Monday, February 25, 2013

Oh, the Unknown!

We mailed off our adoption package a little over a week ago.  Now, we are waiting.  Waiting for them to call us and schedule our classes.  Waiting to find out what we need to do next.

In many ways, I think it is very similar to when I found out I was pregnant with Lilly.  After going to the doctor, I wanted to know what I was supposed to do next.  Everything was unknown. 

I didn't know if I would have a healthy child in the end...
I didn't know if the child would be a boy or girl...
I didn't know how the child would look...
I didn't know how the child would act...
I didn't know when the child would come...
I didn't know how we would provide for the child...

All the unknowns make me nervous but KNOWING that my God is in control gives me peace.  I know they will call at the perfect time and that I need to "cast all my cares on the Lord" and "do not be anxious about anything"

Monday, February 18, 2013

A Reminder from My Girl

We mailed the adoption application in last week!  We are so excited and nervous!

Since we started filling out the application, I have been praying for the "potential" child (or children) that will join our family.  Asking God to watch over the child and keep him or her out of harms way. 

Well, today I was praying for our future child and Lilly stopped me afterward.  She said, "You know, Mom, there are lots of children out there without a mom or a dad.  You shouldn't just be praying for the one coming to our family, but all the rest of them too."


As my husband said, "Out of the mouths of babes.."

So, as a reminder from my sweet girl, I will be praying for all the orphans out there tonight. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Need A New Schedule

Maybe it is because we just came home from vacation or maybe it is because I just don't know how to say no, but since I have been back it has been nonstop go, go, go!

Because it has been so busy...

We haven't had time to do schoolwork - I am not stressing too much about this because I know she is in preschool and she is learning no matter where we are; however, if I am going to make home schooling work for us I am going to have to get into a routine of setting aside certain times of the day for that purpose.  I know, I know that one of the benefits of home schooling is that you can do it whenever and wherever, but I am a schedule type girl and I need structure or it won't get done.

I haven't been able to fully implement her sticker chart for chores and rewards - Lilly has a chart that we use to reward her for doing her chores and to use as a reward in other areas also.  Currently, two areas we are working on are doing her chores with a cheerful attitude and going to quiet time without complaining or crying.  It is hard to have time for her to do her chores when we are always away from home and it is hard to have time for quiet time as well. 

We haven't had quiet time - She doesn't take naps anymore but we both still need some quiet time to just rest and be by ourselves.  Lilly doesn't quite see that she needs this time, she just thinks I want her to be lonely for an hour.  Each of the days that we have had quiet time, she has eventually had a great time playing with her toys and things.  When I tell her quiet time is over and she can come downstairs, she doesn't want to because she is having too much fun playing.

My cleaning time is out of whack - when I am not home, it is hard to clean the house.

So, because of these things (along with a few others), I have realized that I need to be home.  My family and my home are my ministry at this stage in my life.  I need to take care of it to the best of my ability.