Friday, November 11, 2011

Movie Night ...

It's chilly so we have a fire going, we're sipping on hot chocolate and watching one of my all time favorites White Christmas!! Hope you're enjoying your Friday night.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We got this today.....


I am in shock.  We have only been waiting 45 days for this.  This is our official letter of acceptance from China stating we can adopt Linnea.  Usually LOA's take about 3 months to get.  Some of my blogging adopting friends have been waiting a long time for theirs.  So you are probably wondering what this means now.  Well we are still waiting on a referral for Kaylah Joy.  We are hoping that will come soon.  As soon as we get her referral we will wait on a PA (pre-approval) which takes about 2-3 weeks and then we will wait on her LOA which as I said before takes about 3 months.  Please pray that all these things would come quickly as we are ready to bring our girls home. I know God is sovereign and His timing is best.  I rest in that.  

Orphan Sunday

November is National Adoption Awareness Month and I am thankful that so many are opening their hearts as to what God would have them do in regards to orphan care.  Since David and I have become involved in the whole adoption process God has not only opened our hearts for our own two daughters but we also feel deeply convicted about the plight of the orphan in general.  Did you know that there are 147 million orphans in the world today?? If every orphan held hands and you drove past each one at 60 mph nonstop (1,700 each mile) it would take two months.  Every few seconds an orphan dies of a preventable disease.  The statistics are unbearable.  While I know we cannot adopt all 147 million children we can pray for them and we can tell others and pray that God would stir in the hearts of those around us.  The great thing is we are getting to watch Him do just that.  We have 5 couple friends who are also in the adoption process and we have seen countless other friends become involved in other ways.
This past Sunday was Orphan Sunday.  I am so thankful that we belong to a church who desires to see our church filled with faces that are not all alike.  And I am thankful for the challenge - it was a message from one of our pastors that lead us to the journey we are on right now and it actually wasn't even preached on Orphan Sunday.  But now that we are on this journey our hearts are in much different places Orphan Sunday is much closer to our hearts.  So in trying to help our kids understand what it means to be an orphan and some of the challenges that orphans face we decided to have this for dinner.....


Just rice.  It made for an interesting meal and dinner conversations and to be honest made me quite THANKFUL!!!  Some kids only get to eat this one time a day.  I honestly just cannot imagine.  I can't imagine what it is like to be cold or lonely or even hungry.  I am, we are way beyond richly blessed.

Full of Questions....

Lately Nathan has been full of questions and for that I am soo thankful!!  We have had such great conversations and many opportunities for me to remind him of the gospel.  I love how he thinks through the Bible - for example he recently sat down next to me as I was reading my Bible and says this...
"Mom I have a question.... you know the books of the New Testament start out Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.... so how come Jesus dies in Matthew but he's not born until Luke 2???!!!"  Thankfully that was an easy one to explain - they haven't all been that easy.  And actually the subject matter of his questions can vary.   This next story is for my sister - she would be proud...

This past Tuesday was a voting day - but only for the city and we live outside of the city limits - so our polling location was not open.  This concerned Nathan greatly.  Here is how that conversation went....
N: "But what about President Obama??"
M: "Well we are not voting for the president today but if we were mommy would not vote for President Obama - because he does not value many of the things God values and we want to honor God." (I explained some of the issues that do not reflect the character of God and he suggested some as well so I knew he was getting the point.)
N: "Well what about Ken Steele?"
M: "Who is Ken Steele??" (I am clueless to who this is - much to my dismay and I am not proud to admit sorry Shannon!!)
N: "I don't know." (getting all embarrassed)
M: "Do you know where you heard his name??" (thinking maybe a commercial or something - I still don't know who this is and we just dismiss the conversation, drop Luke off at school and head home)

On my way to pick Luke back up from preschool I see this.....


This is who Ken Steele is.... guess he saw enough of his signs to know they meant something!!

Wow....

God has been so gracious to us and I always want to be consciously aware that it is His graciousness alone that makes anything possible. We are so thankful for the cards and emails you have sent to us on behalf of our adoption journey.  Here is one of the many ways God has been so gracious to us...

I recently went to our mailbox and found a letter addressed to us from a name I did not recognize. (Because we are on the world wide web here I will make up names for the purpose of this story.) The return address label said Tony Williams.  I thought to myself who in the world is Tony Williams??  I opened the letter and there was this note in it....

"The Pruiksma Family"
Such a beautiful and wonderful thing you are planning to give a new life to two beautiful young ladies.  Just think what a wonderful life the will have and to be living with a beautiful family.  And most of all they will experience love and be wanted!! Best of all things-
"Polly and Tony Williams"

Included in the note was a donation for our adoption fund.  I still am so clueless as to who this couple might be - The names were so unfamiliar to me and the handwriting made "Polly" look like "Dolly" so here I am trying to figure out who in the world are "Tony and Dolly." I really have no idea!! But I am so thankful as God uses whomever He chooses.  I called dad thinking he might know them because the return address label looked militaryish...- he didn't know them.  I left a message for David thinking maybe it might be someone he knew that I didn't.  Then the lightbulb came on - its not "Dolly" its "Polly" as in "Tony and Polly"!!!  They are an older couple that are regulars at the Fayetteville Dwarf House.  I waited on them often when I used to work there and of course David knew them because of his many years there.  And I was just overwhelmed and blown away!! This sweet couple whom we have known for years only through CFA, who probably attended our wedding as many of the regulars at the Dwarf House did, blessed our lives in ways they will probably never know.   Who knew so many years ago when I was waiting on their table - that they would be intertwined in our lives again and ultimately making an impact for the kingdom.  I am amazed at God's goodness and thankful for Chick-fil-A and how He has used it in our lives.  




This is just one of the many stories I could share in how God has been so good to us.  We are beyond grateful.......

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dear Luke....


My Sweet boy,

We love you so much!! You are so generous and kind and most of all LOVING. You have such a sweet spirit about you.  You care so much about what others think - and I want you to know we are so proud of you - especially for working so hard on your ice cream scoops.  You are doing such a great job in school learning and writing your name.  You are definitely our quality time little man!! Mommy had such a fun date with you this weekend and I look forward to having another one soon.  We are so thankful God has placed you in our family.

The "Christmas List...."

David and I usually are not really into the kids making a big Christmas list and telling us all the things they want for Christmas because we don't want to emphasize Christmas being all about getting presents and we don't want them to have set expectations.  They love getting all the catalogs in the mail and circling things they would like especially the "hunting magazines."  However this year while we were out of town one evening Nathan was really having a hard time with going to bed and there was much crying and drama - so we suggested he be allowed to have a flash light and some paper and write down a few things he might like for Christmas......thus he made a "Christmas List."  I am going to put a picture on here for you - and as you can see it is 2 pages full.  This list made us laugh soo hard!!  I will translate it for you below but I am going to use his spelling and punctuation - and possibly put some comments to the side.  Rest assured our first born dreams big!


PAGE 1:
Night Stand!                                                                                       
Book Light!                                                        
pup                                                                  
walky-talkys!!                                                
a small tv! (this will never happen)                  
some legos!                                                      
cook book!                                                        
Modls!                                                              
hunting toys!
gi-Jos and some gi Jo things
some PJS!
a power wiels for weler!
10 Nerf guns!!!!
army stuf
a new Laptop!!!!!!! (what is he thinking??)
reymote catrol snow mobel !
some Wii things!!!!!!!
some tools with a saw and vest!!!
dirt bike!!!!!!!!!! (he drew a dirt bike - I can't replicate that)
a tree house
two tny pecees of wood
a box of nails!!!!
some paper
some cards!
a new jakit
a tikit to six flags
thas it!! (that is until we get to page 2)

PAGE 2:
cow boy bots!!!!!
air soft gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cell phon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (again not happening)
some bace balls!
Ninga stuf
an art esl with some pante
air soft hand gun!
a fish!
soem pens!
some tom and Jury movies

And that my friends completes his list.  Hope you guys got a good laugh we sure did!  He dreams big and we love him for it!! Love you Nathan!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ladybug

Ladybugs and adoption are a big thing in China. I am actually not sure what the correlation really is so I need to do my research. However on this day Orphan Sunday we saw a ladybug in our van on two separate occasions. Whatever it may mean in China I am taking it as a reminder from our sovereign God that he is in all the details of our adoption and I am thankful.