Embracing The New

Cannot believe it’s 2014. (I’m pretty sure I say that every year!) This has been a busy/crazy/fun/eventful year for our family. The obvious would be gaining a family member! But the boys have had a good year, too. They’re both doing well at school and have really been great with Julianna. We’ve had a lot of fun over Christmas break, mainly, just doing a lot of nothing.

Last year, I chose a word for the year. (Do you do that, too, or just me?) It was “intentional”. People say choosing a word helps you focus and prioritize your life. So, this year’s word will be “embrace.” Embrace life, embrace love, embrace others. I need to embrace the life I’ve been given and not worry about how other people choose to live. Be loving—unconditionally… to those I know and those I do not.

I’m looking forward to this year. I love watching our kids grow and learn more about themselves and how they want to live. And I love learning from them, too. I love their sense of adventure, their sense of humor, and their love of learning. All 3 of them.

Goodbye ’13 and happy 2014! May you and I embrace everything it has to offer!

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We Have A Date!

Guess what!? We have a court date!! Yippeeee! We’ll go to Korea for court on September 25th, then back to Korea in October to bring her home!
We are soooo excited! The boys are extra excited that they will miss some school in October, too! It’s the little things.

Thankful

Folks are getting travel dates–I hope we get ours soon! I’m getting a little crazy, so I thought I would make an effort to focus on what I’m thankful for. Ya know, instead of obsessing about the wait. At least for a minute. (I’m trying, really.)  So, this is a short list…

my very creative Caleb

Jacob, the truth teller

Sean, the thinker

summer time

my family

friends scattered around

my sweet/feisty little daughter in Korea

memories

books

Coke (not diet, it’s bad for you)

elephant ears (the plant AND the fair food!)

 

the end.

I’m Now A Blue Jays Fan!

It’s exciting to see someone that you love have their dream come true! Evan was drafted on Friday to the Toronto Blue Jays and gone (way too) early Saturday morning! Off to rookie camp in Florida.

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He had a bunch of family and friends come and celebrate with him.  He’s worked really hard for this and we couldn’t be more happy for him. His Dad was a huge sports fan, so it only makes sense that he and Jordan are, too.  They’re a ball lovin’ family!  We were all biting our nails Friday waiting to hear what was happening.  I mean, everyone but Evan. He was snoozing.  He’s a low key kinda guy.

What a difference a summer makes!

I think it was last year at the expo that he realized he was really THAT good…

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Looks like we may be driving to Canada to watch baseball, eh??

A Beautiful Day

This was our writing prompt this week.

We’ve been walking the path of God-sized dreams together for a few months now. Will you share an update with us about your dream? Let us know where you are with it–the happy and the hard.

Where am I? I’m smack in the middle of a huge part of my dream…..completing our adoption.  It’s exciting and exhausting. But I’m also appreciating the parts that have led up to this point of my life, reminded of people and places and situations that have pointed me to here. Life is always ebbing and flowing…always changing. Growing. Not staying the same. Not staying in the same place. Not stagnant.  That’s my biggest fear. I never want to look back at where I was a year ago and see the same person.

The specifics don’t always matter, but the willingness of my heart to embrace the moment does.

God-Sized-Button

We all have them. What’s yours?

Non Profit Shout Out/Blog Link Up

Time to write about non profits that we love! Woohoo! Guess what most of mine will be about? {Read what my friends wrote about at Holley’s linkup.} There are too many to list but leave me your favorite in the comments if you think it needs mentioning!

Not a non profit, but a pretty cool ministry…Give1Save1. We blog about adoption, family, art, and whatever else strikes our fancy. Families can be on the blog and fundraise for a week to help fund their adoptions. We have Africa, Asia (<<<<-I blog there), Europe, US and Caribbean pages.

Next up is Reece’s Rainbow. An adoption advocacy site. Waiting children are featured, prayed for, and are able to have grants funded for their families.  Awesomeness.

Another favorite is International Justice Mission. They are a human rights agency that rescues victims of slavery, exploitation and abuse.  It’s a big deal.

Social justice is HUGE to me! To see people struggling, taken advantage of, hungry,  hurt and to do nothing is not okay. Jesus healed, touched the unclean, ate with the poor, spent time with the least of these.  It’s about redemption. 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Orphan Advocacy–Reece’s Rainbow and Holt

Time to do a bit of orphan advocacy, or, you know….James 1:27.  (by the way, “pure religion” was almost the name of this blog…just fyi)

Reece’s Rainbow advocates for waiting children.  There are 100s of children in need of families. If you feel called to adopt, visit their site and learn more.  If you want to donate to waiting children’s grants, you can.  That grant is given to their family when they are matched and ready to travel.

Here are a few of the waiting children… Justin, age 1 1/2. He has Down’s Syndrome and heart issues.  He has a huge grant to help his family bring him home.  Is it you?

Meet Miss Naomi.  She is 5, beautiful and has Cerebral Palsy. Her country is open to single moms.

And on the Holt Waiting Child Page, there are boys and girls waiting. Waiting for their forever families.

What? Did you ask about requirements to adopt? Look here for info about several countries.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. (Proverbs 3:27)

I’m glad you stopped by today!