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Contentment

Today two friends and I got up early, drove downtown, and handed out sandwiches and coffee to a small homeless crowd I’ve had some interaction with. We didn’t do it out of guilt, or to get an award, we did it because it’s the right thing to do. We milled around and talked for a while. I met CJ. He’s from New Jersey. I was taken aback by his thankfulness and gratitude for something as insignificant as a cup of hot chocolate. I could see desperation in his eyes. My friends and I later talked about how so many homeless people cling to small things. AM/FM radios and Q-tips. They hope for small things from day to day without thinking much about the big picture. Why can’t I do that?

Later in the day, Jana, Jaxon and I took some presents to a single mother of five who was not able to buy presents for her kids. We talked with her a while, then we prayed together. She had an overwhelming sense of humility. Asking for help is not easy to do, especially when you’re the one who is supposed to be in control. I felt awkward… like the rich family from Round Rock. I’m not sure if it was our Honda Accord, or my North Face fleece, but I just felt spoiled. I think we pride ourselves on not having to ask help from anyone, but maybe it’s healthy to ask for help every now and then.

Later, I found myself thinking about money.  I never realize how much I spend on own selfish wants until I try spending on someone who is really in need. I can’t believe how much I have. It’s a little embarrassing. I don’t deserve any of this, and yet for some reason, God decided I would do a good job managing it for Him while I’m here on earth.

Jana and I struggled with what to get Jaxon for Christmas this year. We don’t want to be mean, depriving parents, but we also want him to understand that Christmas is not about hauling in the mother load. I want him to always know how to help people, and to put others above himself. Sometimes I’m not very good at modeling that for him. I’m learning though.

We ended up getting him a few small toys, and a used drum kit I found on Craigslist. We set the kit up in the living room. He was more than content. He banged on it a while, and then looked up at me and said “Daddy, get your guitar, and lets play a song together”. I quickly got my guitar, as Jaxon counted out “1, 2, 3,4”. We began to play. I could only think… not many dads get to play music with their sons. Not many dads get to have so much. It’s amazing to me how giving yourself away produces a contentment far greater than receiving the greatest of gifts. 

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Adoption update

Hi friends….sorry it has been over a month since our last post.  I am not naturally prone to spend much time on the computer…this is Jana speaking…just in case you were wondering. 🙂  Anywho…other things have taken my attention away from our blog.  So, I wanted to update you guys on the progress of our adoption.  We received a letter in the mail from Buckner a few days before Thanksgiving letting us know that our homestudy has been approved!!! YEAH!  I talked to our friends at Buckner today and we get to start working on our dossier.  We are going to work hard to have it complete and all turned in by Feb. 1st!!  Once it gets logged in with the Chinese government we will be officially on our way!  It is so crazy to think that Jax will be at least in kindergarten by the time we get to go and get our little girl!

In the last 2 months we have paid $4000 in fees for our adoption.  Because of the generosity of so many of you this summer and over the last several months we have been able to stay current on all of our fees!!  What a BLESSING!  We could NOT be doing this without you guys!  Keep spreading the word about our blog and our t-shirts…we will be coming out with new t-shirt designs for this coming summer!

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