Kevin and I had a busy New Year's weekend! Kevin was invited by Trinity Baptist Church from Southaven, Mississippi to lead a retreat for their youth students at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, TN. We were absolutely delighted to be able to spend time with the youth minister and his wife, Brad and Elicia Walker and their student group. Brad and Elicia have two biological children and have also been able to experience the joy of adoption by adopting their third son domestically. I absolutely loved talking to another adoptive mother! She had so much wisdom and advice to share! We were blessed by what God taught us through this weekend!
Now it’s 2012 and I wonder what it will bring for my life. I wonder if Kevin and I will be able to travel to Africa to pick up our child. I wonder what this next year of youth ministry will bring. Etc, etc, etc. I think, worry, and wonder about many different things. I was reminded that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). No matter what 2012 will bring I can be certain of God’s beautiful attributes. What happens next year will NEVER change who God is. God is the meaning and purpose of our lives. I have tried to tune out the clatter of what our culture says our lives and goals should be! I pray that I would reflect God in my daily life and that I would love and serve other people for the sake of the Gospel. Take the time today to pray that you would live 2012 to glorify God by serving and worshiping only Him!
Where we are in our adoption process…….
We had our final meeting with our social worker on December 26th. She has made a couple changes to our home study paperwork and we are currently waiting for our agency to approve it. Once we get it approved and finalized we will be able to 1) Send in our I-600A (Immigration paperwork) 2) Start applying for grants and 3) Finish our dossier. Our dossier paperwork is coming together nicely and we are currently just waiting to receive documents back from several people that need to sign or produce a document for us. Hopefully we will have our dossier completed by the end of January! Woo Hoo! Keep praying for us!