Faithful

Faithful

I know it has been very quiet on the blog. We were in a holding pattern as far as the adoption process goes. That undefined period of waiting, where you don’t know the progress of your paperwork, you have no control over how quickly things will move (or not), and you have no idea HOW LONG you will be waiting. The passage of Scripture we had been given in May (when we were waiting to hear if we would be allowed to host M again in the summer) was BE STILL and know that I am God. And in this time of waiting, we held onto that promise again, because we knew that the God of Angel Armies was fighting on our behalf. We were not in control, but He always is. We could trust through a quiet Christmas that He was working. We could face a New Year with the knowledge...

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Christmas Shopping with a Purpose!

Christmas Shopping with a Purpose!

God has blessed us with the opportunity to partner with several amazing companies who are helping us fund raise for adoption expenses.  And we have compiled a list of fundraisers that would make excellent Christmas gifts for many people on your list. As a double blessing, if you choose to support our adoption in this way, you are also helping many other projects around the world! Scriptcharms (personalized Scripture jewelry) is a brand new business started by a mother and daughter who have a heart to give hope and encouragement. They have BEAUTIFUL bracelets and necklaces that you can customize with your favorite Bible verses. They also will make customized mother bracelets, wedding bracelets, or first communication/confirmation bracelets. You can order jewelry...

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Labor Pains

Labor Pains

Adoption is often called “paper pregnancy.” And the comparison is probably pretty accurate–there is excitement and expectancy coupled with fear and frustration. The waiting is difficult to endure–you just want your child here so you can hold her! Preparations and to-do lists mount. As you wait and work, you wonder how your life is going to change when she arrives, if you will be a good parent, and how you are going to afford this. While there are similarities, adoption is different from pregnancy in two major areas: paperwork and cost. When you and your spouse decide to have a child, no one is coming to ask you dozens of personal questions and minutely examine your health and home and finances to see if you will be fit parents. But...

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One Year Later

One Year Later

A year ago, today, I was a very different person. I struggled with fear and with what people thought about me.  I worried constantly about doing enough, being enough, finding enough to be truly happy. The abundant life, the peace, the joy I was promised seemed elusive. Things were, you know, fine. But I didn’t feel full of purpose. I had dreams that didn’t seem to make sense, and I felt a bit resigned to an ordinary existence. And then I stumbled across a crazy, far-fetched opportunity: invite a child into my home for four weeks. Open up my heart to a child without a mother and show her love. Step out of my comfort zone to show care for someone without comfort. Dig down deep to the bedrock of my beliefs to see if I trusted God enough to make this...

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Steps of Obedience

Steps of Obedience

“WHO is on the other side of your obedience?” Nancy Alcorn Here is how some simple steps of obedience have impacted the lives of others: Our family signed up to host because another family was selling books on a home school forum to raise money for their hosting fees. That same mama was praying that M would be hosted. She was a part of the answer to her own prayer. When we signed up to host, I started praying that other families in our area (and specifically from our church) to host. There was another mama from my church whom I had never met, who couldn’t host last Christmas, but she was praying that other people from our church would host. Her family hosted this summer. We were part of the answers to each others prayers. There was another mama that...

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