Sunday, February 7, 2010

The List

It's time to update what's happened or is happening with The List. Ready? Yeah, me neither but let's do it anyway. Here's what we've done so far:

1. Fast for the 2 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day.




2. Contact your local crisis pregnancy center and invite a pregnant woman to live with your family.




3. Ask your pastor if someone on your church’s sick list would like a visit.



4. Join an open AA meeting and befriend someone there.




If you recall, I am still in the middle, or is it the beginning, of number four. This one brought me into the City Rescue Mission as a volunteer. It has also brought me face to face with a woman named Nikki. I believe with all my heart that the story from number four is still being written and will be worth reading. Someday. Just not today. Today is still about filling out papers, taking classes and building trust. Today is all the boring details of life that usually lead to something amazingly unexpected. I am ready to be unexpectedly amazed. So, while number four is still being written in my life, lets go onto number five, if you don't mind.

5. Adopt a child.

Keep your arms and legs in at all times and your seatbelt fastened. This ride is about to begin .......

19 comments:

Two Shades of Pink said...

Wait...What, what, what? (where is the dang BOLD and FONT SIZE button when I need to express my LOUDNESS?)
REALLY??????????????????????????
I am so excited that I am constantly deleting what I just typed because I am all over the place on this blasted keyboard. And of course, I have some experience in this area...but you know that. Oh, friend I am hopping on for the ride. Wheeeeeeeee!

Auntie Cake said...

Oh my world Marla, yes, I am strapped in tight! (you have to be to keep up with you!!! What does cabana boy put in that coffee he brings you? I need some to be able to keep up with you!) My head is spinning from all your adventures. What an exciting time this is going to be for your family, I wish you the best of luck with the adoption process, and that it goes as smoothly as possible. Wow! Can't say any more right now, you shocked me, and that is really hard to do! So totally cool...
Kate

Lily Robinson said...

We've often thought about those older kids that are waiting for a home. It's still a possibility. A scary possibility!

I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for your next chapter!

Ms. Anthropy said...

Being new here, I simply had to go back and start at the beginning. Now I know why I was drawn to your blog, I absolutely love the way you "put it out there!" While I'm not quite THAT brave, I am very sarcastic. I can't help myself, sorry, it's a protective measure as well as a character flaw. I also cared for my parents before they passed. It was quite humbling. I wouldn't trade the experience for anything, and it hurts being an orphan. Do you think it's possible we could be related somehow?

Sonya said...

Honestly? I didnt expect anything less from you. This is just so beyond wonderful and there are soooo many children in the U.S. who need homes and people to love them. Im strapped in tight aswell..Im not goin anywhere!

Blasé said...

Goodness Gracious!

oh, and your new profile pic is perfect! I'm glad you thought of it...

honeypiehorse said...

You are a good person.

Brian Miller said...

love this. as i am fairly new i need to catch up with what exactly the list is but cant help but smile at what i see here...

Kate said...

Wow you are incredible. I can't wait to hear the updates and how this goes.

Kate xx

Sarah said...

Adopt a child? Didn't you like have 5 of them adopted already? Plus a pregnante woman living with you? Are you sure you're not stretching yourself to a silk yarn now?

angie said...

I can't wait to hear more, Marla!

Libbie said...

MARLA! WOW! That is huge! I was thinking they all were huge & then I read the last one! WOW! DO you wnat Bo? Totally kidding! You know I love that boy :) But really that is so cool! That is just going to be amazing for you & for that child & I feel really lucky to be able to watch from here! Someday you'll maybe have some baby poo up :) Wow! My prayers are with you my friend..right now I wil say the first one for the start of your process to begin a new chapter. You constantly amaze me Marla..amaze & inspire. thanks :)

gayle said...

I am a new follower so I am going to have to go back and read some of your other posts!! But it sounds like to me you have a love for all!!! I would love to have a pregant woman live with us but I would be afraid...can you tell us more!! Are you adopting a baby, child, teen? Can't wait to read more!!

Rae said...

You are moving right along. I often think it would be wonderful to foster a child. I know adoption is out of the question, but I think fostering could offer a lot too.

MindyBB said...

I didn't remember that being on the list? Is this a new list? Oh you added to it ;-) and are there two available? I want one! I have fever really bad- and it's a good thing he doesn't read this and don't give Bob our number, ha! I am pleasantly surprised and happy can't wait to hear the details I may call you cause I can't wait! Capitol day is in the morning...not sure I can make it though :-( Hugs Thelma!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Adoption is certainly rewarding. Our son and his wife fostered and adopted 2 brothers. They are in the midst of the adoption process for a sister and brother as I type this.

justsomethoughts... said...

you're gonna WHAT?!

Okie Book Woman said...

Marla, you are absolutely amazing. Talk about a gutsy woman! Bless you, Sweet Lady.

Marla said...

Two Shades ~ You and I have more in common than you know. Just a few decades apart.

Kate ~ This is an old and ongoing journey. What does he put in my coffee? I wish I knew!

Lily ~ The possibilities are amazing when you open yourself to them. Trust me on this one.

Ms. Anthropy ~ Ya never know!

Sonya ~ You are so right....so many children.

Blase ~ Me too! :-)

honeypiehorse ~ Not often enough.

Brian ~ I am so glad you are here.

Kate ~ Keep reading :-)

Sarah ~ I should be pencil thin with all the stretching thin I do.

Angie ~ Thanks for reading!

Libbie ~ When can we expect Bo to arrive? :-)

gayle ~ That's one of the things I ask myself daily. What would I do if I weren't afraid?

Rae ~ We fostered for six years. It is life changing in all the good ways.

Mindy ~ No, this is the original List. You have THE fever again. Lord, help us all!!! Let's go have a drink instead.

Ok Granny ~ Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!

justsomethoughts ~ Look what I have to do to get you to come back.

Okie Book Woman ~ Oh, I have guts alright. That's why I'm always in trouble!