So it's about to get real up in here. Finally. It may take some time, but bear with me and I'll fill you in. This is the real deal about what's going on that I haven't been able to share with you until now.
been told multiple times to write all this down before I forget. So
I'm writing and finally sharing it. God's been doing some amazing
things in our lives and I hope I can do Him justice by sharing this
know how God's brought us to a place of no debt. That in and of itself
was a long story and He deserves all praise and glory for that. It's
amazing how, now that we're out of debt, He just continues to pour out
more and more blessings upon us. I couldn't even fathom all that God's
done and given to us, but the crazy thing is it hasn't just stopped! He
keeps giving and giving and giving!
let me stop right here and clarify. I am NOT tooting our own horns and
saying 'oh look how awesome we are that God's been so good to us!'
What I AM saying is this: 'despite our screw-ups and despite all the
crap we pull, God still loves us enough to give us these amazing
blessings that we can then turn around and share with others.'
So back to the goings-on...
got out of debt at the very beginning of April (early!) and CC FINALLY
after waiting for almost two years, got his promotion with raise
hours were mutually agreed upon to cut back (May) because I was pretty
burned out. I thought I'd have to quit but God found a different
solution. I couldn't be happier with this and it's going really well.
The goal is to eventually work my regular 32 hour office workweek, and a
little bit on Wednesday nights for rehearsals, BUT only one Sunday per
month. This is a BIG deal when most of my job revolves around planning
and preparation for Sunday morning services.
the meantime, God's been leading us for quite a while in a direction
that wasn't quite clear to us. Little by little He's been giving us baby
steps to follow. We obey one thing and then He shows us another thing
to do. This sounds confusing because I don't know how else to say this.
The Lord has very clearly given us the heart for adoption and we are working our way through the process to bring home a baby!
know, five hundred gazillion trillion questions probably just popped
into your head, so I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.
Feel free to ask more along the way.
gist is this... all along this journey we've been praying He would
lead the way clearly and close doors He doesn't want us to walk
through. We've also especially been praying that He would keep Hubby
and me in one accord, on the same page.
most amazing thing to me so far actually is that God's answered these
prayers and Hubby and I are very much and have been and continue to be
always on the same page. By this I mean for example, that we went to an
info meeting in April to learn more about the local county's
foster-to-adopt program. We went in very excited about the possibility
and BOTH came out feeling very much that that was not the path God has
for us to start expanding our family.
immediately started looking into other options and I only ever had one
private adoption agency on my mind. The people there are fantastic and
they come highly recommended. In fact, my dear friends helped found
the agency back in the day!
can't tell you how interesting it's been as we've journeyed along to
slowly realize that we are literally surrounded by adoption: friends who
were adopted, friends who have or are or did adopt, my 'virtual' blog
friends who almost all seem to have a HUGE heart for adoption, friends
with all kinds of parental issues, and on and on. CC calls it the 'new
car syndrome:' You get a new car that you think isn't so popular and
suddenly all you see on the road is the very car you bought. Not sure if
that makes sense, but he explains it way better than I can.
so all along He's been preparing us for this process (I mean really,
who else do you know besides me that absolutely loves filling out forms?
Yeah, I don't know anyone else either.)- financially (debt-free and
saving), physically (we're in the best shape of our adult lives so
far!), emotionally and mentally (giving us back capacity to be present
at home- lighter workloads), and spiritually (He's leading the way and
we're staying close to best hear Him).
we've been following along as I've been saying and tentatively taking
steps through open doors. Adoption is REALLY expensive and of course we
don't have that much money just lying around. But we have this much
money to fill out this application, and this much other money to do a
home study, etcetera. Each of those qualifies as an open door, you see?
like SUCH grown-ups, what I haven't
mentioned is yet another blessing God's done... CC's new(ish) job is going very well! That's right- an offer too good to pass up. Less stress, great
pay, back to no management, in the field that he's greatly passionate about,
doing what he loves. Seriously, an awesome opportunity.
this to say, it's been an incredible ride and we're just getting
started! I can't wait to share more of what all God's doing and this is
just the beginning!
the meantime, please join us in praying for all involved, especially
the birthmother we do not know who will be making such a sacrifice.
Pray she feels His love and comfort and peace through all of this. Pray
that the Lord will continue to prepare us to be best equipped to raise
this little person He'll be entrusting to us. And most of all, please
pray that HE alone will be glorified through our journey.