I've got the kettle on, ya got a minute to visit?

I'm so happy you dropped by! Stay and visit awhile and please leave me a comment- it's so encouraging to hear from you!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

One crazy Christmas trip!

Tomorrow we will be heading home from our "2012 Great White North Tour".  It has been the best vacation ever.  That's the trip motto.....I've said it no less than 100 times in the past 10 days.  So here's how it all went down:

Friday the 21st- Birmingham,AL to Forest, Indiana

Sunday the 23rd- Forest, IN to

 Orwell, OH to

Photo: Niagara Falls at night!
 Niagara Falls, NY

Monday the 24th- Niagara Falls to

Essex Junction, VT

Thursday the 27th- Essex Junction, VT to

Boston, MA

Friday the 28th- Boston, MA to


Saturday the 29th- NYC to Beaver, WV

Tomorrow. Monday the 31st- Beaver, WV to Birmingham,AL


If you need me in the next week or so, here's where you can find me...

Fill ya in after a couple of days of rest! ;o)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Uganda trip

Friends, I have been hesitant to post this, but since people are asking I am going to post it because it's the easiest way to let people know......

I have the awesome priviledge of distributing shoeboxes on behalf of Operation Christmas Child in Uganda April 27-May 4.  I have volunteered with this organization for 16 years now and am currently serving as the Birmingham, AL Area Coordinator.  This has been a hope and a dream of mine for a very long time.

Many people have asked how they may contribute to the $3500 I need to raise to be able to go.  Below is the information for making a donation.  All donations are tax deductible.  I have already raised $515!  I must have the remaining balance by March 20.  Thank you so much for prayerfully partnering with me and Samaritan's Purse to reach children through the power of a simple gift.
Checks may be made to Samaritan's Purse with a note attached designating the funds to "Marla Cain's trip to Uganda".  PLease mail to:
Samaritan's Purse
ATTN: Amy DeHart
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are accepted when supplied with the following information and mailed to the same address as above:
Account number
Expiration Date
Name on credit card
You may also call Amy DeHart with this information at (828)278-1083.

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Perspective on Aspberger's

 I don't have Aspberger's.  My children don't have Aspberger's. Having said that, someone I love very much does have Aspberger's.

He's the kindest, gentlest, warmest young man I've ever met.  He's been adorable since the day I met him......the day before my wedding in which he was to be the ringbearer.  I'll never get that image out of my head....super cute little six year old- swinging the ring pillow til the rings go flying and bouncing off the sidewalk of the church!  He and his father quickly collected them out of the bushes just in time for him to go marching down the aisle like nothing ever happened!

Cutest.  Thing.  Ever!

I don't know very much about Aspberger's.

I've been hearing it tossed around a lot in the media since last Friday.  While we all have our thoughts and prayers and fears in regards to what happened in Newtown- one has stuck with me that I just can't shake.......

Aspberger's was not the villain in this heinous incident. 

I worry for my nephew- that he is hearing all of this- and seeing the young man's picture (who was only a year younger than him) and that it could settle in his heart. I pray he finds his identity in Christ- and that that will give him strength and focus.  I continue to pray also that he finds loving and accepting friends who appreciate him for all that he has to offer- and I offer prayers of thanks for the blessing of having the priviledge to be in his family.

If you have a loved one with Aspberger's, what conversations has Friday inspired?  Has it even been an issue? I confess, I've sheltered my children from most of the coverage because I don't want them to be influenced by what the media has portrayed- we have quietly discussed certain aspects and that has been enough.  We continue to pray....with our eyes to the hills from where our help is to come.