Thursday, September 30, 2010

Twinkle, Twinkle

Twinkle twinkle baby girl,
How I wonder how you are.
Way across the world so wide,
Praying you home with all my might.
-Mama Hinson

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary 
of signing with our adoption agency.
Who knew that we'd have come so far...
in our lives and our hearts?
Thank you God for choosing us!

Emily Margaret, I can't wait to meet you.
You're my little diamond in the sky.
Keep twinkling baby girl,
we're coming! 

God's blessings loved ones, Mama Star Catcher 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pushing Through the Paper Work

Good morning all!
Thanks again to all who supported us
during our garage sale fundraiser!
I'm gearing up for another one the first of October.
You know the routine...
drop off anything you wish to rid yourself of.
If we're not home just leave it on the porch.
I'll clean it up and sell it at the fundraiser.
Anything left over will be donated.
That's right,
I promise not to call you to pick up the leftovers. :)

Now can I tell you a little secret??
I've figured out why I enjoyed that garage sale so much.
I was actually doing something,
working hard to bring Emily Margaret home.
Not that paper work isn't work.
It's that I'd trade the hot sun and sweat
over paperwork any day!

Yesterday I devoted several hours to that work.
When I pulled out the mess I immediately got chills,
felt my heart sink and tears fill my eyes.
I honestly thought I couldn't push through.
I prayed, grumbled and gave myself pep talks.
I likened it to being in the delivery room
after hours of pushing and telling the nurse
that you just can't do it anymore.
And that was when God said,
"Just like in the delivery room when not pushing
isn't an option,
you not pushing through this paperwork
isn't an option."
So what's a mom to do?
I decided to bear down and P-U-S-H.
What can I say?
Once a nursery nurse always a nursery nurse. :)

I'm not here to announce I've delivered that paperwork.
To the post office that is.
I'm still pushing.
Pushing hard in slow, steady, concentrated efforts.
Because my labor is not in vain.
There's an Emily Margaret waiting to meet this world.
Our world, her world.

I leave you with a wonderful and timely quote.
It's from Beth Moore during her Esther Bible Study.
"There are times when God works through miracles. Then there are times when He works through the natural person. When HE enables us to do something we know we can not do. Maybe there is no greater miracle than that!"

Keep praying friends
and we'll continue to push through
to complete God's good work.
God's blessings loved ones, Sarah :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Garage Sale Fundraiser

Hi dear friends!
As promised, I'm back to share
all the details of our Garage Sale Fundraiser.

I'll start by saying I LOVE garage sales.
Yes, it's a sickness I know.
But I'd be withholding information
if I didn't tell you I actually enjoy garage sales.
I love going to them,
I love having them.
It's a TON of work, but totally worth it.
How else can you meet such a variety of people,
clean out your stuff and make a little money
all in the same day?!

With that being said I feel confident to continue. :)

Since I had a total of 3 sales last summer,
I new I'd be back for more this year.
So along with all of the Hinson's stuff,
I've been accepting donations.
These donations spanned a nine month period
and filled a two car garage.
Friends and family supported our efforts
by the truck load!

Now it's been a long, hot, chaotic summer.
Which meant the easiest thing to
procrastinate doing was our garage sale.
That is until the first of September rolled around.
I was determined to pull this thing off.
I'm here to tell ya
that not only did we pull it off,
our sale was a HUGE success!
Armed with more stuff than I could find a place for,
a best-friend running the "register"
and a God who orchestrated all the details
In a mere two days,
between sales and donations,
we raised $1,000.00 to put towards our adoption!!!

Then as if the money raised wasn't enough,
God used the angels who shopped
to encourage my weary heart.
We had numerous people
that shopped twice, each day.
They brought their friends and family members...
shared stories of how they had been touched by adoption...
and one even introduced me to the child she had adopted.
Sometimes God isn't enough,
He's too much!
And this my friends was one of those times.

The amount of love God poured out
was exactly what I needed to keep going.
So thank you,
thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for the donations,
words of encouragement,
surprise visitors,
hard work,
and most importantly,
for not telling me how bad I smelt
when I through my arms around your neck! ; )

God's blessings loved ones,
(the luckiest Mama you know)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Remember Me?

Hi friends, remember me...
The Mama called to China,
medical needs,
walking in faith
and Emily Margaret?!
Yes it's been awhile.
The past few months have included...
more paperwork,
waiting for a match,
even more paperwork,
still no match,
and sadness.
That's why I've been MIA.
My heart has just been to heavy to share.

But after a visit with a friend
who loves our adoption blog,
I'm back. :)
Because really,
God never promised me a rose garden.
And quite honestly,
the path I've been given is so
much more than I'll ever deserve.

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
       Proverbs 13:12

"Should you fulfill your destiny,
it's gonna take some courage
and some perseverance."
       Beth Moore

I'll be back soon to tell you all about
our recent Garage Sale fundraiser!

God's blessings and love, Sarah :)