Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Update

This month we celebrated Ayla's 11th birthday with nine girls here for a sleepover! She had an owl party and we ate fried ice cream. Yum, my new favorite.


We recovered from the worst "cold" ever.


We took the girls to their first concert. Rockin Worship and we had a blast!


We had some major adoption paperwork scares, it still is not really clear, but we are totally at peace that God will show Himself faithful!


Gavin started successfully eating with a spoon in his very own hand! It is a lot of work but he is getting pretty good at it.


(Video to come)

Eli had his big 5year old Birthday! He smiled the whole day, and I am sure at least twice he said " I'm 5".

(video to come)

We said goodbye to my dad for a month. He's off being a workin man! That is an adjustment since we usually see him everyday.


We got an I Pad 2! We debated between a new laptop and upgrading our phones but decided this was the most versatile. Kaly does her school on our laptop and it weighs about 20 lbs so it wasn't the best option for international travel. We have been told for a long time to get an I Pad for Gavin. Well as with everything else, it is requiring adaptations. We did find a mouth stick that works with I Pads and are awaiting it's arrival. We are hoping to take it so our girl can use the IPad. Her hands are just like Gavin's. I do not know if she will like the mouth stick, but the I Pad is going to work as our translator, so I hope she wants to give it a go. We downloaded the Russian Translator as well as a travel app. Now I just need to figure out how to get my videos on the blog from this crazy thing!


God provided a FREE and perfect wheelchair for us to take to bring "Our Girl" home.


God has also surprised us with more generous gifts to help cover costs of food and housing while in country.




I "knew" He would! I just didn't really believe it. Someday He may get through this thick skull.


This adoption has been the ultimate faith builder, it truly is amazing.


After 9 months of this process, we finally learned to quit praying that things will go smoothly. That is obviously not God's top priority. Lol. We now are praying that through all the bumps and trials that He shows His power, and that He is glorified.


If He never allows a mountain in our way, then when are we ever going to get the opportunity to see Him move it?


I often have very little faith, but hey that's all we need, cause in reality it is Him doing the work anyway!


So this week is the final count down. In one week we are boarding the plane to fly off to the "wild unknown" and meet our very own precious treasure. She is waiting for us and knows we are coming soon.

The remainder of March will be spent packing and cleaning and wrapping up projects.


The kids are excited but getting a little emotional about mom and dad being gone for a long time. Please keep them in your prayers as well as my mom, she will be holding down the fort while we are gone. Praise God for great moms!


BTW We officially named our girl!!!! Can't wait to share her full name and lots of pics with you.



Monday, March 19, 2012

 I couldn't get this song on my playlist, but it is the song I have waited to post on this day of VICTORY!

Enjoy a little Matt Redman today.  

Sorry to hear it without background songs you'll have to click off my playlist. 
I am trying to move it to the side so it is easier to turn off. 

Praise to God

We are rejoicing this morning in the news that we have a travel date. 
Our appointment is April 2nd @ 11am. 

I searched for a Psalm of Praise and found this one that fits our situation so well. I feel we were tested in almost every way, but God has brought us through. We rejoice more today because in reality only God could get us through all the trials and bring us to this place. 

Psalm 66 New International Version (NIV) 
Psalm 66 For the director of music. A song. A psalm.  

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  
2 Sing the glory of his name;    
make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!    
So great is your power    
that your enemies cringe before you. 
4 All the earth bows down to you;    
they sing praise to you,    
they sing the praises of your name.”  
5 Come and see what God has done,    
his awesome deeds for mankind! 
6 He turned the sea into dry land,    
they passed through the waters on foot—    
come, let us rejoice in him. 
7 He rules forever by his power,    
his eyes watch the nations—    
let not the rebellious rise up against him.  
8 Praise our God, all peoples,    
let the sound of his praise be heard; 
9 he has preserved our lives    
and kept our feet from slipping. 
10 For you, God, tested us;    
you refined us like silver. 
11 You brought us into prison    
and laid burdens on our backs. 
12 You let people ride over our heads;    
we went through fire and water,    
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
16 Come and hear, all you who fear God;    
let me tell you what he has done for me. 
17 I cried out to him with my mouth;   
 his praise was on my tongue. 
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart,    
the Lord would not have listened; 
19 but God has surely listened    
and has heard my prayer. 
20 Praise be to God,    
who has not rejected my prayer    
or withheld his love from me! 

Yippee! Thank You Lord Jesus 
And just because I am a song girl I am adding a song to our playlist. I have been waiting for this day. 

Please do keep praying. We have a few details to work out with USCIS concerning our paperwork but they are being very workable and helpful. I know it is just some confusion that will get resolved, just a lot of emails and backtracking old emails. :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But anxiously patiently, I will wait

I will
sit in my bed move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will whine and cry serve You
While I'm waiting
I will complain worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord

While I'm Waiting
STElordbONE Christian Music Collection

OH, how my flesh gets to me.
It is a lot of things; a long winter, a long time of being sick, a long time waiting to see our daughter.  It just all gets hard.  

I think you have all figured me out and know that music really touches my heart.  I can really get lost in a song that speaks to me right where I am.

This song says it all, at least all that it should say.
It is a good reminder to me that while I am waiting I have a lot to do.  I need to keep my heart and mind focused on worship and serving and not focused on waiting.  

We could get an email any day with travel dates and I am tired of waiting, but today I choose to worship while I wait.

"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; 
he rises to show you compassion.
  For the Lord is a God of justice.  
Blessed are all who wait for him!"  
Isaiah 30:18