Monday, August 26, 2013

1000 Gifts: Myrtle Beach

#1200: A beautiful end to a wonderful (all-be-it wild & crazy) summer~

 Thank you, Gramoggie & Poppa, for loving us so well!!!

and the list continues....

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It's official!!!

Our TA (Travel Approval) has been issued
by the China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption, 
granting us permission to travel to China to finalize our daughter's adoption!

We leave in 2 weeks!!!
Praise the Lord! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The waning days of summer

Three days ago, my eldest son boarded a plane for Colorado. The night before had been filled with packing & organizing & re-packing & chatting about the week to come, so when the clock blared loud at 3:15 a.m. (who flies out at 5:30 anyway??!), his demeanor was tinged with both excitement and exhaustion, anticipation and... hope.

Several hours later, he landed in Colorado Springs with a few of his fellow teammates, and from there they made the short jaunt to the Olympic Training Center where they're working hard this week, training for a dream.

Parenting truly is bittersweet.  On the one hand, children are supposed to grow up! God designed them that way, after all, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But when I watched my oldest babe stroll out the door-- suitcase in hand, adventure on face-- the tumult churned anew. Because the big girl in me was jumping up and down, cheering for all to hear... here comes my boy, and I am so, SO proud. But deep down inside, where no one but the Lord could see, a terrible ache spread slow... because my son is growing up.  All too quickly... growing up.

Thankfully, we live in the modern era.  Praise God for cell phones-- he called!-- and we talked long, and oh, how I rejoice in the gifts of the Lord!!

As we await his return, we pack and play and run and swim-- anxious for summer's last hoorah.  Back to the beach we go (as soon as we pick up our sure-to-be weary traveler from the airport), back to the glorious expanse... where earth meets sky, and the heavens truly declare His glory!

There are days when I wish summer would linger forever-- days on the sand, days that move slow.  But then I remember the beauty of seasonal change-- my favorite being next in line-- and I breathe deep the provision of the Father.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.

Psalm 34:8

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We're.almost.there. {!!!!}

So what they say is true...

waiting truly IS the hardest part.

But now, after almost 18 months since we (officially) started this amazing journey, the finish line is clearly within sight!

Within 2-3 weeks, we should receive our Travel Approval (issued by the CCCWA... granting us permission to make Consulate appointments & thus enter the country to adopt our little one), and 2-4 weeks thereafter, we'll be leaving on a jet plane... hallelujah!

Sing to God, sing in praise of His name;
extol Him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before Him-- His name is the LORD.
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in His holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
He leads out the prisoners with singing...

You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary;
the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.
Praise be to God!

Psalm 68:4-6,35

Monday, August 12, 2013

1000 Gifts: The beach

Last September, I stopped counting. After entry #1181, I simply set my "pen" aside and silenced the habit I'd grown to love.

Now, almost one full year later, it's time.
Time to dust off my camera and find a nugget-o-time
to capture our journey and savor the goodness...
to acknowledge His goodness and marvel at His grace,

His love too wonderful to miss.

O LORD, our Lord, 
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:1

Cape May, NJ... my mama's childhood stompin' ground

For one whole week


The roar of the ocean

The porpoise at play

Waves to jump, shells to collect

And color-- COLOR!-- everywhere

Chairs for resting

Company for keeping

Rocks for climbing

And time.
To soak it all in, to cherish each bit, to taste and see...

That HE is good!

Critters for finding

And walks along the shore

Cat-naps on the sand

And seaweed hair

Endless laughter


Thank you, God.

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
Were every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade

To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry
Nor could the scroll contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky

O love of God, how rich and pure
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song

~F.M. Lehman

and the list continues...