Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mini Update - News and No News

One of my favorite people asked me today if I was okay, because she hadn't heard from me.I haven't blogged in awhile. 

Truthfully, I was waiting until we had more news about the girls at least. 


It felt like Fall this morning for the first time!!!


The MRI for each girl was supposed to be immanent and important  (for Hope especially). We've bounced around from orders not being put in (a wonderful nurse putting them in finally and equally not happy they weren't in yet after a week and a half) to the debate whether the MRI should be in one city or another (long story) that has nothing to to with us now, but is so strange (another long story).
Basically, there is no news on that front and I just don't want everyone to worry that I've officially lost my marbles and disappeared forever (smile).

We just have nothing. 

On the Timothy surgery front we have nothing either.

We do have other things happening, many good.

Our granddaughter visited today and she 
wanted the tangle teaser instead of a toy. 

Financially (thanks to God's blessing and our loved ones) we were able to "catch up" where we needed to immanently.  God answered many prayers and we are so grateful.  We haven't been in a situation exactly like that before.  Please continue to pray for God's provision as we still have some unknowns in the next couple of weeks and have Christmas on the horizon...... AND PRAISE HIM. HE brought us out of a place we hope to never go back to...a need greater than typical (even after an adoption). GOD IS GOOD!!!!!!!


A special little boy named Levi got to hang out with us
for a bit.  He loved the little girls and was so tender with them!


Life is not exactly easy yet. 

Most days we are weary right now. There is just a lot. 

I purposely made no doctor appointments or therapy appointments this week. 

The cool thing?  IT'S WORTH IT!!!!  Our children are HOME. THEY ARE IN OUR ARMS. GOD IS GOOD!!!!

I sit here SURE I have forgotten something.  I truly don't know what though.  Please feel free to ask questions. My brain is kinda mush. 

Below are our prayer requests... as always. We really do thank you for praying. I KNOW God is listening and it means so much!!!!

Please pray...
1. For Hope~That her surgery and recovery goes beyond perfect (and that Grace will not need the surgery). Please also pray we are able to get the MRI's scheduled NOW.
2. For Timothy~That his little heart understands a new surgery and we don't have regression in his attachment during this time. Please pray that the surgery and recovery (in a couple months after his hips get stronger) go wonderfully...and that he will be able to walk independently. Please also pray that we can get a time set for the next time we need to go across the U.S....and that God blesses it. 
3. Provision for our family (specifically for one major bill two weeks from now, the remainder of birthdays, and Christmas). For medical bills/debt to be paid off, IF it can be GOD'S WILL, before the years end.
4.PLEASE pray for Tom (Elizabeth and Alessandra) for blessing in testing and advancement toward their future. (Tom is in the military.)
5. Please pray for provision, health, and blessing for Sarah, Ivan, and Isabella.  This has been a harder season for our oldest daughter and family. 
6. Please also pray for good for our children and grandchildren. We long for BIG joy and "good" for them. They've sacrificed joyfully so much. I want to give them so much, NOT stuff...things, but just big joy. (If that makes sense.)
7. Please pray (this should have been first) that Thomas and I glorify God in the hard stuff. Seriously, this should ALWAYS be the top prayer. Please pray GOD GETS ALL THE GLORY. (Hope and peace is nice, but glorifying God is our greatest wish.)

Thank you guys...again. Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth. We feel like we've been looking ahead to just each hour, each day...instead of weeks or months at a time. 

Maybe that is good.  

All we know is GOD IS GOOD. Hugs and love!!!

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Wish for One Day ~ Another Surgery

I had a wish after yesterday.  I texted it to my husband.

I wished for one day without biggish medical news...no surgeries...no surprises. Two days in a row is enough for anyone.

I'm hoping that day is today.

Yesterday we traveled through the rain and (no joke) traffic jam after traffic jam on a tollway and two highways.  We headed to four appointments at our local pediatric orthopedic hospital.  It was Timothy's turn to have a "medical day' (as we call it).

We brought most of the boys (Max, Gabe, and Timothy).  Ben doesn't do well at any medical facility.  We also brought Grace and Hope, as I knew it would be a long day and they wouldn't do well away from me.  There's still a lot of fear in their little bodies.

Though we had physical therapy and ordered a new walker for Timothy,



it was the first appointment of the day that through me for a loop.  Finding out a surgery we thought was minor, was instead...ARGGGG (that's a technical term)...has me still in a bit of a place where these medical surprises don't seem real.


Timothy has pretty severe tibial torsion below the knee on one leg.  This causes his foot to turn straight in and makes it difficult to walk easily.

You can see the tibial torsion here.

They will be cutting through his bones below the knee (how the doctor described it)....or cracking it with purposeful fractures/breaks (as some sites say) ..... and shifting his whole bone to position his foot to point to the front (from what we understand).  I don't know if I'm explaining things as they were pretty difficult to hear.  The doctor was positive and confident, but if you can close your eyes and just feel in your heart what it feels like to know what will happen to a little boy that has already been through the ringer....I'm feeling a bit ill.  I know this is all to increase his ability to walk independently (and it will), but the pain and casting Timothy will need to go through again in just a couple of months (once they feel confident the hips are strong and totally healed).  I'm really not even able to process this at this point.  They also said that another surgery will most likely be needed on one foot that is tipped on it's side a bit (without his AFOs).

First the news about Hope on Wednesday and then Thursday's news about Timothy leg and foot...

At the end of the day, Grace still had energy and Hope crashed.

Maybe it doesn't seem huge to some, but Timothy has been through a lot.  He will be in pain and casted again in the not too far off future.

There was a wait in our second to last appointment of the day.  The boys laughed and chatted....

This was after the last appointment 
of the day to fix Timothy's AFOs, but I loved
seeing how big brother and little brother enjoy each other.


 ....and I texted one of my friends and husband...and the tears silently started falling.  I didn't want to cry and saw Gabe notice, but I gave him a small smile and tried to act like it was nothing.  I didn't want them to worry.

They have this beautiful faith of children.  They just smile and stand in confidence that everything will be okay.  They've been through hard before.  God is handling it.  Dad and Mom are handling it.

I have confidence too.  God is in control.  God is good.  That truth doesn't change.

I reigned the emotion that felt like it was choking me.  I got out my phone, the boys still joking, and noticed my brother posted the absolute stupidest (funniest) video of a cat.  I don't laugh at those, I don't...but it was exactly what I needed to just get me mind from reality to silly. 

I do silly.  I love silly.

Sometimes it's hard to share the truth about my heart.  I know some will judge. We've been through it.  Truthfully, we know it.

It's not a accusation, but something we've faced before.

Most of the time I'm mama bear and it really doesn't even phase me.  Even now, I don't buy into the judgement when we know we are following God, but I'm tired.  I'm not just worried about the children, but have worries of this world as well. 

The master of lies loves to whisper how "not enough" we all are, doesn't he?  Bleck!

I told a friend of mine that I'm not sure if not sharing is out of pride (but I didn't think it was), humiliation (because three years of an adoption process has been just draining in every aspect), or I was just sick of it...but I was tired of asking people to pray about finances (and God's provision).  I was tired of playing it down with "there is always an element of financial recovery after adoption" (though it's very very true) or " it is normal at this point" (though it absolutely is), and the "we will be totally fine, we always are, God has this" (which is the most absolute truth we could say).  This financial recovery is hard.  It's hard to be in this place and asking for prayers AGAIN for finances...and needing them in a big way.

These things weigh on me though.  There are other concerns, but these surgeries, finances, everything just seems to be looming.

Even writing this, being this honest, is a rough one though.  Will I hit publish?  I don't know.  Other people are in this place, so why should I ask for immediate and intense prayer for us?  I don't even have the answer with the tired place I'm at.  Give me 24 hours and I'm pretty sure my brain will turn back on.

Maybe I'm just tired and need to sleep for twenty-four hours.  Ya, that's actually pretty likely (smile... through the mess of water on my face).

That's my "today" though.  That's my "wading through how honest I should be on a blog".

I'm weary.  I'm tired.  I'm not sure today I'm particularly wise or discerning.  Maybe tomorrow I will be.

In my effort to be honest, maybe I should just press "publish".  (Well, you will know what I did if you are reading this.)

Tomorrow is another day.  We have 100% success rate in surviving thus far (chuckle).  So for now God's truths...not just for me, but for you too.

GOD IS GOOD.

GOD IS ALL POWERFUL AND THERE'S NOTHING THAT IS A SURPRISE TO HIM.

GOD UNDERSTANDS HARD MORE THAN ANY OF US.

GOD IS THERE FOR US EVEN WHEN WAVES OF HARD WASH OVER US.

GOD SEES THE BIG PICTURE, SO EVEN THOUGH WE CAN'T, WE CAN TRUST HIM TO BRING HIS PLAN TO FRUITION.

THE THOUGHT OF GOD'S SMILE AND LAUGHTER BRINGS JOY TO MY HEART EVEN NOW. (Maybe that's just my truth.)

So there's this my friends... a "tired mamas real and a bit of a mess" truth.

Thank you for joining us in prayer.  There's nothing more I can ask for right now, except for a life giving intimate relationship with Christ for you...all of us...our kids.

Hugs and Love....

PRAYER

 1. For Hope~That her surgery and recovery goes beyond perfect (and that Grace will not need the surgery).
2. For Timothy~That his little heart understands and we don't have regression in his attachment during this time. Please pray that the surgery and recovery (in a couple months after his hips get stronger) go wonderfully...and that he will be able to walk independently.
3. For our current financial situation.  There is immanent things.  It has to be God.


4. Please pray for safety (and blessing) for our son in the military. (Tom, his wife, and our granddaughter)  There is nothing immanent, but praying for our military men and women (and their families) is huge on my heart.  Let me know if you have someone in the military we can pray for.
5. Please pray for Ivan and Sarah. Please pray that Ivan is blessed with a full time job quickly. 
6. Please pray for our long time friend Jimmy.  Please pray for a blessed full time job ASAP.  He and his family are a precious gift from God.  Please pray blessings on the four of them, as they bless so many.
7.  Please pray for the Wood family at the loss of their son Jack.  This is long term.  The earth shifts on its axis at times like these.
8.  Please pray the large Asian nation four of our children are from opens back up to many families who are disqualified due to new rules.  We have many precious friends that were in process and this his painfully and hard.
9.  Please pray for those who have suffered through many natural disasters around the world.  Please pray for peace that passes understanding and that men and women come along side them.
10. Please also pray for good for our children and grandchildren. I long for big joy and "good" for them. They've sacrificed joyfully so much. I want to give them so much, not stuff...things, but just big joy. (If that makes sense.)


"Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 
He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak." 

Isaiah 40:28-29

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Neurosurgery and the Unexpected

I have several half written blog posts waiting in the wings. They are fun and light and full of adorable pictures, but they needed to wait.

These two little girls had a special appointment this morning.  It was unexpected.

Did I mention Hope got glasses?! 

Loved Grace AND Hope's faces!

They just crack me up!

I think our family lives in the castle of the unexpected (chuckle).

Last week Grace and Hope had cervical spine and hip x-rays.  Friday we got a call from our pediatrician.  She wanted BOTH the girls to come in on Monday.  They had found something.

Today we spent talking with one of the leading Neurosurgeons (a God thing).

It was a girl day.  Grace and
Hope were just NOT interested in a picture.

Background: Children with Down Syndrome sometimes have something called Atlantoaxial Instability.  This is when (as the doctor explained in easy terms) the C1 and C2 vertebra slip out of place (at the base of the skull).  Sometimes it's just slightly and never really needs correction, just monitoring.  Looking at technical papers, it seems like this happens in an average of 15%-20% of children with Down Syndrome.  Their flexibility (hypotonia) contributes to it.  Of that 15-20%, only 1-2% will need surgery.   It's serious when it gets to that point. (We are not doctors, but this is the information we are finding.)

Both Grace and Hope came home with this.  It seems unusual that both would have it, but God knew (smile).  Most people live completely full and healthy lives (with a tad bit of caution and periodic rechecks).

Today we saw a leading Neurosurgeon to evaluate their x-rays.  This surgeon is considered one of the best. After looking at the x-rays it was found that Hope DOES need surgery.  Even I could see the difference in her x-ray.  It was (honestly) a tad breath taking...not in a great way.   (With Grace, there is a very slight possibility she will need surgery, but unlikely.)  They will each get a sedated MRI shortly.  (Even that has its risks since we don't know how they will react to sedation.) We will then see the doctor one more time to schedule surgery. This surgery is at the base of the skull and is very involved. We've been told pins and plates are used to stabilize the vertebra.  

It's a bit hard to process.  Hope can still play and such, but the doctor has requested no other doctor or therapist does anything involving her head/neck area and just to be cautious. 

God is present throughout this story, some parts we are not yet sharing publicly.  GOD is present though.  It's beautiful.

He has Hope.  He named her for this reason. (Yes, we believe HE named her Hope~Glory.)

We also found out last week that Timothy will most likely need a more minor surgery and one leg cast again (in addition to the surgery on his wrist).   The thought of Timothy having to be cast at all again breaks this mama's heart a bit.  



I have to remind myself, we are in a medical marathon, not a sprint, and we are blessed to be able to walk our children through it.

All these events together have us taking a deep breath and swimming in water deeper than we could have pictured a few years ago.  It's beautiful that God knew what we could handle even if we didn't.  We are forever thankful.  

I think sometimes we change the gospel when we say, "If it's hard, it can't be of God."  We are asked to do hard, THAT is Biblical.  I don't want to be comfortable in this life.  Peace? Yes, and times of rest from trial.  Comfortable? No, being very uncomfortable for God is better than any comfort in this life.

So we ask for prayer...for Hope, Timothy, our family, and several other things below (several less serious).  

Thank you for joining us in this life...walking along side us.  This is huge.

 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, 
He hears us.
1 John 5:14

Medical Prayers
1. For Hope's surgery, that it goes perfectly.  Please pray for the surgeon's hands to know exactly what to do (and all those involved), a quick recovery, and safety for our precious Hope.  Please also pray, that if God Wills, Grace does not need this surgery.
2.  Please pray for Timothy and his future surgeries, that God guides the timing, the beautiful healing, and walking.  

Family and Friends Prayer Requests
1. Please pray for safety for my son in the military. (Tom, his wife, and our granddaughter)  There is nothing immanent, but praying for our military men and women (and their families) is huge on my heart.  Let me know if you have someone in the military we can pray for.
2. Please pray for Ivan and Sarah. Please pray that Ivan is blessed with a full time job quickly. 
3. Please pray for our long time friend Jimmy.  Please pray for a blessed full time job ASAP.  He and his family are a precious gift from God.  Please pray blessings on the four of them, as they bless so many.
4. Please pray for our financial recovery.  It always is recovery after an adoption, so not completely unexpected.  We KNOW we will be okay, but ask for prayer (smile). 
5.  Please pray for the Wood family at the loss of their son Jack.  This is long term.  The earth shifts on its axis at times like these.
6.  Please pray the large Asian nation four of our children are from opens back up to many families who are disqualified due to new rules.  We have many precious friends that were in process and this his painfully and hard.
7.  Please pray for those who have suffered through many natural disasters around the world.  Please pray for peace that passes understanding and that men and women come along side them.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Isabella and Good Things

As we wade through medical things with the girls, mini blessings pop up all around.

I admit that I woke up this morning in a horrible mood...just bad.  I had gone through the weekend sick and, as every mom knows, the house isn't quite the same as before you went into the sick zone.  My husband is amazing and tries hard, but he has to juggle work as well.

Looking at the house made me...ummmm...grumpy.

God adjusted my heart very quickly as he laid deep and heavy concern for friends on it.  Some are evacuating Florida and some going through the fire, which they KNOW will bring refining, but it's painful none the less.  It's wearying and rending.

What brought peace to my heart was a little thing, but then I guess a nine month old baby is.  God knew I needed to see my oldest daughter today, her husband (who never fails to make me smile), and our little Isabella Grace.
Who needs a basket full of toys?!
 I have a brush!

I was able to watch her for just a little bit, while they enjoyed a bit of Mommy and Daddy time.  Isabella is good for my heart.

Wait...Grandma has a camera.

My Aunt Anna is SO cool!

She then climbed up into my lap, buried her head in my chest and hair, closed her eyes, and went to sleep.



It was after six, so I was only going to let her sleep 20-30 minutes.

I tried waking her, and this was the result.

Wake up FAIL

Finally, I saw eyes.


 Half asleep, she saw Grandpa.


She gave him a HUGE smile, hugged him, then snuggled back up with grandma.  She was so sleepy.

You may wonder why I write about this.

Sometimes stopping and enjoying what you have brings the most peace.  In such a rushed world, as ours often is, slowing down can bring such contentment.

Our children are joy.

Thomas and I have also appreciated the kindness of others today in events that are typically stressful. 

Our vehicle registration had expired.  We had to get the registration renewed (as well as our handicap placard).  Instead of waiting in a long line, a woman at the information desk (after meeting the children) took care of it all for us.  It took almost no time.  She asked us a lot about our family and our cuties...and just showed kindness.

A little kindness can make a world of difference in a day.  I don't doubt for a second that God was behind it (smile).

After we arrived home, Thomas ran the van down to get the brakes worked on.

Side note: We girls get to go on a little trip tomorrow, while the boys get "guy time".  We are going to see another part of my heart (including another adorable itty bitty). 

When Thomas arrived to pick the van up at the dealership, we were given a surprise.

As many of you know, two years ago (in a media event), we were given our current beautiful van.  We had never had a new car.  This was a gift from God.  (Seriously, the story behind it is a total God story.) With the van came a warranty of six years or sixty thousand miles (though this did not include brakes). This has been AWESOME for us.  Today, when Thomas went down there, we found that someone had upgraded our warranty.   It now covered 100,000 miles and included brakes.  Was it an individual or the company? We don't know.  This is massive for our family. 

Please understand, we don't come out of any adoption with savings.  We use everything at our disposal to bring our children home.  When something like brakes happens within the first year after an adoption journey, we just don't have it.

Yet God....

Thank you, whoever did this (if you read this blog), for taking one thing off our "how are we going to do this" plate.

Thank you...seriously...

So today, though my heart hurts in ways I can't share (situations that are not mine to share), we are blessed.


Thank you all for your continued friendship, support, and prayers.  They mean more than words can say.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Immanent:
1. Please pray that our (half of us) trip tomorrow is safe and the trip back on Saturday as well.  It may not be long, but I'm the only driver.

Prayer Requests:



1. Please pray for those still trapped (and devastated) by Hurricane Harvey and MANY natural disasters around the world.  I'm just beginning to read about them.  Please pray the fires throughout the U.S. are brought under control and that Hurricane Irma (and the other 
two developing hurricanes) dissipate and calm.  Please pray for the families of those lost in India and that part of the world to a monsoon.  Please pray for recovery...everywhere.


2. Please continue to pray for the Wood family.  The sudden and traumatic loss of Jack is not going to be over in a day, a week, a year.  They need continued prayers.  This trauma leaves waves that will be felt for a very long time.  Please pray for triumph for their family.

3. Please pray for my friend Julia and Rob.  They were in Ben's birth country adopting their newest child (and will be returning).  This country works different than many.  Please pray that every mountain is laid flat before them and that their child comes home.

4. Please pray for our friends the "A" family which were beginning the adoption process to bring home their new daughter.  Their new daughter suddenly passed away this week.  Please pray for peace that passes understanding.

5. Please pray for Ivan, my son in law, who is looking for a job.  Please pray he finds the perfect one quickly.

6. Please pray for ALL our health, that we can get well and stay well this year.  (Please include our adult children and grandchildren too.)

7. Please pray that we can find a schedule and routine (even with many appointments) and can stick diligently to it.  I don't know how to emphasize how important this is to make a large family work.

8.  Please pray God makes it crystal beautifully clear the next steps for our family
in serving Him.

9. Please pray for the continued attachment of Hope, Grace, and Timothy.  They are still in the journey.

10. Please pray Thomas and I can be the patient parents that God wants us to be, diligently serving him while raising our zoo.

11. For about six months or so after every adoption we are in "financial recovery".
Please pray for this for us.  It's always a bit hard, but we are fine.
God is good.

12.  Please pray that China reopens their hearts to big families.  They have
blessed us with amazing children, but new rules put in place no longer
allow big families to adopt.  They previous had a program that allowed, at times, for waivers to happen on a case to case basis.  I know many that cannot go back without
a waiver to this new rule.  They no longer allow waivers either. Can you
please pray that this changes?  Please also pray that closed countries (to adoption) open back up.   Many children wait and many wonderful
families are waiting to go.  We 100% know that many children here and 
around the world need homes.  We just want to stand in prayer for ALL children to be valued and cherished by a family.




Monday, September 4, 2017

Seventeen and My Wierd Self

I almost made it.  I did.  I had two things I longed to do on this extended weekend.

One, our special surprise that we had for the kids.
Two, I longed to go to Church.  This would be the first time for the girls.  I miss our family there.  I miss part of our village.

It's been five weeks since we've been home from a large Asian nation.  The first two to three weeks we knew we needed to keep the girls home.  We needed to get blood work back and check on Hope's heart before exposing them to any possible new germs.  We then had Grace's hospitalization and had to circle our wagons and recover a bit.

Strep then broke out...and another virus began going around.   Ironically, the doctor thinks the girls probably got it from one of the multiple specialist (or hospital) appointments we had.

My body stayed pretty strong.  I had to rest rest rest after coming back with the girls, but during the two weeks of illness, my body kicked some rear (smile).  I didn't get sick.

Friday night was my first hint.  You see, I'm weird...
*My heartbeat originates on the opposite side of a typical person.
*Until I was thirty, I would drink caffeine to make me go to sleep.
*My temperature drops if I'm getting really sick.  No doctor has been able to tell me why, but my oldest daughter is the same way.  My husband says I feel like ice.

In a warm house, under a blanket, fully dressed...not feeling good...my temp dropped to 97 degrees.  Ugg...

I was determined to not get sick and fought with extra vitamin C and some other natural "helps".

The next day came our surprise for the kids.  The "happy" is exactly what our kids need.  We don't have extra right now with all the appointments, BUT were blessed with some free tickets (and were able to get VERY reduced tickets for the remainder we needed).

It was hot and two weren't able to go (in our party of nineteen), but this was a blast (and a first for quite a few)!  Our teens each were able to invite a friend.

Sarah, Isabella, and Bekah
Isabella was fascinated by the lights in front of her.

Jael

Thomas and Ben

Grace, Hope, and Timothy

Noelle and Anna
Noelle, as well as being a friend of Anna, is Ivan's sister (who is married to our oldest daughter).

Max and Reid 
(Reid is Amy's son, who went to bring home Grace and Hope with me!)

Gabe and Rachel

Anna and Reid

There were LOTS of light and action.  One little miss named Isabella had eyes like saucers.


It's blurry, but I LOVE how big her eyes were in this.

My brother Steve and I were there too, just didn't end up with a picture.

I think the biggest joy, my favorite part was the kids.  Their joy is priceless!!!!



Who doesn't laugh and gasp....AT THE CIRCUS!!!!


One by one the little ones fell asleep.  Isabella conked out first.  She was so excited that it wore her out.


Next was Hope.  She wasn't too impressed with the circus.  The loud noises didn't make her jump and she'd watch the lights for a bit, but soon fell asleep as well.



Grace was nervous.  She climbed up me and would peek, but this was a little much for her.  She didn't cry or seem to hate it, but it made her nervous.  She seems a bit more aware of her surroundings and takes a bit longer to adjust.  She relaxed too though, in her Mommy's arms.  (I love saying that I'm her and Hope's Mommy.  I could say it a million times and not get tired of it!)


Just in time for the craziest part of the circus.

The Motorcycles


Three motorcycles in a tiny little ball.  None of us could breathe while they were doing this.  I admit thinking they had lost their minds (smile), but still...we were breathless.




We don't usually get to go on big vacations or go to some of these special events.  There's a lot of us (in case you didn't know...bwhahahahahaha).  

This was such a special treat.

The Gang...with Noelle behind the alien.

Being able to go to the circus was a blessing and a gift.  It was a time of fun, especially for the kids.

I came home with a fever.  I don't run fevers except as a second step when I'm really sick.  Yuck...I'm fighting though.  I am refusing to be taken down by a silly virus (smile).  

Well, goal number two didn't happen AGAIN this weekend....Church.  I appreciate prayer that we will be able to get there soon.

So, my husband spent his weekend taking care of me and the kids.  He's kind of amazing.  I'm just sayin'.   

I'm even now in bed, throat hurting, but nothing horrible.  

I look forward to being well.  I'm now the last person that needs to reach that goal.

Thank you for hangin' with me.  I know I'm it's a bit unpredictable (how often I write).  Yet, getting to know many of you has been such a joy.  .

May your night be blessed!!!!  I may be sick, but my night definitely still is!

 "..give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Prayer Requests:

1. Please pray for those still trapped (and devastated) by Hurricane Harvey and several natural disasters around the world.  I'm just beginning to read about them.  

2. Please continue to pray for the Wood family.  The sudden and traumatic loss of Jack is not going to be over in a day, a week, a year.  They need continued prayers.  This trauma leaves waves that will be felt for a very long time.  Please pray for triumph for their family.

3. Please pray for my friend Julia and Rob.  They were in Ben's birth country adopting their newest child (and will be returning).  This country works different than many.  Please pray that every mountain is laid flat before them and that their child comes home.

4. Please pray for our friends the "A" family which were beginning the adoption process to bring home their new daughter.  Their new daughter suddenly passed away this week.  Please pray for peace that passes understanding.

5. Please pray for Ivan, my son in law, who is looking for a job.  Please pray he finds the perfect one quickly.

6. Please pray for ALL our health, that we can get well and stay well this year.  (Please include our adult children and grandchildren too.)

7. Please pray that we can find a schedule and routine (even with many appointments) and can stick diligently to it.  I don't know how to emphasize how important this is to make a large family work.

8.  Please pray God makes it crystal beautifully clear the next steps for our family
in serving him.

9. Please pray for the continued attachment of Hope, Grace, and Timothy.  They are still in the journey.

10. Please pray Thomas and I can be the patient parents that God wants us to be, diligently serving him while raising our zoo.

11. For about six months or so after every adoption we are in "financial recovery".
Please pray for this for us.  It's always a bit hard, but we are fine.
God is good.

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