Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I went on Friday to apply for my passport, and I should have it in about 2 weeks. I cannot wait, although the picture that I had taken at the local drug store makes me look just horrible. I look like a drug user!!! Anyhow, I guess bad picture is better than no picture!!! I just have one more thing to say, and that is.....
Isaiah, I will see you soon baby!!!! I love you very much, and cannot wait to hold you!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I got this in an email today, and wanted to share...
A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light,and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to Push against the rock with all his might...So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might! Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, Feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: (He will do it every time)! "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved." Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this?Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to The Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in Your service , putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?" The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed? But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back shiny and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock."At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedienceand faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God Who moves the mountains.
When everything seems to go wrong...............................Just P.U.S.H.
When the job gets you down.............................................JustP.U.S.H.
When people don't do as you think they should..............Just P.U.S.H.
When your money is "gone" and the bills are due..........Just P.U.S.H.
When people just don't understand you...........................Just P.U.S.H.
P = Pray
U = Until
S = Something
H = Happens
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,any one can start from now and make a brand new ending."
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
My oldest daughter tried out for the VOLLEYBALL team and Made IT!!!! I am so proud of her. She is also running for Student Council. I helped her make signs tonight. I know this may seem silly, but Brittany is such a sweet, funny, smart, pretty girl, that typically she wouldn't do such things, but now, she is, and I am so Proud!!!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Today I received our home study!!! I am so excited. I went to the post office, and sent in our I-600A!!! I also sent a copy to the Secretary of State. If everything goes as planned, I will have the Authenticated copies back from the State by Sat, and then send them off to the translator for translation, and hopefully have all that back by the end of Next week!!! I am so excited. I will keep you all updated. In the mean time, please be praying that we can get speedy fingerprint appts, and approval!! Love ya, Sarah
Friday, August 17, 2007
I feel as if I haven't used this word very much lately.... I want this to change. I am very blessed, and should be hyper focused on this. I am thankful for so much! Just today, I have a ton to be thankful for... Here are a few.... Family, Friends, A $200 support check, and A completed home study that I can pick up Monday :). God has been so good to us when it comes to our adoptions. I have really been thinking and feeling the Lord saying to us to do this wisely. To not go over board with spending money on clothes for Isaiah, or sending documents fed ex, or any other expensive thing my crazy self has the urge to do. I will try and follow the Lords will because I believe that he is saying trust me, and You will be Blessed, that he is saying He will make this happen without me going crazy!!!
PS>>>>> Don't forget that tomorrow is my Mary Kay Party and Everyone is Welcome. My house, between the hours of 2:30 and 4:30. If you need directions, please let me know. I will give them to you. I will be able to raise 30 percent of all sales, and 10 dollars for every booking. Thanks in advance for all your support!!! Love, Sarah
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I just spoke with the agency who is working on our home study, and found out that it should be released to us tomorrow!!! I am so excited about this news. Long story short, I got a call this morning that said we would need the gal who comes to our home to have fingerprinting, a physical, and multiple back ground checks in order to complete our home study. This was already told to us that it wouldn't be needed, but today, at last minute told it may not be needed. Have I totally lost you? I have been feeling the same way all day long. I have been on the phone multiple times with the agency, and finally was told that they had what they needed, and the the study would be given to us tomorrow!!! I am so excited. God is so good! I will send one copy to the secretary of state, and one copy for our I600a. I really want to meet my child in Oct. I have fear that if we purchase a ticket to soon, then I wont be able to file necessary papers while in Haiti. I hope that this isn't the case. I pray that the rest of the US steps are speedy quick so that I can go, and then file what ever is necessary in Haiti, and GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love to all who read, Sarah
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
So we are only a week into the school year, and already my 6th grader is talking about who likes who in school. As I sit there and listen, I am just thinkin' you've got to be kidding me. They are 11-13 year olds. I didn't even have my first boyfriend until I was 14 and then it was only because I felt like I needed to do what my friends were doing. I spoke to a friend the other day who's 7th grader was invited to go out on a "sort of group" date. I couldn't believe it!!! Anyhow, as I said before, please be praying for me and my children this school year, I think we are going to need it? :0)
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
I want to let everyone know that we are really close now!! I have all the documents we need, with the exception of the home study. I expect it any day now. I have already sent 1/2 of my documents off to the translator, and 3 of the 4 documents off to the secretary of State. It wont be long now!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
YEA!!!!!!!! I just got my first call for a scheduled pictures in the park!!! I am so happy! God is awesome! Just wanted to let everyone know that through God anything is Possible!
Update.................2 scheduled appointments and I forgot to say that I am already getting donations for my 2 fifty pound bags. Praise God for the goodness of others.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I'm sitting here tonight, watching the food network. The show tonight is Candy Castle Challenge. I am thinking "OH, this is cool, I would LOVE to live in a Castle" and "I want to visit Mall of America" this is where the show was filmed. Just then, at that moment, it hit me! OH MY GOODNESS!!!! School starts in less than a week for the girls. This means, I have to start paying a babysitter, and the girls will have homework nightly, and the worst part, is I have to start getting up early and actually getting ready! No taking my time, blogging or relaxing through breakfast, it is all going to change! I am excited yet, nervous. You know it's one of those times when you have a smile, but then it hits and your smile is sort of quirky. Anyhow, better that I realize this now rather than... OH... the first day or week of school! Have a great week, and as I said, things will get crazy around here, in other words, :( not as much bloggin' time!
Saturday, August 4, 2007
OK, we are past the home study, now it's time for the mental health appointment. I am slightly nervous about this, but none-the-less, excited to get this show on the road. The cost is $150, and I can come up with that, it's the $830 that we need within a week or so for the I600a filing fee! My NERVES are getting the best of me! My hair is falling out, and I have NO appetite! Please be praying that the money comes in. I know it will, God can provide, but my head knowledge doesn't help my earthly worry! Silly, I know, but the way I feel. Try as I might to put a smile on my face and shrug it off, it is hard. I will post again just as soon as something else big happens! Love to all who reads, Sarah
Friday, August 3, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Whew, we are past the home study meeting. We still are waiting on a couple of things to come in, Tim's CPS check in CA, and employment verification from Tim's second job and My job. Hopefully all will be here by Mon. The girl conducting the study said she was shooting to have everything typed and ready to go by this weekend, and that if our paperwork was in by next week, that possibly she could give it to us by Friday!!!!! This is a huge weight lifted off. Next Monday, we have our mental health apt. I am slightly nervous about this as well, but I know it will be OK. God is in control. Hopefully by the 10th, I can send off for our I600? I think this is what it is called. Where the money will come from for it is way beyond me!!! Any how, thanks for all your prayers! Love, Sarah
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Tomorrow on Thursday Aug 2, we have yet another home study update. I don't know why this makes me nervous, but it does. I guess, it is because I am a perfectionist. I thrive for making things perfect. I don't want the house to be a mess, or toys out, or dust anywhere. I am so excited to get the final home study report. As soon as we get it, I will be doing what ever is needed for that. I hope and pray that we can get it within 1 week from tomorrow. Soon I will be able to see my son. Soon, I pray that distance wont be a factor for holding and loving on him. I am feeling a little more relaxed on the house selling. I feel as though if it sells, good, if it doesn't, we will just figure it out. We always have in the past. Anyhow, Tim and I are very excited to meet everyone. There is a party being hosted by a fellow adopter, and we couldn't be more excited. I will update everyone on the update as I have info. Thanks for all your prayers.