Sunday, April 17, 2011

Showered...literally

If you live in the southeast, you're very aware of the crazy storms and tornadoes that rolled through here. A very good friend of ours had quite a bit of damage done to their home. Thankfully they are all safe but I'm sure they have a long road ahead dealing with insurance and repairs. Please pray with us for the many families affected this past weekend.


While the storms passed through Birmingham, our small group hosted a cookout/baby shower for us. For a little while we weren't sure if it would actually happen but the worst of it past and we had a great time.

The guys braved the storm and cooked some delicious hamburgers & hotdogs

Delicious Desserts

Thanks girls for hosting this very special shower!


Some great gifts

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kids room

We spent last weekend working our our kids room! We had bought some (matching!!!) comforters a couple weeks ago.

On Friday (April 8), Wes went to Royal Bedding (go there!!) where Tom & Ginger Vignelle let us help make their mattresses! I dropped by at lunch to watch and help a little.
Wes & Tom Vignelle

Mr. Robert helping Wes sew on the edges


Friday afternoon, Wes got a call that the bunk beds we ordered were in, we weren't planning for them to come in until May! So, Friday night & all day Saturday we took apart our front bedroom and began setting up the beds! We still have a lot to do in the room (something on the walls might help!) but it's at least a start and beginning to feel real! Several times we just sat in the middle of the room and looked at each other; "we have kids" "we're parents" "are you ready for this!?"

Then we decided they didn't need to be bunked so we set them side by side
(Yes, that's a Mickey Mouse dressed as an Easter bunny on the dresser!)

On Monday (April 11) we had dinner with JT & Sheryl Turner and their 5 kids! They just returned from Uganda with 2 beautiful kids. They've been a huge blessing in helping us walk through this adoption. So thankful for their friendship, prayers, guidance and encouragement!!

We finally managed to get a smile out of Elly, she really liked my phone & taking pictures with it. She's got a beautiful smile & the longest lashes you've ever seen!

Zeke & Jett got in on the pictures too. These brothers are precious. Their smile, laugh and run are wonderful!

We sent off our Dossier to Uganda on Monday (April 11). The Dossier basically contains every single piece of information/paper about you and your family...it's crazy!

This morning (April 13) Wes had his biometric prints appointment for US Citizenship & Immigration (USCIS). The approval from USCIS will allow us to have the necessary Visa for the kids to be allowed into the country.

There is still a lot of waiting but in the mean time we are trying to prepare. I often feel overwhelmed as there's so much still to do but we are so excited and hope to have these children home soon!

Psalms 130:5-6
5I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hurry up & Wait!

Sorry for my little sabbatical! Life has been a little hectic the last couple weeks. March 14-28 we took a group of Middle School students to Clarkston, GA. This small town outside of Atlanta is about 1.1 square miles. A large part of the population is made up of refugees representing approximately 140 countries! I've read in newspaper articles it's considered the most diverse square mile in America! We met people from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Mexico. Such an incredible time I can't wait to go back.

A little update on the adoption-we're waiting! Big surprise I know. Once we received our approved Home Study from the state, we sent it off to US Citizenship & Immigration (USCIS). This is the last approval we need on the US side. USCIS received our Home Study last Tuesday, March 28. On Saturday (April 2) we received our letters from USCIS with an appointment to have our Biometric prints done. More prints does not make me excited after my last 3 rounds! We've been hearing most families are receiving their USCIS approval within 7-8 weeks...more waiting.

I feel like our life has been a rotation of filling out paper work in a rush & waiting. We've also been waiting on an approval letter from Wes being ordained so I can finish our taxes. We finally got it so I can finish our taxes and add a copy to our Dossier. We're also working on an interest-free loan application specifically for adopting families. With this process moving so quickly, we really need some cash up front, praying for our finances to line up.

Our kids are about to move into the care of a Social worker. Our lawyer is ready for our Dossier (like yesterday). Timing is everything right now and there's just not enough of it!

Trying to hold on to the following verses:
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.