Thursday, July 26, 2012

When Life Gives You Lemons

Adam and I are gearing up for the week we look forward to all year! We'll be headed to Burton, Texas to be counselors at Camp Periwinkle! Camp Periwinkle is truly a magical place where children with cancer and their siblings can get away from it all and have a total blast!
Although we'll be exhausted, Adam and I will walk away from the week feeling rejuvenated, grateful, and full of perspective.

 The campers are truly an inspiration, and we all have so much to learn from them! Adam went to Camp Periwinkle as a camper when he was undergoing treatment. He definitely represents a light at the end of the tunnel for all of the kids at camp. I love to watch him interact with his campers, it's a tiny glimpse into what an amazing father he'll be!

To learn a bit more about camp, watch the video below...
**If you look closely you can see Adam dressed as Tony Romo at the 0:16 second mark**

Also, I started my training schedule this week for our race in October. If you're interested in a program that has runs planned 3 days a week, check out my plan below! I'm excited to have a running plan that has 3 days of running per week rather than 4. Once school starts it will be difficult to keep up with training. Also, did I mention that the Chosen Marathon for adoption has a kids fun run?!? It's a 1/3 mile run for kids 11 and under! It's a neat way to get the whole family involved!  



Adam has been waking up three mornings a week just before five in the morning to go on his training runs. His commitment is such an inspiration. Every step forward is one step closer to our dream of becoming parents. 

We turned in all of our paperwork for our home study. The process will take around two months to complete. This is discouraging because our original goal was to have the home study done before school starts, but I know these things take time. Plus, we're hoping to fly to Jamaica and turn in our dossier, so having more time to plan/prepare for that will most likely be a good thing. 

Continue to pray for us as we move forward in this process. Also, pray for our week at camp and all of our sweet campers! 


On a particularly discouraging and exhausting run the other day I spotted something bright in the distance. I was panting, sweating, and had just come up with several legitimate reasons why I should research more stationary ways to entertain myself. Curiosity got the best of me and I ventured off the trail to investigate this seemingly glowing object. It was then that I encountered this random lemon in the grass with Phillipians  4:13 written on a piece of masking tape. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." God works in mysterious ways. It was exactly the motivation I needed. I jogged back to the trail and felt refreshed and ready to finish my run.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Our God is bigger




           First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been reading our blog since we made our adoption journey "Facebook official". We were blown away by how many people reached out to us to say congratulations and offer their sweet encouragements. We feel so blessed and honored to have
so many friends, family, acquaintances, and even strangers who are willing to walk through this journey along side us.

         We traveled last weekend to meet some friends in New Braunfels and take part in the Orange Leaf half marathon & 5K. I ran the 5K, and Adam ran the half-marathon. The race fell perfectly in line with Adam's training to run the full marathon for our fundraiser in October. It was an awesome weekend filled with friends, laughs, and chafing. Shout out to Court and Marshall who ran the half with Adam. They are also running in October. I beat my record for the 5K, but more importantly, I beat the girl next to me who was unaware that we were in competition when she passed me abruptly after the starting line.



         As part of our home study, Adam and I are required to take ten hours of online adoption classes. We have learned so much about international adoption and the risks associated with it. I was feeling a bit anxious with some of the information I was receiving as I read, but then I immediately reminded myself that God is bigger than any roadblock, or situation we could possibly face.

        My heart aches some days because I feel so ready to be a momma, yet have no idea when that day will come. The Lord knows the desires of our hearts, and he is bringing tender mercies to us each day as we walk this road.

     It is easy to fall into the world of risk, fear, and worry, but  I am combatting these feelings with prayer and scripture.

2 Timothy says, "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self discipline."


I am grateful for all of the information that I'm learning, and look forward to learning more. We are turning in all of our paperwork to the agency that will be performing our Home Study tomorrow. Please
pray that this will be the first step in a speedy and positive home study process. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Congratulations

                                                                        Amen.

I had the honor and privilege of rocking my sweet friend Rachel's baby, Mattie Kate, to sleep this weekend. There is nothing more peaceful and calming than a sleeping baby. As I was rocking Mattie to sleep I couldn't help but pray...

"Please Lord don't delay the day when I get to rock our own sweet baby." 

We're beginning to announce our news more publicly now. I didn't like feeling that it was a secret to be kept. In reality, it is an announcement to be celebrated, and I am almost bubbling over with excitement. Maybe my tummy isn't growing, but the reality that we will soon be parents is.

I get the feeling that people don't always know how to respond when they get the news that someone they know is adopting.

I've had several encounters lately when I tell people that Adam and I have some have exciting news. I typically get the quintessential high pitched squeals and clappy hands, but then when I throw them for a loop and say that I'm not in fact pregnant, but adopting, they stow their clappy hands and instead respond with an quaint "how nice" or "wow, that's great".

It's ambiguous news, this I know. This process has  an unclear timeline and is an unpredictable journey. However, I still want the clappy hands...I still want to celebrate the fact that we are expanding our family, and will, at the end of all this, have a child that we will love and cherish forever.

Ultimately, what we want to hear is "Congratulations!", just like any other expecting couple. We're excited to share our news, and we covet the prayers of our friends and family.


**We're still gathering information for our home study. Our goal is to have our entire dossier completed and sent to Jamaica by the end of the summer. We are also working diligently on our race fundraiser for our team, Baby Steps. Please let me know if you have any questions. We're also working on another fundraiser. I can't give too much away yet, but it involves cookies. Get excited!