inch by inch I will get done what has to be done.  Am I worried that Trenton and I need $1300 each in the next two weeks?  Yes.  But I know with God all things are possible and that He is so faithful.  I now need to be as well!

I will work hard in my fund raising efforts and dollar by dollar I will appreciate each tiny step we take closer to our goal!  

I pray that the rain will stay away and that you will have a blessed week!