Thursday, September 18, 2008

Amazing worship time tonight... Here are the lyrics just in case you could use an amazing worship time too:

Lyrics to When You Are Near
by Jeremy Camp :

There’s no need to say a thing,
When I’m before you in this silence
I feel refreshed with peace
Break this noise
That binds the voice
That tries speak
Open up my eyes to see
Your gracious sovereign reach

[CHORUS] It’s hard to talk when I feel that you are near,
When all is quiet it’s the beauty that I hear,
This hidden place where I know that you calm my fears
I know that you’ve washed my tears

The seasons of change I’ve faced
Have never left me wounded
Only scars of hurt
But never deeply rooted
This healing I have felt
No burden can replace
Redemptive hope has been the story of my pain
All is lost without the breath of life you give
And you give so much
I want nothing more than you
so here’s my heart

Find this on youtube and worship Jesus with me- in spirit- if not in real-time...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Donate your frequent flyer miles?

(I grabbed this image from someone's flikr page... I can't wait to meet my own sweet pea!)
Ok- so I'm looking into all possible areas of saving money for the adoption, and I realized... what if we were able to accrue enough frequent flyer miles to redeem toward part of our flight to go pick up our child? That would be amazing- and would save us a considerable amount of money at the end of our adoption journey!
Update as of 11/19/2008- I found out that it costs a significant amount to even
'give' your miles to us *Around $200 for 25K (the equivalent of a domestic ticket)! What a bummer! If you're still willing, that would be great- but it looks like unless you've got enough to redeem for 2 tickets to India and back, we'll need to go another route... :) So, calling all friends with 150,000 frequent flyer miles... :) wanna redeem your miles for two tickets to India for your friends? :)

So- if you stumble upon this blog and want to help- email me and we'll see how to do it... Maybe you have just enough miles accrued to get us bumped up to where we have enough for a flight? I imagine that there are a lot of us out there who have a small amount of miles- but not enough to redeem... so maybe if you don't have plans for accruing more, you could donate them toward a good cause. :) It takes a minimum of 25,000 miles with most airlines for a flight... 75K for an international flight (at least that's what it used to be).

Anyway- I don't know if it would work- but hey, it's worth a try...

"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
Proverbs 11:25

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

On the road to adoption.

So, we've officially started the adoption process. As of August 26th, we mailed in application #1 (of the many forms we'll be filling out over the next year or so).

I'm nervous, excited and in awe of God's grace. I'm amazed that we're able to start the process- and even more amazed because I know God will walk us through it and provide for us along the way.

I need to go buy a journal that I can start writing in as we walk through the process. I want to write down my prayers for our little girl, and write down what the experience is like as we go through the waiting and preparation time.

I don't know if you're even conceived yet, little one- but mommy and daddy are already praying for your development, your attachment and for God's spirit to be with you and your birth mommy, every step of the way. While your birth mommy may not have 'planned' you- we have planned to bring you into our family for years! I know with every ounce of my being that you are 'fearfully and wonderfully made' that 'before you were formed in your mothers womb, He knew you.'

We're praying and waiting for you.
I know that Rebecca St. James' song was written as she waited for her husband- but some of the words are ringing in my memory now as I wait for my little one:

Darling did you know that I
I dream about you
Waiting for the look in your eyes
When we meet for the first time

Darling did you know that I
I pray about you
Praying that you will hold on
And keep your loving eyes only for me

Cause,I am waiting for
Praying for you darling
Wait for me too
Wait for me as I wait for you
Cause, I am waiting for
Praying for you darling
Wait for me too
Wait for me as I wait for you
Darling wait
Darling wait

Lord, give me a true Mother's love, that only you can impart, and prepare the spot in my heart for the little girl you will bring us, in your timing, and by Your hand.