October 27, 2010

expecting...

Remember my rock post two weeks ago? This is a post about how Michael and I are responding in faith to the Lord.

I have been so hesitant to post about this, and I've been so anxious to at the same time. I'm partially hesitant because I wanted to post this awesome pic that our photographer, Robby Followell (followellfotography.com) took of our family recently, but he's got to edit and get them back to us in about two weeks. I've been hesitant to publically talk about what I'm about to say because I wanted it to be "official". But, I've been super excited to tell the world because what mama wants to keep a secret that she's EXPECTING A BABY?!

Michael and I are, as of today, officially in the adoption process with an adoption agency called All God's Children International. We were accepted into the Ethiopia program, and so we are expecting a 0-12 month old baby girl from Africa!!!

We are thrilled!!!

It's been a very long application process-which I wasn't expecting, but is good practice for me since this whole journey is going to be long, patience building, up and down emotionally and bottom line unpredictable. We have more questions than answers, but the time line from start to finish is an estimated 18-24 months. If the rest of the trip is like the application process I'd look for the latter end of that time frame!

I'd encourage you to email me questions, check out www.allgodschildren.org, and p.r.a.y. for us! We want to keep y'all up to date with our journey of adoption to our baby and so this blog will be the main tool to do that. I'm more of a weekly blogger, so bear with me :) And you will play a vital part in this process....yes, YOU! We need your prayers, and so does our baby and this baby's family in Ethiopia (whom we don't know). We will be working on a prayer letter for yall in the coming weeks :) for now, we're just celebrating!!

Thank you Jesus for "setting the lonely in families".

October 19, 2010

I'm married to an Ironman!

Michael's been training for ever for a Half Ironman (70.3 miles) race in Austin, TX. Well, this past sunday was race day! I just have to brag for a minute on my man. He has been SO disciplined in exercising and training and it has spilled over into every facet of his life. He's been growing spiritually and in the Word every day...really studying hard. He's been spending time with Myles and going on date nights with me. He's doing a lot at work these past three months and training at the end really had to increase so I was really looking forward to "being done", but I have to say I'm not going to just give this discipline in his life a wave goodbye. i've seen second hand how much it's done for him, and it's made me want to implement it into my life too. don't worry, I'm not entering a race anytime soon-and I doubt he is either!!

Anyways, I didn't have my camera because I can't find it...probably another product of no discipline in my life :) but I did have my video so I wanted to share some clips with you. First comes the swim (1.2 miles) in which Michael caught a bad cramp in his left calf that never came out the whole rest of the race! ARGH! but he still had a great time seeing as he held onto a kayak for 5 minutes. Then he jumped on his bike for a 56 mile hilly ride. He wasn't able to run the half marathon (13.1 miles) after that because of the leg, but he was determined to finish and so he WALKED the whole thing in three and a half hours. (determined???)

I've been trying to decide if that's super inspiring or really crazy....I think I settled on both! Get ready for a little spandex :)

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October 13, 2010

My Rock

"My rock has African paint on it."

What?! I know it doesn't make any sense yet, but let me explain.
This past weekend Michael and I had the privaledge of eating with the staff of our church and talking about where we've been and where we're going. Nothing fires me up more than a "vision talk"! haha, and we had a great one!

Our churh is beginning a 2 year journey where we are all being challenged to
Outlive our lives. We're all given today, but not promised tomorrow and what we do with it is up to us...and it's SO very important to the Lord!

What exactly do we mean by that? well, In short, we're calling the church to live a life of faith. To Grow like we've never grown before, Go outside of our comfort and culture and serve others, and Give to kingdom causes.

We were each asked to take a rock as a symbol/reminder that God is moving and that He has something specific for us to do in these 2 years.

After dinner a friend of mine who has recently heard God's call to serve Children in Africa said "My rock has African paint on it". I laughed at his half humor, half purely contented face. but that sentence kept coming back to me as I've been praying.

What does God have in store for me in these next months??

Will I truly walk out my faith in obedience to the Lord, and with the Joy set before me, endure? I knew my rock was metaphorically going to be a "heavy load to bear". but at the same time, I'm excited. I'm pumped about the journey I get to go on with God. I love an opportunity for God to be BIG, and do something that only HE can pull off. As far as specifics...check back next week and I'll post where we feel God is leading us!