Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The To Do List that never ends ...

As I read other blogs of families getting ready to leave, it is such a relief to know that I am not the only one frantically trying to get things in order ... and our appt date isn’t until January 29! :o)

So far, I have 5 "to-do" lists. One for Timmy while we're gone - you know, inform the school, POA, med forms. Then there's John's list and my list – for obvious reasons (he being male and my being female!), they are NOT the same. LOL The electronics list to include our adapters, blackberry, chargers, laptop, etc. John will also be ordering a portable printer for us to use while we are there to run off pics for the kids at the orphanage. :o) And then there’s all of John’s camera stuff – lots of camera stuff! Oh, and then there's the adoption paper list of documents we need to take with us … and call the credit card company to let them know we will be traveling out of country … OH! And then there’s the holiday list – Thanksgiving dinner, decorate for Christmas, shop for gifts, wrap gifts, Christmas dinner, New Year’s, take down decorations …

And it's only November!! The fact that I have even started lists is a miracle in itself. As others will attest, it is hard to concentrate on anything but all the things you need to get done before you leave.

A HUGE thank you to all who have posted helpful packing hints on your blogs!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A room fit for a princess ... okay, a lot of princesses!

Last winter, when we decided to host the girls, about 10 guys from our church blessed us with their skills in helping us build two bedrooms for all our girls in as little as 4 weeks! From building the framework for the rooms with a walk-in closet each, cutting and installing the studs, wiring for new outlets and lighting, installing insulation, drywalling, mudding and sanding, painting, doors, pocket door and a drop ceiling. (There is a pocket door between the two rooms ... WAY COOL!) Sammy, Sabrina and Tim helped with mudding, sanding, painting and cleaning. Sammy and Sabrina helped with the decor. John and I started the framework. John installed closet organizers, took pictures and put together not 1 ... not 2 ... but 3 bunk beds! I got the carpet ... and I even got to use a miter saw for the first time! Very cool!

The pictures below are of the finished rooms after many hours of labor of many (to appreciate the extent of the work, you must know that the rooms were built side-by-side on a far wall in our basement that consisted of cinder block foundation and an exposed ceiling):

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Prayer Wall

At our church, there is a Prayer Wall in the Youth Room - grades 7 & 8 - where kids can write prayer requests or praises. John's youngest daughter, Sabrina is in 8th grade. She has such a big heart - just like her Daddy:

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

One Year Anniversary!

Our adoption journey began one year ago today when God laid it on our hearts to host two young ladies from Ukraine ...

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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This past weekend was a total confirmation that we are doing what God has called us to do. On Friday night, we attended a Fall Family Night at our church for our adoption/foster care ministry. John took family photos and has done an awesome job on them!!

On Sunday, our pastor and his wife announced the release of Julie's CD from which 100% of the money taken in will go toward adoption scholarships. How cool is that??? Incidentally, they are in the process of adopting as well!

We got our phone call around 1:53 pm on Monday afternoon. I had e-mailed our agency to ask a couple of questions. My cell phone rang and I saw that it was our agency calling. My heart jumped! "Could it be? Okay, calm down. She is probably just calling about the e-mail," I told myself. I picked up and it was K. She asked me how I was (nervous!) and then told me she had our date!!! I didn't know whether to scream or cry!

While we know this is a little ways off, we take comfort in knowing that God is in control and knows the perfect timing for us to get our girls. He is preparing the way for us.
A song was sung at service on Sunday that we had not heard before. I was so overcome with emotion that I couldn't sing along -- I could only think of our girls:
God in my living
There in my breathing
God in my waking
God in my sleeping
God in my thinking
God in my speaking
God in my hoping
There in my dreaming
God in my watching
God in my waiting
God in my laughing
There in my weeping
God in my hurting
God in my healing
You are everything
Christ in me the hope of glory
Be my everything
God is in our hope.
God is in our dreams.
God is in our waiting.

Friday, November 2, 2007

What is a picture worth?

In this case ... priceless! Theresa and Mark were able to send us pictures of Rymma and her best friends! She has grown so much since we last saw her in January. They also included a video of her telling us that she loves us and misses us and can't wait for us to come for her but I can't get it to load to our blog. I will continue to try so check back!