Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Finish Well

Today I was listening to a sermon about prayer.  Jesus, facing death, prayed for God to save him from going to the cross.  When that prayer was not answered with a yes, Jesus still acknowledged that God's way was best, and finished what was before him, and finished it well.

Finish well.  Complete it well.  Even those tasks that are beyond me.  Do them well.  God won't necessarily pull me out of the situation, but he will give me strength to finish well.

For example, I feel called to be a stay at home mom, and it's what I want to be doing right now more than anything, but for now, I am called to be a teacher.  I have a job to do, money to earn/save, students to teach, and I need to do that well.

The loss of never being pregnant still stings, but for now, my sister in law is pregnant.  I want to be there for her to the best of my ability, and so I will go into the maternity store and support her (and actually have fun), and do it well.

I've often wondered why I bother to pray for things specifically when God already knows the answers and outcomes, but today I was encouraged that prayer spurs on hope.  And that is something of which you can never have enough!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day And An Update

We celebrated Father's Day with my dad (pop-pop-to-be), step-mom, sister, brother, and sister-in-law.  Jocelyn and Josh are going to be welcoming Baby J (I call it that because they are both Js, so I am assuming this baby will come out with a J name whether they want that or not!) in December.  So, along with my dad, we celebrated Herb and Josh, who are the daddies-to-be (thanks Mary, for including us on felt special).  My step-mom, Mary, found these oh-so-appropriate onesies for the daddies-to-be (Josh the carpenter, Herb the musician).

In other news, there have not been any situations coming down the pike for a few weeks now.  Just now I was taking a shower and thinking about that, and in turn praying for more patience and God's timing.  And wouldn't you know it, I came in the office to check my email and low and behold - another situation! 

I try not to get too excited for these things anymore, especially because I know some of the other waiting families, and  how much longer they've been waiting.  But, I'm glad for some movement in the Bethany office.  At this point, I think I'd be almost as excited for Brandon and Kristen as I'd be for ourselves! 

Friday, June 18, 2010

And the winner is...

suthrnatheart03!  Send me an email at, and we'll get started designing and creating your piece of wall art!  Thanks to all who played along!

Now, for those of you who didn't win, guess what?! You have a chance to get yourself a piece of wall art, too!

With much encouragement from my husband, I have decided to launch an Adoption Fundraiser. (Look, there's a new fancy tab at the top of this page!)

We completely believe that God will provide the finances for our adoption, and part of His provision will come through carefully saving and creatively using our gifts and abilities to raise the money.  For example, Herb spends a lot of time working with marching band, and I teach piano lessons.

Due to the response from the 100th Post Contest and my crafting in general, I've decided to make my custom canvas wall art available for purchase.

I am offering my services to create any type of custom canvas wall art.  These pieces include, but are not limited to quotes, Bible verses, numbers, monograms, and graphics.

Basic pieces of custom canvas will be 12"x12".  Other sizes will be available and priced on request.  Canvases can be created as a sole piece of art, or a series.

First 12" x 12" canvas - $25 donation
Each addition canvas in a set - $15 donation
Additional sizes and quantities will be priced accordingly (smaller = cheaper, larger = not cheaper).

$5.00 for each piece
OR if you are local to Gettysburg, Lancaster, or York we can arrange a pick-up or drop-off

Some examples:
12" x 12"

8" x 8"

Set of 4 - 6"x 6"

9 - 12" x 12"

To order, please email

Thanks for playing a part in our adoption journey and helping us get one step closer to becoming parents!  

And congrats to suthrnatheart03!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

On Suffering

Last night, my heart hurt.  I'm not sure if it was the new mom behind me in line at Salvation Army who seemed annoyed at her 2 week old baby, or the thought of precious little Roman entering the other side of the world.  I left Salvation Army with an ache of sadness, and cried on the phone about  Roman's arrival with his mommy.

And yesterday started out feeling SO good!!

I don't like to suffer, but I know this waiting time is drawing me closer to God, and closer to Herb.

You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. (Matthew 5:3-4, the Message)

I DON'T find it ironic that this is what I randomly read this morning from the Bible.  Especially, when I cried out to God in my car last night, again giving Him control of my dreams.

So, here is what else I read today:

1. Suffering helps us realize our urgent need for redemption.
2. Suffering helps us experience our dependence on God and our interdependence with one another.
3. Suffering helps us distinguish between necessities and luxuries.
4. Suffering helps us respond to the call of the gospel because we may have become so desperate that we cry out to God.

Please hear me on this - I know in the grand scheme of things, my baby ache is NOT that big of a deal.  I know there is far worse suffering in the world, but it would be an understatement if I told you that this was exactly what I needed to read.  My God is pretty cool like that.


P.S. Don't forget you only have till tomorrow morning at 8am to enter my giveaway!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

100th Post and A Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen?!  I have really had a lot to say I guess!

I have been planning my 100th post for a while now, and I think it is fitting to give away a prize to one of my dear readers to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Here's the prize:

1 unique canvas piece of wall art created by me!!  It will be any color(s) of your choice with any quote, Bible verse, monogram, or number - it's up to you and I!

Here's how you enter (4 chances to win):
1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Become a new follower, then leave a comment telling me you became one. (If you are a follower, leave a comment saying so.)
3. Repost this giveaway on your facebook, then leave another comment telling me you did so.
4. Repost this giveaway on your blog(s), then leave another comment telling me you did so.

You have until 8am on Friday, June 18 to complete these tasks.

I'm excited to get crafty for one of my faithful readers.

Also, hop on over to visit Jess at The Space Between today, and take a minute to appreciate your friends!

Monday, June 14, 2010


I don't know if it's meeting other waiting families or the onset of summer vacation, but I find myself feeling very patient and content right now.  That is such a blessing.  I'm not consumed by the thoughts of baby every waking moment, and I don't feel the urge to buy baby things at yard sales as much as I was doing.  Herb said I am appreciating where we are and what we're not going to be able to do when once a baby arrives.

Either way, being at this point is an answer to prayer.  I sure hope it stays around!!

In the meantime I am staying busy with lots of DIY and craft projects, celebrated an incredible birthday weekend with my man, and am looking forward to two weeks of summer fun before beginning classes.  I am getting together once a week with a scrapbooking club from work and catching up with friends I've been missing during the school year.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pass Along Cards

After reading about these cards on this blog, I decided this might be a good idea for Herb and I to do. 

I established a new website and email address that is not connected to our last names or personal information.  I ordered 500 of these business sized cards for only $30 from Vista Print

If you have any suggestions as to where we should hand them out, or if YOU would like a few "just in case," let me know.  I am going to start with community boards, and maybe some local pregnancy centers. 

It feels really weird to network your personal life.  But really, we need all the help we can get!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What Am I Waiting On?

Go ahead, answer that.  I dare you.

I bet you said a baby, right?

Well, yeah, kind of...

Funny how when God wants you to realize something, you hear it several times. First in email encouragement from my sister in law, then in conversation with another waiting family, and again this morning in church.

My impatient waiting has often been comforted by knowing that a baby is being formed in the secret place by God.  He knows when, he knows where, he knows how.  So really, I'm waiting on the Lord.  I am waiting on his timing.

God is never late, God is never early, God is on time.

Waiting on the Lord gives me hope, assurance and confidence.  I can wait for his best.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14

...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Friday, June 4, 2010

Going to Australia

Found this blog yesterday (after she started following mine!), and read this story this morning.  Love it!

On Adoption:

Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia. You've heard it's a wonderful place, you've read many guidebooks and feel certain you're ready to go.

Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.

So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia. All around you, excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you'll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait--and wait--and wait. Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like, "Relax. You'll get on a flight soon." Other people actually get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry, "It's not fair!"

After a long time the ticket agent tells you, "I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat." "By BOAT!" you say. "Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going by plane." So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place, and finally you decide to travel by boat.

It is a long trip, many months over many rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia. Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three more times, marveling about each trip.

Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined, and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage, and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather then by air. People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are about to travel only once, perhaps twice. Some say things like, "Oh, be glad you didn't fly. My flight was horrible; traveling by sea is so easy."

You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still, you know God blessed you with a special appreciation of Australia, and the beauty of Australia is not in the way you get there, but in the place itself.

By Diane Armitage printed in the April 21, 1995 "Dear Abby" column.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Full House

In the past three years of enjoying home ownership I have learned one thing for sure -

I LOVE a full house. 

I love kids playing with squirt guns and bubbles in the tiny back yard, people chatting on our porch steps under my out-of-season-yet-somehow-Parisian-Christmas lights.  I love preparing food with plenty of room in the kitchen for other people to join me.  I love conversations in the living room with people spilling into the dining/music/sitting room.   I even love waiting to use our only bathroom. 

And despite having only one bathroom, I truly believe our house is meant to be filled.  On Saturday night we had our families and the Blanks over for a picnic (about 15 people total).  After the party, 4 out of 5 bedrooms were filled with people sleeping (even the nursery got broken in!!).  It was great.  It makes my heart happy to have a warm body in every room of the house.

Maybe someday every room will be filled with a more permanent occupant than the occasional overnight guest.

Finally, how can I have a post with this title without including this video: