For two years we have been praying for our house in Michigan to sell so we can focus on saving for the adoption. We took a risk and put an offer in on a house here in Indy (after lots of prayer) and two days later we got an offer on our house in Michigan. ANSWER.
We have to be out of our rental house this Saturday and won't close on our new house until January 4. So, basically we are without a home for Christmas. I was so excited for Christmas morning, Max waking up in his jammies, coming out and seeing his (garage sale) remote control Thomas train set under the tree. I started to get a little teary one day after packing all day and stressing about where we were going to live for three weeks, when Tony kindly reminded me that some kids don't have homes (or parents) at Christmas. ANSWER.
It's amazing to me that I can KNOW the love of a God that cares so much for the orphans and the lost in this world and I can complain about my BLESSINGS. I was literally complaining about the fact that God had answered our prayers...since it was inconveniencing me for three weeks. We are moving to a house with a mortgage that will make it possible for us to SAVE every month. Everyday we will be getting closer and closer to the fourth member of our family. Climbing that mountain...one step at a time.
So this Christmas, instead of having a home or a Christmas tree I am going to have a heart overflowing with gratefulness.
I was reminded of just how insignificant my situation was this morning when I received an e-mail from Pastor Amos, again thanking us all for our donations for their school. Then he pretty much gave me a gift that might even be better than seeing a sleepy Max see his trains for the first time...the school has been hooked up to water. Fresh clean water for all the kids. Something that will last a lot longer than some plastic trains that will go back on a garage sale someday when Max is bored with them.
So the next time I am complaining about anything, you are free to point me back to 2012, when we built a school together, God found a buyer for our house, my son learned to walk and talk, we had food to eat and a roof over our heads, oh yeah and our school has water!
Instead of a Christmas card this year I will share with you these photos of Pastor Amos and the school...thanks again for helping to making this happen. Merry Christmas.
water to the toilets!
We got pens!