Monday, September 29, 2008

FISHING

Keith and Alex ran down the street tonight to do a little fishing before dinner.  They didn't catch anything, but already have plans to go back tomorrow.







Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DID WE PASS?

*Knock, Knock, Knock.

Ok, this is it, the social worker is here.
(I think it's funny that Alex refers to her as "The Inspector")

*Deep Breath.

*Quick Prayer...
Lord, help Alex not to say something crazy to try and be funny!  This is not the time or place!


We just completed our first home study with our social worker.  She was very nice and went easy on us.  We weren't nervous, but there is something about having someone in your home looking around, asking you all kinds of questions, and writing up a report on you.  We have a few more papers to get for her and one more meeting than we should be done with our home study until post placement, assuming we pass.

Friday, September 19, 2008

GETTING READY FOR AFRICA




Alex had his physical today.
We were also able to get his medical form completed for the adoption application.

One form down, hundreds to go!

He got a couple of his shots for Africa.
He hates shots!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

THAT BOY OF MINE

So sweet.

People have been asking me lately what Alex thinks about the adoption.

Alex is so excited!  He tells everyone.

I went to wake him up for school the other day and he wasn't in his room.  I found him sitting in the middle of the floor in, what will soon be referred to as, the baby's room..."just lookin'."

We have involved him in this process from the beginning and have not keep that fact that it is very expensive from him.  We have explained that we will have to cut back in some areas for a little while, and he seems to understand and is okay with it.

We are almost ready to turn in our first group of paperwork along with our first payment to the adoption agency.  As Keith and I were talking the other night, Alex comes in with a five dollar bill.  When I asked him what it was for, he said for the baby.

"I wanted to give more, but this is all I had in my wallet."

My heart melted!
Five dollars doesn't seem like much, but when it's all you have, it's much!

Last night, while he was gathering loose change around the house, he informed me that he doesn't want to be paid for his chores until after we bring home the baby.

When we began to pray about this journey, we were concerned about Alex and how this would affect him.  After seeing him the last few weeks, it is so exciting how God is already using this in his life.  God is willing to use anyone who will let Him, even a little nine year old boy.

Monday, September 15, 2008

AGAIN ON THE DAY OF REST?

check out Alex's Bible verse for this week...

"For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day."  Exodus 20:11

Is the Lord trying to tell us something?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I THOUGHT SUNDAY WAS A DAY OF REST...

...said Alex, on our way to church this morning.

I was explaining what our day was going to be like today and I guess it didn't sound very restful.

I was trying to figure out what he wanted to do today after church.

He had two options...
(1) the Mall at Millenia with his dad to have lunch with the high school students
(2) pizza and putt putt with me and the middle school students.

He went back and forth and finally decided to go with his dad.

I can't blame him...putt putt - in the middle of the afternoon - in Florida!?!
Who's idea was that!?!

After we finished our activities, we ran home to start getting ready for the Bible study we have at our house on Sunday nights for high school students.

I guess his 'day of rest' will start about 8:00pm - aka, bedtime!

Monday, September 8, 2008

ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie that had one of those, "I never saw that coming!!!" moments?

Our story has so many of those moments.

God has taken us on such an amazing journey the last 12 years.  We have lived in some amazing places and meet some amazing people.  Was that our plan?  No, but we're sure glad it was God's.

We have a wonderful son that we are so proud of and know God is going to use to great and mighty things.  He is a blessing to our family.  The last several years, we have often wondered if it would be just the three of us.  That really wasn't our original plan.

We have been praying that God will show us his will for our family.  It's kind of like, when you are reading a book late at night and you are tired but the book is so good you can't put it down.  So what do you do?  You look ahead and count how many pages until the end of the chapter.  If there are only a few, you quickly finish the chapter, close the book, done.  If there are a lot, you have a choice to make.  Well, as we pray and look ahead and count pages, God has not allowed us to figure out where the end of the chapter is.

So frustrating.

We want to know where the chapter ends.
Do we have more children or not?
No answers.  No confirmation, just that thing.  That thing inside that tells us not to close this door ourselves.  It's too big.

So, we continue to pray.

About 6 months ago, God laid something on our hearts that took us by surprise...ya know, one of those moments.  One of those, "that was never in OUR plan" moment.  So we began to pray.  As we prayed, something began to happen in our hearts.  Something crazy and amazing.  Something that we can't find words for.

A stirring.     A softening.     Something.

We gave all the excuses...it's inconvenient, it's uncomfortable, it's expensive.

Excuses.

We have followed him all over the country because we want to be in the center of his perfect will for our lives.  All which, at the time, were inconvenient, uncomfortable, and cost us something.  But the blessings!

This is no different.

We have committed to go anywhere God wants us to go and do anything God wants us to do.

So we're going...to Ethiopia, that is.  To pick up our son.

We began the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia last week.
God has made it clear that there are several pages left in this chapter.

Monday, September 1, 2008

DOG PARK

we took tucker to the dog park this afternoon.
he is not real sure what to do there.
he did really good, for about 10 minutes.
he greeted all the other dogs and walked around a bit.

then, he came and sat under my legs. and sat.

we tried to get him to play, but he wasn't interested.
so, we left.

all in all, we were kind of glad.
it was so hot!