Thursday, April 30, 2009

Do you want to be in the majority?

I viewed this video on Everyday Life. Ryan and I are big fans of Francis Chan. The book Crazy Love by Francis helped us to change the way we live, our thoughts, our future, etc (on a side note: If you have not read this book, let me know and I will get you a copy). Ryan and I are wanting to be in the minority in the way we are living. We do have areas which we still struggle with daily but we are making strides every day to be exactly who God wants us to be. This is difficult at times, but I think that it is easy seeing all that He has done for us. So take a minute (actually 3:53) and watch this video. Are you willing to balance for God?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Divine Romance



This is one of my favorite songs by Phil Wickham. Ryan took me on a surprise date last Wednesday to see Phil as well as the Charlie Hall band. It was a great night of worship (even though we were some of the older people there!). This song is about the love that God has for us and the love that we (I) have for Him.  It is truly a Divine Romance~  I am amazed by His grace every day.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Well, no news from Rwanda this week. I contacted our Family Coordinator and she replied that there will be no updates until we get our approval. The agency is not in contact with the government there. There is an in-country representative that is "in charge" of our dossier but they don't give updates. Her exact words were: "Our country representative is in communication with the Ministry in Rwanda regarding all of our families who have dossiers in their office. As an agency we contact families once their dossier has been approved. If there are any issues along the way we will be sure to let you know."

So, I guess that we will know nothing until we get our approval or if there are issues. That is a bit disappointing for me. There seems to be other bloggers who get updates on their dossier (from their agencies). There also seems to be other programs that have more communication with the countries they are adopting from (Ethiopia). I am chalking it up to Rwanda being a "new" program. To put my optimistic spin on it, I would rather have a quick adoption process then communication. My little planning mind would just appreciate communication!

Kaylee and Cannon talk about them all the time. Kaylee is really wanting a girl! She even drew a picture of her and her little sister. Cannon is still sticking with "I want a boy so that we can wrestle." We are so excited to have them home! We continue to pray for our little one too. We pray that they have food in their belly, clean water to drink, and to know that we are coming to get them. Will you join us in our prayers? Pray that our little one is being well cared for, has proper nutrition, has a nice place to sleep and play. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Burn For You




Love this song by Fee. Discovered from a sermon by Jim that the burning I feel is the Holy Spirit. I like knowing what that is!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Fun Day!

Our Pasta & Popsicles luncheon was a success! It was so fun getting to be with our church family who we love and who care about our adoption. Our volunteer "staff" was absolutely amazing! Every detail was executed perfectly! Thank you, thank you thank you to everyone who helped:

Bridgette, Jeff, Jennifer, Andrea, Jim, Joe, Tara, Melissa, Matt, Tommy, Mac, Matt, Max, Belinda, David, Denise, Robin, Rande, Cindy, Dan, Wayne, Barb, Maya, Alan and Pam

Another big thank you to everyone who came out to eat and/or purchased shirts. Your support for us is treasured beyond words! Thank you for hearing about and helping us complete our story (at least this chapter ;). We were able to raise approximately $2900 that will go towards our adoption costs.

Thanks again for a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pasta & Popsicles

We our having an adoption fundraiser lunch at our church this Sunday. It is called Pasta and Popsicles! We will have a yummy selection of pasta (spaghetti, tortellini salad, and lasagna) along with salad, bread, and of course popsicles for dessert! All of the proceeds will go towards our adoption. So instead of going out to eat, come to the Sunnybrook Christian Church gym at the corners of Richmond and Perkins from 11am to 1:30pm. We would love to have you!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!



We colored our eggs this morning!




Last night, I attended the Good Friday service at our church. We viewed the Passion of the Christ, had praise and worship as well as communion.  It was a very powerful service. I am glad to be reminded of the suffering that Jesus went through for me.  It is heartbreaking, hard to watch and most of all humbling.  How am I worthy of His love? How am I worthy of all the pain that He went through? 

While taking communion, images of Rwanda flooded my mind.  What started out as a prayer of thanksgiving for what He did on the cross flowed into prayers of thanksgiving for our little one in Rwanda.  How lucky are we to be able to know this little soul.  How lucky are we that God choose us to be their parents.  I look forward to next Easter when our little one is home. 

On the drive home, I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin was on the radio.  This is one of my new favorite songs. The words are appropriate for where I am in my life right now.  Mold me, use me, tell me where to go....





Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thoughts

As I sit here trying to get caught up on emails, event planning and cleaning the house, my mind keeps wandering to Rwanda (specifically a little soul who is waiting for us).  Both of the kids are asleep in their beds and Ryan is in a snowy Kentucky on a mission trip, so it is quite.  I have read on lots of Rwandan blogs that there have been several Rwandan approvals and referrals in the last week.  I am not sure how long the families waited to be approved or referred.

In our relationship, Ryan has a history of getting "gut feelings" that are always right. Unfortunately for me, he is almost always right anyway but that is a different story. He had told me about a month ago (before we sent our dossier) that he had a gut feeling that we would have our child by May.  I trusted him as I always do because he is "always right."  I got excited and figured that we needed to get stuff down around the house.  I had a list for him to complete (which he did, thanks Ryan!) before our child came.  But today is April 7th.  The Minister has had our dossier for about a week.   On the blogs I am reading, the Rwandan government approval is taking anywhere from 2 to 5 months.  So just being a week in isn't looking so good and it isn't looking like May.  Now the optimistic side of this is that our adoption process has all gone VERY quickly.  We started mid-October and then our I-600 was approved in a record 2 weeks (usually 6-12 weeks approval time).  So I am keeping my hope that the Rwandan approval will go quickly too.  

Off to plan a jsl luncheon, adoption fundraiser and Easter dinner!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Amazing Grace

We sang one of my favorite songs today at church, Amazing Grace.  My absolute favorite version is by the Daraja Children's Choir of Africa.  I first heard this song while at Catalyst last fall.  The choir was there and sang it along with several other songs.  At this point in our lives, we were making the decision to adopt. As I saw their brown faces and heard their voices, I could not help but cry.  All of the choir are orphans from Kenya.  Please take a few minutes and visit their website

During this Easter week, please remember the grace that God has given us, all of us.  Even those of us who do not realize it.  Even those who do not want it.  Even those of us who would rather have other worldly things. His grace is all we need.  

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace

The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine