Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Little by Little

This process is far different from what I am used to, but it does remind me of the "hurry up and wait" that comes with my military days.  I remember when I was in the Air Force rushing to get things signed off, medical visits done, and training completed only to have weeks of waiting.  Trying to find something to do while spending every day at the base where there was not enough work for those of us who were put on active duty.

That is a little how this adoption process seems.  We ran around like crazy people during the home study, trying to get all of our paper work done, getting everything in the house "just so" and deciding what avenues were best for us at this time.  And now that the rush is finished, the waiting has begun.  But the hard part about this waiting is that the wait could end in a day, or a month, a year, or even more.

In spite of the time that we are once again bound by, I am thankful for the grace God gives for every moment and every situation.  A year ago it seemed like forever until I would know what His plan for Audrey was going to be.  Now we are coming up on her first birthday and I don't know where the time has gone!  And as I think back on the past year, I am amazed at the grace and peace I had.  And it came from the only One who is able to provide that kind of grace and peace.  I am so thankful He chose me, first of all to be His child and to give me the grace to accept Him, but also to be trusted with Audrey's life.  He looked at me as someone who would travel that road that would at some points be awful, but other places bring more grace than I would have ever experienced if it had not been for her.

We have been very encouraged by the way God is providing now for another child who will one day be part of our family.  When we started, we wondered how we would ever make this work financially, and we knew WE couldn't but HE could.  He has already provided, and we trust that He will help us meet our needs financially as well as emotionally as we continue to wait upon Him.

Ella and I often sing, "Little by little, day by day. Little by little in every way, Jesus is changing me!"  What awesome truths come with the simplest children's songs!

Let the grace of God change you, Little by Little!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Prayers for the Bond family

My friend Shannon has requested prayer for the Bond family (her cousin).  Their 2 1/2 old son died last week and they are burying him today.  What a difficult day today will be as well as the days, months, and years to come.  I know they will need our prayers.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yard Sale pile AFTER

The extras fit in the van!

A couple more boxes

One last group for the consignment store

Yard Sale!!!

We held a very successful yard sale yesterday and today to benefit our adoption and had a great turnout!  Donations from more than 10 families, absolutely beautiful weather, and many many people coming to browse our sale.  We are so thankful first to the Lord for the weather, the ability to do this, and for bringing the people to our sale.  We are also so grateful to my parents for coming to help with all the preparation and sales, as well as family and friends who donated items, came to the yard sale, helped at the yard sale, brought lunch, played with Ella, and just came to hang out with us.  Although exhausted, we really had a great time!!!
We raised $1705.15 toward our adoption!

Yard Sale piles BEFORE

Living room pile

Pile in bedroom

The garage!!!

There were still more boxes in the entryway and upstairs!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our Adoption T-Shirts are Here!!!

Our Adoption T-Shirts designed by us!

We are offering our T-shirts to you for a donation of $15. This will help offset our adoption expenses so let  me know if you are interested! You can pay here through a secure paypal link, or send a check to me.  Please email me for more information.

Sizes come in Youth S, M, L; and Adult S, M, L, XL, & XXL


Friday, March 4, 2011

Are you Expecting God's Word to be True?

Recently I have heard several people talking about how God works. And when he gives you a trial and takes something from you that you love, He has a bigger blessing waiting for you.

I just spent a little while reading back through some of the posts that I wrote before and during the time Audrey was born, and it reminded me of several of the promises I was leaning on then.  I began to reflect back over the past year, searching my heart.

"I have found that when I am in a place that I don't want to be, that's where I grow."

  • Have I grown?  Have I allowed God to receive praise continually through the past year?
But I have to keep going back to His promises and remember that no matter how low I sink, "Underneath are The everlasting arms." Deut. 33:27
  • Through those days when I have started to sink, did I look back to this promise?  He is there to literally hold me up.
Standing on the Promises:
Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."
  • I know some of the hard times have caused me to focus on my sufferings and things that don't seem to be going right, rather than His glory that will be revealed through me.  
I did not keep my focus exactly where it should have been through all the hard times, but look at the solid, secure, unalterable promises that God has written down for us!!!   What a good reminder of how important it is for us to have these promises forever in our hearts and mind.  Because I have to admit that my thoughts normally do not go first to God and His word.  They go to frustration, questioning, and sometimes anger.  Then after a while I remind myself I need to go to His Word.  And you know what? 

It always helps, and it changes ME and MY thinking!  

How wonderful it would be if I could train my mind to go directly to His Word every time!  

Well I sat down to share some other news and all this came out first.  But I began by saying that when God takes something it is usually because he has something bigger to give back to us.  If I had tried to understand this a year ago, it would not have been OK with me.  That is also why His perfect timing is best. 

But as of yesterday...

We have finished our Home Study and are now waiting for a placement!  
Better said, we are waiting for our child. :)

We still do not know God's timing for the rest of this process, it could be soon and it could be a year or two...even more.  But He knows and we trust that He has a child who will bless our family beyond our ability to comprehend.  

And until that time, we are also trusting Him to provide financially while we work as hard as we can to save, earn, and raise the funds needed.  We sincerely hope you will pray for us in this area, as well as help in any way you can.  We have created a separate blog with information about our Adoption fundraisers, and would love for you to check it out.  We are selling T-shirts, having a yard sale (if you are local), planning a motorcycle ride, and a Food Fellowship & Music night.  Please consider if any of these are ways you are interested in helping! 

Our T-shirts will be in within the week so I will post a picture of one as soon as I can!

Don't forget to Stand on His Promises today!