I was waiting until it was safe to “announce” this very cool news…my dad’s company (AAA Homes of MS, LLC) was selected a few weeks ago to be the lead builder for an Extreme Makeover project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. My father has always been one to give a helping hand and go out of his way at times to care for those in need, so its neat to see the Lord give him this incredible opportunity to give a home to a deserving family and gain wonderful publicity for his company! While visiting my family a few weeks ago, I got to see first-hand the unbelievable amount of work that goes into this show and what’s even more unbelievable is that the builder is the one most responsible for pretty much everything we end up seeing on TV! My dad has put in countless hours over the last few weeks and its all leading up to this Thursday, December 3rd when they knock on the door of the family’s current home and get to work! Please pray for my dad and all of those who have donated time and resources to make this possible. Go here to read all about it!
December 1st is World AIDS Day. Last year on December 3rd, we received a picture from our adoption agency of a precious little boy named Abush who was HIV+. We had been approved to adopt a HIV child and were continuing to pray if this was the child the Lord had for us. On December 9th, we accepted his referral and on January 4th he passed away after a seizure that left him in a coma. While the Lord only allowed us to love this child from afar, we know God has used his short life to do an immeasurable work in our lives.
To say that children affected by HIV/AIDS have touched our hearts and lives would be an understatement. And as World AIDS Day approaches, I must encourage you to think about ways you might help. With the medicines available today, people living with HIV are expected to live long and full lives. But for children in the poorest parts of our world, 50% will die by age 2 without the drugs. Had Abush’s mother had access to ARVs, he would have had a great chance of being born HIV negative. Had treatment been available to him while under our agency’s care, he might be in our home today. The good news is that there are literally hundreds of ways that you can help! On a blog I read regularly, this mom posted 5 Things You Can Do. As she said, if the crisis seems remote, watch this video and look into the very faces of those with HIV. These are real children who need real help. At the very least, please take time this Tuesday to pray for the children around the globe who struggle with this disease and ask that God might care well for those who are suffering.
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Along with Romans 8:28, this has been another life verse for this past year. As the trials continue to pour down on us (more on this later), I am thankful that God sustains His children and that in spite of a hard season, I continue to have so much for which to be thankful. I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and rejoice as you thank God for all that He has done in your life, most importantly that He gave His only Son that we might have life eternal.
Well, I’d rather end this post on a good note, so I’ll start with the bad news. We just heard from our agency today that W’s case is missing required paperwork and therefore his case is not ready to be heard by the courts until all paperwork is together. The good news, strangely enough, is that M’s case is ready and so we told our agency to please go ahead and file his case for a new court date. The bottom line is if the boys end up finally passing court months apart from one another, the hubby and I will be making two trips to Ethiopia.
At this point our adoption, nothing really surprises my anymore. I just continue to be thankful that the boys are still adoptable and so long as they can one day be a part of our family, we will continue to wait as long as it takes. So please pray that M will be assigned a court date soon…he has knowingly been waiting for a family since February when he first received photos of the three of us. And pray that the Lord might resolve W’s case quickly…for a year now he hasn’t known the love and attention of a mommy and daddy…may the Lord change that soon. Until then, I must entrust them to my Father who loves me and loves them with a love that I cannot fully comprehend.
I’ve been a terrible blogger lately. We have no news on the adoption front other than we are still waiting for the judges to hear our case or assign us a new date to hear our case. We are fast approaching 10 months since we received the boys’ referrals…its hard to believe we are no more closer to bringing them home now than we were in January! But, given several other circumstances that have popped up in our family life over the last couple of weeks, God has made very clear to us that He is sovereignly working out all the details of our lives. As crazy as this life is and continues to be, I trust Him more than I ever have before. And I continue to remain deeply humbled and grateful that He chose me to be His daughter and entrusted such an incredible life to me, trials and all. Lord willing, we’ll have some good news very soon!
With all of our fall/Halloween activities this month, Molly Kate had the opportunity to dress up in two different costumes. For our Zoo Halloween Party (which was pretty chilly), we used our neighbor’s very warm frog costume. Funny enough, her second costume was a princess…a nice twist to the traditional fairy tale, huh?! At any rate, she made an adorable frog and a beautiful princess, though she seemed much more comfortable in all the dress-up girly parts of the princess attire!