Saturday, May 21, 2011

I got my haircut!!!!

I got my haircut yesterday!!!!

It was a very last minute decision, so that's why I couldn't let everyone know beforehand. The Berzenjis received their Canadian approval this week. :)

I was relieved when I saw that it was an inch or two beneath my shoulders! This time I wanted to wait until it grew long, because I really wanted it to end up a little longer then last time.

Okay, I won't leave you in suspense any longer:) Here are the pictures:

If you were just waiting for my haircut, feel free to donate any time before the Berzenjis leave for China (of course I will let you know when they receive their travel dates! :). Even though the ChipIn seems stuck, they are still receiving money that is donated through the ChipIn button. Thank you to everyone who donated money to this fundraiser even before I cut my hair!!

After this long weekend, we will drop my ponytail off at the Cancer Society.

I just want to mention that since I decided to cut my hair and donate it, someone very special to us has begun cancer treatment. Our Pastor, Mike Roth, has been battling with cancer since March. Here is a link to his family's blog. Please pray for them!

Here is a photo of Pastor Roth baptizing me two years ago with my dad...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Easter is about Adoption!

I've had this post idea in my head for a week or two but wasn't able to get my thoughts together until today...

There is a big difference between what our society says Easter is about, and what the Bible says Easter is about. Perhaps it is all about the money in our culture, since stores try to sell us chocolate, Easter eggs, and adorable stuffed bunnies. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Easter egg hunts and all that other fun stuff (we've done it before), but there are so many other important things that we can miss when we have our eyes mostly focused on Easter dinner, chocolate, and Easter bunnies.

Last year we did something really special, we had a Seder Passover meal on Good Friday (I know, a little late:) with some friends. This gave us all a chance to stop and remember what Jesus did for us! We enjoyed it so much we did it again this year with some of our family. (In case you are wondering, we DIDN'T have lamb, and not exactly because I won't have it - it was because my Dad won't even touch it....... so instead we had chicken:). My mom prepared a Seder plate, and my dad printed out booklets so we could follow along with the readings. I enjoyed learning about the symbolism.

Now, You are probably wondering what this has to do with adoption and baby Bing. I wanted to share this because it is because of Easter that we can all be adopted into God's family. We are all orphans without God. When Jesus died on the cross, he not only died for our sins, but He lovingly made a way for us to be adopted into His family. This is really what Easter is all about. When we become Christians and believe with all our heart that Jesus died for us, God literally adopts us so we can live with Him for eternity!

I also wanted to share this very special video called 'Children of God' I really encourage you to take a moment and watch this video! It is a beautiful song about being adopted by God!

I Love you Jesus!

By the way, the Berzenji family just got their Ontario approval! (So now they are just waiting for their final China approval.) You can read about it on their blog. :)