Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We'll Be Home For Christmas!!!!!

We'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on us
Please have snow and mistletoe
And meet us with a bus!

 Christmas eve will find us
Sleeping in a China City that gleams
 We'll try to be home for Christmas
And we'll be on the trip of our dreams

 We'll be home this Christmas,
We 'll be coming home to you
And bringing two boys from around the world
And then we'll get on our way.

 We'll be home for Christmas
You can plan on we
Please have snow
And mistletoe
And presents 'neath the tree

Christmas eve will find us
Where the China lights gleam
 We'll be home for Christmas
And we'll be living our dream
We'll be home for Christmas
Till then you'll be waiting on the Dz Crew Team!

Crazy Days!

The clock is ticking and I am so ready to not be paper pregnant anymore.  I am ready to get the move on and still we wait.  Wednesday night we all came to the same conclusion that stuff had to go.  As I have been posting things on online yard sale sites as well as on Craigslist over the past 6 months, things had started collecting in our garage.  I would post them and then we would put them in the garage waiting for that one person to want our junk.  Well, we realized Wednesday night it was now out of hand.  It just had to go.  So, the idea of a yard sale came to mind.  Cold? Yes. Short notice? Yes. Too much going on this weekend?  Yes.  But every dollar made would go to our fund and it would mean less junk we had to get rid of one trip to the Thrift Store at a time.  So, we did it.  We made signs, made coffee, posted on websites and had our big yard sale with a two day notice.  We met some really nice people, made a little money, and saw friends that came by to buy a little and support us.  Awesome!  When we came home after Church, we had so hoped that the stuff we had left would have magically disappeared, but it was still there.  With rain lurking and leering, we decided to box it up and move the furniture inside.  At the end of our driveway, still sat the couch.  It had spent all day on FB as a hot topic.  Everyone wants a couch, but they really don't.  They really want you to deliver a couch to them.  So after our incredibly long day, we all just collapsed on the couch at the end of the driveway.  We all sat and chatted, sang of few lines of the friends them.  We cozied up together on that couch that everyone and no one wanted, not even us.  We just sat there all four of us.  Exhausted and so done, we took a big, long, outside time out on the big ole couch.  We realized that the couch actually did hold 4 people, even though for months we had been complaining about it.  We realized that it really was comfy.  We realized our elderly neighbors walking their dogs in the dark saw us as a little kooky because we were sitting on an old couch at the end of our driveway late at night. We are a little kooky.  There are so many reasons that would be the appropriate word. The fact that we started this process with $1,000.00 in the bank.  We had no idea we would be adopting 2 when we started 14 plus months ago.  The endless support we have had along the way and just the whole process this time.  We are just in awe of it all.  That night we just sat and took a 30 minute time out to absorb it all and realize that our family is about change.  It is about to change forever.  We are so blessed and can not imagine how blessed we are going to be when the boys get here.    Best Crazy day ever!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Mountains Moving--- Tear jerker. Prepare. 

Psalm 115:1

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
    for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.

Marks wonderful Aunt passed away in March.  She had a stroke in December of 2012.  She was a beautiful person and was such of an encouragement to me in my Catholic Faith.  She told me things about the faith and was thrilled when the girls were Baptized and went through First Communion.  She celebrated in ways my non-Catholic family could.  She knew the importance of these life events for us.  She always had a kind word and was just an amazing woman. 
We grieved our loss when she had her stroke, but it was still just as painful when she passed away in March.  Back in the summer we visited with Mark's family and friends at her home.  It was our last trip there and it was so sad to all of us.  Mark's cousin asked us to choose any memento we might want to remember her by.  We got some books because she had an enormous library of books and we also chose a few personal items.  One was a Chalice that Mark's dad had somehow acquired for her.  I also chose her Brown Scapular.  I was not sure when she last wore it.  It is old and made with real wool and leather.  As the challenges of this adoption has gone on, I have found myself putting on her Brown Scapular and wearing it.  It reminds me to pray for her and her family and our situation as well.  I lost it for a week or so and it showed back up in one of my drawers.  It has wool on it so it can get caught in clothes.  I assume that is what happened.  I decided to wear it today and let her know that I was tired and weary of this adoption process.  I prayed about it and kept it on all day.

 Mark's cousin emailed him about a month ago and told him that once her estate items were settled he would like to send us some money for the adoption.  He knew she would want that.  Mark and I both thought of it as a blessing and were very appreciative. His cousin contacted us today for our home address.
He emailed back later today and shared a story. 
Aunt Lois was known to keep things that might be useful later. She had tons of linens and place settings in her home just in case a party broke out or surprise guests arrived for dinner or someone needed to stay over night.  She was always organized and together. Christmas cards done in November, birthday cards done ahead, things like that.   Her son had found a box of envelopes with stamps on them in her desk months back.  Some had labels on them and some did not. Being raised by a Depression Momma he thought he could put them to use.   He told his wife this morning to grab an envelope from the box, put a check in it for us, and address it.  When she opened the envelope to put the check in it had 150.00 cash in it.  They both were speechless. Mark's cousin said, "She blesses people even now that she is gone."  He told Mark tonight that he is sending all of it.  She obviously wanted us to have it. Out of tons of envelopes this was the one chosen, so it was meant to be ours.  I have always thought that I understood God moving mountains, but as this journey of ours continues, things are happening to us that only God can control. This is one of many stories that I am sure I will share. God will make this happen and as it unfolds He will be glorified in ways we can only imagine. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014



As a verb according to The Free Dictionary  it means all of the following

to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase; mortify.
 to destroy the independence or will of; subdue.
to make meek: to humble one's heart


A noun according to The Free Dictionary meaning 

"The organized activity or an instance of soliciting money or pledges, as for charitable organizations or political campaigns."


Together what these words mean to us. 

To open your life up for the entire world to see.  To say here is our story please support us.
 It means asking those that know us and don't know us to give to a cause they don't truly understand.  To say basically we have the money to support them, we just don't have it to bring them home.  And to open yourself up to ridicule and to have your children there to witness it. To have God work in ways you had not imagined!  To have people who don't even know you support you and pray for you!

This is a hard option and it is one we did not move to easily.  We had hoped for it to be different, but it is what it is and we are about to be parents of two little boys. We know without that humble part it would not be possible.