When things are out of my control I am prone to worry. And if you have followed this adoption journey at all you know that there are a whole lot of issues that are out of my control… like when I told you our home study was done. Well… I spoke too soon. We had to go back and re-submit a document. So maybe it will be done this week.
But even in that, God has had a perfect plan. You see, until yesterday we weren’t able to pay for the next phase of the adoption. God showed his faithfulness when I doubted his timing.
And he showed his faithfulness in His provision. At just the right time He provided what we needed. In my head I know I can always trust his timing and provision. I just wish I could get my heart to believe it all the time too. He has proven his faithfulness to me over and over… and over and over again. Why do I doubt? Why do I worry?
I am so thankful for those around me that point me back to the reality of the Gospel; that remind me of God’s never changing character and unwavering faithfulness… even when I have only a mustard-seed worth of faith. And I am so thankful for those that sacrifice so much to be part of the work God is doing to bring our girl home. I am so humbled.
What encourages you when you are having trouble believing in your heart what you know to be true about God? A verse? A song?… Let me know.
Our home study is finally done! We will get the final document any day now! So we are on to immigration documents and our dossier (which is a huge packet of information that will be sent to China for them to approve and use to match us with a child).
So, to celebrate, we are starting a new puzzle. Isn’t it so cute!! We are ready to fill it up with your names!
As with our last puzzle, for $5 per piece, you can sponsor a piece of our adoption puzzle. We will write your name on the back of your piece(s) and add it to the puzzle. Once all of the pieces have sponsors, we’ll glue them together and frame it. We want this little girl to be able to see the people who loved and prayed for her before she was even here. There are 252 pieces that need sponsors! Want a piece… or 5? Contact us (link either on the right side of this page, or near the bottom of your phone or tablet) to get our address and send money via mail or click the “donate” button (also on the right/bottom) to donate via PayPal.
Will you consider being a piece of the puzzle? We are incredibly grateful!
We are truly blown away by the generosity of so many! There are no words of thanks that are adequate. We have come a long way… yet we still have a long way to go. That is why we continue to ask for your help. Please don’t ever feel an obligation, but if the Lord leads you to help us financially maybe this is the right opportunity for you.
Today is Chinese New Year. Until now I have never thought about it or celebrated it. I won’t begin to pretend I understand all the ins and out of the holiday, but what I do know is that there will be a lot of people celebrating for the next 15 days. And, though I don’t follow all the superstitions that come along with the holiday, I appreciate the celebration of newness and the cultural richness that surrounds the holiday.
The source of much of my Chinese New Year knowledge comes from wikipedia, who describes it this way…
Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February.
So welcome to the Year of the Monkey! Prayerfully, this will be the year we get to meet our littlest monkey.