Friday, June 17, 2011


There's a song I have long loved by Steven Curtis Chapman, and its words have been echoing through my brain these last few weeks. 

"Oh how great is the love
The father has lavished upon us
That we should be called
The sons and the daughters of god

We are speechless so amazed
We stand in awe of your grace
We stand in awe of your mercy
You have saved us
We stand in awe of your love
From the grave
We are speechless

We are speechless in your presence now
We stand in awe of your cross
We're astounded as we consider how
We stand in awe of your power
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless
We are speechless"

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.  Joshua and I have said that we truly feel that we've "stepped off the boat" when it comes to the adoption.  We believe that even with all of the uncertainty with time frames, etc....God is truly meeting us the midst of the storm and doubt and renewing our faith.  Our faith in Him.  Our faith in others' love and faithfulness.  Yes, we ARE speechless. 

Our first fundraiser - our yard sale - was a wonderful success!  THANK YOU to everyone who donated items, dropped things off, let us borrow your truck for weeks (Neal!), and served with us selflessly for 2 days (my sisters and brother-in-law, Josh and Annie, Tina, Stephanie, the Crosiers...I hope I didn't forget anyone!!).  It truly was a fish and loaves experience...I have never seen so much stuff!  I have also never been so blessed by the goodness of loved ones and strangers. In 2 days, we were able to raise $2,129!  Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Our Leaves of Love fundraiser is also going well.  I'll post more on that later!  So far, that has raised about $600!! 

So, all said, between the two fundraisers and our saving, pinching and being as wise as we can be, our adoption account is at:  $4,232.05. 

Speechless.  God is SO good!! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

School's Out For Summer...

Wish I could follow that line up with "School's out forever", but alas, it is not to be so.  :-)  Just kidding ~ I SO love my job.  That being said though, with summer's arrival, my blog hiatus is up! 

I have lots to share to get you up to speed on our lives...We'll be back soon!  Stay tuned!