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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A new day, a new year

Happy New Year!  We brought in the new year just as peacefully and quietly as we celebrated Christmas.  David spent the evening with a good friend from church, and Mike and I just enjoyed one another's company. (For the record, I kicked his butt in Scrabble for two out of three games!)

Before David left, he and I brought the year to a close by enjoying a lunch date together, watching a movie at home, and then reading together.  We talked about what were the best things about 2012 and the hardest things, and we talked about what we're looking forward to in 2013.  He's looking forward to another great soccer season with his new team, and he's looking forward to another awesome semester at school with his teacher.  Wow.  The power of a teacher.  That boy's eyes just light up whenever he talks about his teacher, and I am constantly amazed at how much he has learned through him this year.

Mike and I are looking forward to bringing this adoption process to a close as soon as is humanly possible, yet we know that God has a perfect time for that to happen.  We are looking forward to seeing what God has planned for us as a family and how He plans to use us to reach others.  We are also looking forward to watching David continue to grow and mature into the little man that God is creating.  We love him so dearly and love the joy that he brings to our home each and every day.  He is a gift that keeps on giving.

We hope to be able to finally devote some time and finances to fix up our home, replace some carpet, drywall, etc. and to eventually finish our outdoor haven behind the house.  We'll see what God does with our resources this year, but we know from experience that when we give to Him first, He multiplies what can be done with what we have left.

In just a few hours, I plan to pick my little guy up from his friend's house to take him to his sweet twin cousins' birthday party as they celebrate their 8 years of life.  Sickness kept our families separate at Christmas, so it will be nice to spend time with them today.

My goal for the year:  Trust God.  Every day.  For Everything.  Every year is life-changing.  I have a feeling this one is going to be more life-changing than ever.

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