Monday, November 17, 2014

Waiting and Waiting . . . Patiently? Not so much.

Emotions rise in the chest.

A small key turns in a tiny lock.

The little door swings open.

Empty again. 

 That sinking feeling once more.

The wait continues . . . 

Waiting . . . for a face to fill this frame.

Waiting . . . for a child to fill our arms and hearts. 


We are currently waiting for our I-800a approval which our immigration approval. Once we receive that, I will drive as fast as is legally possible to Austin to have a slew of documents authenticated by the Secretary of State of Texas. Then, those documents will be fedexed to Houston for the Chinese Consulate to authenticate and then FINALLY they will be sent to China! Whew!!

I have everything ready to go, I'm just waiting on the immigration and the good news is it should arrive any day. So with each new day, I head to the mail box, hoping and praying that that little document will be there.

Please keep us in your prayers as we wait. It is so hard to wait knowing our sweet girl is waiting for us, not even knowing we exist. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Orphan Sunday - God Sets the Lonely in Families

Orphan Sunday and National Adoption Month are here. Today and all month we have the opportunity to focus on, advocate for, and lift up in prayer the 14 million orphans around the world. 

Won't you join me this month in caring for orphans? 

These precious children are waiting for a their forever families, wondering if anyone cares for them. Let's shower them in prayer this month. 

Not all of us are called to adopt but we are all called to LOVE.


10 ways to care for the Orphan and Waiting Child, compiled by Orphan Sunday.

1. Pray for them.

2. Speak up for them.

3. Provide for their needs.

4. Support those who support them.

5. Protect them from harm.

6. Visit them where they are.

7. Give sacrificially to them.

8. Encourage them to press on.

9. Adopt them into your family.

10. Mobilize your church for them.

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Remembering My Daddy . . .

Remembering my Daddy today. 

It has been 19 years since God took him home. 

And not a day goes that isn't filled with memories of

his infectious smile, 

his booming voice,

his three octave vocal range,

watching old movies and musicals late at night,

and most importantly, 

his love for the Lord. 

He had a love and faith for our heavenly Father that daily inspires my own faith.

Until we meet again at the feet of Jesus, you will forever be in my heart. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Brave Girls Bible Stories Giveaway!

I'm so excited about this new brand coming to us from Tommy Nelson! This sweet book is perfect for all our brave girls. It teaches them about godly women in the Bible and also has five modern-day girls they can identify with on their journey. 

My Brave girl loves this book, and I know yours will too! 

Brave Girls Bible Stories
*ages 4-8
*New brand that teaches girls about the Bible and growing into godly women of character
*Girls will learn bible stories along with five modern-day Brave Girls who are just like them
*Bible stories focus on important lessons from more than 30 women in the Bible

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Check out my guest post on No Hands But Ours

I was honored to have the opportunity to share a guest post on No Hands But Ours (NHBO) this week. If you are considering Special Needs adoption, NHBO is an incredible resource with some new exciting things coming soon. 

Head over (((HERE))) to check out my post "Stepping Out in Faith . . . God's Call to Adopt". Here is a sneak Peak:

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How many times have you been surprised by God’s plan for your life?
Have you ever been shocked by His plan?
Have you ever thought, seriously, Lord, surely you don’t mean me?
Wait, you want me to do what?
That’s not my plan, God.
Are you sure?
“Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, 
for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.’” 
(Joshua 3:5, NIV)
The roaring waters of the Jordan River stood between the Israelites and their promised land. Did God really want them to step into those cold waters in flood season, carrying their heavy yet precious Ark of the Covenant? Did they trust that He would do what He said He would do and part the waters the moment their feet were engulfed? Would they step out in faith as they considered all the past promises God had fulfilled?
Do we trust God when He asks us to step out into unknown turbulent waters?
Will we follow His call no matter the cost, trusting in His promises and plan over our own?

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Read the rest of my post (((HERE)))


Friday, October 3, 2014

Muddling through the adoption paperwork haze . . .

 "So tell me," a friend asked with some trepidation in her voice, "does adoption paperwork get any easier, I mean, you know, with your third adoption?"

"I wish!" I replied with a sigh. 

In fact, I this go around is the hardest yet! Yes, you would think it would all be old hat for me by now, but I find myself more frustrated than the last time. I know what each document needs, I know how long it can take, and all I want is to hold my baby in my arms. 
My child who is waiting for her forever family, not even knowing that at this very moment I am staring at her picture for the 10th time today with tears in my eyes. This is the reality of the adoption paperwork haze, friends.

So I have been struggling this third go around staying focused on God. He has provided for us at every step of each adoption, and it has always been in His perfect timing, so why do I doubt?

Lately, I had been praying, "God, please help us get these documents together quickly!" And then suddenly this week, I stopped my nonsense long enough to hear that whisper in my heart, "Suzanne, stop. Just stop, be still and listen. Be open to my plan and timing. I love Eva more than you can imagine. I am with her, protecting her, comforting her and preparing her heart. The same goes for you. Be still and know that I am God."

Wow, what a burden has been lifted. It doesn't mean that I won't still struggle but I feel a sense of peace now that surpasses all comprehension.

Praise God for His perfect plan!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

God is Always Good Giveaway!

It's Giveaway Time Again!! This week I have this sweet book from Tommy Nelson!

How often do we hear our precious children say "I'm scared, Mommy or Daddy"? It could from anything, right? From the car pulling out too quickly into the street where they are playing to the shadow on the bottom of the bunk bed. This sweet book is a wonderful tool for us as parents to use with our children to bring them the comfort that only comes from God. Each page of the book uses scriptures and words to remind them that God is always in control and that He will be glorified through every circumstance. He never changes and His promises endure forever. 

By Tama Fortner, Veronica Vasylenko (Illustrator)
Features & Benefits:

*Kids have lots of fears, and this book helps them feel safe
*Comforts kids by addressing needs and fears with Scripture and a soothing message
*Soft illustrations and sweet text make this message inviting for young children
*Padded Hardcover

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