Once upon a time....

Flash back to 1999, we were a family of four. Happy in our new roomy house and comfortable in our ways. A few years later, the Lord blessed us with an additional little package, little boy #3. Now we were a family of five and sure that would be the end. As time moved on, so did we. The Lord used the time that passed to open our eyes to His will. Several years ago, Bob and I individually heard the call to adoption. It has been a long "pregnancy", but during this incubation time, the Lord has brought us to where He wants us to be. Spring 2010, we traveled to Ethiopia where two little angels were waiting for the Lord's timing - to become our children. Now we are home and can't imagine life any differently! What a blessing to be in His will.

Galatians 4:5 says "God sent Christ to buy freedom for us, who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as his very own children." We are just following his model. A Perfect picture of salvation.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Filling in the blanks

So, Bob was reading our blog... because you never know what I might put out there :) and he realized that there was a major gap in my flow.  I will try to summarize:

In October, Bob interviewed for and was offered a job with Compassion International.  It is a non-profit company that is focused on obliterating poverty! (my word choice)  We prayed about this long and hard.  We knew that accepting the position would also mean moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Complicating factors:  I have 40 years of roots here in Missouri, mostly in Independence.  Bob moved a number of times as a child and his passion for the work that Compassion International does was deep.  In fact, we have been involved with Compassion for almost 10 years - we sponsor a young man who lives in Indonesia.  He communicate with him often and have been blessed by being connected to him.  So, we decided that WE were not in a position to clearly discern direction considering our deep emotions over a move.  At that point, I told Bob, "God can clearly raise the dead and has performed numerous (understatement) other miracles....then surely He can offer a job or block the offer ~ according to His will."  That is where we left it, in God's hands.  Bob was offered the job, by God.  That's truly how we see it.

So, In late October, Bob began his position with Compassion International ~ something to do with application support...computer stuff.  The company is amazing.  Very faith and family oriented.  We made a number of decisions.  We didn't want to transition the kids to new schools and such in the middle of the year, so that meant I would be "single" mom for the remainder of the school year.  If we could find a house, a mortgage payment would be almost identical to a short-term rental and a house would give us a place to crash when we go out for our visits (Christmas and Spring Break).  So, at the end of October, we also drove out - yes, all seven of us - and went house hunting.  One of Bob's new coworkers gave us the name of a Realtor.  He is amazing!  In our one day of looking at houses, we saw 13!  The turning point really was at lunch.  Our Realtor, Bryan, was checking his phone and said, "Do you want to add one more house to the list???  It just went on the market today and is bank-owned which means it is priced to sell and will go fast...but it fits what you are looking for and in the right area."  LONG story short.... we went to see the house and fell in love!  It is exactly what we need!  That is what the house pictures in the previous post are all about.

So, this Wednesday, we close on the house.  Bob was home for a week for Thanksgiving and headed out this morning with a 24 foot Budget truck filled to the gills with what he will need to live at the house for the next 6 months (as well as all the stuff we decided we could get out of the house so that it shows better).  He made it safely to Colorado Springs in good time and most importantly, in one piece.  All day today I have prayed, "God, please get him there safely with no surprises!"  And He did.

In the midst of all of this, one other major decision was reached.  I have found that I am unable to be a full-time working, single-mom of five kids...and get a house ready to sell.  So, I made the difficult decision to quit my position at the school at semester.  Now, I can just focus on being Mom, getting the house ready and KEEPING it ready!

So, there it is.  The last few months....so many blessings, so many tears, but always trusting God that he DOES know more than me!  :)


  1. Holy Moly! Remember me- you had us over for dinner a few months ago to talk about older child adoption? I periodically come to your blog and am very excited for this new opportunity for you guys, but selfishly disapointed that you'll be leaving the KC area as we planned on utilizing you when we (finally) get our kids! Congratulations and keep us updated!! Jayme Miller

  2. Jayme - I DO remember you! How are you all doing? We are excited too. Just think, you can still resource us via Internet... And you could always come to visit in Colorado Springs!


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