Wednesday, April 30, 2008
A little girl who is waiting for a family has captured our hearts. We weren't sure if this was the right path, but after MUCH prayer we are sure in our decision. It has been a few months since we first saw her picture & we cannot stop thinking about her. We asked God that if we were not the right family for her to take the desire away, but He has not. We expect to get official approval in the next couple of days & when that happens I will post pictures right away!
It is our prayer that if you have been touched by our adoption journey or have a heart for the orphaned child that you will prayerfully consider making a donation in any amount. Gifts can be sent to Pioneer Bank or given electronically. You can find information for both on the right column.
If you are unable to give a monetary gift we ask that you please lift our family up in prayer as we work diligently to complete our calling. Not everyone is called to adopt, but we humbly ask you to come along side of us financially if you are able. Blessings...
...I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The doctors said it couldn't be done. Nope, not without surgery. Not just for me, but for your dad too. They said it would be nearly impossible to have a baby - we would need a miracle!
The night we went to Urgent Care for what we thought was a severe bladder infection turned out to be the greatest night ever. When I walked out into the waiting room I was crying - REALLY crying. Daddy jumped up to meet me thinking something was really really wrong. He soon found out I was crying happy tears.
The whole time I was pregnant I prayed a secret prayer for a baby girl. I longed for a sweet girl to call my own. The night you were born I couldn't believe that I deserved such a gift.
It has been such a joy to watch you grow. You are beautiful inside & out. You are kind, loving & caring. You have a heart for God. I am proud to call you my daughter & I love you! Happy 12th birthday baby girl!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I think…the injustices of the world are great, but my God is greater
I know…I am far from perfect, but God loves me anyway
I want…to quit my job to stay home & adopt several children
I have…a WONDERFUL husband
I wish…I were naturally thin
I miss…my friend Pam
I fear…getting attacked by a bear
I feel…like I never get enough done
I hear…the shower running, D singing, B playing trucks, the TV
I smell…spicy pork & tortillas
I crave…chocolate - lots & lots of chocolate
I search…the Bible for answers & comfort
I wonder…what the world will be like when my kids grow up
I regret…ever having a credit card
I love…my husband & my children
I ache…to hold A in my arms & love her
I care…about Haiti & it’s people
I always…enjoy comments from my blogging friends
I am not…concerned with having worldly possessions
I believe…I am saved by the blood of Jesus Christ!
I dance…vicariously through my daughter
I sing…loud when I’m alone
I cry…for the children that are going to bed hungry
I don’t always…get what I want, but I always have what I need
I fight…to get the laundry done
I write…on my blog (it’s therapeutic!)
I never…say never
I listen…to praise music turned WAY up
I need…to hug my family & be loved by them
I am happy about…all of the new friends I’ve made via blogging
I'm passing this on to: Katy, Cara B., Courtney, Stephanie G., Chapter Two Manmi
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
We are waiting on a significant response regarding our adoption process. We will be thrilled with a "yes" & we think we can handle a "no" (key word - think). We just want to hear something, anything. Please Lord, let Your plan be revealed to us!
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give
you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For evil men will be cut off, but those who
hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Adoption is a topic that has been on our hearts for a very long time. When we had been married for a few years we were actively trying to achieve a pregnancy. After nearly 1 1/2 years we were told it would be highly unlike we would ever conceive unless we both underwent surgery. You see, not just one of us had fertility issues, we both did. Thankfully the Lord saw fit to bless us with a child, and another child, and another child. Each time it took us 1+ years to get pregnant. However, the longing to adopt a child into our hearts & home never went away.
A few years ago my husband lost his job when his employer of 15+ years closed it's doors suddenly. We lost everything - savings accounts, retirement plans, money invested in the company stock - thousands of dollars. We even ended up selling our home & moving into something we could afford more easily. We were burdened with financial issues we had never had before. In an instant he went from making a good living to earning nothing. There were times when I had to scrounge to have enough money to buy a gallon of milk. These were HARD times which subsequently caused our credit score to plummet. There were many times when we had to choose between feeding the kids or paying our bills. We always chose to go to the grocery store.
We are finally, after many years, recovering from these financial losses. Hubby finally has a good paying job with good benefits. He works hard and we've learned to live simply out of necessity at first, but quickly realizing the value that comes from not being burdened by having "can't get enufitis". I do not miss getting credit card bills in the mail!
That being said, we are just now recovering financially. A loan is just not an option for us. It certainly would be an easy fix, but in all honesty I'm not sure that's what we're going for. This has been just as much of a faith journey for us as it's been an adoption journey. When we decided to take this leap of faith we knew God would have to be our provider. I don't think I've ever had a time when I've had to so completely rely on God. It is so HARD at times, but it has also been so AMAZING! I have seen His hand at so many points of this journey. I always knew He was working on my behalf, but never before has it been so real, so tangible.
So we have prayed for a miracle. We've prayed that people will see the value in what we are trying to accomplish & will be moved to come along side of us in big or small ways. We are not just trying to have another child. With God's grace we will provide a loving, Christian home for one of His children that does not have a family. We will bless a child & we will be blessed in return.
When we receive donations for our adoption expenses it means so much because of what the money represents ~ it represents support for our family & for the child we are praying home. Is it hard to say we need help? Yes, absolutely! But ultimately we believe our end reward ~ both when our child comes home & when we come home to Heaven ~ will be great. Our God is a God of miracles & we move forward in faith, believing He has one planned just for us!
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
The country is pretty much back to normal. There are no blocked streets and the people are resuming their normal daily activities.The Prime Minister Jacquet Alexis is no longer the Prime Minister and now the President will select another person to fill the position. The people are satisfied with this action and are no longer demonstrating; HOWEVER, they are waiting to see if things will be better. The president has asked the reduction of certain foods (spaghetti,ketchup, meat, etc); however, the people would like to see the price of primary foods like rice, oil, beans reduced. There is talk (haven't verified) that Brazil has given Haiti tons of food and that they are talking about having canteens.
As someone else said - to put this in perspective, imagine having to pay $50 for a bag of rice when your annual income is $400. Really, can any of us imagine the hardship of that? Thankfully life in Haiti has settled down for now. We still need to keep praying that the hunger in Haiti will be relieved & these people will be delivered from their situation in Jesus name.
Another piece of happiness today was that our adoption account had increased by $30! Hooray - that makes a total of $70 increase since this time last week. Thank you Lord for this blessing!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Father, you are the source of our every blessing. Thank you for knowing our needs & providing for them in just the right time - Your time. Help us to be a blessing to those around us as you have blessed us.
If you check the fine print on the Pampers website it says "Pampers brand will donate US $.05 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help provide one tetanus vaccine to a pregnant woman in the developing world".
In other words, spend a ton of money on expensive diapers & they will generously donate a whole whopping nickel to UNICEF.
To quote another adoptive parent, "UNICEF = EVIL". In other words, please don't buy Pampers!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The note attached said, "...I know from working with your children that any child would be so very happy to be a part of your wonderful family."
Thank you for both the financial blessing & words of encouragement!
Read the rest of this story here: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1729150,00.html
Please remember the country of Haiti in your prayers...
Pray for peace, law & order in their country.
Pray for food for their people.
Pray for those needing medical care.
Pray for the orphaned children.
Monday, April 7, 2008
One step closer...
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
We received a weird check in the mail this past week from some Forrest v Ocean Bank Settlement for $18.98. Don't know what that is all about, but we'll take it!
Hubby took our aluminum cans in for recycling this morning and we made $33.20 off of that. If anyone would like to save their aluminum cans for us that would be great. If you live in our area we would be happy to pick them up at your home.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
It will happen, I know it will, but in the meantime there will be many yucky messes to clean up (especially since we've always gone straight to underwear; no pull-ups at this house). I'm looking forward to the day when I can say I've officially bought my last box of diapers. Until then, I'll go back to my sink to clean up the spray.