Adoption month is ending

This may be the last day of adoption month, but I hope we will never forget that we have been adopted. We have been purchased by the blood of Christ…

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will,according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:5-14

Isn’t it beautiful? Like me, do you need to meditate on this truth today? There is so much in those few verses… You were loved at your worst, you did/do NOTHING to earn it, you are heirs with Christ… What else?

So I end with a post I read this morning from a brand new adoptive mom that really struck me. She says…

Remember in the [adoption] training when they talked about the possibility that Gotcha Day could be “NOT pretty”? Well that was ours. It was messy, emotional, scary and not pretty. But isn’t that the picture of us when God captures us? Adoption is messy but beautiful all at the same time!… Adoption is a beautiful picture of Gods love for us. -Shannon

Wreath Auction!!!

Wreath 7

Isn’t is gorgeous!! Wouldn’t it be a perfect decoration for your front door this Christmas?! Or perhaps it would be a great Christmas gift. My dear, sweet friend Karissa at Lonestar Wreath Shop made this beautiful wreath for us to auction off. 100% of the money goes to our adoption! So here’s the deal:

  • Bidding starts at $60 (usual retail is $75)
  • To make a bid “leave a comment” on this post and simply put a $ amount in the comment.
  • The winning bid will be announced next Friday, November 27 at 7pm (Pacific time). You have until then to get your bid in. But don’t wait until the last minute.
  • The winning bidder will have this beauty shipped right to their door!

Additionally, everyone that bids on this beauty will be entered in a drawing to win a flannel throw blanket made by yours truly. So thank you, thank you, thank you for your generosity!!!

Just waiting…

I hate waiting! I am no good at waiting! But sometimes I must wait…

There is a simple phrase in Psalm 46 that says, “Be still and know that I am God”. It most often rattles around my head when things get frantic and I have to slow myself down and remember to take time to “be still” before Him. Today I will it to be a bit more frantic, because that means we are closer to “gotcha day”.

But God has a perfect plan. I can rest in that. Things are always moving forward in this process, whether I see it or not. And whether this process takes a year or 3, we will wait patiently for that little miracle that He is preparing for us and is preparing us for.

So this song (performed by Kari Jobe) will be my theme: Be Still my Soul. & I’m sure it will be my theme in much harder moments than these. Maybe it will be a comfort to you too.

Starting the Home Study

We are now officially in the Home Study phase of the adoption process. This means that for the next 2-3 months we will go through several interviews and a home visit to determine if we are a safe family to bring a child into. We don’t really know what to expect, but we are excited about it (& a bit nervous). You can certainly be praying for us.