Monday, May 25, 2009
So I convinced my company to let me take 15 days at the beach and work from here a few hours each day. So Natalie and the kids left May 13, and I left May 15. We are just outside Destin at a beach resort. Note: I am already thinking about how to make this happen again next year...aside from my trips to Africa with church, I have never been away from the office over a week.
Key dates since we have been here
May 21 - celebrate my birthday
May 21 - celebrate one year since our referral
May 21 - find out we will be delayed again
May 22 - get court date, June 11
May 24 - B's birthday
May 25 - D's birthday; twins but born a few hours apart
May 25 - My sweet bride and my 13th wedding anniversary
So what have we been up to?
Hannah. All she seems to want to do is swim in the hot tub with her goggles. Yes, a bit off the beaten path. But she seems to find little girls every day to join her. Also, a lot of giggling.
Caleb. All over the place. We keep rotating - boogie board in Gulf, searching for shells, wading on the lazy river, walking the beach, playing football in the pool with me, hot tub, walking across the floating lilly pads.
Nat. I will quote her from 8 days ago..."I only want to do the things I love this week...spend time with the family, home school the kids, take long baths reading my Bible. No computer, phone calls, etc." She has remained faithful to this - zero time on computer and only one phone call.
Me. Aside from hangin with family and working, I have been reading a lot. List includes May issue of CT magazine, a book on Prayer by EM Bounds, Just Courage by Haugen, Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian by Fischer, The Rise of Christianity by Stark, God's Big Picture by Roberts, 3 John with a Kay Arthur study, and Philemon with a Kay Arthur Study. Today I start Adam's Return by Rohr and a Kay Arthur study on James. I have also listened to three or four sermons by Chan and Piper.
So that is what we are up to! We head back to Dallas on Sunday.
Oh, and it's nearly 9am, and Nat is still sleeping. Do I get points for that?
Thursday, May 21, 2009
While this isn't what we had hoped for in the sense that we really wanted to complete this part of the journey, in one key sense this is the best outcome for now - that of being in the Lord's will. At the end of John 6 many followers of Christ are overwhelmed and discouraged. Jesus asks them if they want to stop following him, and most walked away. Peter, a man of faith, said "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know you are the Holy One of God." And the Psalmist said "Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked." God sits in the heavens and does as He pleases, and I am comforted by knowing the Holy One is in control, and we are remaining in His will.
Praying and resting the best we know how...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Thinking about this month, feeling lots of mixed and bittersweet emotions. We have LOTS of birthdays this month...including Beau-and B and Y who are turning 2!! Beau and I will celebrate our 13th anniversary!!! School is out next week.....I am soooo excited, love summers with my kids! My little brother is getting married next weekend to a beautiful girl inside and out, so I am getting a wonderful new SIL. We have our 9th court date on May 22nd but do not have good news or the needed document as we approach that day.....SAD! May 21st will mark 1 year since our referral....I NEVER thought we would still be waiting....WOW! Every night I tell Beau....I don't think I can keep doing this....this waiting....this longing to be a Mommy to all my babies. But each day I wake up and keep doing it....waiting, praying, living, hoping for a phone call that will end this season of waiting. We are thinking of a vacation at the end of May...sunshine, escaping and relaxing.
I lift my eyes to you,
O God, enthroned in heaven.
We keep looking to the Lord our God for his mercy...
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy,
for we have had our fill of contempt.
We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud...