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When life gives you lemons…

You know the old saying…”when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”…well, I like to think of it like this…when life gives you lemons, just wait on God to make lemonade! Because, he will. In his perfect timing. Even if it’s not in the way we envisioned. (which it rarely is, right?)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

Last week we were given some devastating news. At least it was for us! We lost our precious girls in Ethiopia. It was news we didn’t expect to hear. I hadn’t let my mind go there, so maybe it was partially my fault for not being prepared for the “what if’s”. But I’m not sure you could ever be ready for the news that what you thought were your future daughters, were being returned to their biological mother. But we did hear that news, and they were returned…Monday to be exact. To a life that is so full of  uncertainties, and poverty that we can hardly fathom. BUT….the good news is that we have the privilege of lifting these precious girls up to the one that created them. All we can physically do now is pray God’s hedge of protection over their lives. Asking God to provide for their family the things we so often take for granted…a roof over their heads, enough nourishing food, clean water, love, a chance at an education, a relationship with Jesus, and on and on and on.

I am so thankful for my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Thankful that His shoulders are broad enough to carry our burdens, when we surely can’t do it alone. Thankful He has promised to walk these roads alongside us, so we don’t have to travel alone. I will be honest, I had to fight with all that was in me to not be angry with God. When we received the news, I kept quoting God’s promises to myself all throughout the day. It fought off the anger, and brought peace. I will probably never know or understand, this side of heaven, why He allowed us to fall in love with these girls that would ultimately never become our daughters. But He did…and I’m sure I will think about them for rest of my life. But I am now able look forward to the future with eager anticipation. Eager for what God has in store. Eager to see what his grand plan is. Eager to meet the children that he designed just for our family. Like a child at Christmas that is anticipating what will be under the tree just for him or her, I’m able to look to the future in a similar sense of awe and wonder. God is faithful, and I’m choosing to hang tight to that truth.

But what does that mean for us now? Well, we are going back on the waiting list for another referral. We are supposedly first in line for a sibling pair with one child over 5 years old. However, we may end up being given a referral for 2 unrelated children.  We are really hoping for siblings, but we will just trust in God’s infinite wisdom. He will send us the children he has for us….girls, boys, one of each…remember my anticipation from above…I’m trying to keep it as anticipation and not anxiousness! That’s a hard one for me. I tend to have a little anxiety over some things, so I will just pray my way through this part of the journey. I’m thankful God planned this out before the creation of the world, and I don’t have to try and muddle my way through it. Because, quite frankly, if I tried it my way…it wouldn’t turn out nearly as beautiful as God’s plan.

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We finally pulled out our fall decorations, after many requests from Ali. She is definitely our girl that likes the house decorated for whatever holiday is around the corner. She is already talking about decorating for Christmas. Though even with all the talking that she does, the actual work she puts in is limited. It pretty much consists of finding the tree that goes in her room, rummaging through all the decorations to find just which ones she wants on her tree, and making her tree just how she wants it. The end. Seriously, this girl loves, and I mean LOVES Christmas time! She loves everything that the season entails. But, she quickly retreats into her room after the novelty of decorating wears off. However, much to my surprise, she actually helped decorate for fall this year! I love fall. I do miss our days in Louisville when we could go apple and pumpkin picking though. It just topped off the season. Fresh apple cider and crisp apples right off the trees, simple pleasures that are just hard to beat. Here in TX we are still in our hot season, though we are waiting anxiously for our other season that we shall just call “cooler”….the hot season we will call “too freakin’ hot to even be outside season.” So with that said…even just cooler would be nice. But I digress. Even though the weather outside is still warm, inside we try and make it feel a bit like fall. I still need to buy some apple cider and pretend we bought it at our favorite orchard in Indiana :). I shouldn’t complain, I’m not a huge super cold weather gal either. I pretty much love being able to spend time outdoors even through the winter…or our lack of winter.  But anyway, as we enter into this fall/Thanksgiving season, let us all have a reflective heart and thank God for the many blessings in our lives. I, for one, don’t focus on those nearly enough. I’m thankful for my wonderful husband, our health, children, our home, food on the table, TC’s job, privilege of homeschooling, Christian parents…..and the list goes on. May we always thank the giver of all good gifts. Why don’t you share some of your fall/Thanksgiving traditions with me. I love hearing new ideas. I am always in search of a pumpkin patch. We used to always enjoy picking our own pumpkins. Since living here though, we usually just end up buying ours at a farmer’s market.  I also need to whip up a batch of pumpkin dip (thanks to a friend in KY that shared it with me), it is so delicious! So……….to the recipe book I shall venture, to pull out some yummy fall recipes.

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Clark started back to soccer last week. His Nona and Poppy were able to come over for his first game. Confidence is definitely something that this boy does NOT lack. Haha! I do believe he thinks he is the best one on the field. When it is his time to sit out for 3 minutes, he is just on pins and needles waiting for the time to be up.

We took the children on a field trip Friday. T.C. had taken a day off, so we took advantage of being able to enjoy the beautiful weather. (it was a tad bit cooler that day) We went to George Ranch, which is near Richmond. T.C. had never been. Clark, T.C., and I were able to try our hand at lassoing. Ali was a little too cool to try that. 🙂 Actually, I think she was wishing she could walk off when we were all doing it. We try and seize any opportunity that we have to try and embarrass her! Just kidding…sort of.

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T.C. finally got his red door. Let me explain, for what seems like forever T.C. has wanted a red front door. I like that it means welcome, forget that it sometimes is related to Feng Shui (because we are SOOOO not into that!). I also love the Biblical comparison. So with that said, we now have a red door! (and you are welcome to drop in any time)
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He had so much fun painting the door (ok, perhaps a little sarcasm there) that he also painted one of our bedrooms. It is the room we are eventually going to move into, so that we can have a larger playroom/t.v. room for the kiddos. Our master is huge, and we just don’t spend any time in there. It makes much more sense to trade rooms (even if our future bedroom is small…and by small I mean tiny!). But, now it is a bright and cheery yellow. I love it. He did a great job painting it. Thanks honey!! I’m just not a painter. Ok…I seriously even hate the very idea of it. Period. I will do the emptying out of the room, reorganizing after the painting, etc. But just please don’t make me do that taping and painting. 🙂 Does anyone out there feel my pain? Anyone? I’m not lazy, really I’m not. I just happen to dislike painting very much (and between you and me, would sort of just rather pay someone to do it…ok I said it). It wouldn’t be a very good use of our finances, hence why hubby did the work! We now have one room down, and I don’t really want to admit how many we have left to go. So I will just say the painting isn’t finished yet. But I think I convinced T.C. to save our pennies and hire someone to help with the downstairs…our 2 story entryway is a bit much to tackle alone.

I will finish up with a couple of Clark funnies that happened within the last week. When we were in the car the other day I asked Clark, “George Washington was our first…” and Clark answered, “first born son.” (ummmmm, not quite) He then added, “George Washington D.C..”  Then the other night at bed Clark had a stuffed animal and he said he needed to name it. So I asked what he thought would be a good name and he said, “Abraham.” I asked (a little puzzled) why he wanted to name the bear that and he said, “Abraham Lincoln Log.” So, as you see…back to the drawing board for history!! 🙂

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

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October 13, 2010   2 Comments