Thursday, March 31, 2011
To make matters worse. I had just told the family I was going back in the ocean for a while.....and after a bit they tried to find me.....and couldn't find me......and didn't see me all the way down the beach so assumed something happened to me. YIKES!!!!
PRAISE GOD! We were all ok!!!!
AND WE FOUND A PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRAYERS!!!!!!! I would have said something sooner, but no internet- we just found out Tuesday :) And let me tell you this mommy's heart has felt much much much better knowing we get to go somewhere much safer soon!!! (Saturday we move in). We drove by the place the other day - just 10ish miles down the road :) So excited and relieved. And of course Jason couldn't resist bugging them yet for the millionth time about our internet- and we finally got our own hook up today. Yeah, that only took 2 1/2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank the Lord for family! For safety. Have you ever had a time in your life that you felt very unsafe? Reminds me daily since we have been here that God is our safety net. It has brought my heart to a place to think of all the people around the world that don't ever feel safe. Of all the children that never feel or even understand what the word SAFE means? My heart breaks.......because safety should be a basic that everyone should know. Praying especially for those that don't feel safe today- join me......... (which has me thinking....could you be a child's safe place?)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
News flash Elizabeth lost her first tooth & Joanna had her last formula bottle..... awwwww.....
One year ago yesterday was the first time I held Joanna. One year ago today was the first time Jason held Joanna :) Time flies!!
So on the housing situation (don't know check the last post)....nothing has changed well except our microwave now broke as well. I think our kids have cut themselves a million times on the corners of the sharp edged furniture. Lovely......
We do have a couple of possibles???? PRAYING one of them works out soon!!! Praising God for what we have and trying to play the Glad Game. :)
Tomorrow we are going to enjoy church, and we get to see my cousin Heidi's family :) YEAH!!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
To read my AMAZING STORY here are some links.... we have a daughter, pics of our Joanna, Joanna's Story part 1, Joanna's Story part 2, Joanna's Story part 3.
To our BEAUTIFUL daughter Joanna Faith Wright. There were many many many tears on our journey to find you. There was loss of another daughter. There were times when it felt very hopeless, BUT GOD had plans beyond our view. Something so wonderful that we couldn't have planned......YOU! We Thank God EVERY DAY for you. For the joy you bring into our home and our hearts!
Your fun words- mama, dada, baba, and of course Uh Oh (he he he). Wonder how you learned that? You love to dance, cuddle, cruise, and hang out with your brothers and sisters. You don't really like going to anyone except family right now, but we don't mind because we love to carry you in the sling as much as possible :) We are privileged to watch you grow up. We Thank God that your birth family chose life and we will NEVER forget their sacrifice, their love for you, and for us. We PRAISE GOD for them and will always be grateful to them for YOU!
****Lastly we have a HUGE prayer request. In our in between step, that is until we find a home to buy, we rented a vacation rental. We have put our stuff into storage until we find a home. So that being said. The place where we are staying is a NIGHTMARE!!!! The house itself is ok (well besides all the things that keep breaking down and having to "borrow" internet because ours - you guessed it is still not hooked up), but this is NOT A SAFE AREA TO LIVE IN!!!!!! I am not saying that lightly. When you neighbors tell you they wouldn't allow their child to come live with them because there were drug raids etc going on last week, there are cars on jacks, smashed windows, places boarded up, trash in all the yards (even ours even though we have picked up every day around our townhouse), loud music blaring from neighbors and cars at all hours, people yelling and screaming outside our windows, mobile home dragged into the middle of the road near the entry into the area along with a bin on it's side, the "entry house" has been trashed, we have been warned by more than one person to NOT LET OUR CHILDREN OUTSIDE AT ALL!!!!!! Yeah....not making me feel safe. To be honest I am surprised our computer is still here- FOR REAL!!! Other than our computer and ourselves there is not anything of value with us. Please pray!!!! We have not been able to find any alternative- this is FL and there are rentals everywhere, but they are all rented! So right now we are STUCK! We are just praying our tax refund comes soon (oh yeah we have to send in additional paperwork for that- which they will be sending a letter to us this Friday to let us know what we are to send them- UGH!!) so we can buy a home asap and GET OUT OF HERE!!! Praying a hedge of safety around our family, and for those living here that are stuck!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I would love to say it has been a bed of roses, but that would be a lie.....so here goes....
We arrived after dark..don't remember the time, but as we stepped into our temporary rental home......we noticed we had no air conditioning in 1/2 the house.
Then as the boys were in the tub upstairs.....a waterfall of rain came through the ceiling the next morning- anybody remember the movie Money Pit???
Then when we went to get online- no internet (still don't have it, we are borrowing......) even after it had been requested to be installed a full 10 days before we arrived! And they have talked with the housing managers many times!!!! ugh!!!
And the tv's here are tiny!!! Good thing we don't care.....and their cable isn't hooked up, no worries there the only show we wanted to watch was the Duggars anyway. Oh well...
Then we went to visit one of my cousins- Heidi, Mark, Mckenna, & baby Jessa......and someone who works for them had their dog in the yard- that bumped Matthew and split his gums and chipped his tooth.
Then the next day as we were sending daddy on his 2nd flight home in a week to bring down our Suburban (which was waiting at the airport for him) traffic was CRAZY!!! As in stopped.....and he ran like crazy - and caught his flight- Thank goodness!!!!
So are we ready to throw in the towel? NO WAY!!!!! Because you see......we have gotten to visit with my cousin's family, my aunt Jane, and Jessa & Joanna are already close buds. You should have seen them hugging!!!! TOO CUTE!!! But did either of us have a camera- no.....sad days......sorry. AND we had a GREAT time hanging out! We have sooo craved that for such a long time! And tomorrow we are hanging out again!!! And we have said things like isn't it great we get to be so close now and our kiddos get to have fun playing together. And when Abigail & Mckenna were holding the babies- Jessa & Joanna- too cute (again no camera), but what a beautiful thing!
Let me tell you we have just moved, and are looking forward to meeting some great bloggy friends, and facebook friends!!!! WE CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) The good news is our AC is fixed, and there is no longer water coming down through the ceiling either.....and the best part was we had safe travels!!!
Thank you sooo very very much for all of your prayers and love sent to us!!!!!!! We sooo very very very much appreciated them all. As we catch our breath.....I will definitely be back to blogging more. I have missed my crazy blogging world....so give me time to catch up with you all :)
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