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All in His Hands

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!

  


Finally…a Response

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.

  
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ANAKIE 4/24/2014 12:05PM

    Praying.

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SPUTNIK512 4/23/2014 8:08AM

    Congrats on the good news, good luck!

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GORIANA 4/23/2014 12:26AM

    Yippee! May it all turn out just as it should.

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ALICIA214 4/22/2014 2:38PM

 

God will surely speak to you, all you have to do is listen to him with an open heart..
I hope you will soon be happy parents, I look forward to seeing pictures of you all soon.

God Bless...

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/22/2014 2:18PM

    Sounds like wonderful news. I will definitely pray with & FOR you. Sorry you feel so sore. I hope you get that much needed nap. Love ya

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SHEHULK86 4/22/2014 1:31PM

  God will send you the child that was meant for you!

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Not Much to Tell - Adoption Update

Monday, March 31, 2014

I've had a couple friends ask, so here's a quick update on the adoption stuff.

We've submitted our home study 13 times in the past couple months. Nothing has come as a result yet. We've found out that a few of them now have pending placements which makes me very happy that those kids have prospective homes. With some kids, we ended up finding out that they were likely not a good fit for our family due to their extensive needs. So, we just keep looking and trusting that in God's perfect timing, things will come together for us to find the kids God has planned for us to have in our family.
It's gotten a lot easier to wait even in this short couple months. I've grown used to the fact that it is the way it is. There is plenty to keep busy with here, so I try to keep my focus on what is going on each day and week instead of ONLY waiting for some future experience that I'm looking forward to. We do eagerly anticipate the time when we can meet our adoptive kids, but until then we can walk in the blessings each day holds.

Thanks for the prayers and please continue to pray for us and for those kids (their safety and healing). I know it's making a difference!

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/31/2014 5:33PM

    So glad to read this update. I'll continue to pray for you & the prospective children. You're right. God's timing is perfect. Love ya

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TIFFA409 3/31/2014 3:50PM

    I admire you so much for opening your home and hearts to a child(ren) in need of a family and home! Awesome job on being patient and waiting for the right fit for your family! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 3/31/2014 3:33PM

    emoticon good luck with finding the right fit for your family.

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ALICIA214 3/31/2014 3:15PM

 

Good luck with your adoption plans. we look forward to seeing pics of your new
family members...


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Paying for Gymnastics

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!

  
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KASURP 3/28/2014 5:39PM

    That is awesome that it has worked out so well for you both!

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ANAKIE 3/28/2014 6:17AM

    I wish I could have worked out that kind of deal when my oldest was taking skating lessons, she loved them and was getting quite good, but money was tight. Good luck.

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GORIANA 3/25/2014 4:26PM

    Is this the work you are putting off? I am doing everything but work today. There are days like that.

How awesome that you found a way to afford the team.

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THEVOW2013 3/23/2014 10:09PM

    Wow, God provides all our needs! Don't forget to give Him the praise for the good things He has done!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/22/2014 3:19PM

    God is good. So glad that it worked out for you. I did similar stuff when my boys were in competition dance. It works out nicely. Love ya

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CINDYSDAY 3/22/2014 11:12AM

    That is great planning on your part!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/22/2014 4:59AM

    Good for you!

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ZRIE014 3/22/2014 12:20AM

  that is great

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Scrapbook Weekend Highlights

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!
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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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MEOWMAMA3 3/18/2014 1:38AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time! I love scrapbooking, both actual scrapbooking and computer scrapbooking. My problem (all my problems should be like this one) is that I have so many hobbies that I flit around between them and sometimes the overall progress is very slow. But the enjoyment of creating things at leisure is still there, whether at the start, middle or end of a creation! I've inherited an entire suitcase of my mom and grandmom's family pix to scan and copy for the family.....a daunting project. Just like with everything I'll need to proceed one step at a time. The massage sounds luscious, and your masseuse made you feel like new money, you go girl!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/17/2014 2:40PM

    Sounds like that was a great retreat for you. I am happy that you got to "indulge" in the massage. Keep on moving forward and taking care of YOU.... you will reach that goal weight and feel awesome! You're already well on your way there.

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