Elissa is such a sweet, bloggy friend of mine! I have enjoyed getting to know more about her over the past few months through our (in)courage group. I wrote a guest post for her a few weeks ago, and now it is her turn! As you read from my post yesterday, my family is smack in the middle of adoption proceedings. I think it’s rather appropriate for Elissa to share part of her own adoption story.
Let’s boast in the Lord together!!
Dear Baby Doll~
I meet you today. You don’t know me yet. And I don’t know you.
I’ve seen a few pictures of you and your pretty blond, curly hair. You had on a Minnie Mouse shirt. Do you like Minnie Mouse?
I hear you like to wear bows in your hair and sparkly necklaces around your neck. We have plenty of each at our house. We even have sparkly fingernail polish. Won’t that be fun?
Our family has prayed for over 2 years for our Baby #3. When we filled out the paperwork at DSS and went through the 8 hour training course we had no idea we would be waiting so long. But God’s timing is perfect.
In a few hours when I see your tiny face and your large eyes, I hope you can’t see the trembling of my hands and the flutters of my heart.
I’m so scared you might not like me.
But even if you don’t like me, God has chosen to put us together. I will start out being your Foster Mama. And I pray that a judge will choose to let my family become your Forever Family through adoption.
You don’t know me yet; and I don’t know you. But I know the God who knows us both.
And I plan on introducing Him to you.
Your New Mama
The family and I went apple picking this week. It’s just a good fall thing to do. And if you are near southern North Carolina and can drive to a great place to pick apples, I recommend Sky Top Orchard. Continue reading
Hmmmm….it’s Friday AND this is Smile! It’s Friday #13….I hope no one is superstitious!
So my 6 year old son lost his first tooth!
We don’t “do” the Tooth Fairy. Besides, I don’t think we could afford her anyway. But my husband and I decided to mark this monumental time period by giving out $2 bills for each tooth. (I’m very glad we have quite a stash saved from over the years!)
Have a FANTASTIC Friday!!
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Next month, a new installment of “I Will Boast in God” will begin. That means I am looking for people willing to write a short “boast” that will encourage believers in their walk with the Lord.
So many times we get tunnel vision as we go about life. We forget that God is at work around us. I want this series to show how God is at work everywhere and every day. If you have a story that boasts in the majesty and glory of our Creator, please consider submitting it for the series.
Here are the requirements for a submission: Continue reading
Quick! What does this picture immediately bring to your mind?
I walked out of the office, saw this set up, and thought, “I need the camera! This is funny!”
Did you happen to think this?
Have a HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Share a Smile!
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The kids and I went to visit family while my husband was on a mission trip to Nicaragua. We had a great time. We even took a quick stop in Savannah to ride one of the ferries. But THIS was my drive home:
I have been under a great deal of stress before, but I don’t think I’ve been under such intense pressure for such a long time. I drove through FIVE hours of pouring rain and flooding. I was terrified I would either hydro-plain off the road, or someone would run into me. I decided to get off the interstate because it had become a parking lot. Instead, I drove on smaller two lane roads. At one point in one little town, the police were blocking roads because of the water gushing down the street. Continue reading
I took this picture today:
If you are a photographer of sorts, then you know it takes about 30 pictures before you get one good one worth using and keeping for anything. So after about 60 pictures, I came up with this one…and a handful of others. Continue reading
Having the camera handy allowed for many picture opportunities, including a surprise visit to the cockpit once the plane landed.
To those of you who follow FFS regularly, you know that my family recently went on vacation for two weeks in southern England. This whole vacation was a great learning experience for us. Over the next few weeks I am going to write a simple series for planning and implementing a large vacation overseas. While some of the tips may be focused on England, many will be general traveling tips.
1. What MUST you do to make the trip worthwhile? Have everyone going on your trip answer this question before you begin planning. The answers you hear might surprise you. When I asked the family this question, their answers included Stonehenge and Big Ben. I hadn’t thought that explicitly, so this information was good for me to know. I could make those excursions happen. This question also narrows down sight seeing options when there are TONS of things to see and do. I found myself so overwhelmed with what I wanted to do, and I knew we didn’t have the time. So the answers from my family helped quite a bit. Continue reading