Change is good right?

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Ya, I changed my blog layout again. I think it’s only the third time. I’m very new to the blogging world and other than completely taking control of my mind and body it’s been a rewarding experience! The other night hubby went to bed before me (because of course I was roaming through the blog world)! Now that tells you something is wrong because that never happens. Anyway, I figured this blog will be for more than just the adoption, which is why I changed it a little. You’ll get a peek into our crazy life too. What fun!

So my dad and hubby finished the plumbing in the basement. The electrian came today to get some specs and he’ll be back on Monday with his crew. It’s so exciting. Mainly because the more the basement comes together the closer we are to getting our babies!

Oh ya, we had chinese food tonight and guess what my fortune said: “You will travel a long distance soon”!! Hehehehe – I don’t usually even read the fortunes and I don’t believe in them at all but I had to admit that was so cool! 🙂

I emailed our agency about getting access to the photolisting of children waiting. We’re really praying about the age of children to adopt. Hubby has said he wants two more kids and that’s it! Well, I’ve never experienced the baby part of motherhood (for those just joining, our kids are my step-kids) and I really want to. But I also want to do God’s will so I’m hoping for a really clear sign of what we should do. Keep praying for us regarding this and also regarding the travel. We have some time to decide of course but I know it will be here before we know it!

No late night blogging tonight. Tomorrow’s the Lord’s day so I need to go to bed! Night-night!

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The waiting game

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We find ourselves waiting…imagine that! I need to get used to this. I actually shared with the youth last night about waiting. God had laid that on my heart that we need to wait on Him. We looked at the book of Habbakuk and how he had to trust in God’s perfect plan even though it didn’t seem like God was working. So, our prayer is that we would daily give this adoption to Him.

I told you a few days ago we sent in our contract to CWA. They received it on Wednesday morning at 10:30 am (or so UPS says). We have yet to receive an email or phone call. 🙂 Ya, I know I’m crazy. They did say in the original paperwork they usually contact within 24 hours of receiving the paperwork so hopefully tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll also hear from our home study provider.

My dad is coming tomorrow to help hubby with the basement. They’ll finish the framing and the plumbing. The electrican will hopefully finish that part next week and then we can get the sheetrock and drywalling done. The following week (July 1st-7th) is the FLY convention and me and daughter will be going. Hubby’s going to stay home and work on the basement ALL WEEK! Maybe when we get home it’ll be all done! Guys – if you’re looking for something to do that week – come on over!

Hope you’re waiting on the Lord in whatever circumstance you find yourself in today. Take a minute and read Habbakuk, you’ll be encouraged! I especially love the end of chapter 3 – even if everything else fails and we’re left with nothing – still Lord we’ll praise and our joy will be complete in you!

Three dogs

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Yes, we have three dogs. Most people think we’re crazy when we tell them we have three dogs. Not only do we have three dogs, but they are spoiled babies who spend way too much time in the house. I asked hubby the other day, “What if our baby is allergic to dogs”. I won’t repeat what he said – he really loves the dogs :-). Seriously though, that would be hard to say goodbye to the doggies if we have kids that end up being allergic to dogs. Charlie is a Lhasa Apso and he’ll be 10 this year in September! He’s my baby and loves spending time with my parents on the boat in Chamberlain. Then there’s Allie. She’s 4 and is a Border Collie/Lab mix. She’s a little thing, skinny and only about 40 pounds. She’s also the pouter of the group. When she’s scolded she’ll go pout in the corner until we give her a hug! And then there’s Ed. Ed is the baby yet he’s so much not a baby! He’s a Lab/Husky mix and he only weighs about 85 pounds! He’s actually lost 10 pounds this year. Ed is our talker – he’ll have a conversation with Pat every morning about any issues he’s having.

Hubby has taught all our doggies lots of good tricks; they all can give high fives, Ed plays dead like a pro, Allie rolls over ever before we say the words, Charlie sits on his little behind and begs. One trick he hasn’t shown Ed and Allie is how to NOT shed! It’s quite a joy trying to keep the house clean with their constant shedding coats.

Our dogs love kids. When we had our one-year old foster child they were so good. He’d pound on them and chase them and hug them and they just sat there. We’ve been blessed to have three wonderful faithful friends and Lord willing they’ll be a part of our family for a long time!

Time stands still

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That’s what it seems like when going through this process. My boss continually reminds all of us to “live the day”. I have to keep saying this over and over to myself because it’s easy to long for “tomorrow” when we’ll have our new children home. I know, I know – I talked earlier about the scripture that says “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in IT”. It’s a daily struggle to live in today and it seems when completing form after form and waiting for the next form and the next contact that time stands still.

We mailed our initial home study information so now we just wait for them to contact us to, I think, complete more paperwork before starting the actual home visits. We’re working like crazy to get our basement finished – we have a ways to go but our plan is to keep that project one step ahead of the adoption and the timing should work out perfect! 🙂 We’ll see how that plan goes! Hubby and my dad are going to do some of the work but we decided to hire out a majority of it – mainly so it can get done faster but also because Pat has alot of other projects in the works!

CWA should receive our contract and packet of forms that we just sent. As soon as they do, we’ll have access to the online information and that will give us step by step. Then we’ll start completing the forms for USCIS. We’ll keep you posted when that starts happening.

Live the day! We thank God for this day He’s given us!