Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
We are running out of time before the YARD SALE OF THE YEAR!! If anyone has offered to donate items and we have not hooked up with you yet, please let us know. For the past couple of days we have been taking things by Kim's house and it would be great if you are able to take things there directly as we are running out of hours in the day. If there are items that need to be transported by trailer or truck and you have no means to do so, please let us know so that we can schedule you on our 'donations route'. We are SOO greatful for all of the wonderful things that have been donated so far and can't wait to see what else God has in store!!
Please be praying for good weather (mild and not raining) for tomorrow night and Saturday! Thank you all very much.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the Lord determines his steps. (NIV)
Tonight in our MC meeting (small group) this question was posed related to the above passage of scripture: have you ever made plans and God made things work out differently than you had envisioned? I paraphrased a little b/c I cannot remember exactly how it was worded, but you get the idea. I thought of a few examples (internally) and several others shared their experiences with the group. Well, now I am going to share with all of you a circumstance where God did that very thing tonight after we left our meeting!!
Take a look back at Britney’s last post (here) about the wonderful family who sold their house and VERY generously offered to donate several items to our yard sale to support our adoption efforts. This family was literally friends of friends whom we had never seen nor heard of (we never even heard their names). Turns out, that with all of their chaos going on with trying to move out of their house in a very short amount of time, that they were unable to deliver the items that they wanted to donate. We found this information out this afternoon. Well, on to plan B, we were going to pick everything up after small group. We are so grateful for people to be donating that we are doing any and everything within our power to make it come together (we have the will if He will just show us the way!).
So, after small group, we follow Mrs. Kim ALL around Wesleyan Woods (I think there are about 1,000 entrances to that neighborhood) and finally end up at this family’s house. Here is where the Lord decided to show off. Come to find out, I have been doing this family’s tax return for the last several years and have even met with the husband on several occasions on various business related items. More interesting than that, they also adopted internationally (twice from Bulgaria) which was why they were so eager and willing to donate to our cause. It is truly an amazing thing to have God shining his light on our path. I am SOOO glad that they were unable to deliver the donated items to Mrs. Kim’s house yesterday, because it was so much more special to receive this blessing in the way that God orchestrated it tonight. God truly is amazing!! I am so very glad to have Him going ahead of us, preparing the path for our family. It was also awesome to be able to discuss the wonderful works that God was doing in this family as well. This family felt led to move out of state and stand on faith for God to provide and in a matter of just two days they had a contract on their house. I don’t know if any of you have been outside in the past two years or have noticed the ‘decline’ in the housing market, but if selling your house in this market isn’t a faith builder, I don’t know what is.
To the family I am referring to above, I wish you all the very, very best on your journey!! Britney and I will remember the discussions tonight for a long time to come, and we will be praying for you all. To everyone else that is praying alongside us, and to those donating your time and resources to helping us bring this adoption to fruition, we thank God for each of you every day. I cannot express what it means to have the type of support we have received thus far, except to say that God is good on his promises and that His Word NEVER fails!!! Praise Jesus!!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I'm not a very emotional person, I don't really cry a lot, and I have a hard time expressing my feelings. I have five siblings, four of which are younger than me, so I always tried to be the sibling that held it together during sad times in order to help comfort everyone. My brothers and sisters always knew that I would try to make them laugh during difficult times in order to ease the pain. Now I find it hard to let myself cry in front of others, or even alone for that matter. In the last couple of months there have been several times that I have just wanted to have a good cry. Thinking about our baby that isn't born yet, thinking about all of the children in Africa who need a family, thinking of all of the families in Africa who could stay together if they just had a little bit of money and access to proper medical care, thinking about the stressfulness of my life here, work, getting adoption paperwork completed, making time to get in the Word, making time to hang out with friends and family, all of the prayer requests of friends, getting ready for deer season that opens in a couple of weeks, getting ready for our adoption yard sale, and the list goes on and on... So, I prayed that God would make me more in tune with my feelings, that he would allow me to let go sometimes and let it all out, that he would let me accept that the problems in Africa are real, and that, although seemingly insignificant compared to those problems, my every day struggles are real... and need prayer... passionate prayer.
Oh boy! I don't think a full 24 hours passed before God released the flood gates. I've been averaging between 5 and 6 hours of sleep a night which sometimes just makes me cranky and irritable, but the last two weeks I think it led to me being a crazy, emotional mess. But, I can tell you it felt so good!!! I laid my problems at the feet of Jesus, my King... and He answered. I will blog about the main reason for my craziness later this week, but seeing God's hand in our adoption is such a blessing! Being able to feel so much more connected to this process and see God at work is amazing! Jason blogged about us being able to mail in our first large payment to our agency last week... six weeks ahead of schedule!!! We are having our yard sale this Saturday, August 28th, and we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to collect everything people have so generously donated. Well, this morning at church Mrs. Kim (who has offered her yard for the sale) said she had a friend who placed her house on the market and it just sold... in 2 days... in the worst housing market in decades. So why is this important??? This family said they have a ton of stuff that they don't want to take with them because they are moving out of state, and they are donating all of it...to us... for our yard sale... for our adoption... that will take place this weekend... one week after they sold their house. And get this.... this family has two adopted children!!! Okay, so it gets better... tonight we had planned to go get all of the stuff and take it to Mrs. Kim's house, but the lady, who I have never met (I don't even know her name) didn't call when she said she would. So, we just figured she got tied up doing something and that we would go another night this week. Then Mrs. Kim called me back and said that this family already had a Uhaul truck rented and they planned to move the stuff tomorrow during the day and take it all to her house for us. They said since they already had the truck rented they didn't mind moving the yard sale stuff before they loaded the truck up with their stuff to head out of state. Wow!!! Do people like this really exist? God you are good... how can we ever deny you?!? Your timing is perfect!! We love you and praise you!!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We also mailed out our orientation packet to the agency yesterday!!! If you could see me right now you would see a fat boy jumping up and down in his chair like a 3 year old jumping on his parent’s bed!! We hadn’t planned on sending off this first payment (also didn’t think it would be an option) until the last week of September but apparently God had other plans, because he has made it all come together! We also didn’t know that it would be necessary to have this payment made in order for us to complete home study. This payment was necessary for the adoption agency to give us access to online course materials that will be necessary before our home study can been finalized. So God has provided for us to take the classes six weeks earlier than anticipated which puts us six weeks closer to meeting and bringing our child home! These are very exciting times to say the least, and thank you ALL for your continued prayer and support. We really couldn’t do it without you.
We are also growing ever closer to the yard sale of the year and we have gotten some really great items from people to sell. Please be praying that the weather is perfect (or at least not a torrential down poor). Thanks to all of you who have donated items to sell, or have offered your time and energy to make this thing happen. We will need some help setting up and getting everything to Mrs. Kim’s house that Friday, so anyone that is available to help we could certainly use it. Also, anyone that is interested, we will also be selling our shirts at the yard sale so that may be a good time to pick one up if you haven’t already. We have had pretty good success thus far with the shirts and really appreciate all of your contributions.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
|Annabelle and Judah cheering on their daddy... so cute!|
|After the 400 Yard Swim|
|Coming in to Complete the Bike Ride|
|Starting the 5K|
|Almost to the Finish Line|
Thursday, August 12, 2010
We already posted our yard sale date, but just in case you missed it, it will be Saturday, August 28th beginning at 7:00am!!! Jason and I took off work this Friday to ride all around Georgia to pick up donated yard sale items from lots and lots of really nice friends. If anyone has anything they would like to donate please give us a call tomorrow so we can figure out our plans for the Tour de Georgia on Friday. I am headed to Loganville in the morning to help my little sister, Courtney, pack for college, and then we are headed to Kennesaw to help her move into the dorms! I am so excited and proud of her for going to college, and I hope she has as much fun her freshman year as I did. If anyone in either of these areas wants to get rid of some junk then you can contact us in the morning, and if it's at all possible I will come pick it up. So far, Friday we will be going to Gainesville and possibly Doraville, so just let us know what ya got... and we'll come get it. Hahaha... how redneck does that sound? But, if it will help us get our baby home, then I don't care what it sounds like :-) Jason's cell is 678-222-8582, or you can leave us a message on Facebook or on here. Thanks!!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Now onto why we have been so busy, and why it has taken so long to write a blog post:
The number one reason for me should be because of this:
So the real reasons we have been so busy...
Monday I went to a Discovery Toys party. I mainly went to hang out with moms from our church and to learn about educational toys for little ones. I had no intentions of ordering anything, but you know how those parties work :-) There are three books sold together, "Wiggle & Move", "Touch & Tickle", and "Calm & Soothe"; and the description says, "This trio of board books offers read-along ideas for boosting baby's physical development while deepening parent-child bonds." How perfect for an adopted child!!! I was so excited, I couldn't help but order them... and it was only $15 for the set. So, after our child is home and I try some of these exercises I'll blog about them and let you guys know if I like them or not (even though that may be a while). If you want more information about Discovery Toys you can go here.
Tuesday we just hung around the house... Thanks James! (hahaha... by the way I already think it is funny!)... sorry other blog readers-inside joke.
Wednesday we drove to Atlanta for this:
|The Beautiful Bride|
|One of My Brothers|
Friday, August 6, 2010
I know I haven't blogged in forever... but we have been really busy this week. I promise I will post an update on everything we have been up to as well as an update on our adoption soon! For now watch this video (it's not a new video, but a friend posted it on Facebook and I think it is wonderful!)
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Jason and I have been talking about how nervous and scared we are about becoming parents for the first time (which after child proofing the house with cabinet locks, outlet covers, putting cleaners out of a child's reach, etc. for our home study, has been a lot lately.) However, the further we get in our adoption process, the more excited we get! Man, I really, really can't imagine how excited we are going to be when we get our referral, when we get on a plane to head to Ethiopia, or when we pull up to the orphanage to meet our baby for the first time... it has to be an unexplainable feeling... and I absolutely cannot wait to experience it!!!
We have set a date for our yard sale! August 28th!!! (Yes, we know it will be HOT!! but it is the only date that works for us before our first agency fee is due.) So, if anyone has anything that is yard sell-able that they don’t want anymore please let us know and we will come pick it up. We hope everyone has a great week!