If this is your first time to visit this blog, start at the bottom with "My 1st Adoption Post" and work your way to the newest post, at the top of the page. Thanks for coming on this journey with me... I'm glad you are here...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Moms Heart Conference!

Just a reminder about the Moms Heart Conference coming up in January. I am so 
Looking forward to some time away with friends, to hear from a woman who has gone before me in loving God well, and her husband and children, too. This will be my 3rd year to attend this conference. I'm really excited about the topic this year!

THE HEARTSHAPING MOM - How to Open, Fill, and Hold Your Child’s Heart
Sally Clarkson (CO/CA/TX)
Your greatest desire as a mother is to win the heart of your child.Sally Clarkson (ITakeJoy.com) shares your passion and can help. By God’s design, your child’s heart is already turned to you, just as you are already designed by God to be a heartshaper. Sally will share her secrets, learned over 27 years of motherhood with four children, how to open and fill your child’s heart with grace and truth, and to hold it with love. This is life-learned, heartfelt biblical insight that will change you, and your children. Join Sally and her special guests Deb Weakly (Mom Heart Leader Team, CO/CA/TX),Courtney Joseph (WomenLivingWell.org, TX), Angela Perritt(GoodMorningGirls.org, CA/TX), and Ruth Schwenk (TheBetterMom.com, CO). It will be a weekend of fellowship, inspiration, and worship you won’t want to miss. We hope you can join us!
Deb Weakly (CO/CA/TX) Mom Heart Leader Team
Courtney Joseph (TX) WomenLivingWell.org
Angela Perritt (CA,TX) GoodMorningGirls.org
Ruth Schwenk (CO) TheBetterMom.com
Conference States & Dates:
COLORADO: January 20-21, Denver/Littleton, CO (Denver Marriott at Park Meadows, $79.00/night room rate)
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CALIFORNIA: February 3-4, Irvine/OC, CA (Irvine Marriott, $99.00/night room rate, includes up to two full buffet breakfasts)
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TEXAS: February 17-18, Irving/DFW, TX (Dallas Marriott Las Colinas, $84.00/night room rate, includes up to two full buffet breakfasts)
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Conference Registration Cost:
Early: $89.00  |  Regular: $99.00 
Conference Schedule: Check-in for each of the events begins at 1:00PM on Friday. Afternoon workshops begin at 3:00PM and 4:00PM that afternoon. Guests are on their own for dinner. The first main conference session is 7:00-10:00PM that night. The second session is 8:45-11:45AM Saturday morning, followed by a lovely banquet luncheon. The final conference session is 2:00-4:30PM that afternoon. Sally will be the main speaker for all main sessions; other noted guest speakers will be announced soon.
PossibiliTea (Separate Event): We also plan to offer a Friday morning PossibiliTea at each of the conferences from 9:30AM-Noon. This special time with Sally will focus on personal insights about motherhood, Mom Heart Ministry, and how to be more involved. However, space will be very limited and attendance will require a separate $25.00 registration fee.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

All About Spelling, Again!

Just another quick note about AAS. We are still loving it! I've been tutoring 4 kids this summer (in addition to my own, of course) and I'm more convinced than ever that it is an awesome program. I'm going to be teaching it in a classroom setting this year at Options. My classes are full with 12-13 kids in each class. I can't wait. I love this program!

You may know that I became an affiliate. You can read more about the program, and I will get a small commission with any sales, if you order with this link:

I asked my kids the other day if they "liked it" or "loved it" because I wanted to tell a little friend about it. They all 4 shouted "Love it!"
Wow. Nothing like making school fun! The lesson plans are easy. It's great for kids with dyslexia. It is multi-sensory.honestly, I can't say enough good things about it!

This program is great whether you homeschool, or not. If your kids are still learning to read, or if they are struggling in reading, writing, and or spelling, or if they are great students who you want to teach the rules of spelling in a dynamic way, All About Spelling is your answer. You can work on it as much, or as little as you need. And, everyone starts at level 1, whether they are 4 years old, or an adult! You can teach all of your kids at the same time, regardless of their age. I highly recommend it!

If you have any questions, please ask!

Friday, July 8, 2011

House Projects

In the last few weeks we've been going crazy with house projects.

We got a free piano off of craigslist.

I painted our front door red.

And switched out the ugly gold-but-turning-green knobs and handles for new ones.

I painted my kitchen cabinets white! with help from friends.

I painted a chalkboard wall in our school room.

And dyed my couch slipcovers.

I made curtains out of painter's drop cloth.

Yes. I've been a busy little bee! And, there is...

More to come! Check back for photo updates. Anyone know how to add photos to blogger from your iPad? Frustrating!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day

May you each have:
A little blonde boy who says "I want to do this for you every morning, mommy" as he brings you a cup of coffee in bed. And he does!
A little blonde girl who showers you with kisses and caresses all through your mothers day luncheon and wants to be with you always.
A little brown haired girl who loves dresses more than life itself and loves to stroke your hand.
A little brown haired boy who tells you "you are sooooo pretty, mama" even on you ugliest days.

For these blessings, I am so utterly thankful.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A word from Jenn

Dear friends and supporters of From HIV to Home,

With World AIDS Orphans Day (May 7) just around the corner, we'd like to introduce you to one of our amazing orphan care partners! 

Lola Children's Home is an orphanage for HIV-affected children in Mekele, Ethiopia - and they have just celebrated their first anniversary!

In the past year, Lola has started three support programs: resident, day care and family sponsorship - serving the needs of dozens of children.  With your help, Lola will grow to serve even more children and families in the region and will not only provide a safe and loving place for orphans and children affected by HIV, but will also be able to provide outreach and support to mothers and families.  

To celebrate Lola's very first year, we are giving away this beautiful quilt (*) sewn by one of Lola’s supporters. 

We are also giving away several additional items - two Starbucks Jonathan Adler limited edition (Red) travel mugs, a Starbucks (Red) gift card, and our very last "embrace" necklace!  That means that for every entry, you have five chances to win!

To participate in the giveaway, simply visit our donation page at Network for Good to make a donation to our Lola fund.  100% of donations to this fund go directly to the work of Lola Children's Home.  $5 is worth one entry (so $50 is ten entries!).  Please be sure to note "Lola" in the designation box of your giving form and include your email address so we contact you if you are a winner.

Since Lola is a new organization, they depend hugely on word of mouth. If you share this info on your blog or website together with a link to our donor page, email me (jennifer@fromhivtohome.org) with the web address for your post, and we will give you a free raffle entry!

Drawing will be held on May 7 - World AIDS Orphans Day. To learn more about Lola Children's Home, please visit their website at www.lolachildrensfund.org

Jennifer Isaac, From HIV to Home

* about the quilt - Kari Nichols is a nationally known quilt designer for Mountainpeek Creations. Her patterns can be seen in stores across the country as well as in magazines and catalogs familiar to quilters.  Peeks and Valleys was designed for a fabric company and has been seen at the International Quilt Market. The wonderful fabrics show off the "peeks" very nicely. Exquisite quilting by Pam Cosgrove enhances the pattern.  Kari says that she "believes that each quilt has a forever home somewhere, as quilts are chosen with the heart and made with the hands. I'm sure this quilt will find it's home while helping to create a home for a wonderful child in Ethiopia.  Not everyone can adopt a child, but I can do my part to help the people that can.  My blessings to all who care so much for these children."  Thank you Kari!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

All About Spelling

I just started All About Spelling with my kids a few weeks ago and we are loving it! All 4 of my kids (ages 4-8) are doing great with it...even teenagers or adults can use it.
It's different than any other spelling program out there! I really feel like they are getting a clear understanding of all of the phonomes, and that it is reinforcing their reading skills.
My favorite things about it:

-- The program is multisensory, approaching spelling through sight,
sound, and touch
-- The lesson plans are easy to use and leave nothing out
-- the kids work toasted mastery from the beginning, andd are so motivated! They love it!

 I like this spelling program so much that I signed up to become 
an affiliate! Aren't you surprised? ;)  You can check it out here: 

Love love love,


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Just had to share this blog post with you all today. I know I needed to hear it! Yesterday was a hard homeschooling day...a day when I doubted if what I was doing was the RIGHT THING for our family... 
Today, however brought new joys. Children who sat and worked hard. A mom at peace. A new garage door being installed by a guy who has 10 siblings, some of which are adopted, and all of whom were home schooled.
 Sweet blessings from the Lord of affirmation to this once stressed and weary mind.
What joy a new day can bring...


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Corner Turned.

Addie came to me the other day and said this:
"When I came home, I didn't let you hold me."
Me: I know. Why?
Her: Cause. I was scared. But, now I not scared. Now, I let you hold me.

And, it is true. In the past month or so there has been a sweetness that hadn't been.
She has stroked my hair as I have read Mr. Popper's Penguins. She has laid her head in my lap and stroked my leg. She has kissed me. And, told me she loves me.

Some of these things she had done before, but not on her own. It was always after a brother or her sister had done it first, and she was parroting them...as if she needed to learn how to give love. That is it, I think. She didn't know. With Tony, she knew. She had a deep bond with him before she ever came home, but with another adult, she didn't.

And, now she does.

A friend of mine says "It seems like we turn a corner, and then, we turn another, until finally I realize we have gone not in a square, but in a circle, where we are right back where have started." And so it goes with adoption. It is a work. A work in progress. We take 2 steps forward, and a step back. (She cut up one of the cork tiles I had hanging above my desk in the school room later! Cutting is a behavior she does to test if the love is still there)

And, so it goes...but today, I rejoice in the amazing insight and articulation of our 5 year old of what was...and what is...

Monday, January 17, 2011

One Thousand Gifts

Oh my. Spending most of my computer time over at Ann Voskamp's blog A Holy Experience.
You should go over there. And, read. Be encouraged. Join me in the challenge of reading Colossians in a year with her. Join the FB group.
Read her new book One Thousand Gifts. Join the book club. Read all about it all on her blog.

Being renewed this weekend. Can't wait for next weekend, when I get to go on a retreat with a sweet friend that I haven't seen in way too long.

May His Peace be yours today!