FIRST THE EXCITEMENT
Today I want to share with you something I am very excited about. I am so excited I almost can hardly even stand it! Do you remember my post about DREAMS?
Feel free to go and check it out the rest of the post will wait :)
Well, I want to be a great photographer. I know I will never be professional, but I want to look at what I've done and be like:
- "that is a cool shot"
- "way to capture the moment"
- "I can feel something when I look at this" (Hopefully others will too.)
Well, today I am excited because I am moving closer to that dream. The other night I was chatting online with a friend and admiring "his work." I mentioned I wanted to learn and grow in photography. He then simply said "I can teach you, I like to teach." This was just such an unexpected blessing from the Lord. Not even a spoken prayer request. Just a dream tucked away in my heart.
I am all ready working on my first assignment. I have even learned some new things and skills about my camera. I am having so much fun!!! Noah, my sweet little artist, is even getting in on the action, and we are learning together. It has been so nice to have an enjoyable focus in my life. Thank you Jesus for caring about something insignificant that is significant to me.
NOW FOR THE TIPTOEING TOWARD HOPE
Ok, here is some news about the adoption. A dear friend of mine who is in nursing school brought something to my attention last week. She met a woman who has adopted 3 children from the foster to adopt program. When she heard about this she said tell me everything; How did this happen? How much did it cost? etc. etc.
This is where it peaked my interest. If you adopt this way there are NO FEES. When she told me this my mouth dropped open. I may have even told her to "shut up" in disbelief. So I called The city Dept. of Social Services and got more information. Eric and I will be going to an orientation meeting on Wednesday to see if this is a fit for our family. Free certainly is. This would allow us to use our savings to pay off some of this Guatemala debt. Some concerns are Legal Risk. It is very possible to bring a child into your home, love them and have to give them back. You also will more than likely have to have visitation with birth families until rights are terminated.
Since we began to ponder and pray about this avenue, the Lord has brought 3 women into contact with me and they have been very helpful, honest and encouraging about this process.
When we talked to the boys to get their thoughts Elijah said "We should go for it!" "Even if the first one isn't for us then the next one might be and at least we got to love on someone even if for just a little bit." Isn't that such an amazing response? I have such great boys!
If this turns out to be our path I am calling my friend our own personal labor and delivery nurse.
So please be praying for us and we continue to wait and try to discern the Lord's direction to Mercy. We will keep you posted :)
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