Wow…can one phone call change your life in an instant and send it in to a whirlwind of activity.
Since Monday afternoon and my last post we have been going a “mile a minute” with preparations and details that need to be completed.
- Booking plane tickets to Tennessee – looks like we will be leaving on Saturday and coming home (with our baby girl!) on Tuesday
- Finding places to stay in Nashville & Memphis (thank you Amanda, Kim and Jan – who helped us find housing and are offering their hospitality!)
- Talking with the adoption agencies both in Tennessee & California
- Faxing forms and completing paperwork (it never ends!)
- Arranging meals, transportation & supervision for the rest of the family while we are away (thank you Sallee, Rachel, Kelly, Rachael, Leslie & Sarah)
- Raising the funds to pay for the remaining adoption fees and post adoption fees for both agencies. (we are currently half way to having the money – and God is doing a miracle! I have heard from some that the original link to make a donation did not work. Here is one that should – https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5373935 ) The vast majority of these donations have been $10 – $20. God can take a little and multiply it abundantly! Thank you to all who have been a part of bringing sweet baby girl home – from the beginning in October 2007 – those who have bought Christmas wreaths, donated to yard sales, helped with our “barn raising” (adding that new much needed space to enlarge the family), encouraged us, prayed for us, cheered us on and now those contributing for this last leg. You are ALL a part of the miracle!
On top of all that, life around here just doesn’t stop – still working on multiple things for JECHS, chauffeuring kids to appointments, lessons & practices, homeschooling (life is school!), wrapping up my National Scrapbook Day event from last Saturday along with upcoming CM events that have begun registrations, preparing to speak at a women’s retreat at the months end and of course taking time to snuggle that cute little blond boy. (oh and did I mention a major plumbing problem that needed attention immediatly – thank you Mr Plumber – Roy Hale – once again you were my hero!)
In the midst of the whirlwind…I got an eye infection – which ultimately paralyzes me with pain and makes it hard to do much computer work, driving or being out in the sun. In fact laying there with both eyes closed is the best therapy. At first I screamed (in my mind of course) – “Lord I don’t have time for this!” and then as I laid in my bed with a warm wet wash cloth over my eye I realized that about all I could do at that point was spend time in prayer. There’s a thought! That is what we should always do first during “crazy” times of life anyway – but I am such a “doer” that sometimes God has to go to extreme measures to get me to STOP & pray. My eye is getting better today – but I will still be stopping to pray for all the details of this adoption – for the birth mother & father, for the adoption agencies and their staff, for a smooth transition, for the financial need, for traveling mercies, for the sweet baby girl, for her “cradle care” family (temporary family) as they say goodbye and for our family as we transition to this new exciting path for our life.
In the midst of your “crazy” whirlwind life – don’t forget to STOP & pray!