november 2011

November was a FULL month, to say the least. As you saw on my last post, I headed down to Melbourne for the first ‘Together for Adoption Australia’ conference over the Nov 18-20 weekend. The conference was an incredible 2 days packed with engaging speakers and conversations about how we can better care for orphans and at-risk children, both globally and right here in Australia. I met several people who have such a heart and passion for these children who have been abandoned and left behind, unwanted and unloved.

Here are just a few highlights from my time in Melbourne:

A portion of the Watoto Table in the Exhibit Hall of the conference

My new friend Hannah who so graciously volunteered to help me run the Watoto table… Couldn’t have done it without her!

Dan Cruver, Founder of Together for Adoption, sharing an engaging message about our adoption as sons and daughters into God’s family

Bec Gebert, Dan Cruver & Helen Parker (Founder of The Babes Project)

The day following the conference, a group of us went out to Vic markets, a popular spot in Melbourne… Here’s Dan, me, and new friend Tamara trying the famous jam doughnuts

Helen and her husband Dean hosted me for the weekend… Thanks guys! Appreciate you so much 🙂

Met this impressive lady, Carolyn Twietmeyer of Project Hopeful, an org that advocates for the adoption of HIV+ children… she and her husband Kiel have adopted 7 kids! And that’s in addition to their 7 biological children. Read their story here.

One last shot out by the ocean before heading back into town to drop me off at the airport… It was an amazing weekend and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. Can’t wait for T4A Australia 2012!

Next up we have THANKSGIVING! Our friends Holly and Jeremy invited us to their house to join in for the turkey-eating and pumpkin-pie-devouring festivities. There was a great mix of people (mostly ex-pat Americans, but a few locals and internationals as well), a bunch of cool kids, and even a baby (who I think slept the whole time…) Thankful for American friends in far away places!

TURKEY! I mean… PUMPKIN PIE!

Check out this spread!

SOME-body’s excited about Thanksgiving dinner…

After a week of rain, things cleared up just in time for the celebration! Definitely something to be thankful for

Gabe about to dive in to the sugar rush

Way too cute not to include!

Our wonderful hosts!, Jeremy and Holly! Love you both mucho mucho.

Amy, Jes & Angelique

And, of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without boys and fake guns 🙂

So those were 2 of the big events of November for the Lingberries… I’ll leave you with a few randoms to close things out. December is already off to a great start! Enjoy this beautiful season of family, sharing, and the most important thing: remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, to whom we owe our lives. There never has been and never will be anyone greater or more worthy of our praise.

Me and two gorgeous girls from our Connect Group, Sandra (from Holland) & Paula (from Colombia)

At a training day I attended to learn more about how to effectively assess and meet needs in your local community… Here’s Donna Crouch asking Nandi to share a bit of her story being involved in restoring dignity to young girls and women through Hillsong CityCare’s SHINE program

2 of my favorite things: croissant and chai latte 🙂 Ciao!

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