Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Dog-a great distraction

I need to keep my mind off adoption ruminations for a little while so I thought I would post some pictures of the best furry friend a girl could have. She follows me around the house and tries to chew on my butter spreaders, but I love her anyway. I picked her up in March of 2008 about a month after my grandmother, Dorothy, passed away. My brother went with me to pick her up. The breeder was calling her Jade, but after we got in the truck he informed me that the dog's name was Dot, and "her AKC name can be Dorothy Elizabeth" (Elizabeth is part of my maternal grandmother's name as well). And so it stuck. She is Dot and she has even grown a couple of spots of gray to go with her name. Anyway, here are a few pictures to entertain you and keep my mind off thinking about small children in Ethiopia.

Here she is the day I got her. She was small and scared and had REALLY long fur.














Here she is a few months older and has had a haircut.















She has gotten quite fast and loves racing around the yard now that I have a fence and grass.




So this is pretty much what she looks like right now. Running around the yard with her tongue hanging out, stopping periodically to nip at the grass.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this diversion as much as I have. Now I am going to bed so I can get up early and start reading. Got a lot to get done before my home study is done on 8/7.

Friday, July 24, 2009

God's Timing

God's timing is definitely different from mine. And He may have very different ideas as to how my adoption should progress. I received this email earlier today:
I wanted to let you know that we have just had a pair of sisters come available for adoption, and I wanted to see if you would be interested in considering them? I see that you prefer just one child, but are open to two. If you truly wish to adopt just one child, that is definitely no problem—please just let me know. Otherwise, if you would like to take a look at this information for these sisters, you could consider them and then let me know. The paperwork says their ages are 3 and 5 or 6, but I think they could be older—maybe 4 or 5, and 7 years old.

I am really not sure what to think. I know I can't think about much until I see more information. I did email the gal and say that I would definitely prayerfully consider the girls. As I told others on another web board, I had just started thinking that I really only wanted one and really wanted one that was younger. Now I am rethinking that. God is really funny. Just when I think I have things figured out, He goes and does something like this. I am not sure I am the right parent for these girls, but I am hoping He shows me clearly one way or another. This would definitely push my timeline a little closer and faster than I thought. That might make life a little tougher at our clinic, but I know that God has that figured out for me too. And to top it off, I had a message from the social worker this afternoon that they want to set up a time to do my homestudy. This is starting to feel really real now.

I don't know what else to say. Please feel free to share your thoughts and prayers. I welcome them all.

One other thing this may do is cause me to need to do a lot more fundraising. I was hoping to be able to do this without it, but if God is going to move things faster He is going to need to raise some money for me. I know some are called to contribute to adoptions. If that is you, here is a link to Christian World Foundation where you can donate directly to my adoption (Donation Form). If that isn't you, please don't feel obligated. Just send your prayers my way and I will be thrilled.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

PhotoWalk Submissions

Here are two pictures I took on the 18th as part of the Worldwide PhotoWalk. I can submit two for the competition and I think these are the two. You can see the rest of the pictures I took through the link in the previous post. Curious to see what anyone thinks. Thanks to my dad for helping me with editing.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

2009 Worldwide PhotoWalk

2009_07_18 PhotoWalk
I participated in the Worldwide PhotoWalk today. I can submit two of the pictures that I took to the local competition and then the best one from the Billings group will be forwarded on to the international competition. The problem I have is that I am not sure which ones I should submit. I have linked to my Picasa Web album (just click on the picture of the geraniums) and I am hoping that my readers might help me decide which to submit. Just leave a comment regarding your two favorite pictures and I will see what the consensus is. FYI, I have not editted any of these pictures. This is how they came out of the camera. I am curious to see what you all think. Thanks in advance for your input.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What Does Love Make You Do?

I have a T-shirt that asks that question on the back. Someone at work wondered if there was an interesting answer to the question. My answer is: Adoption. The shirt is in support of the Ethiopia:Hope projects started by my church. I used to say that I would adopt if I was 40, established and still single. After my church rolled out their decision to start pouring into the country of Ethiopia and explained the HUGE number of orphans there (4 million and growing), I decided that I didn't really need to wait. I am still single, God has provided me with a great home and a good-paying job. What more could I want? The answer God gave me is a child or two from Ethiopia. I am in the process of applying and hope to have everything done in the next month or so. If you really want to know what all is involved, let me know and I will add more information later. Suffice it to say for now that there is a lot of paperwork and even more reading and education. I don't know yet whether I will adopt a boy or a girl or how old the child will be. I also don't know when it will all happen.
Check out Christian World Adoption for information on my adoption agency and be sure to watch their video that asks the same question. I look forward to sharing this journey with you all.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mountain Escape

After a couple of long weeks (did 4 deliveries and helped with a c-section all in the space of 10 days) I took a day off and ran away to the mountains. Visited some of my favorite places on earth. Here are a few photos.

Looking down the valley from Vista Point on the Beartooth Highway.

At Vista Point there was a big contingent of Germans on Harleys. Had to take this picture for my sister.
My dog, Dot, enjoying some time out of the truck. This is just before the Montana-Wyoming border where we went for a walk and got really wet in melted snow.


The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

A bald eagle, presumably feeding its young, near the road in Yellowstone.


I could upload all sorts of other pictures, but this is plenty for now. I don't have pictures of the fabulous dinner I had last night at Chico Hot Springs; nor can pictures convey the relaxation of just getting away, even if it is for only 36 hours.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Freedom

What does freedom mean to you? I tried to come up with an answer to this as I tried to explain the importance of July 4th to my friend's 7y/o foster-daughter. It is more than the freedom to set off fireworks (which is what she thought it was all about). It is even more than the freedom that we have in this country that has been hard won. As a Christian, I realize that, as Paul says, slavery to Christ is the greatest freedom I will ever have. My church (Harvest Church) shows this to the community by putting on a huge carnival and fireworks show every year. I think people outside the church need to see that Christians really do know how to have fun and be free. Too often we act as though the Christian life is all about what you can't do. Remember that Christ "came that (we) might have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). That means fireworks too.

The moon just after the clouds cleared.Children living the abundant life with glow in the dark toys.