We heard from our agency yesterday and they said we could expect a referral in 1-3 months. WOW here we go again! We can't wait, the boys were excited too. They had lots of suggestions for names from brother to Phillip. We did not specify girl or boy, we are open to more than one, so in other words referral day will be a surprise, and we can't wait to find out. I love knowing we're getting close, a friend said today, what a great Christmas present, we agree.
Check out these photos of Sam he's found a new use for the barn, DOG HOUSE
Well, we had parent teacher conferences tonight. I'm so proud of my boys, they are both doing great. Abe is well on his way to becoming a reading machine and Owen has already established his title as a reading super hero. Both boys like school and their teachers both commented on what a joy they are to have in class. What mother doesn't love to talk about her children but especially when it's all good. I'm still smiling just thinking about it. I just thank the Lord for preparing their minds to learn, retain, and for teachers who enjoy teaching young ones.
On a completely different note, I think our church is going to have it's first ever orphans sunday, and I am feeling the Lord leading me to share our story and His heart for the orphans. If anyone has any interesting satistics, key points, ect. I would love to hear them.
This weekend we went to Spring Mill State Park for a family reunion and had a wonderful time, hiking, swimming, seeing the sites, and just being together with family. At these kinds of events, the conversation always seems to turn to our adoptions, and what is next for our family. We love to share the things God has done and the ways he has moved in our lives to bring us our sons, but this weekend the question asked was a little different than usual. One relative asked how Owen deals with all the adoptions. In response, I shared the words of Owen with them. One evening several weeks ago it was bedtime and we had all gathered in Samuel's bed for the bedtime story and we were reading about Hannah and her prayer for a child, toward the end of the story I read and God's gift to Hannah was Samuel, and Owen pipes up proudly, "Hey that's just like us, Samuel is God's gift to us." I couldn't have said it better myself. Owen is an amazing big brother and a wonderful adoption advocate.
As I was reading my Bible today I was stuck by two pasages of scripture:
"You should defend those who cannot help themselves. Yes, speak up for the poor and needy and see that they get justice." Proverbs 31:8-9
"She sews for the poor, and generously gives to the needy." Proverbs 31:19-20
This has not been the first time I have read these verses, but it is the first time I have believed it included me too. Before I have felt overwhelmed not knowing what to do, always feeling like it isn't enough. I have after all adopted two beautiful boys and we are currently in process to adopt another, but today was different, today I knew there is more to do, more to say, others to touch and save. If I won't be the hands and feet of Jesus, then who will? Why do I always assume someone else will do it, or believe the lie that I can't? I have to, those children are counting on me and so is Jesus. I won't miss my calling! I won't miss out on my children, becasue of fear or money or any other lie satan trys to bate me with. Those of you that have already adopted know what I'm talking about. Imagine if we'd let fear or doubt have it's way, we would have missed out on our children. Can you imagine life without them now? Is God calling you to adopt? If so don't say no, your heart will ache from now to eternity if you do. Don't let fear and doubt keep you from your calling, you were created for such a time as this, heaven forbid your too afraid to grab ahold and love your baby. It won't always be easy but it will be a wild ride, guarteed to bring fufillment.
Well I know you thought we would never arrive in the world of blogging, but after much prompting from the Lord, here we are, or should I say here I am writing on behalf of the fam. I must admit so far so good. I guess I'll learn as I go. For those of you who don't know I give a quick recap of who we are, where we've been and where we're going, the Lord willing. I, Leigha, am a stay-at-home mom, my husband is a hard working farmer, and together we have three boys. Owen is the oldest and currently loves Star Wars legos, and Captain Underpants books, Abraham or Abe is also into Star Wars, he never leaves home without his light sabor and he loves riding in the combine with Pap. Sam is the baby, he loves all things rough and tumble, and anything he brothers do. We are currently in process to adopt from Ethiopia, this will be our third adoption. Abe is from Colombia and Samuel is from Ethiopia. We hope to have a referall sometime this winter. God's timing is perfect. Journey with us, as we hope to plant the seed of adoption in your heart and allow you a glimpse into the wonderful things the Lord is doing in our lives.