Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
How cool are my neighbors for hanging this in my yard. I like it so much that I may leave it up until the home owners association sends me a letter.
Friday, July 24, 2009
It is so good to be a part of the church and to have so many wonderful friends. First of all, you guys were all awesome to comment on Ruthie's web page during our travel. Several of you said that you would look at it first thing in the morning. Well know that I was looking at it first thing in the morning too in order to read all of your kind comments. And the blessing has just continued... 4 of my friends came over to my house yesterday to clean it before I got home. I am sure that it took all 4 of them too. I am not sure if I should be relieved or concerned that I have no idea what it looked like when they got here. Thanks girls for blessing me in this way.
Trent, Jack and Sam
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
July 9th –July 23rd
v Thursday, July 9th Depart for Beijin
v Friday, July 10th Arrive in Beijing
v Saturday, July 11th Beijing Sight-Seeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
v Sunday, July 12th Beijing Sightseeing: Church Service, Great Wall
v Monday, July 13th Morning-flight to Chongqing
Afternoon-meet Peng Wen Mei
v Tuesday, July 14th Civil Affairs Appointment
v July 15th -16th Paperwork, Sightseeing & Shopping
v Friday, July 17th Flight to Guangzhou (Trent goes home)
v Saturday, July 18th Medical Exam
v Sunday, July 19th Consulate Paperwork
v Monday, July 20th Sightseeing & Shopping
v Tuesday, July 21st Consulate Appointment
v Wednesday, July 22nd Pick up Child’s Visa
v Thursday, July 23rd Depart from Guangzhou Flight Home from Hong Kong
WE SERVE A GOD WHO LIKES TO DO BIG THINGS!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT THANK HIM THAT HE STILL WORKS MIRACLES!
I have to get back to work, but will post more details this afternoon. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
So here it is- Topic #1 Do Hard Things
I am starting a new book called Do Hard Things. Those of you familiar with the book may wonder why I am reading a book written by 2 teenagers for teenagers. The answer is two fold: 1. I have heard several parents, who I think the world of, rave about this book and the impact it had on their family. 2. The title hooked me.
The process of walking through this adoption has got me thinking a lot lately about the emotional and spiritual value in doing hard things. When we let our fear keep us from stepping out to do things outside of our comfort zone, we often miss God's best for us. This book was written about teenagers because the authors feel that we as parents expect too little of our kids these days and that their poor performance is directly connected to our low expectations of them to do more than keep their rooms clean and make good grades.
After starting the book and pondering life around me, I would argue that not only do we expect too little of our kids, but we also expect too little of ourselves. This short fall keeps us in our safe little worlds and robs us of the opportunity to model faith filled lives for our children.
Have you read the book? Any thoughts?
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is from a family who is in Chongqing right now. They received their match a while after us so I had sent her an email about how jealous I am that she is already there and asked if she would take pictures of Ruthie if she saw her. This is her reply:
4ruthie-I'm so sorry you have to wait. Unfortunately, we can't visit the orphanage as they are prohibiting it because of the Swine flu scare. I wish I could get a picture and some news for you. I have to say though that I have such confidence in the orphanage. They gave us a whole book and pages and pages of writing about our daughter's development. They also returned all of the items we sent to her via care packages Good Luck, and may you travel safely to your child. -turtles
This is a little sad for me because not only was I hoping for more pictures, but now I am having to lay down yet ANOTHER motion picture. I was really looking forward to touring her orphanage and seeing where she slept. I had heard the part about the pictures and writing before. This is because Ruthie's orphanage is sponsored by a non-profit called Half The Sky. They are great!
ON ANOTHER NOTE....
Another family in adoption world, not ours, got their TA yesterday and they have the same LOA/RA date as us!!! What that means is that the "highly unlikely" is happening with some people and who knows their circumstances, but I know that MY GOD is bigger than their luck so I am praying fervently today for a TA by Friday. If it arrived by Friday, we could very likely travel on JULY 9th!!! This is very scary for me because I have tried to pray in faith without getting my hopes up or expect something from God that He has not promised me. Now I am really starting to get my hopes up. PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING!!