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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Christmas Cheer 2016 needs list


Below are the orphanages/shelters we are in need of Christmas Cheer 2016 sponsors. 

Please let us know which one you'd like to donate/sponsor. 





We are looking forward to reaching our goal of $8500 again this year. 


Orphanage
Needed
Sponsored
Kherson
150

Mykolalv
150

Ladyzhin
150

Nadvirna
150

Khmelnytskiy
150

Druzhkovka
300

Kiev #26
150

Kiev #14 Deaf
150

Izium
200

Source of Life
150

Magala
150

Ushomir
150

Antoshka
250

Kharkiv #1
400

Kharkiv #2
400

Kharkiv #3
200

Green Forest Internat
400

Chernivtsi
150

Odessa #3
300

Kremenchuk
150

Roschitsa
150

Tetervka
150

Refugees Happy Childhood
600

Pervomaysk
150

Cherkassy
150

Roschitsa
150

Kirovograd
150

Zhytomir
150

Bolgrad
150

Slavyanksk/Torez- Older Orphans
300

Gorlovka
200

Green Forest Baby
400

Svalyava
150

Kmitov
150

Makivka Aids
150

Orshivtsi
150

Dnepropetrovsk
150

Boyarka
150

Lybutin
150

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Orphan Christmas Cheer Fundraiser!!!

Life2Orphans annual Operation Christmas Cheer is a project that will help provide Christmas to over 5000 orphans, refugees, and shelters in 39 orphanages throughout Ukraine who otherwise will not get to celebrate Christmas due to lack of funding and war. 

Support for Orphanages range from $150-$600 depending on the size of the orphanage/shelter. This year our goal is to raise $8500 to provide Christmas Cheer 2016. We KNOW we can do it. Let's make it happen. 

Please email Megan/Elaina if you wish to sponsor an orphanage or make a donation toward one. 

Again this year, we are offering. Letters from Santa. It was a great success last year and we hope to add more children to the list this year. The last day to order a letter from Santa is Dec. 9th. (to ensure delivery)

We are still taking donations for those who don't need/want a letter. It's a great project for your Church, Sunday school, Friend, Office, Family… . If you'd like to know more about the program or how you can get involved, please email me at:  elaina.lawrence@yahoo.com

Now who wants a letter from SANTA? That's right! your child can receive a letter from Santa in the mail this December. Imagine your child's excitement when getting a piece of mail from Santa Claus!
 Each letter is personalized with your child(ren)'s name(s), it is on
Santa's letterhead, and is sealed with a red wax seal (It MUST be official ;))
There are 4 letter options to choose from, or we can customize. options written in Ukrainian are available. 


 

 


Option 1: Dear (Child's name),
I'll bet you are excited for Christmas! Is the town of (your city) buzzing with lights and activity? I just love this time of year! It won't be long before I'm landing my sleigh (Your street).
I heard from (Aunt/parent/guardian) that you have been such a good (boy/girl) this year! I'm very proud to hear it, but not surprised. I know how well you treat your friends and family, and I am just so impressed.
So, you are hoping for a (gift they asked for) for Christmas? Well, I will see what I can do. The elves are hard at work getting everything together for the big night.
Be sure to get lots of sleep on Christmas Eve! I know it's not easy when you're so excited, but you'll need your rest for all the fun you'll be having. Plus, I can't visit if there are children awake in the house.
By the way, I was so proud to hear about your progress in (school name/sports team, etc). Way to go! Keep up the good work.
Love,
Santa

Option 2: Dear (child's name),
Ho, ho, ho! I was just checking my list of good little girls/boys and there is your name. Are you surprised? I hope not! I'm very proud of you. I know it's hard to always speak politely, keep your room clean, and do your best at school. But no one expects children to be perfect. Actions are important, but so is what's in your heart. (child's name), I am so proud of you!
I'be heard that you are a super (big/little) (sister/brother). Thank you for taking special care of your sibling(s)
I got your wish list. Thanks so much. I see that you want some of the hot gifts lots of girls/boys are asking for this holiday season, as well as a (Gift they asked for) I'll do my best to get some of these cool toys to your home on Christmas Eve, as well as a few things to wear. 
Speaking of Christmas Eve, please be sure to go to bed early so you get plenty of rest. If you think of it, please leave me a cookie and maybe some milk. I get really hungry flying around the world all night.
Love,
Santa

Option 3:Dear (Child's name), 
Are you excited about Christmas this year? Me, too! Rudolph can't wait to pull my sleigh to your house in (City) on December 25th. His nose is glowing just thinking about it!
The North Pole is so busy this time of year. Mrs. Claus and I are sitting in front of the fire relaxing for a few minutes before I head over to the workshop to check on the elves. They are busy in the workshop getting all the toys ready for the big day. Your (parent/guardian) told me you asked for (gift), I will see what I can do for you. It's a good thing Rudolph and the other reindeer have been getting lots of exercise, because they will really have a workout this year.
Even though you're super-excited, please be sure to get to bed early on Christmas Eve. Santa can't stop at houses where boys and girls are wide awake. Then, in the morning, you'll see all the presents under the tree. That reminds me: Don't forget to hang up your stocking!
I know you have been good this year, and I am so proud! You've done ver well at (name of school). I'm sure you have heard of my list of children who are naughty and children who are nice. Well, every year your name shows up on the "nice" list.
Have a very Merry Christmas. I'll see you on Christmas Eve, but you'll be fast asleep.
Love,
Santa


Option 4:  Dear (Child's name),
Merry Christmas! I was just now checking my list for the second time and I see that you are there under "good little boys/girls." I'm so proud of you! I hear that you are a good listener, and so kind to everyone. The elves tell me that you are working hard at school and (Teacher's name) is excited to have you in their class. 
I got your wish list. Wow! You sure love boy/girl stuff. I let the elves know they'd better step up their work in the toy shop to get some of those things out to you. I know you asked for a (gift), I can't promise you'll get it, but I'll do my best.  You know, most little boys/girls don't get everything they want for Christmas, even boys/girls as good as you. But I'm sure you'll enjoy the surprises you do find under the tree. 
I am really looking forward to visiting your house this year. (your City) is one of my favorite places to visit, even though I can't stay long. I have to fly all over the world in one night!
Please go to bed early on Christmas Eve and keep being good. I know you can do it!
Love,
Santa
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Steps to order a letter from Santa:

1.) PLEASE make your $10 donation per letter here

2.) Email your paypal receipt to: elaina.lawrence@yahoo.com

3.) Elaina will contact you with your letter options. 

THANK YOU!!!!
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Wow!

Summer is over, we are almost through the first six weeks of the new school year. The holidays are right around the corner.

It sounds cliche to say that I blinked and time passed, but as a dear friend reminded me at Church of the Quote by Gretchen Rubin, "The days are long, but the years are short." it's SO true. Especially when you are celebrating your children's 20th and/or 23rd Birthday's... It seems like just yesterday they were babies in my arms.

With the busyness of summer and the beginning of a new school year, I have found that I have just dropped so many things. I stopped blogging, I stopped working on my book, I stopped reading (except for my morning Bible study), I stopped working out, stopped eating healthy. I sit here today feeling BLAH. 

I feel this way when my body and mind are not active. So here I am, climbing back up the activity ladder.  In one day, I am already feeling re-energized. I have my planner out and I'm penciling in time for ME. Time when I can read, write, workout, etc. I can take time for me and still fulfill my duties around the house. In fact, when I take time for me... MORE gets done. 


Our family is working toward another direction in life and all of it's unknowns. We trust the Lord and know that his plan is so much greater then our own is a little bit terrifying (If I'm being honest). It's not world changing, so please don't flood us with needing an explanation, we just have some dreams that we are waiting on His unveiling in our lives. 

Today I take in all the blessings I've been given. I revisit some blogs for inspiration, I go to my knees in prayer for wisdom and guidance. 



My current book is: Love Does, by Bob Goff. I'm not going to lie, I'm a little afraid. Afraid of the quotes I've seen from the book. Afraid of not knowing God's plan, afraid of saying YES and stepping out. Afraid of not over analyzing. Yes, fear is crippling and as I start today anew, I'm going to hold on to his words and have faith to TRUST HIM. 


“...we need to stop plotting the course and instead just land the plane on our plans to make a difference by getting to the "do" part of faith.” 
― Bob GoffLove Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Spartan Recap

As life would have it, Spartan was a NO GO this year. Due to past injury from the military, my husband had to undergo Rotator Cuff Surgery. Although the timeline was MUCH quicker then what we anticipated, it meant putting aside Spartan. 

I do not see it as a fail, but an opportunity to continue to train for the next one. I'd be lying to say that I didn't cry and wasn't a little upset that "my plan" was not completed, but God's greater plan was to get my husband healed.

It's been busy here and although Spartan will have to wait until next time, I feel blessed that we are all healthy

Busy, busy, busy...

 Getting just 10 days notice before surgery, we took a quick 4 day vacation to the Inn of the Mountain Gods, where my family from California met us. During this trip, our little guy face planted and broke off part of his front (adult) tooth. That has since been repaired beautifully. 

 My family came back to our home with us and 3 days later, hubby was in surgery. I wasn't sure how a house full of family would be post op, but oh was I SO VERY GRATEFUL they were here. Not only did they distract us from how tired we really were, they helped us in ways that Thank you will never express. 

 My family stayed a week with us and  my lack of sleep became comical. Even I was confused about being confused. lol. 

1 week post surgery and I have finally been able to sleep (almost) through the night. Hubby has had 8 hours of sleep in 6 days. So prayers for his ability to sleep and heal. 

We are back to homeschooling over the summer. Trying to get back in the groove and catch up on things. It was so much easier when my family was here helping. ;) 


Monday, April 4, 2016

Spartan Bound, Week 1

This week has been a new one for me. A LOT of new fitness things, more running, and my food has been spot on.

I am sore, but I know that it is bringing about changes, both physically and mentally. 

Day 1: 
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Army crawl, Bear crawl.
Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Total Body Hammer
Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus
Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits, 
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot, GF granola (2 TBS.)
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, cayenne), Grapefruit.
  • Dinner: Tuna sandwich
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 2:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), 100 yard up hill sprint: repeat for 20 minutes. 3 mile trail run


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Max Hammer Strength training

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman

Evening workout: 30 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean PRO w/ionix and PB2
  • Dinner: 4 oz. Grilled steak, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. grilled brussel sprouts.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons
Day 3:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 20 burpees (thank you, Jesus), High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps), Bear crawl


Scheduled WOD: 40 minutes Hammer Power training

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thrus

Evening workout: 20 burpees

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and Orange replenish  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 4 oz. Tuna Salad on lettuce (4 oz. Tuna, mayo, dill, eggs)
  • Dinner: 4 oz. baked chicken breast, 1/4 c. baby red potatoes, 1/2 C. asparagus.
  • Snack: Banana and handful of almonds
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 4: Rest Day


Day 5:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, High Knee Walk (1 set each @ 25' each), High Knee Skip, Side lunges (20 reps)


Scheduled WOD: Hammer Conditioning

Abs: C sit tap, plank knee taps, bicycles, Leg lift crunch, Side plank pass thru


Evening workout: 30 burps, 75 Jumping Jacks

Nutrition:


  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch (1 hr. after workout): 3 egg omelet with 1 oz. cheese and salsa
  • Dinner: Ribs, 1/2 baked sweet potato, garden salad w/ 2T. Italian dressing
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons

Day 6:
Spartan WOD: 75 jumping jacks, 30 burpees, 

Scheduled WOD: None

Arms: (1 min. each) Shoulder Taps, Tricep dips, Arm circles, wide push ups, Superman


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee, NOX, IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • Preworkout: Amped Power, E+shot
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Lunch: Club sandwich wrap (on lettuce), 1 oz. cheese
  • Dinner: IsaLean Pro Chocolate with PB2
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons


Day 7:

Spartan WOD: 3.2 mile run, jumping jacks, backward running, side steps 

Scheduled WOD: None


Nutrition:

  • Am: Coffee,  IsaLean Shake w/ionix and fruits  
  • During workout: Water!!!! 
  • Postworkout:  IsaLean Shake w/ionix & orange replenish
  • Snack: Almonds and homemade trail mix
  • Dinner: cottage cheese/spinach blend with venison pasta sauce
  • Daily intake of water: 1+ gallons