Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Widows AND Orphans

Good morning all!
I wanted to update you that we're still
waiting to hear from my finger prints.
They're running a name search
so I'm unsure of how long it will take.
Wanna know what I'm doing on the outside
(while I'm patiently waiting on the inside?)
I'm spending the day at the park
with James' first grade class.
The boys' end of the year activities
have kept me b-u-s-y. :)

God's also given me a little side project.
I've been feeding my shut in neighbor.
At first I just talked to her,
declined her out to lunch invites
and yes, even hid in the bathroom one day
while she rang the doorbell.
But while I was sitting in the bathroom floor,
God convicted me.
He very plainly stated that His word says to care for
the orphans AND the widows.
Um Yes Sir, 
I'll get up out of the bathroom floor right now.
Needless to say we've been joyfully doing what we can.
The coolest part?
I've been slipping scripture in her meals and cards.

Wow, it's so wonderful to think that the work
I'm doing can impact the eternal life of others...
the orphans and the widows. :)

Now I'm off to shower and put on my CCPS t-shirt.
I'll keep you posted on the fingerprints!
God's blessings on your day friends, Sarah :D

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ray of Hope

Remember that ray of hope I mentioned yesterday?
Well after a long and emotional morning,
I took a time out.
I grabbed some lunch and headed outside.
I sat in the sun and spent time in God's word.
My hour was spent crying, praying and feeling His comfort.
After coming inside to freshen up and do some Mama work,
I decided to check the mail.
As my mind was filled with a million different things
my eyes focused on three Priority Mail envelopes.
Hhm, what could that be??
It was not one, but three rays of hope
delivered at just the right time!
Joseph, James and I all received our passports today.
We may not have anywhere to go just yet,
but when the time comes we'll be ready to GO.

Thanks for all your prayers friends!

Thank you Lord for filling me with your spirit and covering me in your grace.

God's blessings on your afternoon, Sarah :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Digging to China

So it looks like all the holes that Pepper's 
been digging are going to come in handy.
We've laughed that she's digging to China.
And it appears that she's going to be 
my fastest route to Emily Margaret.

Good news:
I'm r-e-a-l-l-y close to finishing all our paperwork.

Bad news:
My first AND second sets of 
finger prints were "unclassifiable".
The next step is for them to run a name search.
When I asked for their expected time frame,
they declined to give me one.

The Worst News:
There's no referral until the fingerprint issue is cleared up. 

My Thoughts:
I'm sad, I'm tired, I'm frustrated.
I'm leaning on God.
I'm certain that He's still in this.
I know He has all of this already written.
Although I wish He'd give me a copy of His plan.
Nah, that might take away my need to fall at His feet.

So that's where you'll find me...
at His feet,
clinging to His promises.

"For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Ephesians 2:10

God's blessings friends,

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

We're Still Going...

Hi all, happy Wednesday!
I wanted to take a minute to let you know
that we're still here,
still waiting
and still moving slowly forward.
But God never promised this journey 
would be easy, or quick.
He did however promise to walk with me.
In that fact I find comfort and strength.
Because let me tell you friends,
I am weak right now.
I'm depending on Him being strong.

So here's the 411:
1. Andy's fingerprints are back and cleared.
2. Our passports have been applied for.
3. My first set of fingerprints were "unclassifiable".
Whatever that means.
So we're still waiting for them to run the second set.
4. Andy's started working an extra job on Fridays.
We're praying that we'll be more financially prepared
for the baby girl once we're matched.
5. I'm finalizing MORE paperwork.

Since Mother's Day and my birthday are both in May,
I told Andy I thought that this was our month.
I'm praying for a match,
yet I'm prepared to wait.

I'm in this for the long haul.
My Heavenly Father called me to this adoption
so I'm certain He will bring me through it.
And the other side?
Well on the other side of this journey
there's a baby girl waiting
for her family to bring her home.
We're coming Emily Margaret,
just as fast as we can get there! 

Thanks for checking on
and hanging in there with us.
Please keep us in your prayers.
We're keeping our eye on the prize!
God's blessings sweet friends,
Sarah :D