Did you notice the thermometer on the side of our blog?
It’s new. :)
We were advised to put one on there, and at first I really didn’t want to.
But, it is an encouragement to me to see how the Lord has provided each step of the way.
I am so thankful for His provision.
Yesterday Joseph found two pennies at the store. He said, “Aww Mom! Should I just throw them? It’s ONLY 2 cents.” Of course, being the penny pincher that I am, I told him that if we all add our pennies together that it can add up to big things!! We talked about saving and sharing what we have, even if it’s not much. Joseph decided he’d keep the pennies and put them in Vienna’s jar. :)
But it doesn’t end there.
Last night we came home from the store. Darrel had already come home from work and of course I hadn’t told him about the two pennies. It didn’t seem very noteworthy. When we walked in the kitchen Darrel had a grin on his face and a heavy bag of CHANGE ! A lady he works with gave us her loose change—over $80!!
Isn’t God just awesome?!! He cares about the little things.
Like a little boy’s heart and mind.
Teaching him more about real life ways God provides and loves him…and others.
Giving us the opportunity to teach our son about God’s awesome love and care.
He allowed Darrel’s coworker to be a much bigger part of our adoption journey than she can imagine.
He used this to encourage my tired heart and motivate me to get busy. Just remembering how much God cares about the details of our lives makes me so happy!! What a wonderful God we serve.
Adoption-wise things are moving along!
We are about halfway through the paperwork that we need to send to Vienna’s country.
We have appointments lined up to do our psychologist visits. This is a requirement for our whole family.
At the end of July we had to “readopt” Joseph in the state of Texas. (I talked about this in my last post.) We need to send an ORIGINAL birth certificate of Joseph’s (and all our kids) to Vienna’s country…but we cannot get another one from Ukraine, so this was the only solution. So, $1325 and 10 hours of driving later he is now TWICE our son. :)
I am working on setting up an online auction, and also sorting stuff for a big garage sale, which we’ll do after we get the kids settled into school. (They start next week. Joseph and Meredith will both being moving to different schools and Abbie starts college here in town. Ellie and Andrew’s schools stay the same as last year.)
A kind Reece’s Rainbow friend is holding an online “party” selling cute kids clothes. She has offered to give Vienna her commission! Her company is called Peekaboo Beans. http://www.peekaboobeans.com/parties/8021 Please go check them out! I am so grateful for her generosity. I pray that the Lord blesses her big for her giving heart.
I love seeing God’s hand in the entire adoption process. How He works. How he uses others to encourage and help us, even when we feel unworthy. Sometimes I get stressed and get my eyes off of Him, but He is faithful to bring me back to His kindness.
As we sat at the dining room table last night sorting change we came to this conclusion:
Pennies Add Up!!