We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Here we go again....

It happens every single time we get close to an adoption milestone.  I'm sure you have heard it from me here before.  I'm sure you will hear it from me again.  SATAN has his hand in our adoption.  Or, he is trying to anyway.  If we bring our Sara Joy home, she will learn of the truth of the gospel.  Satan will do just about anything to make that not happen.  Including wreck havoc on our home.

First it was the issue with the floors.  They are FINALLY getting done.  We had a set back last week, but they should finally be done on Monday next week.  We had a problem with the downstairs air unit about a month ago.  Tonight we came home, I went upstairs to give Anna a bath, and it's H.O.T. up there.  Now I guess the upstairs unit is not working.  SERIOUSLY?  We have had so many financial demands on us lately it is unreal.  I'm not really complaining, because fortunately we are able to pay for it all, but it sure isn't easy and the savings isn't what I want it to be.  We have had spacers put in for Anna's teeth, Cameron goes for an orthodontic consult tomorrow, our dental insurance is terrible... we pay up front and then when it's convenient for the insurance agency to reimburse us, we see a portion of it back.  We've had to contact the Dr. office several times to have them bill the insurance for Cameron's broken arm... and broken arms are NOT cheap.  The truck had to be repaired to the tune of $1400 and now all of this....And to top it all off, it's stinkin' HOT in SC right now.  I think today it was 107 maybe.  Anyway, it was hot. 

I've said it before though, as determined as Satan is to put an end to this silly adoption thing, this mom is more determined to finish what God has started in our family, and it certainly isn't considered silly.  Silly would be getting upset about what I knew would be coming.  Did I think Satan would just take a back seat and let it all happen?  No!  He's proven his determination too many times before.  Now he's probably just MORE determined because we are soooo close to our Sara Joy officially becoming our daughter.

It just frustrates me.  Doesn't Satan know he won't win?  I guess he knows he won't win, but feels good making us miserable in our determination?  Who knows! 

All I know is that it is tiring.  It's tiring for me, it's tiring for Tim and it's tiring for the kids. 

To top it all off, Pearl decided her dinner wasn't enough for her last night, so she helped herself to about 1/2 of a small wastebasket full of paper and other items - plastic teeth flossers, etc.  She should be expelling it one of two ways anytime now.  My luck - she'll need surgery to remove it!

Tomorrow's post will be more upbeat, I promise. 

Any encouraging words would be appreciated.  I'll start -

"Come on Charity, keep it up!  You can do it!" 

Hopefully your encouraging words will work better on me than mine did!

In Christ (that actually is encouraging)


Veronica said...

Charity, hang in there! Satan can do his best to make life miserable, but in the end, God is in charge! Sara Joy will make it home soon - just keep your eyes on the prize!!

Prayers for all of you!

Corinne said...

I totally get this post!!We have to just be really strong to power through what we know is right and not let anything stop us. It certainly tests our faith but, I am trying to remember the gift we will recieve for keeping strong and NOT let anyone take this away !Hang in there with the heat too. Send some of it out to Ca. since it has been a cold summer here.

Heather said...

I'll give you a spider, hehe.

You'll win the battle! Evidentally satan doesn't know how spunky you are!

Gina said...

Charity, This is unbelievable! You are certainly being tested, but it sounds like you are taking it all in stride. So how was the rest of your week? I am still waiting to hear something from Lisa. Would be great to hear something tomorrow. :) Here's hoping for good news!