Court Date Mornings

As these mornings are becoming a ritual in our house, I have to laugh at how they always play out.  I awoke at 6 am and just could not put off checking my e-mail any longer.  No news yet.  Kevin was up by 6:30 to get ready for work and so was Molly Kate who always seems to know something is up on these mornings.  She normally sleeps to 7:30 or 8:00, but every court morning to date, she’s been up with us awaiting the news.

So, Kevin gets out of the shower and asks Molly Kate “Has mommy heard anything about M yet?”

She replies, “He passed court and is coming home!” (She’s knows exactly what is SUPPOSED to happen!)

Daddy says, “Really?”

She says, “Noooo, not yet!”

So, here we sit…waiting for the news once again.

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Another Time on the Merry-Go-Round!

Yes, it describes our adoption journey well…up and down, round and round.  And here we go again!  As we approach our sixth court date for this beautiful little boy, M, I’m seeking to rest in my one, true Hope and press on in trusting His plan.  In December, I printed out about 7 mini-posters of M with a verse and prayer on each one and posted them around the house so that we would constantly be in prayer for his court date as we went about all of our daily tasks.  Its been such a helpful way to focus my prayers for our boy and my heart as we wait on the Lord.  The verses also remind me of what is true when I tend to let the doubts and fears rise up before each court date.  Here is one such poster…we would love you to join in praying for M (court date this Friday!) and our hearts as well!

Yours, O Lord , is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord , and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.  1 Chronicles 29:11-12

Father, we trust and believe that You alone rule over all.  We know that You control the hearts of rulers, ET  judges and M*WA employees.  We pray that You will stir each individual involved in M’s case to do whatever necessary to ensure his passing court on January 15th.  Above all, we desire to see Your name magnified in his adoption.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Worthwhile Read for Those Considering Adoption

I ran across this blog and was so saddened to hear what this family has had to endure because of an unethical adoption agency.  I am even more saddened for the children involved.  If you are considering international adoption, please read these two blog posts:

The biggest decision to make is what agency to choose, and it is mandatory that you research, research, research.  While our agency is by no means perfect, my conscience rests in peace every night knowing that our sons-to-be are true orphans and that our adoptions are being processed ethically.

Keeping House – Book Review

I truly enjoy keeping house and making our house a home.  I absolutely love cooking (from 5-6pm in my kitchen making a delicious dinner is my own little happy hour!), I find great satisfaction in a clean, tidy house where everything has a spot to which it belongs and I treasure the fact that God has called me to care for the souls that are housed under our roof for as long as they be housed here.  But even in this enjoyment, the mundane of unloading a dishwasher every other day and the constant need of ironed work clothes for my husband can become a burden far more quickly than a joy.  Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson was recommended to me by a friend who happens to be an excellent reader and I am quite thankful.  What a refreshing and useful read this book turned out to be!  Peterson brings a theological and biblical understanding to housework and opens our eyes to see how feeding, clothing and sheltering the members of our household are all central to gospel work.  At the same time the book is deeply practical and encourages all of us to press on and become even more efficient in keeping house.  I don’t want to give too much away because I hope all of you are intrigued enough to pick this book up for yourselves, but here are just a few of my favorite quotes to wet your appetites!

…that time deliberately set aside for keeping house is never just about ‘making a home for my family.’  Of course housework is about making a home, but a Christian home, properly understood, is never just for one’s own family.  A Christian home overflows its boundaries; it is an outpost of the kingdom of God, where the hungry are fed and the naked are clothed and there is room enough for everyone. pp. xii-xiii

Often we can be surprised when running a household involves more or less continuous activity.  We shouldn’t be.  The life of a city ebbs and flows, with the hour and the season, but it never ceases altogether; so it is with the life of a home. p. 28

Empty space, even a little bit of it, is good to have.  It is good on a practical level, in that if the attic or the closets are not full of things that are never used, it will be easier to get to the things that do get used.  But empty space is good on a psychic and symbolic level as well.  A primary objective of keeping house is to make room — room for connecting and reconnecting with other people and with the rhythms of individual and common life: meals, rest, work, play.  As we make decisions about what to put in our houses and what to take out of them, we have the opportunity to make room in those houses for ourselves, for our fellow household members, and for guests. p. 61

Embracing–rather than resisting–the daily necessity of feeding a household can be a way of embracing the privilege of participating with God in this aspect of providential care.  Feeding a household is not an achievement that, once accomplished, can be checked off and set aside to make room for other pursuits.  Feeding a household is an act of faithfulness, one that requires daily energy and attention and whose pleasures and rewards are experienced in the course of that faithfulness rather than only at the end. pp. 127-128

New Year, New Background!

So, my only beef with WordPress is that I have lots of trouble using all the cute blog backgrounds that are out there! I’ve tried and tried to get some of them to work, but all in vain!  So, in celebration of a new year (and hopefully the one in which a few new kiddos join our family!) I decided to switch backgrounds and finally found a WordPress theme that suits my liking :).