For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:14-17

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Family Update

I can't believe that October is almost halfway over.  This year has flown by.  We've had a crazy few months. I joke and tell people we're trying to get all of our major life changes over this year... HA!

  1. We started off by deciding to homeschool our 3 school age boys.
  2. John changed jobs, leaving the church he had been pastoring for over 8 yrs to help lead a new missions organization doing work in India. 
  3. On day 2 of his new job we found out we were expecting baby (boy!) #5
  4. All this while waiting to hear from our adoption agency about scheduling our homestudy...
It's been a wild ride.  Sometimes we just look at each other and laugh, but it's really be amazing and fun to see what God has in store for us.  We look at it as an adventure.  It's been a great thing for our family.  John is home more and with homeschooling we get a lot more family time.  The boys are liking it too so that makes it so much easier.  Our little surprise package is another blessing....we didn't plan or expect to travel down this road again...we're looking forward to meeting him in January!  Our adoption is currently on hold until at least next fall. Our agency requires that the baby be 9 months old before resuming things.  It's been wonderful though to watch all the kids coming home to their forever families this year...can't wait til it's our turn.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

We're still here!

We've had a crazy past few months....had a wonderful Christmas w/ family, got to meet my little great-nephew (who needs to move closer BTW!) and spent a lot of time together.  We spent a lot of time since January at various basketball games...when you have 3 boys playing in 3 different age groups....we had basically something basketball related every night of the week.  The older boys are now finishing up w/ track...YAY! We're all healthy and happy...just ready for summer.

In adoption news...we're finally in the "home study" phase.  Waiting for our agency to review our 2nd application and get the initial visit scheduled.  We've had a very encouraging week past week....several families bringing their children home and several more headed to Ethiopia over the next 3 weeks to meet their children and go to court.  To see the new families's a beautiful thing!

This week we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus...the perfect sacrifice...who died so that we could live in freedom from our sin and be called children of God.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.  Galatians 3:26

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16