Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Grandma’s Hymnbook came out this January so be looking for it! It’s called “Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon” by Maurine Ozment and Marilyn Arnold. I think it’s only $11.00 at the store. Here’s a picture of the cover -

We are all so proud of Her, Mom and Marilyn! Let your choir directors know about these hymns and let me know how you like them!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

P.S. We have selected an Orphanage!

I forgot to mention that we have selected an orphanage in Ethiopia. We should be picking up our little girl in the fall - cross your fingers! We are very excited - things have been falling into place so quickly and easily. We know that this is the right thing for our family. We all wake up every morning with smiles and sunshine. I can't describe the feeling in our home right now. We feel so blessed to have been chosen to bring another special little girl into our home!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We recieved our packet from AAI (Adoption Advocates International) today and are excited to get started on it. Suzanne from "Families for Children" will be doing our home study. Wish us luck! Our house is a rock home built in the 1860's and we've done a lot of work on it. We hope it will pass inspection.

Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you;seek me diligently and ye shall find me;ask,and ye shall receive;knock,and it shall be opened unto you

Doctrine and Covenants 88:63

The more we turn our hearts to the Lord, the more His hand is evident in our lives. This blog is for our family and friends who wish to share our adoption journey. The other day, Thomas and I both were struck with urgency to begin our adoption process. I didn't tell Thomas about the feelings I had until later that evening to which he responded with information he had looked up online about adoption the very same day. The Lord is speaking to us and we haven't felt so strongly about anything in a very long time. The spirit about our home is one of love, happiness and excitement for what lies ahead! Faith is especially excited for her new sister! She informs everyone she meets that her sister is coming tomorrow! She doesn't quite grasp the concept of time just yet.

Every day, Faith and I have our "karaoke time" when we plug our mikes into mommy's amp and sing primary songs. Her favorite is "I love to see the temple" and she requests that we sing it at least 5 times every day while she points out that we have a picture of the temple on our wall. She always asks when she can go to the temple and I always tell her she has to wait until she's 12. That's a LONG wait! Now that we have a new spirit joining our family, Faith gets to go to the temple and she about can't stand it she is so excited! I love having Faith in my life. She reminds me of what is important. How long has it been since I was so excited to go to the temple. I do take it for granted. The best thing about a new day is that we can start again. Thomas and I have begun a new life and are most excited to have the spirit with us always. "Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it" (not an exact quote - sorry) - Anne of Green Gables

The Lord has been waiting for us to turn our hearts to him and give him our all. He hasn't forgotten us and I am grateful for his never ending patience and forgiveness.

I recently have come in contact with Christianne (Nelson) Green, a friend from Ferron. A friend who has been my role model since before I can remember. She is the reason I am who I am and the reason I have had the strength to make the decisions I have. Chrisi has some experience with adoption and has given me hope that this can and will really happen. She has recently adopted two beautiful girls from China and is in the process of adopting a little boy as well. I hope everythings goes well for them! Thank you Christi for always living your life so that others (I) can draw strength from your light and your testimony. You tend to always show up just when I need it the most. Thank you for listening to the spirit!