Monday, August 20, 2012

Minivans and Mom Jeans: Dear Pat, Please Don't Speak on My Behalf

Nick and I have been thinking and praying a lot about James 1:27. Especially with our Both Hands Project looming closer. When I read this it just reinforced what God is calling us to do. Will you stand up and do something?

Minivans and Mom Jeans: Dear Pat, Please Don't Speak on My Behalf: That's all. That' really where I could end this post. But for those of you who haven't heard Pat Robertson's latest gross misrepresenta...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Beginnings, Endings, and Somewhere in the Middle

We are 1 step closer to bringing our beautiful boy home! I just got home from picking up the last letter of recommendation that we needed to send off our Dossier. It feels like it has taken forever! We started this leg of our journey nearly 2 months ago and we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. It has been hard waiting and praying and having faith and patience in God's timing. I had to just keep reminding myself that this is all moving according to His plan, not my own.

That may be the most difficult part of the entire process for me! I am a control-freak and HATE do not like to have something that I can't control. God has been teaching me all about giving it up lately. There are 3 definite areas where I can see Him working through the situations in my life. I am the co-leader of my daughter's Girl Scout troop and my partner in crime is a God-send! We work so well together and I have utter faith that she will pick up the slack for me and I would hope she knows the same. God also placed me with an awesome co-leader for a Women's Large Group bible study that we organize, plan, and run together. I am still learning how to let go to her but when I do, amazing things happen because IT'S NOT ABOUT ME! The most recent test of my control issues came in the form of a co-manager position of our Girl Scout Service Unit. I have been partnered with a woman very similar to myself with the same work ethic, drive, and probably control issues. So far we have been feeling each other out and starting to work out the division of responsibilities and it has been working. I am so excited to see what growth happens when I let go!

On a side note, this week is full of beginnings and endings. My husband graduates from college this coming weekend! I am so proud of all his hard work and so excited to have him home and present again full-time in our lives. My kids started school yesterday as well and I could just sit and cry because they have gotten so big! What happened to my babies?!

It brings me back to Timothy and how big he is getting. He doesn't even know about us yet but we are praying for him every day. I can't wait to be able to share with you his precious photo and share our photos with him. Things are moving really quickly with our training and our Both Hands project. I can't wait to share more info and pictures as it happens here and on our Both Hands Project page. I am so overwhelmed by the love and generosity of our friends and family to step into this amazing project and mission and share their expertise and love with someone they haven't even met yet. It's enough to make this girl cry – a lot! For those that know me, I am a crier anyways but this week has just been amazing.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4