Tuesday, July 31, 2007
As to how I'm doing with all this, well, I've decided that it is what it is and while I don't like it, I'm going to get as much done as I can in the time we are waiting. So bedrooms are getting gutted today and I WILL be caught up with my scrapbooks by the end of next week. We will plan on starting school the 20th so hopefully we'll have a couple of weeks in before we travel.
I'm just clinging to Jeremiah 29:11 right now for Caleb and for us.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Day 102 and counting.....
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Post script - She today suggested that we let Sarah (aka Ms. Bossy Pants) get a hold of the turtle and tell him what he is supposed to be doing and to speed things up. She is quite qualified for the job but unfortunately I"m not sure China is listening....
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Emerald Isle, NC. We had a great time and will definitely go back again.
The whole crowd of "pirates" at our visit to historic Beaufort.
If you've read my long post from the other day, this family is certainly doing this through His Spirit! How awesome to be part of His work!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Fast forward to Sunday morning. Our class is combined with another class for Sunday school and they happened to be studying Zechariah. I'm grumpy because I've had to get 4 kids to church by myself, I've been gone for 2 Sundays and I know that everyone is going to ask about our adoption and if we've heard anything and knowing that I get to do nursery by myself. Yes, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. So it took awhile for God to break through. But finally He did and when I left that class, I knew why we haven't traveled yet for Caleb, even though it isn't fair and doesn't make sense.
Zechariah 4:6 says "...Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord." God was telling Zechariah that Zerubbabel would rebuild the temple with a group of unskilled, poor folks who were not huge in number. In other words, everyone would know that it was only God who could have accomplished such a feat. Then the light bulb came on. We were never really stretched when it came to Sarah's adoption. Sure we had a few frustrations with incompetent government people (no this is not a blanket statement - my dad is retired from the fed govt!) but overall, we never really had to dig very deep. The reality is, while 5 kids is a bunch, we have lots of support, the financial means and overall, we could "do" this on our own (even if the initial idea wasn't ours :) ). I think that God wants us and others to look at Caleb being brought home (and kept safe until then) as something that only He could do. Not by might (determination), nor by power (financial ability) but by His Spirit says the Lord. Caleb will come home and God will do it. And when Caleb hears the story of how he found his forever family, there will be no doubt in his mind that God had his hand on this all along.
I still ache to hold my little boy. I still pray for his health to hold up until we can bring him home and get him the medical attention he needs and deserves. But I am not as frantic about it. I am confident that God is using this process and Caleb's little life to be honored. That He is wanting our story to be one that others hear and know that it wasn't us, but God. I am humbled that He would chose to use us this way and it has given me a renewed sense of peace.
So, I ask that you pray for us to glorify God in this process. Continue to pray for Caleb's health and for all the details of travel to fall together. My heart's desire is still to have him in our arms on his birthday (Sept 8). Yet I know that God has a plan and I want to graciously be part of that, not doing it kicking and screaming.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Shark fishing with the boys and Ken and Gareth. Even with Dramamine, we had a couple of bouts of sea sickness and no sharks. Because of an earlier storm, they experienced 8-10 ft swales - not as much fun as they had hoped...
Our sunbathing beauties (well sort of...)
More pictures to come tomorrow - and no, we haven't gotten our LOA yet but thanks for all who have asked :)
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Waiting for the fireworks to start....
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
After the movie it then took us 20 minutes to purchase 4 items at the grocery store (complete with 2 more trips to the bathroom and another temporary loss of said flip flop). By the time I got home, I so wished that I had a little fairy that did dinners for me. But alas, she was nowhere to be found. And so ended my relaxing trip to the movies. Next time I think I'd rather stay home and scrub toilets (but my kids wouldn't have as much fun :) ).