Hello there everyone. It seems like I’m always apologizing for my posts being so far apart. Life’s been a bit hectic lately – more-so than usual. Well, on Saturday the 22nd, we finally mailed off our final bit of paperwork needed to begin the home study. Yay! So it’s been a mad dash trying to get our house prepared. Lol. We’ve finally begun and/or finished projects around the house. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been good. Its helping us keep our minds elsewhere through all of this. So once Bethany’s international office gets our paperwork they’ll contact us with what we need to start the home study. Man, am I excited beyond belief! Things have been going good lately, praise God. I know it’s only through Him that things have felt as though they’ve smoothed out. I’m putting all my trust in Him. And for those of you who know me well know that’s a hard thing for me to do; to feel as though I’m not in control. But God has been patient in teaching me not to worry and to trust in Him. My favorite verse of late is Philippians 4:6-7.
‘Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and
thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds
anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts & minds as you live in Christ.’
I am doing my best to put everything in His hands 24/7. Not just the adoption, not just work, not just car problems – EVERYTHING. And let me tell ya, this is a HUGE improvement from even just a year ago. I don’t like not knowing. Allow me to rephrase, I DIDN’T like not knowing. Now, I look at it as an adventure snuck into everyday life. And who doesn’t want a little adventure in their life? If you do, just hand everything over to God and I GUARANTEE that you’ll start seeing some. Life with Christ in the lead isn’t supposed to be boring or dull. I’m not saying that every day is going to be like running with the bulls or skydiving, but searching Him out and searching out His will for your life will surely shake up your life a bit (in a good way). Point in case: We have 2 kids. KC was content with 2 children and was fearful of having a daughter. Now? We’re adopting a third child – a daughter. This entire journey is going to be a wild ride. Three kids?? We’re going to be outnumbered and will DEFINITELY need God’s help. Haha! Anyway, I just wanted to share a piece of what’s been going on around here lately. The boys are excited about having a sister. We’ve been talking to them about it a little at a time. Every time we go somewhere, they want to buy something for Effie. It makes my heart so warm to see their excitement. Until next time. :)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Okay, so I know it's been a while since I've posted AND I know I'm a little behind in posting this - but I'm finally doing it. On September 23, 2011, we submitted our Formal Application to Bethany! *crowd roars* It's been almost a year since we began praying about whether or not to expand our family and how. We didn't get our answer until December 6th of last year, but we started praying in October. It's amazing how quickly things happen (and how slow they go as well). I honestly thought it'd be a few more months before we had what we deemed "enough" to start this process. God has just been blessing us so amazingly the past few weeks - I can hardly comprehend it! It's so real now - it's not just talk anymore. This is totally happening. It's hard to describe how different I feel from just 2 weeks ago to now. There's this odd feeling that's constant inside me - it's a mix of joy, excitement, amazement and a healthy level of terror thrown in there. Lol. I am going to have a daughter.... It's hard to wrap my mind around that. But man am I excited to try. God has been teaching me patience throughout this entire thing. His lessons for me seem to have the same theme: 'It's in my hands. Just wait and trust in Me'. So, I'm doing my best. I know that timing is everything and I'll need to continue to remember that as we get deeper and deeper into this whole process. I know there will be times when I want to scream, cry, and/or inflict bodily harm - but I know I need to trust in Him. He's never let us down before and when I wait on Him, things tend to go a lot smoother.