Seeing His Hand

There are moments in life when you know that God is working. Moments when you can see the reason “why” behind something. We always know He is there and sustaining us…making this world go around and giving us the breath to wake up and start a new day. Sometimes though, we are in the dry place of not seeing the God who cares for us ever so deeply and we doubt His presence. Over the last week or so I have been blessed to see God providentially allowing things to happen. It has been a balm to my soul. There was the time last week. It was a early evening and I was taking down the laundry that I hadn’t had time to bring in all afternoon. My three children were 30 or so feet from me in the woods, playing. This is not uncommon. They spend plenty of...

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Um, exactly how do we do this? Establishing a relationship with a birth mother.

To continue on with the story…the birth mother we are working with moved very close to us within a week or two of us being “matched”. Like within ten minutes of us! We had a great opportunity to set up the house that she would be living in. We tried to make it homey by adding pictures to the wall and flower arrangements. It was an exhausting two days of work. Thankfully, several friends helped out by cleaning and helping us with donations of furniture and furnishings. It all came together just in time by God’s grace! Within a few days of moving near us we met her one late morning and took her and her two small children out to lunch. Can I saw awkward? The Lord has truly given us a situation that is beyond my comfort zone. In my perfect mess...

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We’ve Been Matched!

Recently we let you all (since we have SUCH a huge fan base!)  know that we have decided to pursue another adoption. Our home study was SO easy to do the second time around, for which we were grateful. Basically we had to add e and little h and bump all the dates up by four years. Easy. Back in May we got a phone call about a baby to be born up in New York in 2 hours!! Basically we would have had to get in the car and drive on up there plus have a significant amount of cash liquid to wire. The Lord gave us an easy answer of No! since we couldn’t possibly have that amount of money liquid immediately. I am so glad we didn’t have to wrestle over a decision and just knew we were not the parents-to-be of this child. We waited for SOOOO many months with our...

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The past several months of j’s hard work is beginning to flourish. The tomatoes are tall, very tall; the squash and zuccini he purchased as seeds from Baker Creek have been delicious, even if they are a bit strange to look at! c has had the greatest fun picking black berries and we’ve already had two cobblers from his diligent work.      

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Little h turns three!

Little h turns three!

Little h has been so excited for her birthday. She’s been talking about it for months now and it has finally come (and gone since I am, oh, about a month late in posting! Luckily, I can post-date on this here blog!). We had a low-key day with just family. I’m so glad the cousins can grow up together-even though you would think we would see each other more often since we live in the same area. Funny how that happens! But I digress. She had her yummy espresso. The kids wait all year for their birthdays and the privalege of having their very own coffee! She had her gifts and her chocolate cupcakes which she knew for certain she wanted. This girl is serious about her chocolate. If given a choice between chocolate and any other thing, she would most...

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The Minivan and My Pride

Isn’t it funny how certain things can be a hang-up? For me (one of them!) is owning a minivan. We always knew when we started another adoption that we’d have to buy another car. And this has been a point of discussion for several years. Well, not so much a discussion because J always knew where he stood on the issue and so I just sought to find other options – before giving in knowing that he was right. All along, I was hoping that some great new car would come out that wouldn’t be SUCH a gas guzzler as a SUV and have all the room of a minivan. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one. So about two weeks ago we found this ad for a Honda Odyssey that was for sale in NC. We drove the 2 1/2 hours to test it out. The kids loved it and wanted to...

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Newsflash

Newsflash

We have been interrogated (home study) and fingerprinted and begun to pay out large sums of money. Which only means one thing; we’ve got exciting news! Another adoption is in the works for our family.  It has been a bit over two years since e and little h joined our family and now we are ready to start again. Bringing in orphans gets in your blood; I’ve watched countless families go on to more adoptions since we’ve been exposed to the adoption network. It is such a strong call to care for the orphan and if God has called you to it, you cannot resist. This morning we retained a lawyer. Our road to expanding will be a bit different this time around. We’ll be adopting domestically instead of internationally.  Honestly, for me, it has been a...

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