Tuesday, November 27, 2007
posted at 11:41 AM
Friday, November 23, 2007
posted at 10:21 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
posted at 8:52 AM
Monday, November 19, 2007
Psalm 141:1-2 NLT
The Second Thanksgiving "The year was 1623. The Pilgrims had been in the New World for two and half years. The first Thanksgiving of 1621 was only a memory by this time because this summer's drought was jeopardizing everything. Not even the Indians could remember anything like it. The settlers had planted more corn than before, but without any rainfall, there would be no harvest. Daily they had prayed that God would send rain, but he hadn't answered. As the psalmist did in Psalm 141:1, they were begging God to hurry.Finally, the settlers set aside an entire day for prayer and worship. As they went for worship, the "heavens were as clear and the drought as like to continue as it ever was," yet when they left the meeting, "the weather was overcast, the clouds gathered on all sides." For the next 14 days there were "moderate showers of rain," according to Edward Winslow, one of the Pilgrims.The Indians watched and were amazed at how the God of the new settlers had answered their prayers, and that year, after the harvest, a second Thanksgiving was celebrated with the Indians joining in as well."Hurry up, Lord," we often prod, wondering why the Almighty doesn't seem to be in as much of a rush as we are. Sometimes we need to set our watches to his clock.
posted at 9:05 AM
Sunday, November 18, 2007
...To get to know many new friends. On Saturday evening we met friends for dinner that have adopted from China back 4 years ago. Dave, Jan & Emma. A year ago we had met them at our local grocery store. We had so much fun on Saturday...maybe because we don't get out that much...but just being out and talking about adoption made it fun. There's always something new to learn that's for sure.
We first met them at their house to pick up things that Emma had out grown. I'm sure we will be able to use them down the road. Totally adorable dresses. We then went to one of many restaurants that opened recently in our town. It's a Stir-Fry type restaurant. Really great food. Pretty healthy too...except for the cheese cake we ordered afterwards. :) Because it was a fairly new restaurant it was pretty crowded also. It's so hard to believe that our town has developed so many new restaurants in the past couple years. I think for the longest time we had maybe two. And one wasn't opened for dinner. Now it's hard to find a parking place.
posted at 7:25 PM
Friday, November 16, 2007
Since my last post I've been able to get a little more information to try and understand all this with Vietnam and US. It's been really complicated to understand in some ways...Ask 5 different agencies and get 5 different answers. "Yes, we're not accepting any more applications" to "We are still taking applications"...etc. Things have to be renewed...license, etc. This will all take place by next March 2008.
I received an e-mail from someone from one of the agencies...and she did explained it better than others had...below is what she wrote.
"The information which you heard about the risk of Vietnam might close its adoption program to the U.S. families is correct.
The 3-year adoption commitment between Vietnamese and the U.S. governments will end in 2008. There are several meetings being held to discuss on establishing the new one. However, the chance of Vietnam closes its adoption program to the U.S. might happen if the U.S. does not show a better respect to the host country. The Vietnamese government is not happy with the way how the U.S. Embassy has been doing their investigation on the children without the permission and co-operation from Vietnam. I hope the situation will get better when two sides can get together to figure out a better way to run the program.
Up until now, there is no official announcement of closing the adoption program in Vietnam. We are still helping the families who are currently in the program as well as receiving new applications.
With better knowledge on the preparation for adoption dossier to Vietnam, Amy can help you answer more questions and assist you through the process.
If you have any questions or concerns about the adoptions in Vietnam, please do not hesitate to reach one of us"
So to be on the safe side...we just might wait until March...so we really know things are settled and agencies are accepting application again. If that's the case...we would maybe stick with the same agency we started with. A lot just aren't accepting new application right now or any time soon. The fact that this particular agency could have taken the money and not said anything...and then things could have been on hold. This will also give us a better idea of how things are progressing in China...By March...they could be up to Feb for referrals. Sure wish I would have been in that month. :(
posted at 2:10 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The news from Vietnam isn't good. Yesterday we spoke with our agency regarding sending the contract and money to them. From the conversation with Judy T...it looks like things will be on hold with Vietnam adoptions until March 2008. This was not good news at all since this was one of the only other places for singles to adopt from. There will be a meeting the end of this month and there should be more information after that...then another meeting in March. So until then...there's nothing we can do. We were so much hoping that things were going to work out for Vietnam and next year we'd be traveling there. But right now it's not looking like it at all. So it looks like right now we'll be heading to AZ/CO next year. But right now anything goes!
posted at 9:13 AM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Under his wings, what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to his rest! Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ Matthew 6:34
So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.
He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. Psalm 91:6
posted at 11:16 AM
A few weeks ago we did a photo shoot with all the dogs. We've wanted a picture of all of us somewhere in an outside setting. It was a perfect day. The dogs were pretty good except when they saw another dog. We had a great photographer...I will post his website on here shortly. He's local and does a great job.
posted at 8:32 AM
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"And I am sure that God, who began a good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
Philippians 1:6 NLT
Revelation 14:12 NLT
posted at 2:48 PM