Colin & Noelle

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Update.

Thank you all for being so patient with me over the past few months as I have neglected blogging. I’ve recently had multiple friends and family members approach me wanting updates after such a long period of quietness and I thought to myself, “Wait, I’m not talking enough about our adoption? That's a first. Well, I guess I better get on that!” So here is where we’ve been since our last blog post in May…

As we finished up our nearly three month adventure in temporary parenting in June, we seemed to launch into a season of busyness that has only recently subsided. Of course, just when all else is calming down, we find ourselves at that time of the year where we need to update our home study. Ah, well. C’est la vie!

So while we're off chasing paper this month, and may not be back for any updates any time soon, I want to catch everyone up on a few things.

1. Our Updated Number.

We received our update on August 1st. While we get updates every month around the first, this was an especially AWESOME month. You see, the most we have ever moved, on a GREAT month, was 8 spots. But for most of this year, we had been moving only a few spots at a time. It was getting a little discouraging. But in the month of July, there were 8 referrals just over the 4th of July weekend. After hearing this, I found myself feeling surprised, followed by feeling slightly guilty at the fact that I was surprised. I believe in a God who created the entire universe, but I’m shocked in the fact that there were 8 referrals? Really? I was convicted that I hadn’t been praying bold-enough prayers. So Colin and I decided to pray for God to double those 8, and bring at least 16 referrals (whether or not they affected our placement on the list). That seemed crazy. Nobody in our adoption group had ever seen anyone move more than 8 or so spots (and some of them have been on this list a while). Not to mention the months where some families move no spots. As the month went on, there were a few more referrals. But we weren’t positive we had reached 16. So we kept praying. Then August 1st arrived and we learned that we had moved 15 spots. We went from #46 to #31. Total referrals? We were told that 18 families received referrals, consisting of 19 children total. What an answer to prayer!

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21

2. Updates On The Young Girl Living With Us.

We recently had the chance to visit with the young girl we had been watching in our home. She seems to be doing very well, and I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see her. That girl will forever hold a very special place in my heart, and I feel so thankful for the opportunity we had to pour into her life for a small window of time, as well as to see her doing so great in her new home! I promise you that while that was probably one of the most challenging seasons of my life, it was also one of the most rewarding. I am so THANKFUL for that experience. Seeing her reminded me again of how blessed I have been to have had the privilege of walking through her struggles with her, despite how taxing and brutal they were on us some days. Every moment of every day we spent with her was worth it in the end. Because she is worth it. And because as much as I had planned to invest in her, God used her to teach me quite a few things. Is it not completely remarkable that when we intend to bless others, we often find ourselves on the receiving end of a blessing?

 3. We Have A New Fundraiser This Month!

A friend of ours, Wendy, sells Scentsy and has offered to donate her commission from sales to our adoption! If you have never bought Scentsy, I vouch for it – enthusiastically. We purchased two warmers a while back and I received a mini one as a gift, and we love using them! They have a variety of great scents, and if it wasn’t for us needing to save for an adoption, I would probably end up spending way too much on Scentsy products. ;) Also, if you are not in a place to buy Scentsy this month, please remember Wendy in any future purchases as a way to say thank you for the kindness and support she has shown us!

If you would like to order, please go to this link:

*Find where it says “My Open Parties” and select our party where it says, “Buy from Party”. This will ensure the sales go towards our adoption! Thank you!

Thank you for making it through this entire thing. And thank you for those of you who have been asking us about our adoption and anticipating our updates with us! We are excited to be getting closer to a referral and feel so blessed that so many of you are eager for that day as well. That support means so very much to us! :)