I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.
Psalm 119: 111, 112

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bye, Bye 2011

Fall came and went, and winter is here in its usual Arizona fashion.  Our nights are downright cold, but when the sun is high in the sky we enjoy the beauty and warmth of living in the desert. We have been busy since July - a quick trip to Southern Cal, Rhyan turned 13, the start of a new season with our worship dance ministry, Ty's baptism, a bountiful Thanksgiving, very blessed Christmas and New Year's Holidays, the surprise purchase of a new home, and Ty turned 10!

We are patiently waiting to hear that our home study has been approved. We don't know if the papers are simply sitting on a judge's desk somewhere, or if the official notice is traveling through the Postal Service world. What is a "home study" you ask. It's an experience in exposure. It involves opening the doors, windows, and peep holes of our lives and home, but when all is said and done, its worth it to be closer to bringing our children home.

We had an amazing social worker who made three trips to interview each of the four of us and see our new home. Still, I have to throw this one out there, regardless of how amazing our social worker is. How does one answer, "So, why do you want to adopt?" Well. Let's see. "Because God told us to." Some people get that, but the majority of the population simply want to hear some sort of twilight zone explanation that involves lots of emotional babble. The crazy thing is that the emotional stuff is there too. And when questioned, "Do you think you will love these children like you do 'your own'?" My response was and is, "I already do."

God has shown favor on the process throughout. He has graciously provided just what we needed at the exact time we needed it, so we trust that He will continue to fund the journey. We now have a few papers to pull together and have notarized, and our CIS background check needs to be completed. It feels great to be this much closer to having our dossier ready to submit. Then the real crazy waiting begins. Yup. Definitely like a pregnancy... a real long one.

One of the myriad of "block heads" at Legoland posing with me and Rhyan.

The Star Wars Lego creations were amazing!

One of Rhyan's friends made her an Origami birthday card. Very Cool.

Sea World 2011

Dinner with Shamu. Definitely Rhyan's favorite.

Ty is baptized by Pastor Eric, Pastor Emmanuel from Ghana, Africa, and Daddy.

Thanksgiving 2011 at Mom and Dad's

Our new home! 

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