Understanding Advent

Merry Christmas!…

That phrase means so much more to me this year. It is about a mighty God that became like us so he could rescue us… so he could adopt us as his very own.

It has been such a wonderful Advent and Christmas season. I don’t want to see it end, but I have experienced it in such a new way this year. Advent is all about anticipation. God’s people waited many generations for the Promised One. With tears and heartache they waited.

This year I wait… I think of my girl in an orphanage this Christmas and weep and pray that there is someone there to love on her and whisper the sweet story of Jesus’ birth to her. As we celebrated with our kids I couldn’t help but notice there was someone missing… oh what a joy it will be to see her precious little face as she opens presents with us some day, as she sits with us to hear the Christmas story.

But for now we wait… with great anticipation of what God is going to do, we wait.


Thank you for getting us this far

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve filled you in on where we’re at. We are in the midst of our home study and have our (hopefully) final interviews this weekend (thanks for praying!). Once that is done and we get all our paperwork in, our social worker will write everything up and submit it. It is our goal to be totally done with this stage by mid to late January.

Financially, we have been blessed beyond measure. We see God’s provision in so many big ways. We are INCREDIBLY blessed by those that have given to help us bring our girl home! It blesses me to tears almost every time I get a check in the mail or a donation online… like when I got the check from another family that is in the adoption process too! … or when we just had a huge bill for this home study, didn’t have the money to pay for it and got the very generous donation for the wreath fundraiser the day that bill was due allowing us to write that check… EACH and EVERY one of your pennies has been a gift to us.

That doesn’t mean we are going to stop giving you opportunities to support us. We still have a LONG way to go and more large bills on the horizon. What I do know? God is going to provide. Of that I am absolutely certain. THANK YOU for the ways you are involved in His work on our behalf (financially & prayerfully)!