Monthly Archives: July 2013

Yard sale fundraiser

Today we had a Yard sale to raise funds for the adoption.IMG_7264

I know you’re all wondering what the total amount raised was, but first, I want to say Thank you!!! THANK YOU to everyone who donated things for us to sell!!!! My house was crammed and I felt a little claustrophobic, but it was an awesome reminder of all the love and support you all have shown us through this whole process. Some of you donated, some prayed, some helped price items, some came today to buy items….IMG_7265

(one of our young supporters =) and some watched my youngest daughter so she wouldn’t have to drive us all crazy because she wanted to go inside 😉 ….. however you helped, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate it.  We really  truly couldn’t do it without you, seriously.. no way. Thank you!!!!

Riley was so cute, she did a lemonade stand where she sold cookies and fresh lemonade and raised about $100 on her own!! She loved every minute of it =)IMG_7271

I went into today thinking, “I’d be happy if we raised $500” and  God… blew… my… mind!!!! HE IS SOOOO GOOD!!!!!! We raised $2,065!!! Which gives us almost exact, to the dollar the amount, what we need to pay the next amount due!!!!! GOD IS SOOO GOOD, did I say that already?!? Well, he is. Another amazing thing… as we were finishing bringing in the last of the tables and things afterwards, it started pouring.IMG_7269
Not one drop during the garage sale. THANK YOU JESUS!!!!! =)

 

“I do not run aimlessly”….. 1 Corinthians 9:26

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Just over a month ago, I decided to “start running again”. It has given me a lot of time to think, and a lot of time to pray. Every single time I run, my thoughts automatically turn to our adoption. Through it, God has taught me so much about myself and about this journey we are on.

Everyday, I wake up and I set out to run this race.

“I lengthen my stride, and run straight towards the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus”  Philippians 3:14

Some days, I step out the door excited and ready to run. It feels easy and rewarding. Other days, I have to make myself put on my running shoes and push myself out the door fighting the thoughts of my flesh the whole way. “Just one foot in front of the other. It’s really hot, and that bridge looks WAY higher than the last time I ran it.”

 

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I have to keep myself from looking too far ahead or I feel completely overwhelmed by how much farther there is to go. I have to stay focused ONLY on the next step. Even though running up the bridge is really tough at times, I remind myself,  “if I can just make it to the top, all the hard work and endurance will pay off and I will soon be running down the other side.”

All this speaks to me about our adoption journey. We are running this race everyday, and it has certainly been a race testing our endurance.

” Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”  Hebrews 12:1-2 We have to continue to run with endurance, or we will never reach the goal and the prize.

Endurance is defined as – “the power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.” This perfectly defines this whole adoption journey.

We can only do this by continuing to look to Jesus and depending on him. One step at a time.

 

 

There has been many times while during one of my runs that the words of a song starts playing on my iPod that I need to hear in that exact moment… here are two examples of lyrics that spoke to me when I felt as though I couldn’t run one more step:

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they will walk and not grow weary, they will run and not grow faint” – Isaiah 40:31

“When all you gotta keep is strong, move along, move along like I know you do . Even when your hope is gone, move along, move along, just to make it through.” – The all-american rejects

 Likewise, in our adoption journey there has been many times when God has given us a word just when we needed it, through scripture, songs, or even through you. Thank you for continuing to run this race with us!