Thursday, April 11, 2013

We're Moving!

As of today, we're moving!
Not in real life, but here on the web. :)
In order to have more control over which blog posts are public and which are private, we've decided to move to another blog host. You can now keep up with our journey on our brand NEW blog:

Please make a note--if you like to keep up with us--that our blog address has changed. Thanks for your understanding with all of this. We're making the change now so that we can keep you all updated and included in our travels. If you happen to log on and see that a post is "password protected" simply email me for the password and I'll get it to you (providing we know one another!)  :)

We hope this change will allow us to share more of our journey and keep you updated with prayer needs and praise reports along the way. 

Mr. Worry

Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.--Philippians 4:6, The Message
Photo Credit

Well, it seems my old friend has reared its ugly head again. I'm back to worrying--worrying about trip timelines and who will travel when. Worrying about when we'll receive "The Call." Worrying that things won't work out the way "I" have them planned....
Oh, when will I ever learn to trust my God??

There are times when I've been reading about the Israelites and wondered why they just never seemed to get it. It's so easy to sit in my comfortable life and make judgements on how they never WOULD learn. It's a lot less comfortable when I'm the one not learning. Am I really that different from them? I guess the BIG difference between Israelites and me is that I have the FULL picture illustrated in black and white on the pages of His word and I still continue to wonder how it's all going to turn out!

Sorry for the downer post today. Sometimes I guess I allow the waiting to be harder than it needs to be. As a planner, "type A" person, it's hard to be hanging in the unknown. I'm just being real here.

I'm starting something new today, as an encouragement to myself...along with prayer requests, I'm also going to have a thankful list. (in keeping with 1 Thessalonians 5:18). So, here goes:

I'm thankful for:
  • Jesus, and His unrelenting love and grace for matter how many times I mess things up.
  • My amazing husband--he's a hard worker, he's laid back, he's my best friend.
  • Awesome kids--no, they're not perfect (but WHO is??). They have hearts for Jesus and that's all I could ever ask for.
  • An amazing church family--a place where my whole family can worship together. A place where  we can learn, grow and support one another. 
  • All of the generosity pouring in from so many different areas--both people we know and people we don't know personally. It's incredible to feel this outpouring of love and support.
Prayer Requests:
  • That we will receive travel notification soon.....and maybe pray for my patience levels??  :)   
    • Please pray specifically for timelines--there are some holidays coming up in country that could affect the timelines--but we want GOD's timeline, so I just ask for prayer that everything will line up with HIS timeline.
  • That all of our paperwork is in order--both paperwork in country and paperwork we'll be taking with us.
  • For God's favor to be upon us as we travel--that we would have favor with every person we stand before: airline workers, customs agents, judges, orphanage directors, orphanage caregivers, taxi drivers, apartment landlords, grocery store owners & workers, etc. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A little light...

In this time of patient and easy hard-because-I-can't-stand-this-part waiting, I've been doing a lot of thinking. The whole adoption process is new ground for us. We've never done anything even remotely close to this before. Our questions FAR outnumber any answers we may think we have. This journey definitely gives a whole new meaning to:

I mean, let's be honest, I can ask tons of questions; I can research until my eyes give out; but, until I've walked this path for myself, I don't have any REAL answers. Don't get me wrong, I'm for SURE researching everything I can get my hands on. I'm asking real people real questions. And you better believe we're asking God to lead and guide us because we're going into this blind. And here's where Psalm 119:105 is comforting...God doesn't tell us He's going to floodlight the entire path so we can see around every bend in the road. He doesn't promise to lay out a blueprint of how this journey's going to pan out (though wouldn't THAT be nice!) He simply says that He'll light the path at our feet--so we can take the next step. He promises to light up the path before us.

So, as we wait for our journey to take us around the next bend, please continue to lift us up in prayer. We want to be prepared for whatever lies around the next corner. 

Current Prayer Needs:
  • That we will receive THE phone call giving us our travel invitation!
  • That all of our paperwork is in order and in the right spot at the right time.
  • For God's wisdom, direction, favor and protection to be upon us when we are in country.
  • That God would prepare our children's hearts--that they will be joyful to hear they have a family who loves them and that they would desire to be a part of our family.
  • Please continue to pray for the funds needed for this adoption. (We're so amazed at all that has come in so far. God is good!)
  • Please pray that our family will be strong and unified in all decisions. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Yard Sale Success

This post will be short and sweet because I'm TIRED.    ;)

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us today at the yard sale. Once again, our hearts are overwhelmed and humbled by all the love you all continue to pour out on us. Our yard sale was wonderful! I've created a new page  here on the blog that will keep everyone up to date on our fundraising progress. If you'd like to see it all broken down, head on over to our FUNDRAISING EFFORTS page.

Thanks again to everyone!!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Perfectly Unprepared!

prep - a - ra - tion:  n.  
1. the act or process of preparing
2. the state of having been made ready beforehand; readiness

I've been running all over town trying to tie up loose ends and purchase last minute things we'll need for our travels. It's quite overwhelming to try and think of every little thing you think you "might" need while still packing light. We're still waiting to hear when we'll actually have our appointment in country. We won't know when we'll receive the call--it can be any day now! We also won't know how much notice we'll have to get there. Could be as little as a few days and as much as several weeks. So, in the meantime, we're preparing as much as we possibly can.

We've got another busy weekend coming up, but we'll have fun working & playing together. On Friday, the kids & I will go to our LAST co-op of the school year. We're already looking forward to next year and all the fun times we'll have there. Tomorrow is also Jack's ELEVENth birthday. How in the WORLD is it that I now have an eleven year old son? Where did the time go? Jack is such an amazing boy (ahem...young man). It's exciting to watch him grow and begin to show signs of the man God's making him to be.

On Saturday we're having a yard sale. We've been cleaning out anything and everything that isn't nailed down we don't actively use on a daily basis. Saturday is the big day. We're selling SO much stuff! It feels good to get the house all cleaned out and prepared for our larger family. If you live nearby, come shopping on Saturday!

On Sunday evening we have the privilege of speaking at a local church--this will be the first "official" time we've shared about our journey in front of a group of people. {I plan on making Sam do all the talking--don't tell him I said that.} If you're local--come on out to Baltimore United Methodist Church in East Bend at 5pm in Sunday. We'd love to say hi to you there!  :)

I think that just about catches you up to what we've been doing. As always, I have LOTS of prayer requests, but I'll try and narrow down to a few:

  • Please pray that we'll get a phone call telling us when our appointment is.
  • Pray that we I will be patient while waiting to receive this call.
  • Continue to pray for favor on our paperwork--that whoever sees it will be able to quickly & efficiently do what needs to be done and pass it along to its next stop.
  • Please pray for wisdom in ALL decisions that we'll have to make abroad.
  • Please pray for solidarity and strength for our marriage.
  • Please pray that ALL of our kids hearts are being molded and fitted together--even before they meet for the first time.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Different Point of View...

Our daughter asked if she could write a guest post for the blog and we thought it would be a GREAT idea. Oftentimes when a family is adopting, you'll hear the point of view of the parents. We thought others might be interested in our children's point of view. Adoption IS a beautiful thing. It also has its challenges.  My daughter is going to share one of the challenges she's already dealt with in our journey. You see, she had a different picture of what our family's adoption might look like. But, with God's help, she now understands that His plan is sometimes different than our own. She's also the first to tell everyone that His plan is ALWAYS the best plan. Enough of my words...please, enjoy this entry from my beautiful daughter Abby:


Hi, I'm Abby-Sam & Michelle's daughter. My mom said that I could do a guest entry for her blog :)
To start off I would like to say how great my mom is. She is an awesome mom! She is kind, gentle, and loving. When she first told that we were adopting I thought she was kidding. Sometimes my friends ask me if it is hard to think about having another brother, and a sister :) I always tell them this story about when we first knew about adopting Olivia:
My dad and I were at a friend's house picking up my brothers. My dad brought up the subject of finding a sister. (I  had told my mom and dad that I had wanted a younger sister when we first started talking about adopting). My first question was "How old is she?" My dad said his head was spinning because he new I wanted a younger sister and didn't plan on telling me her age so quickly. But he knew he had to answer. "She is 13," he said. My heart sank. My dad said I was very quiet on the ride home and that he was thinking that he couldn't tell me not to be upset or that this had to be. As we were riding home I looked over and asked my dad: "Are we committed?" He knew that this would hurt me even more but he had to tell me the truth. "Yes" he said "we are committed." After that I sat quietly and prayed that God would make me happy to have an older sister. As we got out of the car I walked up to my dad and said "Daddy, I prayed and God helped me to love Olivia and showed me all the fun things we can do together." My dad said he was so relieved after that and I was too :)
Thanks for reading  this post and my story-I'm sure I will get to post some more :)


Saturday, March 30, 2013


Sorry I'm just now posting the winner of the haircut--we had a really busy day!
But let's get to the giveaway.....drumroll please......

The winner is:  Ramie!!! Congratulations! We'll get your prize sent over to you this week! Thanks for sharing about the upcoming Chicken Dinner Fundraiser.

If you'd like to purchase tickets, there's still time. You can purchase tickets online here or, if you can't make it that day but still want to help, you can make an online donation here.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!