Sunday, October 19, 2014

Only 48 pieces left, and what's been on my heart.

It's been almost two weeks since our last update and now we only have 48 pieces of our puzzle fundraiser left!  Thanks for the generosity!  We have just over $17,000 raised, so assuming we sell the rest of those pieces, continue to save half of each of my paychecks and do Fall/Christmas Photo Sessions we should be set to turn in all of our paperwork on the 1st of December still!

Last week my sweet friend (and boss' wife) gave us their Exer-sacuer (sp?)! just like the one above!  So sweet and generous!  It's so fun to see the nursery come together!  Speaking of our nursery, I made something this week...  I may have mentioned that when my Mom was visiting we found some fabric that we really liked that she is going to make a baby quilt out of!  (She's super talented at quilting, and well a lot of things!)  I really liked the look of the animals so I took pictures of the cute fabric and decided to make wall art for the room.  On my day off this week I bought the canvases and did them!  While they are not perfect, they definitely look a lot like the fabric animals and are quite endearing.  Check them out:
 Artsy pic that I took for instagram and teaser on fb....
Better pic of them all...I have since colored in the elephant's tail after taking the pics btw.  I wasn't going to release them until I had them on the walls, but I thought y'all might like to see them. :)

On Friday night a couple from Church had us over for dinner and games.  We had a great time getting to know them (and their adorable son) better.  During the course of the night our friend commented on how we've been encouraging her by preparing for our baby and getting things ready the way we have because we're doing it as an act of faith, trusting that God will provide the baby that we have prayed for.  It really meant a lot to hear her say that.

And as I continue to reflect on it, it's interesting because there are so many times when I feel like the timeline is taking so much longer than I'd like. (or "Longer than I had planned".) Or that is costs SO much money and we'll never raise it all.  Or that maybe we're wrong and God doesn't want us to raise any children.  Or that this isn't the right timing.  Or a multitude of other things that make me feel like I'm falling short or lacking faith in His perfect plan.  And then Jesse and I go about our business and live life, preparing for this baby that we are confident that God has already chosen for us, midst all those feelings of inadequacy, and we are actually doing it in faith, but not even realizing it necessarily.  What a blessing that God has given us such grace that we have strong enough faith to trust in His plan and He also gives us grace in the moments of waiting too.

Some days I just wish so much that we already had a baby.  Some days I want it so much it hurts.  Other days I go about my work and chores and God helps distract me.  It has been such a roller coaster ride these last few months, and I'm sure we are in for quite a ride coming up once we actually start the whole process.  But it's encouraging to know that our faith and trust is not futile.  We may even encourage others along the way.  God gave us this desire to be parents and He will see it through to completion.  It may not be our timing but it will be His.  And what better timing is there than perfect timing? :)

Prayer requests below.  Thanks for praying with us!
-For us to make it to $20,000 raised before turning in paperwork.
-For time to complete paperwork well before our deadline.
-For our marriage--that we draw closer to God and each other.
-For the rest of the money needed for our adoption to be provided.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Decisions

So, we have 78 pieces of our Puzzle left to sell.  It's hard to believe we are on the home stretch of this part of fundraising and that soon we'll apply and really truly be on the home stretch to adding to our family.  Thank you again for all the prayers and support.

God has been so generous, faithful and gracious this whole journey but especially in calming my heart these last few months that we've been waiting and fundraising.  Praise the Lord for that!

We've decided that we will not make a trip back home to Colorado around Christmas this year.  It doesn't seem to make sense to spend $900+ on plane tickets, when we could put that money towards out adoption.  So, our "plan" (you'll notice I use quotes because just because it's our plan doesn't mean it's His;) is to make a trip to Colorado to visit our family once our baby arrives.  :)  We will get to visit my sister and her family in KY around Christmas though, which will be great to see them and be able to be with some family!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blessings

We have been so overwhelmed with the ways that God has blessed us during these last few months (well, really our whole lives) since we announced that we are going to adopt!  Between the sweet notes, monetary donations, kind words, hugs, thoughtful messages, solicited advice, encouragement, and overall support, it's just been an amazingly humbling and wonderful experience.

Last week one of my co-workers gave us a gift, it was actually the morning of our Spirit Night.  When I opened the gift, I was totally struck because she had crocheted a baby afghan for us.  SOOO sweet!

Then, while my Mom was here and Jesse was actually in South Korea, we got an email from one of his co-workers who wondered if we'd like some baby things they weren't going to need anymore.  So, on Saturday we picked them up.  It included:
A Green Co-sleeper like this!

And a changing table just like this!  As well as some baby/toddler clothes.
We were overwhelmed with gratitude, and the thoughtfulness.  That even though we don't know what God's timing is for this baby and this adoption, that He's working out all the details of our fundraising and getting us set up with other baby things too!!  

Here's a peak at some of the things my Mom got us while she was here,
Soooo cute!  Love how it all coordinates and it super gender neutral! :)

We currently have 92 piece of our puzzle left.  (I believe!)