Sunday, March 27, 2011

Adoption Donation Opportunity

Up until now, we have not had any way to offer a tax deductible receipt to anyone who wished to make a donation to our adoption fund.  However, for the next month or so, our church is taking up a special offering for our travel expenses--the final amount needed to bring Sophia home--and is willing to add any additional gifts that might come from people outside the church.  The church will then issue you a receipt.  If you would like more information on how to do this, please e-mail me at  You can follow our fundraising progress on the sidebar of our adoption blog...thanks!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

These Days

These days I am a single parent as Dave learns the ropes to his new job in Indiana.  It will be like this until we move...two weeks away, a weekend home.  All four boys have done a pretty good job of adjusting thus far, but I think it will get old for all of us very soon.  However, this is what we are called to do at this point, so we do it.  I am again reminded that God gives us the strength to do what we need to do when we need to do it.  And I am grateful.

This coming Wednesday is our first court date in Taiwan.  A judge will be hearing our case and subsequently deciding whether or not we can proceed with the adoption of our daughter.  Please pray that all goes quickly and smoothly and that we are not required to jump through any more hoops.  I'm too tired to jump very high...

I've been mulling over the story of Samson this past week as I have taught it to my kindergarten class.  Samson was set apart by God for His service before he was even born.  He was given superhuman strength and really could do anything when God's Spirit was upon him.  However, he chose to follow the lust of the flesh and the desires of his heart instead of God's.  This resulted in his demise.  I was reminded that when we choose to sin, we are choosing the consequences that go with that sin.  Samson could have done so much more for God.  I wonder how much of my own fleshly desires have gotten in the way of what God would have liked for me to accomplish in my own life.  Oh, to be like HIM and not me!

These days, God is stretching me and our family, but still showing His faithfulness and goodness in so many ways.  I will choose to thank Him in the midst of it all.  (Just remind me that I said that when it gets old, okay?)


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Whirlwind!

I'm stressed.  Life is crazy hectic.  We are trying to get our house ready to list and sell, while still going about our daily business.  I feel pulled in ten million directions.  When it gets this bad, I end up not doing anything because there is just too much to do.  I don't even know where to start, and so much is outside of my control.  Why did God decide that this was the time we needed to do this?  We will be traveling half way across the world and moving half way across the country most likely in the same month???  Yikes!  For those who know me well, you know I don't usually get too stressed out about things, but this is different.  I'm feeling the stress in the pit of my stomach and in my chest.  I don't like it.  But there's nothing I can do.  It's out of my control.  God will have to do Him will be ALL the glory!  And the saga continues...