We realize the importance of being thankful during this holiday season, and realistically, we feel that we have a lot to be thankful for. We got to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family, who reminded us, even in our uncertainty, of how thankful we should be for the path we're on. And we are. Regardless of the outcome, we have been given a much needed dose of hope in all of this. God has not forgotten us and He has a plan and a perfect timeline.
We had cousins bring their very favorite baby items for us, several unexpected gifts of new and handmade baby items from friends, and from family, and some very heartwarming gifts from my mom. The roughest part of it all, was cutting the festivities short so I could be up early for Black Friday at work.
After dealing with the masses, I came home friday to find that our carseat, the gift from my co-workers had arrived, which meant that I, being a guy, had to immediately open it, put it together, and figure it out. Juno did not appreciate the stroller.
Thank you all for your gifts, and your contributions to our cause. We found out this week that *Sarah has signed on with our adoption agency, that things are going well, and that things could happen anytime. We are pretty much 10 days from the due date, and we have no idea what the real time frame is going to be. Our bags are packed, our ringers are always on, and we are ready to go whenever we need to.
We have decided to follow in the footsteps of some friends from way back when, and put together an adoption puzzle. You are all so invested in this journey with us and we thought this might be a way to not only raise some much-needed funds but to generate some excitement and include you all in a more tangible way. You are as much a part of this child's story as we are.
Becky had me draw up a piece of art that we might one day put in a nursery (that seems really weird to say still), and we are having it printed as a puzzle. For a donation of $10 we will put your name on a puzzle piece. You can buy as many pieces as you like. We will update the blog weekly with all the names that are filling up the backsides of our puzzle pieces. Eventually, we hope to put the whole puzzle together in a glass-backed frame, and someday, we will explain to this little girl who all the people are that helped us bring her home. There are 252 pieces, and we'll be adding pieces for those who've already made donations.
As we've said, donations can be made through the YouCaring.com website (widget on the right), through paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org) or, as many of you have done, in person. Unfortunately at this time, we do not have the ability to collect tax-deductible funds through the agency, but if that changes we will be sure to let you know as many of you have asked about that.
We really do want to thank you all for eveything you've done for us, for the prayer, for the financial support, and for the time and thoughts you've given us.
Please continue to pray that we would be a voice for God to Sarah. That things would continue to go smoothly for everyone. That we would be content to be a part of this journey, no matter the outcome...there is so much uncertainty, but one thing we are certain of is that We have a God who loves us, has a plan for our lives, and who is ABLE.
Also, Becky is extra sneaky with the instagram, so if you haven't seen this on Facebook, here it is.