Monday, May 24, 2010

Summers Comin....

Summer temps are here finally. School is out at the end of this week. The kids are all buzzing around with the sweet anticipation of summer break. Camps are soon upon us. Drivers Ed for the first time...we just got a trampoline, so there will be lots of bouncing going on. Looking forward to summer fun, makes me stop to remember what summers were to me as a child. My birthday is in the summer, right by the 4th of July, so I always loved that. My fondest memories were of being in Indiana. One of my first years going there, I guess I was about 11... I learned how to play Canasta and from then on...I loved spending long summer evenings playing cards. I learned that I ws terrified of thunnderstorms ( not so much anymmore), those were all new to this California girl. I fell in-love with the Grease movies and learned every word to every song....Swinging on the porch swing...water balloon fights. There was a small-town theater company called The Nettle Creek Players, they used to put on about 4 musicals every summer and it was my mission to see them all. What a blast....I learned to love musicals from those summers. The real show started after the nightly performance though, as the players were all housed, dorm style, in the house right next to my grandmothers. This made for lots of entertainment. Me and my sweet friend would spend evenings running from one window to the next spying on all of their partying. Then there was the summer we decided to only speak in pig-latin, oh boy....what fun memories.

I hope the kids enjoy summer in ways beyond late night XBOX gaming. I want to encourage them to make lifelong memories that will make them smile and laugh for years to come. I look forward to posting our summer adventures and silly tales. It is time for life to slow down a bit. Maybe I will teach them Canasta......

Saturday, May 22, 2010

'Thank You for the cross Lord, Thank You for the price You paid....bearing all my sin and shame, in love You came and gave amazing grace. Thank You for this love Lord, thank You for the nail pierced-hands, washed me in Your cleansing flow now all I know....Your forgivness and embrace.'

Worthy is The Lamb. Thank You Lord for sending Your Precious One for me. The more I think back to how I never knew you as a child, the more I can fully see Your Power in the calling on my life. I am so grateful for that. I am daily in awe at the evidence of You working in my life from the very beginning. Today is one of those days when my heart aches for not having grown up in a household that spoke your name in love instead of in vain. I know that there is nothing I can do about that, but I just love You so much that it stings to think that I spent 25 years not knowing You. It is this thought that keeps me searching for you daily and energizes me to make sure I do all I can so that my children know You. Thank You for them Lord. Thank You that among all of the names I can be called, frined, wife, daughter, sister, aunt Jen....that mother is one too. I have dreamed my whole life of nurturing babies and even though my babies are not babies any more....thank You for making their hearts sensetive enough to still allow me to baby them from time to time. Thank You for the opportunity that You are providing for me and Steve to bring another little one into our family.

While there are those who have broken my trust and broken my heart, It only makes me long for You more. I am asking Lord for You to bless those who curse me. Please Lord give me the wisdom and desire to shine even brighter in order for them to see You in me. Also Lord help me to know when to keep myself from harm emotionally by the lies and deciet of those who dont know the errors of their ways. Protect our family Lord, from the evil intent of this world.

I love You Lord.

In Jesus Name~ Amen

Friday, May 21, 2010

Father, Thank You for the ability You have given me through Your Son Jesus Christ to come to You in prayer. Thank You for designing my heart and my ears and eyes to be open to You.

I am mindful of those in my life who are struggling with different issues and illnesses and family issues and just life. I ask that you protect my dear friends from the enemy's arrows this day and provide them with strength and courage and Your wisdom for making important decisions. You have blessed me beyond measure with such dear friends and it is my honor to bring them to You in their times of distress.

I ask Your forgiveness where I fall short, and for Your continuing Grace that I may become stronger each day. Protect me Lord from the things and people and matters of this life that can so easily distract me from the path You have set before me. Help me to stay strong and focused and at the ready to serve, when those opportunities arise. Help me to be open and aware of how You are leading my life this day.

I am so grateful for Your provisions in my life, for the way You guide and lead our family and have blessed us with opportunities to show You in our lives. I ask that You continue to keep a hedge of protection around us and our children, including the new little one out there that we dont know yet. I ask for Your continued blessing on Steves job and his efforts in working so hard and balancing all that he does. We love You Lord ~ In Jesus Name....Amen
Application to America World 4/10/2010

Acceptance from America World 4/22/2010

Finger Printed for FBI and Illinois 5/6/2010

First Home Study Visit 5/10/2010

Physicals completed 5/17 and 18/2010

First Garage Sale for Adoption Fund 6/3 and 4/2010

All Paperwork for Dossier is officially aquired, now we wait for Homestudy Completion 6/7/2010

Second Homestudy Done. FBI Clearances are back. 6/11/2010

Final Homestudy done. now we wait for our Homestudy report so we can move to the next step. 7/1/2010

Sent our Application I-600 A  to immigration service. Cannot complete this process until the homestudy report is ready. 7/12/2010

Still waiting on that darn Homestudy 8/29/2010

Today we met our new social worker . She has completed our HomeStudy and it shall be VERY SOON for this process to be done. 10/21/2010

State Certified Documents returned to us. 10/27/2010

Homestudy approved by the state of Illinois 11/29/2010

Homestudy sent off to USCIS 12/6/2010


Final Fingerprints for USCIS Jan 3rd 2010 (our dossier is now ready and waiting for the last and final addition of our USCIS approval  then we can send it off)

Recieved our I-171h from Homeland Security. We are good to go. Sent off our dossier to AWAA. 1/10/11

Dossier approved , now we wait for our official DTE date. 1/11/11

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Things are all lining up!!!!

Well....we completed our physicals today. All bloodwork is in and papers are on Doc's desk. It seems so odd that things are just ticking along and no hurdles thus far. I am so grateful and also very mindful that the hurdles can be just around the next corner. But for now, I am just going to rejoice in the fact that things are all lining up. I am going to wrap up the last of the paperwork by the end of the week and by then our medical stuff should be back in and then.... we will just have to get all the papers in order, wait for reports and such that are still out(finger prints,background checks),and then complete our last 2 home visits.

Im starting to allow myself to dream...........

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Our disappointments are God's appointments

This has been quite a day. As a matter of fact, today has been one of those days that went in a totally different direction that I had planned. Not that I really had any fantastic plans, but I just did not expect that He had something HUGE for me to do today. But He did and I am so grateful that I recognized the need and made time to answer His call.

In preparing for this adoption I have really taken notice of how God is using this prep work for His work on my heart. I have had to, and been moved to, examine things that I normally wouldn't, very closely. Maybe as part of our Home Study or maybe because I have had conversations with people who don't really quite understand what we are doing or why. In any case, I have been reminded of how God has led me and made himself known to me. Of how and why I have made the choices I have made and how those choices didn't really make much sense at the time, but they make perfect sense now. How God makes perfect sense of our nonsense when we simply let Him be The Leader of our life. My life has had many disappointments, but I am convinced that those disappointments were preparing me, all along, for this God Appointment. All of my life lessons have pointed me directly to Him. The more in-love I fall with Him, the more my heart wants to please Him and seek Him and do for Him.

Thank You God for transforming my ways to your ways and my disappointments to Your Appointments. Thank You for loving me and guiding me before I even knew You. Thank You for giving me eyes to see and for designing my heart to follow your lead.

Monday, May 10, 2010

First home study visit down. We are making good progress and looking forward to wrapping up the paperwork portion. I know we are a ways out, but it's so awesome to feel a bit of progress and to dream about our new little baby Teunis.

Mothers Day was sweet. We spent a nice lunch out after church with granny and then Steve and Rick and Zack all went with me to see the new movie/documentary "BABIES". Wow, what an eye opener that was. I am so grateful that God placed me in the USA. Its amazing to see what little ones endure as just normal in other countries, and yet we wouldnt even have our pets living in such conditions. I went to this movie expecting warm and fuzzies and actually hid my eyes for some parts. Im a wimp I guess.

Now we are off to dance practice. With our medal ball performance behind us, we are going to be working on fun stuff now.

Back to the grind.........

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sunny Days and Sunny Ways

Today we got our first home visit officially booked....YAY!!!! Next Monday the 10th. We know the delays will inevitably come, but so far things are humming along.

As I was growing up, I always dreamed of babies. I always wanted babies. However, adoption never crossed my mind I have to say. I have never really known anyone personally who adopted either. So this whole process is quite new territory. I find it extrordinary, that with all of the longing in my heart to share baby experiences with Steve, God has blessed us beyond my wildest dreams by not only allowing us to experience baby things together, but that it is a whole new experience for both of us altogether, through adoption. It's so wonderful to feel God's hand in our lives and I am so grateful for His leading and His timing and His perfect way.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Teunis's Now and Forever

We took an evening off, away from the paperwork and did a little waltz.