Sunday, January 24, 2010

Do You Have a Disaster Plan?

Tonight our church presented a great lecture on "how to prepare for disasters". It was hosted by a trained FEMA member. Members of the Red Cross and our county had tables set up with more info on disaster plans.
Going into the meeting I feel like our family is pretty prepared for many situations. Coming out of the meeting, I can see that we can still improve.
We will be having some additional family home evenings on:
  • Fire Drill
  • Practicing what to do in case of a chemical spill in our area
  • Practicing evacuating with our 72 hour kits
  • Need to upload photos to an online storage site & especially current photos of the kids.
  • Also upload import documents to this online storage site.
  • Take color photos of our home inside and out.
  • Check with the school on how to get our kids out of a lockdown situation in case we need to evacuate the area.

It's not fun to think about, but it's better to be prepared.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Donate to Help the Orphans of Haiti

Our adoption agency also works with orphans in Haiti. With the earthquake in Haiti, they still have not received word to the status of the 3 orphanages they work with in Haiti. Here is our quote from an email from our agency "We work with an organization in Haiti called Foye, who has 3 orphanages in Haiti housing over 300 children from all ages. We are desperately trying to receive word on how the children in the orphanages are doing and the care givers that work to take care of these children every day. We have heard from a 3rd party that the infant/ toddler orphanage is still standing but have received no word on the other two that are very close to the children's hospital that collapsed."
If you would like to donate to help these orphans, my agency, FEC has created a paypal account to allow those interested in donating to the three orphanages they work with. Anyone who would like to donate can go to and click on the "Send Money" page. Enter their email address: and donate. As a 501c3 organization all donations are tax deductible and every penny will be used to get the supplies needed to their orphanages. Even if you can't donate very much, a little here and there will go a long way! I want you to know that I practice what I preach, so I sent off a generous donation.

Thank you,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Christmas 2009

I know it's a bit late, but here are some pictures from Christmas 2009.

Being silly old men on Christmas Eve at the Lodge.

I love this picture!

And... the Haul!