Monday, August 30, 2010

2 years and counting...

August 26th was our two year anniversary of starting the adoption process! I've been thinking about it all week. Asking God for a scripture and some word from Him on this whole situation that has been SO interesting... :)

The scripture I felt led to was:
Philippians 1:3-6 (The Message)

A Love That Will Grow
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.

God is accomplishing a LOT through this adoption process, and thankfully, He will complete it... Lots of refining in me. Lots of heart work in us as a family. Lots of ups, and lots of downs. If you had told me two years ago, that I'd still be sitting here, without my daughter, I KNOW I would have cried. Hard. And, I will admit I've been a little emotionally off kilter this week... a bit of grief that I'm still waiting, and still haven't met her yet... but just like that scripture says- every time she crosses my mind- I break out in exclamations to God. :) We're still waiting on you, peanut!!!

Thankfully, part of what God is working in me through the job loss situation, is to let go. I had thought that I had 'let go' of everything regarding this process... except for the finances. I was a financial tightwad and it was not healthy for the family... When we got our first paycheck from this new job (that did NOT involve a $700/month commute like the job over the summer! Hallelujah!), I let out a big sigh of relief. God provided. And God provided sooo well. Hubby came home this week and said that he is so fulfilled and challenged in this job. So, in celebration of us staying in our house, and not being a tightwad- I made some curtains, and we're finally going to paint! :)

Another special thing about the 2 year anniversary this week is that we went to our annual India Fest here in Tulsa. It was wonderful, the food was great, and the boys loved it. They took a rickshaw ride, I got henna on my hand, and I loved that the theme was Indian weddings! Such beautiful colors and textures!

Happy 2 years of waiting, everyone! Thanks for walking us through this process, bloggy friends. Here's a pic of my henna'd hand up against my new curtains!


theheartofachild said...

So glad that you can rejoice in the breakthroughs along the journey!!! You will be so prepared to welcome a new little one in your home!

Aimee said...

LOVE it! Love, love, love hearing your thoughts.

When she is in your arms, you're gonna look back on all of this and be amazed and thankful for the person you are at that moment.

<3 You!

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

It's so hard to wait and to understand that God has a reason. Praying that you continue in your faith and that the Lord blesses you each step of the way! You've been an amazing roll model to those waiting.


Peter and Nancy said...

I love your teachable spirit, Sarah, and that you don't let difficult times or changes in plans pass by without learning from them.

Julie & Patrick said...

It has been a tumultuous two years, but I'm sure the reason for the wait and changes will all be revealed to you soon and she will be a darling.


Traci said...

What precious words. You've taught me in your walk through this and I will cont to pray for you as you wait. Grace and peace - Traci

Alarie and Todd said...

we SO wanted to go to that in Tulsa (remember we are just over an hour away!)!! So next year we are there and hopefully we will be bringing Lillian with us!~ I understand what feelings you have had as we went through similar trials. We still have things we are learning, and it's awe inspiring! I have a great appreciation for motherhood through adoption. Maybe we can plan a meet day sometime! Who knows, we may travel together when all this gets back on track! Thanks for sharing the grant info and the post tonight!

Becca Van Valkenburg said...

Oh, the curtain material that I've been coveting has been utilized! Can't wait to see them in person!

Believing with you that your little peanut is on her way...

Arnold family said...

Hang in there, it is so difficult to wait. God teaches us so much while we wait. Take Care!


David and Sarah said...

Praying for you as you continue on this journey.

We did henna today for my daughter, Lily's, birthday. Very fun!