Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Bring on the big feast!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tomorrow I will be off work....and the day after that.... and the day after that! 5 days off? What will I do with myself? Plenty I'm sure. I always look forward to the Macy's parade, cooking good food, EATING good food, and spending time with my family and friends. It's really the perfect holiday. I was watching back to back episodes of the Food Network (as I do every Thanksgiving, I mean how many ways can you really make stuffing?) and Paula Deen said it best "I like Thankgiving because it's just like Christmas without the pressure of having to buy gifts" Amen Paula.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I remember when Chad came home from a Steven Curtis Chapman concert about 4 years ago. He said that the proceeds that night benefited Shoshana's Hope (Now Show Hope, check them out at http://www.showhope.org/) SCC's adoption foundation. He told me about the amazing video clips shown throughout the concert and he asked me "what do you think about adoption?" I'm sure we talked about it and decided that we would love adopt "someday" but the financial aspect of it seemed beyond our capability. It's still sad to me that adoption costs so much.....I'm sure a lot of potentially great parents think this way too. I was definately NOT a believer four years ago.
Then the summer we met our dear friend's son, William, adopted from Ethiopia God nudged us again. Matt told us that if they could do it, we could do it. "Don't worry about the money" he said, "God will put the right people at the right time in your life and God will blow the doors off of your expectations." I still wasn't a believer.
Then we took the leap of faith and finally decided that this was the right thing for our family. We were absolutely overwhelemed and really had no idea how all the pieces were going to fall into place. In the back of our mind I thought, well, we might take the longest in history of adoption to come up with the funds, but we'll get their eventually. We had no idea if anyone would give at all (this is the WORST time in our country's recent history) but it was worth a try. We sent a letter. We linked up the donation site on our blog, we announced to our church that we were adopting. I only talk about money once in a blue moon (I know you don't like reading about this stuff that much, but it is a major issue surrounding our adoption and others too, so pardon the "shop talk" but maybe some "non-believer" just like me will read this and God will nudge their heart too- You CAN do it! I know you don't believe it, but just try it out, take Him up on his promises....)
Anyway- What a wonderful early Christmas gift. God is sufficient to meet all of our needs and gives abundantly beyond our expectations. He is so good and we are so grateful. I am a believer.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I wrote her back and said something to the effect of "great news, maybe we can be one of those lucky travelers before 2010" She wrote be back and said the likelihood of that happening in our region was not good, that at best, we are looking at January. And not to get our hopes up. Too late for that......
Looks like a Christmas "State Side" is in our future unless we are expecting a Christmas miracle. Those do happen you know.....
Just wanted you to come wallow in my disappointment with me.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I also one this Maxi Cosi Rodi car seat for a STEAL too. It's for when they are a little older (3O lbs) but then it converts into a Booster Seat too for up to 100lbs.
I hope you all don't think I'm crazy- but I am so excited! This shopping experience was almost better than when I stumbled upon the $2 shoe sale at Kohls. But that's a whole nother story that involves breaking out into a sweat and arm wrestling a lady named Kristen for a pair of Candies.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Giving him that gift was the best party I've never went to!
O.K. so as you know we receive bulk “updates” monthly about the adoption, the pulse of Russian adoptions to be more specific, and the general status of families coming home/ potential slow downs, etc. Well, as you know we’ve gotten some scary updates (right in the beginning, like 2 days after we turned in our paperwork) and some happy updates “things are going great!” “kids are coming home!” updates. The last few have been very positive- people coming home, people traveling, people getting referrals.
Well my mom called me last week (you know the adoption guru that reads all of your blogs and keeps me up to date on the most current goings ons...) She reads like every adoption blog including our agency blog, and also periodically checks their website too. (I don't even do that!) She said- did you know your agency isn't taking any more Russia applications for new families? What? I didn't know that at all! So I went online and sure enough- there was a little note on the Russia page. It said they were temporarily not accepting new applications due to recent slow downs and to better serve the families already registered and waiting. On one hand I want to think- that is very responsible of them to not "bite off more than they can chew" and to focus on, well ME! But in the back of my mind, I am stressing out a little. It just hasn't set right with me. Maybe I am just paranoid. But if things are really going so well, then why stop? It feels like when Guatemala shut their doors (or their doors were shut) I'm not really sure which.....but either way, it just makes me feel nervous. Why wasn't this information in our latest update?
Just wanted to see what you thought about that.....Am I reading into that little paragraph too much?
P.S.- And have you noticed my fish (Feed my Fish!) have died or disappeared or something? Maybe it's my paranoia. Maybe "they" got them! Ha Ha Ha! Aren't you glad I can make fun of myself? It's truly an art.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Hope has been a common theme this week in my life. Hope, for such a small word it carries a big punch. I have never been so hopeful in all my life. We are hoping for a referral, and soon. We are hoping that our baby is being loved and hugged and has enough to eat. We are hoping that our friends Steve and Kate get a court date soon to bring home their son. We are hoping for answers for Chad’s adolescent cousin's mysterious illness. We are hoping for the healing of a family in our church involved in a car accident who lost their two year old daughter. We are hoping that our friend finds a job, we are hoping that a co-worker’s family member’s test results come back negative for cancer.
Chad spoke to the teens on Wednesday night about hope. His scripture was from Hebrews 11: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
It was an inspirational message, as it always is. My little “hope meter” was restored! Then Thursday the news broke about the Fort Hood shootings. It was so senseless, so frightening. Our hearts ached with the loss of hope in mankind’s goodness. What has happened to our World?
That evening we were watching our “get me through till Lost starts again” show- Flashforward. It’s a great show by the way, and the episode we watching was themed around hope, more specifically, hope for the future. The premise is that everyone on the planet “blacked out” and saw a 2 ½ minute glimpse into their future on a specific date and time. Some people’s visions were joyful, some were ho-hum, some were frightening, others saw nothing but blackness, leading them to believe that on April 29, 2010 they would no longer be “part of the living”. They were left without hope. Stripped of life before it was even taken. But can’t the future be changed if we work to alter it’s course? Even God changes his mind…. Consider Jonah 3:10: “He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction He had threatened” or Exodus 32: 12-14 “So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people". God hears our prayers and is moved by out petitions.
Today after I returned from lunch news broke of a shooting in an office building in my hometown. Two people were confirmed dead and several others were still unaccounted for. Once again, my hope in humanity was snuffed out. We all talked about “what our world is coming to” and I called a few friends that work in downtown Orlando to make sure everyone was alright.
I found this quote from St. Augustine that rang true for me: “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” Out of hope is born a righteous anger that isn’t afraid to combat evil and the courage to not be overcome with fear of the evil that is all around us.
This week I saw great hope too, through the birth of a new baby. Carl Sandburg once said that “a baby is God's opinion that the world should go on”. I don’t know of a better way to say it. 2 Timothy 1:7 confirms in us that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” There is power in hope. So I choose to remain hopeful. God is and always will be in charge.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sarah’s deep thought of the day: Isn’t God great? Imagine how the mama porcupine would feel if the quills got sharp before the baby was born. Yikes. (Picture #1- Baby, #2 grown up)
2-We received a flier in the mail from a law firm in Greenville yesterday telling us that USA Baby’s Inventory was being liquidated due to the bankruptcy. Guess what was on the front of the flier? OUR crib and OUR dresser! That means it was IN the store when they decided to go bankrupt and all!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
It’s been 273 days since we turned in our initial adoption application
We’ve raised $23,200 towards the adoption since that time
It’s been 234 days since my house was REALLY clean for our home study. (After that it’s just been downhill)
My car has been spider free for 254 days.
We’ve purchased two cribs and two diaper changing tables for Baby Deetz room.
We actually received one crib and one diaper changing table without the manufacturer going out of business prior to receiving the goods.
Our Apostilled documents expire in 206 days
Our FBI fingerprinting/I-171H form expires in 436 days
Our Dossier has been registered in Pskov for 106 days
We’ve been #1 on the list for a referral in our region for 28 days
Thank you, as always, for your support, prayers, good wishes, and concern for Baby Deetz and this wild and crazy process. Here's to the next 200 posts!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Please visit Steven Curtis Chapman's webpage, http://www.orphansunday.org/about for some great information.
Here are just a few wonderful, practical ideas. Follow the link below for more specifics!
-Add this cause to your twitter, facebook page, or blog. (There is power in numbers!)
-You can teach a Sunday School lesson (or pass it along to your teacher)
-Pass this page along to your pastor the link it includes sermon notes for preaching a message on Sunday
-Watch one of the powerful videos on the site and then forward it to a friend
-Download church bulletin inserts
-Download a small group lesson plan
- Find a book to become more informed about this global crisis
-Be inspired by some great musical artists that have written songs about orphans, listen to their music on this link, and then support the cause by buying their c.d.
-Download a 40 day prayer guide, at the very least, we can all pray
-Buy a $10 t-shirt that benefits this cause
-Find mission opportunities through Show Hope Foundation or other great organizations
-Donate to a wonderful organization that already exits (CWA's family builder fund? Just a suggestion ;0)
-Go to the concert in Nashville on Sunday OR watch the concert live online
-Find an event in your area already set up. http://www.orphansunday.org/findevent/?url=findevent
-MUCH MUCH MORE by clicking on this link-http://www.orphansunday.org/resources
My blog friend Kristine (I do love your blog more than Peanut Butter!) reminded me that if you want to do something meaningful to help orphans, but feel like November 8th is a unreasonable deadline, orphans need our help 365 days a year, not just this Sunday! Please commit to action (even simple things like downloading the prayer outline) or gathering a care package to send to your local Children's Shelter or sponsoring an Operation Christmas Child this year....there is so much that can be done!
Just listen to that still, small voice calling you to action and empowering you with a plan- that's God reminding us that the religion he finds spotless and pure is to look after orphans and widows in their distress.
Check out the new video I posted at the bottom of the page. I tried to embed it to this post, but blogger is having issues!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Here are Chad's pumpkin creations from this year. Pictured are Edward and Bella (a big hit with the teenage girls that came to the door) Michael Jackson (Thriller era) and just a silly little guy. Just think, by next Halloween we'll have another lil' pumpkin in the family. We should start working on their costume now.....