Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When one hurts

"If one member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together. 
            1Corinthinans 12:26 

About half of my "friends" on facebook are people that I don't know. They are people that I am getting to know though, through the adoption world of technology. Such an amazing thing.  

Some I do know and who are dear friends that have either just finished their adoptions or are in the midst of it.

Lately I have been seeing more of the hurt that comes with adoption. I have been watching families..so many families... fight for their children. People who are caught up in ridiculous red tape, people who have no clue what is coming next, people who have to make horribly difficult decisions. People dealing with lack of money, feeling alone, paperwork after paperwork, waiting after waiting, negativity. Whatever it is.

The Lord keeps bringing to mind the 1 Corinthians verse. When one part of the body of Christ hurts, we all hurt. When one rejoices, we all rejoice.

I have been in constant prayer for those families, ours and others I don't even know about. The Lord has even been waking me up in the middle of the night to pray.

In Isaiah 10:20-34 God is telling His people to not be afraid when the Assyrians come and destroy all they know. He never told them there wouldn't be a battle, he told them to trust in His promises and don't be afraid. God never said it would be easy and God never said the fighting, the hurt, the pain, the not understanding would not come. But He did say, "Do not be afraid."

We need to put on the full armor of God in whatever battle the Lord has us fighting, but we can't do that if we are clinging to our idols (There are devoted things in your midst, You can not stand before your enemies until you take away the devoted things from among you." Joshua 7:13) and not the One who already has the victory.

"Let not your heart grow faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them for the Lord your God is He who goes with you in fight for you against your enemies." Duet 20:4

One of the most amazing things that I have seen is families who have nothing left in them to fight have been clinging to the hope that is Jesus Christ. So many of them have been singing praises to our King in the midst of these crazy battles.  I have watched them put on Gods armor and be His vessels. Truly amazing and also horribly convicting on my end.

Father, please keep painfully destroying all that is keeping me from you. Lord I am praying that you will give strength to your children and that you will bless each and everyone of them with your  peace, peace that surpasses all understanding. Help  us to cast all of our anxieties at your feet and to continue this calling with our eyes fixed on you.

I can't wait for the day that I can rejoice with all of you!!!



Friday, June 24, 2011

Day Dreaming!

I have four posts that are half written and I just can't seem to finish them.

All I am doing is praying and day dreaming about our little Caleb. <3

There are some people in Ethiopia right now who are loving on our little boy for us and who are also taking pictures.
I am DYING to see those pictures!!! Seriously.... dying!!!! :)

The kids have been playing with the enormous about of baby dolls we have around here, pretending they are Caleb. They are going nuts waiting for their little brother to get here.
 Caleb will be in our boys room and they have been begging us to get the crib all set up. I don't even know if we have all the pieces for it. I really need to get on that.

We have also been praying for a July court date.

I have always told God (and whoever would ask) that I was done having kids. "I did not have a kid at 21 to have another at 30. No way did I want to start over." 

Can't you just hear God laughing!?!

Thankfully I am not in control and I am excited to say that I will be a proud momma again at... well.... 30! I will be 30 on July 29th. So how amazing would that be to be in Ethiopia loving on our little man!?!

Hey it could happen!

Again, I am not in control. God has the perfect timing and God knows when we will get to see him and pass court. BUT if we do get a court date, then we need to buy tickets ASAP. As of right now they are $2000 a piece and going up!

I felt sick to my stomach knowing we would have to keep asking to finish off these funds.I have nothing to sell, nothing to offer.  We are waiting to hear about a matching grant......And then something cool happened.

My hubby is a Police Officer and one of his colleagues was sharing our story with some church friends and one of those people handed him a check to give to us!! Then yesterday my hubby was working and another colleague came up to him and handed him some money and told him that he had been wanting to support us.


To God be the Glory!

Little by little we will get those plane tickets!

I had a friend tell me during our "Help! We need our referral fee"  time, that if I don't put the need out there, how is anyone going to help? I am taking her advice and putting the need out there.

Just to be able to make our first trip (Please be a July court date) we will need $4500. Unless tickets go up, but that is the need now ( it could go down. you never know) .  We have $855 towards those cost now. So we need to raise $3645. The thing is that once we do get a court date, we need to purchase tickets right away. So we won't have 7 days or a limit. So if you are feeling led or maybe you just want to spread the word to give someone else the opportunity, we would really, really, really appreciate it!

Please keep praying for the Lord to prepare Caleb's heart for this crazy family he is apart of and for him to stay healthy and loved on. Pray for our funds and for a court date before the courts close.  We know and have peace that the funds will be there, God is never late.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Help us win a grant!

We are still fundraising with Ordinary Hero! We get 40% of all sales towards our travel costs to see our little Caleb.

Starting today and ending Tuesday, they are going to award the top three sellers with an extra $500!!! That means not only will we get 40% of the sales but we could also (with your help) get an additional  $500!

How awesome is that!?!

 I absolutely LOVE Ordinary Hero merchandise. They even have some cute new shirts out.

I really want this one for myself!

I can picture all three of my boys wearing this one!

My girlie girls want this one bad!

You get a purchase you will love and  help us get our Caleb here at the same time!

You can click on the Ordinary Hero picture on the right of my blog and don't forget when you purchase to choose our name in the affiliate box so we get the credit.

Remember grant contest ends Tuesday!!!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Homeschooling, things are changing!

 I usually order our curriculum in February or March  for the next year. This time God told me to wait. He had other plans about what we would be doing next year.

He made a way for my friend and I to go to the once a year homeschool convention. I have never been and was excited to see what it was all about. I assumed that God was having me go so I could see what He was calling us to next year.  That was only part of His plan.

Jenny and I at the convention (Gaylord Palms)

The Tuesday before we left God had called us to Classical Conversations. Before I knew it everything was starting to change. Our homeschooling and our curriculum was working for us. We had a great year. The kids even tested high, but God didn't think so.

The more the hubby and I prayed and learned about Classical teaching the more we fell in love. The more we knew this is exactly where our family needs to be. God has even called me to be a tutor for Classical conversations next year. Talk about taking me out of my comfort zone.

I have met and been to a training session with the women I will be working along side. I loved seeing the Lords hand in all of it. I will not only be working and praying alongside women I have never met, but also my dear friend I have known for over 7 years (she has seen it all with me) and another women who I greatly admire and who I met when the Lord first called us to homeschooling. These women are truly humble servants of the Lord and want nothing more then to Glorify God.  I am honored to come alongside all of  these ladies and to serve the Lord together.

These are just some of the women. Thanks Mary for the pic.

Though I am excited, I am also nervous. Like I said, God is really calling me out of my comfort zone and is changing my whole way of teaching. I really believe this will benefit our whole family. I also know that I am not going to be able to do all that God is asking if I am not making my quiet time with Him a priority everyday!

When I was at the convention I heard a speaker by the name of Bev Bradley. I went to two of her sessions. One of them was about "10 things I wish I would have done differently." I wrote them down and thought I would share.

1. Spend more time with the principal.
    -Don't take on to much
    - Encourage him in what God is calling him to do

2. Do not compare yourself to other people or their kids.

3. Have more fun!

4. Have a daily time of rest for everyone.

5.Ask your kids more questions.
    -How can you pray for them (no matter their age)
6.Enjoy the things that they enjoy.
7.Do a lot less paperwork

8.Seek the Lord, serve Him!

9. Poor into them what God wants them to become not what you want them to become.

10. It can not be about you.

School is out for us right now. I never finished all I wanted to get done this year, but that is the beauty of homeschooling :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

He is not done and what's next!

I meant to post this last week, but I have not had a chance to even sit down.

My hubby has an addiction to bibles. He is constantly going into the Family Christian bookstore to see what is on sale and then calls and tells me what he wants next. He does buy a lot of bibles that he gives away, but he also has a collection that are all his, I'm not even allowed to touch them :)

Well...... I can no longer make fun of his addiction. By going there so much he has met most of the employees and has told them about us adopting. Through him I was able to meet the manager who is an amazing women. During the time that God was working through all of you to bring in our fee. She had her whole store working on a way to help us raise above that.

They all made fliers and had a table set up in front of their store and we were giving away food and prizes and she even had the Veggietales come out! We were all so blown away!!! Only God!

Melissa (the manager) and I

We love the Veggietales!

People that showed up that day had such giving hearts and we were able to raise $410!!!  All of that money will go towards our travel cost. Plus we still had some of you giving even after we raised our fee!!

Only God!

It's hard for me to believe that once we raise our travel costs then we will be fully funded! I can not wait to say that word.

What happens next?

More waiting. We wait to get a call that we have a court date. When we get our date we will travel to Ethiopia and meet our son for the first time. Then while we are there we will go to court and stand before a judge and say we want Caleb to be our boy. Then (Lord willing) we will pass court right then and there and he will be ours forever!!! Actually, I can't wait to say that word. After all of that excitement we will come back home and wait for an embassy appointment, then we go back to Ethiopia and bring him home!!!!!

The time frame can vary. We are praying that we get to travel towards the end of July and  then have him home by his first birthday. Most people think it would have to be a miracle for that to happen. I have to agree, but we also know if it is the Lord's will then it will happen. So we are going to be praying for a miracle. Please pray with us.

Thank you all so much for your support. Please continue to pray for Caleb, for court, and for the rest of the funds to come in, when it all happens it will be quick!

 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
  On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

 The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.

 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
  to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
The  Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.

 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

Psalm 145