Our latest fundraiser was a yard sale, and not just any yard sale, but a HUGE yard sale! Everything we had at our sale, with the exception of a few of our clothes, was donated. I still can't get over how much stuff we had! We had been praying for the Lord to bless the sale and He did, in a big way! We were able to raise $1,000.00! Not only did the Lord provide financially, but He also sent us some special helpers who took what was left over from the sale. I don't know which part excited me more because there was a lot of stuff left over!
We feel so blessed and humbled by everyone who helped us with this fundraiser. Having a yard sale is hard work & there is no way we could have done this on our own.
Now we must wait..... I had really hoped that by now our home study would be finalized and our paperwork would be moving through immigration approval. Unfortunately we have hit a wall. I knew delays would come, but I didn't expect them so soon. In order to receive immigration approval our paperwork must be very specific. We are having an issue with one part of the paperwork and although it will be an easy fix, it has caused a delay. I want so badly for this part to be over. I am ready for everything to be sent to China so we can be matched with our daughter! Please pray for us in this situation. The Lord knows all about it. I keep reminding myself that He has not brought us this far to just leave us. He has a plan, even though the waiting is hard.
There are moments when this adoption doesn't even seem real. Sometimes it feels too hard. Honestly, sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the paperwork, the money & the waiting, that I just want to quit. In times like these God always shows up and reassures my heart or reminds me of what He has already done through this adoption process (remember the $3,360 He provided through our puzzle fundraiser?!). He reminds me that there is a little girl waiting for us all the way across the world. That is what keeps me going. I long for the day when I see her face & hold her in my arms.
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer."
- Romans 12:12