Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Here are a few pictures from Elijah's first Christmas home, surrounded by love, enjoying celebrating Christ's birth. What a Christmas!
Reading the Christmas story,
Friday, December 24, 2010
But the angel of the Lord said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
Sunday, December 19, 2010
This post is a Memorial Monday post. I wrote our first one here. Our God is so good to us. When we see Him working in our lives, we want to find a way to memorialize it just as the Israelites did. Then, because we often tend to forget about the miracles He sends our way, we only have to look in our Memorial Box to remember His goodness. The following story is a good one to remember.
Our home study is moving right along. Today is our last visit with our social worker, and then she will have it ready for review!
Whoo - hoo!
Next stop will be CIS for our fingerprints and clearance from our country to adopt from China.
But first there was this little thing about the fee that is due today.
It is a smacking $800 - which in light of how much an adoption costs from start to finish isn't that much really.
But for us . . .
Right now . . .
And at Christmas time, too . . .
It was going to be tough to come up with.
So we have been praying. . . . . . . . . . Knowing that when God leads, He provides.
We had raised part of the amount through the jewelry party Becky (my sister-in-law's sister) had given us. We were so humbled and touched by Becky's gesture and by the sweet people who ordered from her. Some people even gave us a donation instead of ordering jewelry, and that went into our fund a well. How amazing to be walking along in church or opening a card I had received in the mail to find a donation to our adoption!
Still, as of Thursday night we were about three hundred short.
Wondering how He was going to work it out.
Then the phone call came that Ted's clarinet we were having repaired to be sold would be ready by this weekend, and the profit would be a little over what we had expected.
But, still, a little short.
Then we opened up a Christmas card yesterday from a sweet family from our church. It seems they also had enclosed a check for our Sophia fund. That amount helped make up the shortage.
We will be putting a small piece of jewelry, musical note (for the clarinet sold) and a Christmas card into our Memorial Box to remind us of God's unfailing promises. Where He leads, He will provide.
What a nice Christmas surprise!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Proverbs 24:12 says, "Once our eyes are opened we cannot pretend we do not know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls knows we know and holds us responsible to act."
Can you imagine these two precious treasures not being home with their family now?
No hope for the future?
No family to love them?
So, finished adopting once Sophia Lin comes home . . . YES.
Finished fighting the cause of the orphan . . . NO!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I have a story for Memorial Monday that shows God's power and supernatural might in our ordinary human lives. It happened a couple of weeks ago.
As I mentioned in the post about our garage sale, we had been praying for enough money to begin our home study. We needed $1,000. Our garage sale started out slow, very slow. In fact, the lack of traffic at our sale caused Kevin and me to pray even harder. We felt sure we had been led to go through our home, clean it out, and sell things to bring in funds for our third adoption. We had done that, and here it was garage sale time.
And yet, we had hardly sold anything by the end of the first day.
Our friend Britt stopped by at the end of day one and even prayed with us that God might bring more people to our sale the next day. When I checked our blog later that evening, I saw a comment from Suzanne that said she was praying for God to bring a boatload of people to the sale as well.
And another thing happened that day.
At the end of the day the last customer was someone who looked very familiar to Kevin, but he just couldn't remember where he knew her. He kept whispering to me behind her back that he knew he knew her but could not remember where!
This sweet lady and I got into a conversation about why we were having this particular sale. I shared with her that it was to raise money for our daughter in China to come home. She shared a story about God's leading and provision by telling us how her church had just purchased a new building after a long and stressful time of looking for just the right place. It was a story that showed God's power and provision. She promised to pray for us and took out a pencil and pad of paper to write down our names. When I told her what our last name was, she said, "Oh, I know your husband. He was my son's wrestling coach years ago!" Talk about a divine appointment. Her promise to pray for us bolstered our spirits.
The next day, we were so busy that Kevin had to stay home with me to help man the sale because we had a steady stream of people coming to look. Many things were bought that day, and by day's end, we had made $500. A great garage sale - to be sure!
We still needed to come up with another $500 to pay the first installment of our home study by the Friday after next. We prayed and we prayed throughout that week and into the next week. It seemed that God was once again silent. It was our prayer that if He didn't want us to continue, He would shut doors. I e-mailed our homestudy agency on Thursday morning and explained that even though we felt God would provide if He wanted us to go further, He had not provided the entire $1,000. We were supposed to attend one of their meetings the next day, Friday, October 29th. Would they want us to come even though we could not pay?
They said to come ahead to the meeting, and they would roll over the fee when we felt we could pay for it. That didn't feel right, and so still we prayed, wondering if God was indeed shutting the doors to our Sophia.
When Kevin came home that afternoon, less than 24 hours before we needed to attend our homestudy meeting, he said that his friend had paid him his share of the house they had just finished painting.
The amount he had in his pocket?
I guess you could say God is still opening the door to our bringing home Sophia! What do you think?
Oh, by the way, there was a shelf in our garage sale that didn't sell, just the thing that would be perfect for a Memorial Box. I think we will bring it back into our home, hang it on the wall, and put a garage sale price tag in it to remind us of God's power and provision for that first installment of our homestudy.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
There were some pretty cute goings-on
They are a sight!