Thursday, April 24, 2014
Okay, well I have an update on our possible adoption match sooner than expected. Apparently, all our prayer warrior friends did their job. God answered and we are thankful.
I got a message from our social worker today that we are no longer being considered for placement for the kids I'd mentioned earlier this week. Our worker, Stephanie, wanted to know if we wanted her to follow up with it and see how things go at the matching meeting next week and we confidently told her it's not necessary. We prayed God would close the door if this was not the right fit and He did. I don't know if other situations will be as clear, but this one was for us. DH had reservations and I did too, though less so. I know the kids God places with us will have their problems, but I trust God will give us peace about it so we know they're the ones for us.
I think my middle daughter will be the one who's most disappointed. Patience isn't very high on her character traits list, so waiting for this "right match" seems like it will take FOREVER to her. Poor girl. She'll manage, though and we'll keep looking forward to the days that we get child descriptions from our worker that have potential to be a good fit for our family. We'll keep submitting our study as we find those ones and continue holding on to the beauty of HOPE! Praise God!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Yesterday we got some cool news. We're being considered as a possible match for some kids for adoption. They sent us additional info and wanted to know if we we're still interested. We are, but have some questions/reservations since the kids have been through a lot (all the kids in foster care have, though). The matching meeting is the beginning of May, so we'll find out after that if we were chosen for the kids. That's when we can ask all of our questions and decide if we want to proceed.
It was just cool to actually get a response to our home study submission for someone. We've submitted 16 times now, I think. It just felt good to know someone thought we might be a good fit. It breaks up that feeling of just waiting. Ultimately, though, we're giving this to God and asking him to make the decision very clear. If these kids aren't the right ones for us, then we are asking him to close the door one way or another, so we don't make the wrong choice. We don't want to get caught up in all the excitement and make a foolish decision. Please pray with us, if you're a Christian. I'll keep everyone posted on the situation.
In other news, I've had rough food week with Easter and all. I've been exercising more (to offset my food?) and now my body hates me. I am SO SORE and TIRED! I honestly hope to get a nap in today. I feel like I could collapse. That is all.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Okay, so, my daughters were both in gymnastics for a while. Then my older daughter decided it wasn't going to be her thing, but my younger daughter stuck with it. That was over a year ago. In the meantime my youngest has made some real progress with her skills and all. At the beginning of this year, she was invited to join pre-team. As the name implies, it's the level before they are invited to join the competition team.
Pre-team is a little more expensive than all the levels prior to it, but team is where you start paying the big bucks. In anticipation of the ever-growing expense, I had offered to "work" the front desk or teaching a lower-level class at the studio in what they call tuition exchange. They called and ended up needing help at the desk a couple days a week for a few hours at a time. So now I work in exchange for my daughter's tuition. The timing of all this was impeccable, since it turns out the lead instructor/owner disclosed to me on my first day of training (yesterday) that she will be moving the pre-team girls up to team in June.
Now instead of freaking out and wondering how on earth we're going to be able to afford that, I can just excitedly celebrate with my daughter on that accomplishment! I can't tell you what an incredible relief that is. Such a wonderful blessing!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Over the weekend, I went to another scrapbooking retreat. It was wonderful even though I didn't really know anyone there very well. There were a couple gals I know a bit from other retreats, so I visited some with them throughout the weekend. I got some good pages done and was able to get more photos organized as well, but my one of my highlights came when I WASN'T scrapbooking.
I had signed up for a 15 minute massage from a lady who comes and does them throughout the day on Saturday. She's been at other retreats I've gone to and I know everyone raved about what a great job she does, so I figured I'd give it a try. I've had massages from others and find them a pleasant indulgence when my muscles are particularly sore. Anyway, after giving it more thought, I changed my appointment to a 1/2 hour massage later in the day. In short, it was WONDERFUL. Definitely the best massage I've gotten. The neatest part was that, as she finished working on my arms, she said, "You sure do have strong arms!" I was so thrilled!
I've always been built more sturdy than slender and I actually love that about my body, so it was cool that she commented on it and then went on to say how important it was to appreciate that strength and not fall for the messages we hear all around us about being skinnier and skinnier. She was such an encouragement, I can't tell you. It was just a soul-refresher in addition to being physically refreshing. God knew I needed reminding that I am made to be me, nobody else. He blessed me with that experience to renew my desire to be my healthiest self.
It just so happens that the pictures I was scrapbooking were those of when I had reached my goal weight back around Christmas 2009. Let me tell ya, that did a number on me too. I just stared at those pictures. That 6 months or so was the only time in my adult life, I've not been overweight or obese. It made me realize how incredibly happy I was at that healthy weight and how very much I look forward to being there again. It IS worth the effort. No doubt in my mind.
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