Sunday, December 27, 2009

our special place

so tonight we had a friend over and i wanted to go out to get dinner for all of us. me, christian, bill, nicholas and bug. i was going to just run down the street and pick up moes.

after i got everyones order i told bug i would be right back and to stay with daddy and get a tattoo and i would be right back.

well she started crying, like she does a lot of the time when i leave, but i thought for sure the promise of a tattoo would make her settle down.

she kept crying and said: mommy, go somewhere else, go somewhere else. ill be sad if you go to moes. its our special place! i wanna go with you!

on my goodness what a sweet girl! moes has become our special place and we do go there often just me and her but i didnt realize how special it was to her.

so of course she went with me!

i just had to share bc i dont want to forget that moment!

message from santa for bug

santa sent bug a special christmas message. if you would like to watch it, click here!

http://portablenorthpole.tv/watch/2c0bcce712bb7bb90eedec4ca17115b6

Friday, December 25, 2009

what an amazing gift!!


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

nick and bug and santa





please give!










Dear Loved Ones,

I hope that this letter finds you doing well. I am writing with some exciting news! I am about to embark on a journey to Cambodia with my church to find out how we can partner Globally in the fight against Human Trafficking!

Human Trafficking? What? What is that? Well, I am glad you asked! If I have not talked to you in a while you may not know that God has taken a hold of my heart this past year and given me a passion to “…proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”, Isaiah 61. Back at the beginning of the year I watched a movie called, Taken, this movie had a sub story about 2 young girls who were taken and sold into slavery. This movie made me sick and after watching it, I found out that you can actually buy a person here in the states for less that what you might pay for a cup of coffee. This just didn’t sit well with me, so began my journey to learning more about Human Trafficking.

Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is not limited to just underdeveloped countries. This can be seen by the rise of Atlanta becoming recognized as one of the centers of Human Trafficking in the US. There are far more slaves and trafficked women and children (and men) in the world today than there ever were during the entire slavery period of the mid 1800’s. This reflects a continued decline in the perceived value of a human life, as someone loved and created by God to do His will. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today!

In March, my church, North Point Ministries, is going to shine the light of Christ into this worldwide scourge, starting in a region of Southeast Asia that is well known for its high incidence of child prostitution and abuse. Ours is an assessment team. From March 18-28 we will journey into some of the darker corners of Cambodia to identify national partners who are already at work. We will seek to identify several potential partners who already have successful and effective ministries, determine what North Point Ministries can learn from them, and assess if there would be value in North Point Ministries coming along side. Upon return we will make a proposal to GlobalX regarding future ministry opportunities.

Approaches to battling Human Trafficking are often categorized into one of four categories. Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Prosecution. Each have a significant role in the fight against Human Trafficking and offer different opportunities for North Point Ministries engagement. We will seek to determine where North Point Ministries resources and people could best be utilized and begin the process of forming partnership agreements and understandings. Considering the many potential partners, most importantly we will seek to determine with whom God would have us co-labor. In addition, we will seek to determine how people who journey to Cambodia on Human Trafficking journeys can also engage in Atlanta after they return home.

Please join me in this battle, the battle for human rights. The battle for freedom.

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, [a]

2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61: 1-3

You can give to our trip or pray for us! Each member of our team needs to raise $3,000.00. To give, please go to https://ssl.northpoint.org/ssl/globalx/giving.html. Please select “trip with the most need” and put my name in the individual field ~ Erin Ritter. Our trip is not listed on the site as it is an exploration trip.

Much Love,

Erin Ritter

seeing her cake!!

here is the bug seeing her cake for the 1st time after it "cooked" her face from about 4 secs to about 15 secs is priceless :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

bungee jump

today after we saw santa, bug and nick wanted to go on the bungee jump. bug has asked to go on this many times but i didnt think she was "big" enough. well you only have to weigh 20 lbs to go on it, so we did! she LOVED IT! check out these awesome pics. she gets higher and higher and higher! the last picture is the best one!!






















m and n cmas pics

bug and her bro nick at the mall before they saw santa.
















so there


so here is what the bug thought of me and my camera when we were waiting in line to see santa!

my church ROCKS!

i love my job! i get to be a part of the most amazing organization in the world. thanks for letting me be a part of such incredible life change! buckhead church, you rock!



christmas program

bug and her class put on a christmas program for us last thursday. here are some cute pics from the day.



bug and ms ansley, her current teacher. they are buddies!


















just my big girl!
















bug and ms jenny, her teacher from last year and her other favorite person (besides mommy)! jenny loves my kid like i do and i dont think a mom can ask for more than that!














bug and her buddy luke. they have been pals since bug was 8 weeks old!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

go tell it on the mountain

here is bug singing one of her christmas program songs after the event was over, when she just wanted to ham it up on the mic :) she is so cute!!


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

making the cake

maggies cake

so bug made a cake last night! it was awesome, messy and very creative. it had lots of flour, chocolate cake batter (in powder form, that she called oil), marshmallows, pretzels, and cookies. we had a blast. the funniest part was when i pulled the flour down off the shelf and it was open and poured all over me and turned me into a snowman. maggie thought it was the funniest thing. i wish we would have taken a picture but not so much. but look at these sweet pictures of her making a big mess and loving every minute of it. but the cutest thing of all was when we took her "cake" out of the oven and a beautiful cake was in there. she totally thought it was her cake!!! I have video of her sweet face when she saw it for the first time! stay tuned for that!!





































































































































Sunday, December 13, 2009

PJ day!!


heres the bug and all her friends and teachers for PJ day at school :) so cute!!