Sunday, June 21, 2009

Life...not boring!

Today, Blaine and I celebrate 23 years of marriage!  I remember his parents' 25th very well.  I thought they were pretty old then and we're almost there.  Yep, we've been together for a LONG time.  Actually since 9th grade.  He kept asking me out all year and I kept saying no.  Finally, at the end of the school year I finally said yes.  One of the best decisions of my life!  We've been together ever since.  That's a grand total of 28 years of togetherness!  We are blessed beyond what either of us deserve. 

The challenges we've faced in the past few years have been extreme.  I almost lost him to a horrible car accident 3 1/2 years ago.  It left him with a rebuilt femur and a rebuilt face. Like Jacob (who wrestled with God) he will walk with a limp for the rest of his life, reminding him upon whom he depends.  The most important thing it left him with was a softened heart toward the will and desires of God.  God showed him His heart for the orphan and our lives would forever be blessed.  This is what I've always dreamed of in a husband!   What could be more wonderful????!!!

The house fire only strengthened our resolve to follow God's will, wherever it would lead us. He's taught us so much and continues to teach us.  Although none of these events could be considered fun, I sure love where they've brought us.  Right to the very heart of God.  There is no place we'd rather be.

Which brings me to a little prayer request.  I can't say too much yet but will you please pray for a certain girl in Ethiopia whose name begins with T?  She's a girl who looks so much like Mihiretu you wouldn't believe it.  (Same eyes and nose).  I will be making a phone call tomorrow to see if another home study agency would do our home study, despite our fire and current temporary living situation.  After they tell me yes, I'm going to call the adoption agency to see if they will allow us to proceed, given our situation.  I already have the application filled out and ready to go.  As you can see, we're very excited about this girl.  We're praying that God would show us with certainty how we should proceed.  I know He will show us this week, as he's done before in adoption matters like this.  Will you pray for direct leading and clarity with this process?  

Amazing how God can change things around, huh?  From grief to joy!

Also, a Happy Father's Day to our dad's who do not reside any longer on earth with us.  Thank you for making and molding us into the people we are today.  We love you both.



  1. Happy Anniversary!!! That is awesome, 23 years of marriage. I hope you get the best gift this week and hear some great news from the agency's. You know I am praying for you and for T.

  2. Happy Anniversary!!! I love reading how God touches our lives and uses even the most painful circumstances for good. It's probably why Rom 8:28 is one of my fave verses.
    And oh I am SO praying for you all and T!!! Looking forward to reading good news soon. Blessings