Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One Year Later...

Well, we have hit another adoption milestone...I am still trying to decide if it can be considered an "accomplishment" or not. Saturday marked the one year anniversary of our application approval for our adoption. We had certainly been praying long before that for our children, and waiting on God to give us the "green light" at the same time! If you would have asked me then if I thought we would still be waiting to see their faces, I would have said "I certainly hope not!" But now, although I am certainly praying that we do not see another year go by, I rest assured that our Father has seen their faces, and has the perfect date and circumstance established for one of the most memorable days of our life! I excitedly anticipate and dream about that day, and can't wait to share it with you! Until then, let's eat cake. Any one year celebration needs cake, right?

Blessings- Kindra

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Mercy House

A friend sent me a devotion from Kristen Welch today introducing me to The Mercy House...a maternity home in Kenya that provides an alternative for abortion to Kenyan girls and women living on the streets. The Mercy house provides them with nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching, and job skills.

Check it out...will God stir your heart for the Mercy House?

Blessings, Kindra

Friday, September 24, 2010

Meeting Martha...

Sometimes God places people in your path when you are least expecting it. That happened when He blessed me today @ Dillards...the Estee counter to be exact. I was doing some shopping for my beautiful niece, Tess', birthday when she stopped me. Proudly sporting one of my adoption t's, she stepped in front of me and said "can I read your shirt?" (Here I was thinking she wanted to spray me with something :)

She exclaimed, "Where did you get this! I LOVE IT! This is where I am from- Ethiopia!" (pointing to the place where it would be in the Africa outline)... Oh my goodness. Seriously!? I went on to excitedly explain our adoption, to which she exclaimed, "You NEED me! You need me to teach you some things about my country and to cook for you- breakfast, dinner, holidays! And, I have two teenagers that would LOVE to babysit!" What?! God- you are amazing.

Our conversation continued excitedly for another 10 minutes. Sweet Martha, that is her name, Martha. She gave me her card, added her home phone number and repeatedly said, "Please, please call me!!" I told her that she could not possibly know what a blessing it was for me to meet her today, to which she responded that it equally blessed her. She is a Christian woman, serving as a volunteer in Children's Ministry at her church (just the icing on the cake...) and has been in the United States for 24 years. It is so important for her to keep her culture alive and to teach her children about it as well. The genuineness of this woman's heart was such that only God could have placed her in my path here today. God- I never cease to be amazed by the blessings you give this undeserving girl...

"My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth." Psalm 121:2

Happy Birthday, sweet Tess Noel. You are one of a kind, my love.

Blessings- Kindra

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Not your normal nesting...and other life craziness!

Wow...life has been a bit crazy lately, starting with a bad case of "not your normal nesting"! My husband has convinced me that men nest in their own way. I have concluded that a major project that creates MORE chaos and MORE dirt does not fit into the category of "nesting". He is still trying to convince me...

We are having the carpet replaced with wood in our house, and the wood that was already present, refinished. It was a project of necessity, as the floor in our living room was starting to sag and sway and in need of reinforcement. We decided that pre-baby(ies), post-summer was the best time to start it. Then, the time actually came, and here we are! YUCK! We are just thankful that we have the opportunity to get this done, and can't wait until it is!!!!!!!

Because of the craziness of our home, specifically the emptiness of the area where our bed usually goes, the significance of the pile where we normally sit, and the layer of dust you see covering all major surfaces, we had the chance to get away for a couple of days to just be together. (Gracie too!) That was a much needed blessing amongst all this craziness- a few quiet meals with my hubby and a chance to just "be". Gracie LOVED the beach, as usual. She stops to smell (or taste) every piece of seaweed she sees, and loves to chase the birds. It never gets old watching her.

Mostly, this life craziness has been a futile attempt to diminish the discomfort of the wait for our little one(s). We are so excited and anxious to see their face(s) for the first time, and as we get closer, we struggle more with the wait. It was very peaceful to watch the sunrise and know that it is the same sun that is shining down upon our baby(ies) face(s), streaming through the window where they sleep, and kissing their cheek while we cannot. We love you little one(s). We are waiting on our Father to tell us it is time to see you, and until then, He is holding us both!

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3

Blessings- Kindra

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

September Update

Well- here they are. New September numbers. We are right where we thought we were on the unofficial list... AND, more importantly, we are right where GOD WANTS US! I am so thankful to lean on Him as I report this update:

4- Boy

6- Siblings

9- Girl

Proverbs 4:6-9 is one of the first places in the Bible that personifies wisdom. It says:

"Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor."

Wisdom is a necessity on this journey to our children, and when we asked for it, He blessed us as He promised in that Scripture. He blessed us with peace that surpasses the understanding we requested, and the patience and trust to make it through each day, and the next, as we wait. Thank you, Lord, for the protection of your wisdom, and the crown of peace we wear as we wait. Thank you for the grace each day we fail to remember Her watchful eye.

Blessings, Kindra