Sunday, December 8, 2013
When we had 5 children we did Christmas presents on Christmas Day.......and decided- this is a wreck! Not what we want at all, and hugely chaotic!!! So we changed our way of thinking.....
***NOTE I AM NOT SOMEONE WHO JUDGES!! Of course we all judge, but I am saying this post isn't about We are better than You because we...... Not in the least! I have many friends that do many different things. So I am not offended, nor do I want to offend you. Just sharing what we have felt laid on our hearts. :)
Santa only comes to those who can afford him. Jonathan never got gifts from Santa when he was in Ethiopia, and neither do most of the children in the entire world, or in our own neighborhood.
He is kind of creepy sometimes (think of all the kids that sit on his lap and scream) or maybe just too mysterious.
We didn't want to lie to our children. About Santa or other things......
Note: we don't do Easter baskets, tooth fairy, or any other things like that either.
When it comes to parenting children from hard places......we felt like we also couldn't afford to lie- they have been through enough! If we lied to them about Santa then what about their birth stories and history? Would we lie about those too??
Again, this is not meant to be critical, just simply our thoughts on it- our convictions.
until Christmas Eve when Mary and Joseph "appear" in the manger scenes while we read the Christmas story from the Bible.
Then baby Jesus appears on Christmas Day.
The wise men appear on January 6th...of course we know it was much later than that.
We love getting in the car with snacks (no hot chocolate sorry- snacks make enough mess. Hot chocolate when we come home.) and looking at Christmas lights........wonder at the amazement of all God has done for us in the past year! Sharing our Blessings that we have received throughout the year.
Our prayer is that EVERYONE KNOWS HIM!!!! THE GREATEST GIFT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, December 2, 2013
We knew then that with his cerebral palsy we would be moving again.....because we also have 3 levels: upstairs, main area, sunken dining area, and a lower level :(. Works great for those of us who do not struggle to walk, but for Michael- this has now started to hinder him. He has a wheelchair and a walker, but we can't use them in our home :(.
That is when we get a phone call from someone at our church saying that there is a life group that wants to "adopt your family". What??? YES!!! We were blown away!!!! God has once again said- here are more people who will be supporting you. WAHOOO!!!!
Oh and it was by NO accident that the life group leaders were realtors- NOT even kidding you!!! What?? Yep, that is how God rolls!!!!
Now picture this 3 weeks prior to that we immediately put our home on the market to show them we were serious about selling our home! We had to rush around like headless chickens getting projects done to the home and decluttering! Within 2 weeks we had 14 showings and 2 offers :). ALL GOD!!
We did all of that quickly because we needed the money from our present home to put towards our next home- contingency. Well, 3 weeks later they then after presenting the offer that someone put on our home and a solid closing date- they then say oh well....ummm.......we owe more than we thought, so if you still want the home you will have to pay more- WHAT????
(Ummm......Dawn I thought you said it keeps getting better???)
Did I mention I cried- as in a lot!!!!
THEN........our realtor said- why don't you look and see if you can find ANYTHING that fits what you want. Really I thought? Ummm.....well let me list what our "must haves" were and you will see what I mean. We want: 1 acre, 4 bed/3bath, at least 2,400 sq ft, one level, in the area of Michael's present therapy place, not too far from church, fenced in would be nice, open concept would be amazing and easier for Michael to get around, and of course within our budget. For those who don't know I am a very budgeted person! Did I mention we live in Brandon, FL area? In town. Yeah, now you see this list was pretty long!
Oh and it can't be a short sale or a foreclosure- because we didn't have cash, and we didn't now have time to mess around getting the ok from a bank either!
In addition to that God threw in some amazing "extras". When we first started talking about moving- Jason threw out the idea of building new. Now, I have no idea how people do that, but it did my brain in just thinking about it. I had major reserves. Jason still really pushed, but I couldn't get my head around it, and that would also mean a lot more time here. :( I wanted Michael to be able to start using some of his equipment now.
Now we all know God is also in the details, and not ever wishing this upon anyone, but the water pump broke the day before the inspection so even that is new! And......it has a water softner!!! Now, that may not excite everyone, but we have talked about how we have nice appliances here that we have bought, but the water is so hard on them. Yep, God planned it all out for us. Whew!!!
Did I mention that it has a laundry room? It does!!! :) (right now our laundry is in the garage- which is ok, but a laundry room- is amazing!!!
Oh and just because God threw in a fireplace too!!! I know I know we live in Florida, but when it gets even a chill in the air- we are using that thing!! I love fire :0 places.....
And there will be gardens soon, more fruit tress soon (it has a couple of orange trees), and maybe some chickens, and Jason wants to do bees too. ;)
There will be lots of tree climbing, sports playing, running, jumping, playing, walks, talking, bonfires, and probably a lot of fun outdoor noise going on here soon!!!
Did I mention we close on our home we are living in now and on this home in 2 WEEKS!!!!! WHEW!!!! I have packed 79 boxes so far........
Please keep praying as of course it isn't over 'til it's over, but we are thrilled and know that God was in the details even when it seemed to fall apart!!! Seems to be a theme in our lives ;).
Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I thought I would cover the topic of Why did we adopt since this is still Adoption Month!
Then along came her biological sibling Andrew.......and he stayed. By then Matthew was also born.....and he stayed!
Then God sent Joshua and Sarah....then Elizabeth as well!!!! And after a 3 year roller coaster- they all stayed as well!!!
Christian Adoption Consultants had just started a new special needs program (which is for children over the age of 3, siblings, or a child with a known diagnosis). Perfect timing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BUT THE BEST PART- is that GOD WROTE OUR FAMILY'S STORY!!!! The best part is that God has helped us through all the ups and downs, the losses - ours as well as our children's. God has given us strength to keep going even when we thought we couldn't any more!!!!
Every time we said YES LORD we will......HIS ANSWER WAS I will give you strength, finances, and perseverance to run this marathon. IT. WAS. WORTH. IT. ALL. Pretty sure that is what our Savior says about us as well :). PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So what is your story? If you have adopted- why did you adopt?
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