Adoption Update

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted!  Lots has happened!  I’m back in VA with baby boy Aspen and I’m daily trying to quell the sibling rivalry, “Can I hold him next?  I only got 2 minutes and he held him for 5 minutes!  Why can’t I walk and hold him?  I want to give him the bottle!  Why can’t I hold him now? Let me burp him!” Continue reading “Adoption Update”

Welcome Baby Aspen!!

Aspen Grey Mintz has been born!!

7/7/17 at 4:02 am

7lbs, 1oz and 19in long! Continue reading “Welcome Baby Aspen!!”

Still Waiting in Cali

My wonderful husband at home, is telling me it’s time for a new update!!! I know there are many friends and family that have been religiously keeping track of all that’s going on! We are so grateful for your care, support and excitement for us in this journey! Continue reading “Still Waiting in Cali”

Baby soon!!

Still waiting on that baby to make his entry!!! His (birth and adoptive) mamas are anxiously waiting!! No signs he wants to come anytime soon! Continue reading “Baby soon!!”

Craziness in our House!

I’ve always hoped to be posting on my blog twice a week and I was really good at that when I first started posting a little over 6 years ago. But life has changed and with it some of my priorities! I’m disappointed I don’t have more time for this blog, but I’m also really excited about where life is going! This is NOT a last post or saying I’m taking it down! Anything but!!! I just noticed it had been a whole month with not a peep from me! Continue reading “Craziness in our House!”

More on our Adoption

Adoption is our story these days… so here is another update in the process!

And… faith meets action!!! It’s one thing to say we believe God leading us in a direction and then it’s a different story when it means we have to actually start paying for things!!! Knowing full well the money may never come back to us! BUT GOD!!!

He is faithful to provide and to lead us in paths of righteousness!

We have chosen our adoption lawyer and she is an amazing woman who has done so much work for us already with only paying her the intro fee of $375. We have talked on the phone almost every day this week and she has sent out two letters for us and has answered SO many questions! I know it will be a joy and privilege to work with her!

BUT!!!! Now is the time we actually have to pay the retainer fee before we can go forward with anything else! Her fee is $6000 and we need to pay it on Monday. We have full confidence that God is going to provide all we need and more!

As this beautiful hymns so loudly proclaims!

He Leadeth Me – by, William Bradbury in 1862

He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
What e’er I do, where e’er I be,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmer nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the victory’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

We have been continually amazed at how doors continue to fly open and the path, although not easy, has been clear. We are in full faith to continue forward. With it brings much excitement and expectation and also the temptation to worry. We appreciate your prayers and are so grateful for the many of you who have continued to talk with us, pray for us and encourage us! Thank you and please continue!

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Adoption Update

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

A well-known verse I know, but exactly what I need to be reminded of over and over. Sometimes life seems clear; cut and dry, and other times everything seems grey, fuzzy, uncertain and confusing.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Avi

I don’t know how it can be 2 years. It does seem so long ago, and yet it still seems so recent. As I look around at the toddlers around me who are the same age as you would have been it reminds me even more of what I’m missing. New words, todder running, potty training, toddler beds, and so much more. I love these little ones running around, but it does make me think of you and miss you greatly. Continue reading “Happy 2nd Birthday Avi”

And… Changes become more apparent!

So many of you dear readers have faithfully walked with us through the last two years of difficult times. I’m so grateful and so humbled and blessed. It’s not easy to hear the hard stories and the tears and the struggles. But you did. And you’ve offered many words of comfort, prayers and endless hugs and listening ears. Thank you. Continue reading “And… Changes become more apparent!”

Change is Imminent

Change is always imminent. I like to think things are stable and under control and smooth sailing. But truth be told I’m not in control of any of it and all of it could change in a moment. I’m not advocating that we all should walk around thinking there is a black cloud above waiting to burst at any moment… the change may be good. It very well could be a cloud filled with rainbow sprinkles that’s about to burst!

Some people love change. I would say I usually do love change…. On my terms! I like routine, but not too much that it gets boring. I like to have an outline for the week, but I like to be able to change it up and have the freedom to do something completely different if it suits! Or if an awesome opportunity comes up for the kids schooling I would like to not have to rigid of a schedule that we miss out. I don’t like the same meal over and over for dinner. I like to move furniture around in my house periodically! I don’t want to vacation in the same place each year…I like a job that is a little bit different each time I clock in… and the list could go on…

But I do like consistency. I LOVE long and stable friendships. I like deep relationships with honesty and commitment. That can’t be gotten with quickly changing friends. I like knowing my community. I like being faithful to one church and digging into people’s lives and walking through the messy parts and hard parts. I like that we’ve been in our house for 14 years and we’ve made it our space. I like knowing my neighbors. I like having deep roots where we are. Those things I DON’T want to change.

Since late August I’ve had a sense that there is change coming for our family… and not really the change that I like! Not that I won’t welcome it, or that it won’t be good. The Lord has been gently preparing me, I believe, to be open to change that isn’t usually what I’m looking for. To not get too set in our everyday routines and cycles of life that I don’t see new opportunity that might be right for our family.

Brian and I have talked about this and prayed about it over the last few months and things just seemed to be the same. Nothing dropping out of the sky, no lightning bolts, nothing huge. Just everyday life! We also didn’t have any specific ideas in mind or new directions we wanted to investigate.

I don’t know what God has for us. I don’t know what life holds. But I want to be open and available. I don’t want to schedule my life and try and control it so much that I miss great and good things God wants for us. It seems the sky’s changing. I don’t know how and I can’t see the clouds, but I can smell it in the air!