Sunday, May 29, 2011

Enjoying Life!


I found my self getting anxious last week!  We are waiting for approval for Sara on our 1797 Form from Immigration. And I found myself looking for the mail, waiting for a phone call and checking email every hour (sometimes more often--if I'm being totally honest) and missing out on the events going around me. 

Thankfully,  I didn't stay in that state--I remembered my post about enjoying the moments that we have now.
(Doesn't that stink when your own words come back to get you?) :)

And I also had some sweet fellowship with a friend and she reminded me that it's God's timing, not ours.

So since then--We scooted to Perry, Ga. to see my nephew, Matt, graduate from High School.  Way to go Matt!  We got home at around 3 AM so we decided to sleep in and hang out yesterday.  Much needed I might add.  Before any of you think that sleeping in is all that late--we heard cartoons come on about 9:15 and we finally rolled out of bed at around 10 AM.

Last night we decided to experiment with making our own hamburger buns to go with homecut battered and fried fries and hamburgers.

Here's what they looked like as we were making them . . .

Here's what thay looked like baked and then being eaten! YUMMY!

So--Thank you Lord for reminding me again to enjoy life as it is right this moment!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thanks for Praying for Sara--she found a family!



We weren't planning to adopt a 2nd child, but the doors are wide open at this moment.

How does that happen you ask?  Well that is NOT a simple answer.

It all started with a video from church during our 24/7 children's program. (Ben and I both work in this area on Sunday mornings.) The video was talking about how we are adopted by God into His family.  It was interviewing a family who had adopted several kids at various ages.  One of the last comments on the video was, "We always have room for one more in our family."  (That's what God's message is too--He always has room for one more.)  We didn't really think anything about it until later in the week, when I got an email from our waiting child coordinator.  She asked me to advocate for a 13 year old girl named Sara who needed a family.  Sara has the same special need as Hannah, she is blind in one eye. 

Ben and I talked a little about Sara that night, but not that much.  Individually though, God just would not let us alone.  I tossed and turned and prayed about Sara--for God to please find her a family.  That just didn't feel like the right answer, and somewhere in all of that non-sleep, I began to really consider adopting Sara.

I didn't want to be the one to bring it up to Ben though.  So during that night I prayed that if God wanted us to adopt Sara that he would burden Ben's heart so much that he would not have peace at work the next day and that he would contact our agency about Sara.  I just REALLY had to KNOW!

So the next morning I didn't say anything to Ben about Sara--I know that it's hard to believe I remained silent about this, but I really did.

About 3 in the afternoon, I just couldn't stand not knowing anything more about Sara, so I called our agency.  I started asking her questions about Sara when she stopped me and said, "Have you and Ben not talked today?  I just sent him the answers to his questions about Sara." 

At this point I started laughing and told our agency about my prayer the night before and that "No" we had not talked that day about it.  I asked her to not let Ben know that I had called and she agreed.

When Ben came home he came in like usual and put his stuff away, and then nonchalantly, started telling me stuff about Sara.  I started laughing and shared my news with him. What I didn't know was that Ben had emailed his questions to our agency at 9PM before we went to sleep.  God had answered my prayer before I even prayed it. WOW!

We continued to pray about this descision and felt like we should pursue this adoption.  Not because we think we need another child, but because we have been blessed with so much and we feel we can love another child.  I guess you could say, "We have room for one more."

We KNOW this will not be easy, or simple.  We will now have two non-English speaking girls, who will be dealing with all kinds of changes and emotions.  So you may begin praying NOW!

We don't know when we will travel, but we do know it needs to be before November 19th, because that is when Sara will age out and no longer be adoptable.

We recieved our PA for Sara---YESTERDAY--- can you believe it?  We couldn't.  But last night we had fun calling our parents and sisters and brothers and telling them our exciting news.  That was a bunch of laughs--our families were suprised--but excited.

So here is Sara's debut picture . . .

Only God can work this way!!! 

Something else to think about.  On every other adoption, we have always put down that we would be ready to have 2 children, just in case there was a sibling that we didn't know about.  But on our paperwork this time, we only put down 1.  So last night we had a meeting with our homestudy agency and we are on the way to updating our homestudy.  That is QUICK in the adoption world.  But our agency knows that Sara only has a short window to be adopted so they are jumping through hoops.  We are thankful!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Austin's "Tatoos"

I was on the computer when I noticed that Austin had something unusual on his back.

I couldn't believe my eyes . . .









saw . . .

Leave it to Leighanne to be creative with a marker! (waterbased)

At least these are not permanent!  :0