Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SIBLINGS

Well, as some of you know, we've been praying about whether or not to change our request to siblings. We believe children are a blessing from the Lord, and have wanted to be open to welcoming two children into our family. For the first part of this journey, we agreed on one and decided this in itself would be a leap of faith. We felt peace from the Lord about this, but completed our paperwork for two just in case. As time has passed, we have gone round and round about this HUGE decision. We want to walk in faith and not in fear. We would love for our baby girl to not be the only adopted child in our family, and the only one with brown skin. The Lord would be faithful in either circumstance, but we've been seriously considering these things. Also, we know that once we arrive in Ethiopia, our hearts will forever be changed and we will want to bring a little 2 year old home. These are the children that have a harder time being adopted. The babies will be requested, but the toddlers and older children have a much slimmer chance of being adopted. Add this to the fact that our "baby", Thatcher, is now 4 1/2 years old. Wow! He has grown so fast, and would LOVE to have a brother: someone to wrestle with, play ball with, fight with : ) As God would have it, we have bunk beds in his room and tons of hand-me-down boy clothes. We see this as an opportunity for God to build our family in a very unique and special way. We prayed this past week about whether to change our request and Sean and I completely agreed that it was time. We have now officially changed our request to: girl/boy siblings (infant girl, 2 year old boy- our homestudy approves us for a boy up to 36 months). I say this with a little fear and trepidation, but sensing peace from the Lord. He gives us the grace we need when we need it. We are called to walk by faith, and this will definitely be a faith-builder. We anticipate the transition to be hard, but know that it will be such a blessing in the long run for these 2 children to have each other, and for us to be stretched or squeezed. We will need to rely on His strength and not our own. This may change our wait time, but what is a few months in light of ~ the rest of our lives, and eternity??? Thank you to those of you who have been praying for God to lead us. He is leading and we are grateful.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Our piano

video

Last week, I was driving home from church and was asking God to please provide a piano for our family. Grace started taking lessons a few weeks ago and was practicing on her mini-keyboard from Target. Her little fingers wouldn't fit in the right places and it was frustrating for her. I kept looking on Craig's List for a free piano and came up empty. So after bringing it to the Lord, I went on CL again and found a couple of pianos for $200 each. I thought I'd go take a look, but knew that we didn't have the cash laying around for that. When I got home, Sean said, "Well, the piano's paid for!" He didn't know that I had been praying, but we had received a check in the mail from our insurance company for $239. Is that provision from the Lord, or what? We give him the praise for our new piano (well, it's from the 1960's, but it's new to us). If you watch the video of Gracie, you'll see that I'm not yet a pro at taking video with my camera. Oh, and the piano hasn't been tuned in 15 years. That will be next on our list....

Monday, September 15, 2008

Texas, our Texas




Well, sorry it's been so long since I've posted, but we were out of town for 3 weeks. We spent most of our time in Ft. Worth with family and friends, but we also spent a week at Mo-Ranch, down in Hunt, TX. I grew up going there with my family and now we try to make the "annual" trip there with my parents, sisters, and their families too. It's so much fun, and we just can't get enough of the outdoors and family time.
We got back and started homeschool for Gracie, who is in 1st grade this year. Thatcher will be learning his ABC's and 123's also. Our first week was even better than I'd expected, with plenty of time to fit everything in. It really is a blessing, and I'm enjoying my time with them at the school table.
We also started piano for Grace, though we don't have a piano yet. You should see her practicing on her little Target keyboard. I'm praying that I can find one inexpensively or even FREE on Craig's list. Thatcher started soccer and is a natural little athlete. That boy amazes me.
As you can see above on my "ticker", we've reached the 3 month marker on the waitlist. This means we're entering the WINDOW. Basically, we Gladney families hope to receive referrals between the 3rd and 5th month, though sometimes it takes longer than anticipated. I have a feeling it will still be some time now, but in the meantime, I'm pulling baby stuff down from the attic. Who knew it could be so fun? It definitely has added to my baby bug. I was awake alot in the night last night and couldn't help feeling that I needed to be praying for our baby. Please lift up a prayer for her.

Doll Party




My mom came to town for a visit and helped throw me a "doll party". It was so much fun! Friends and neighbors came to sew dolls for the orphanages in Ethiopia. The guests got to choose the dress material, and be creative with the hair-dos. Some had to take their babies with them in order to finish them up, and others left them for me and Mom to finish. The dolls are all so cute and I know they'll bless the children we meet over in Addis Ababa.