Sunday, January 30, 2011

Trudging Along...

I thought I would give you an adoption update this week. On Friday, we had our second of three home study meetings. Jon and I drove an hour north to meet with our case worker. We were handing over a bunch more paperwork that had been gathered and had personal interviews. Some of the paperwork included financial reports. The whole week before the meeting, my stomach was in knots. I was so expecting her to look at what we make a month and tell us we were crazy for pursuing this and we just needed to stop.  I wrestled with God all week about this... I would give it to Him, and then take it back to just sit and worry a bit about it. I knew in my head that what I was doing wasn't helpful at all. There was nothing I could do to make the situation better, and that it was better off in God's hands than mine anyway... but I would still take it back and sit and worry... More than once last week I heard God ask me if I trusted Him. More than once in this whole process I have heard God ask me that... you think I would learn...

Anyway, we went to the meeting and it was great. She didn't tell us we were crazy, and apparently we are still going on this adoption! All of our background checks have come in. The FBI fingerprints that we were told would take 12 weeks to clear, came back in 5 weeks. We have been cleared in CA and in GA... phew... (not that I was worried about it!). We have proof that our dog is up to date on his vaccines, and our septic system has passed inspection (funny that they don't check all this stuff for you to have your own baby...). We have a few more things to gather, mainly clearance from our Dr.'s and our kids Doctor.   Appointments are already set for this next week.  Then we move on to paperwork for our dossier, and immigration clearance. I have no idea what all that entails, since I have been so focused on the home study! 

We pray daily as a family for the little one that God has chosen for us already, since that is all we can do at the moment! We are praying for the timing of when Jon and I get to travel... really praying that it will be in July so we can send the boys to the west coast while we are gone.

I wish I had more to update you on... but I am sure it will get more exciting as we go along!

Luke 1:37
"For nothing is impossible with God"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My frozen world...

Well, we have been literally frozen into our house this week. Our first real ice storm! Luckily I haven't run out of bread or milk, and the boys have enjoying staying at home since school has been canceled now for 4 days! I try not to complain... but sometimes I still do. I am not really a cold weather girl... I said something about that on facebook the other day and someone reminded me that I have a camera, and that I should take pictures of the beautiful winter that God has given us. So, that is what I tried to do this week! I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I did taking them!
Our driveway was a sheet of ice
Frozen street!

We didn't get mail for 2 days... but our box was frozen shut anyway!
Ty and Devon ready to try and slide down the driveway!
icicles are always fun!

taste good?  
frozen downspout

the squirrel that sits on the deck and drives our dog crazy...  

warming up by the fire at the end of the day

Sunday, January 02, 2011

A walk outside

 The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see; eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. Romans 1:19-20

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New beginnings...

What is it about a new year that makes you want to clean closets and organize bedrooms? That is how I spent the first day of 2011. I helped the boys organize their room and I cleaned out my linen closet. So much more needs to be done, but it was a good start! Ty and I did manage to sneak in a game of "Sorry" as well!

Here is hoping we all find a good balance of work and play this year!