You know I've lost the 'bloggin feelin' when my title is so profound.
I love love love to check in on all my bloggy friends!
But do my own post? Not so much. It's not that I don't have anything to say. And it's not that I don't WANT to. It's just that I don't have a lot of time these days!
And then I wait around until there's TOO much to blog about and I get overwhelmed and don't blog at all. Or do marathon blogging.
So here goes an update...
* We got fingerprinted for immigration approval this morning! Next step to Keith: Getting that approval letter and sending it and all our other paperwork to China!
* Carlie has taken a break from horseback for several reasons and I've been keeping my eyes and ears open for a different place for her to take lessons. We've been praying about horseback since the fall. Everyday. And this week Rob got some sort of 'daily deal' email that offered horseback lessons for half off at a farm nearby. After checking it out, we know this is where Carlie is supposed to be for now anyway! Carlie will get her horseback lessons, and my two lessons are: 1. nothing is too small to pray about---God wants to be involved in horseback lessons too! and 2. His timing is so much sweeter and perfect than mine!
* We had an incredible reunion last weekend in North Carolina with two families from our trip to China last year! Emma, Kevin, and Darcy all celebrated their gotcha days together! I should do an entire post about this weekend. But since Kristi did such a great job, I'm just going to send you over there to read all about it! Thanks for letting me piggy-back, Kristi! :)
* We sent a package overseas to some friends of ours. When they received it there was an item in it that we did not send. It was a watch. We have no idea how it got in the box. Except God. Our friend's watch had stopped working a few weeks prior to receiving our package and hadn't replaced it yet!
Lessons I learned--1. God cares about every little thing, even when we need a new watch.
2. When you pray for the Lord to provide what His servants need, He answers!
3. His timing is so much sweeter and perfect than ours!
4. He really will meet your need, you don't have to make it happen yourself. Wait and watch Him work. Nothing is impossible with God!
* In the past two years I have seen God take out of our lives some activities and other significant things. What is it in human flesh that makes us want to replace what He removes? I am really being convicted of that and want to change that.
I'll give you a 'for example': last year our dog and cat died and we replaced them pretty quickly. I washed my cell phone and replaced it the same day. (what if I had waited a bit....I think I missed out on a blessing by taking care of that myself.) Other much more 'bigger' things He has called us away from...and it's hard and we want to run back to what we know and what's comfortable! We can do nothing but obey. Last weekend at our reunion we had a sharing time where we talked about what we had learned over the past year with our newest additions. My sweet friend said something that resonated in my soul: "Sometimes obeying means going through hard times" That is simply said, but couldn't be more TRUE! I would say more often than not, obedience can bring trials and suffering--for HIS GLORY to shine brighter in this dark world! I do know that this time of 'removal of misplaced affections' is ordained by God. I know He is preparing and refining and teaching us. Not for us--but for His Kingdom Purposes. My other sweet friend last weekend said "I can't wait to see what God is gonna do through this trial!" What an exemplary attitude to have! I know God has got something 'in the works' for our family, for YOUR family too. Are we listening to Him?
* On a lighter note, :), I learned how to make Chinese dumplings! And they were YUMMY! Oh yes they were! The best part was going to the Asian market for the ingredients! Felt like we were back in China! And I also made Chicken Lo Mein....yummy again! And to switch countries, did you know that just by adding salsa and some taco seasoning to regular ol' white rice, you can make a mean mexican rice? Yummilito!
* Kevin loves Cheezits. But I'm afraid he's getting confused. When I talked to him about Jesus, he said, "Uh-uh, cheezits not in heabin, mommy....cheezits right dere!" Well, one day he'll know the difference between Cheezits and Jesus! :)