Archive for June, 2008


We sent in our application this week!! We have been traveling for four weeks so far this summer and it’s going great. We’ve enjoyed being able to share with people along the way about our adoption. It’s amazing how many people have a friend or family member who have walked through the international adoption. We’ve heard so many encouraging stories. No matter where we are, or what we’re doing, we always have our little girl in the backs of our minds. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Waiting…what a crazy concept in our day and age!
It seems that in all the big things in my life God has allowed me to wait quite some time for…meeting Justin, getting pregnant with Jaxon, trying to get pregnant again, and adopting our sweet daughter from China. Waiting is not the most fun thing in life, but it seems like I really learn a lot about myself in the “waiting room”. I struggle to stay patient and focused on the Lord….I struggle not to listen to false thoughts in my head and truly DWELL on Truth…I struggle to truly live in the present and enjoy all He has done in my life and not just want more from Him. But, I also love waiting because I learn a little more about how the Lord speaks to me and what His voice and character are like. I learn how to better let go of pride and share my “waiting” struggles with friends and family. In some of my waiting I still haven’t seen HIS grand purposes, but I have seen HIS purposes in my life in shaping my heart and mind to want to live for HIM a little more and live for me a little less. I understand a little more about His great love for me because it is in truly living for Him that I have true joy…not in always getting what I want NOW!
Jaxon, who is 2, has just started riding his bike around the block. He really likes to enjoy the journey…we stop and look at flowers that have fallen off the stem, we stop and check out the fire hydrant, he likes to stop at one spot and pet a dead plant that has grown through the crack of the sidewalk…it’s like his little friend. He is not worried about hurrying and getting to a place…he is just enjoying being on an adventure with his mom and dad and wants to soak up all he can along the way. I want to be more like him in our waiting…I want to enjoy the whole journey of this adventure of adopting our daughter from China. As we begin this process of waiting to meet our daughter who has probably not been conceived yet and the day we get to hold her seems so far away…we are determined to enjoy the journey…we are going to enjoy walking with our King in all the waiting and pet some dead plants along the way. All that matters when it’s said and done is that we loved Him with all our hearts, soul, and mind and loved our neighbor as ourselves. To truly live that out, takes trusting Him in all the waiting and knowing that EVERY day HE has a plan and a purpose for us. I don’t want to miss out on any of the work He is doing around me as I am waiting…living for Him is too fun to waste any time!

Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me–the task to testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Exodus 9:16 “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

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