End of July Ty and I started talking about the house plans and how we are just tired of sinking so much of our income into making a really small home bigger....it just wasn't happening fast enough while our kids are getting so much older! After 3 years in a small house that was in not the best of shape despite all that we had done to it, we decided we just needed something to accommodate our family in the here and now....NOT the future! And, through a morning devotion God reminded me (through Joyce Meyer!) that I needed to take care of my own before I could continue to see what I could do to meet the needs of others. Bottom line, our family has really needed to get rid of the small, undone house stress and enjoy being a family together.....so, although we did not expect to buy anything super soon, a house we had our eye on for about a year began to drastically drop in price. Needless to say we took a humongous leap of faith, decided to just eat a lot of Ramon noodles for the next couple of months, and put in an offer. After some quick negotiation, our offer was accepted. Through the next few weeks we witnessed God working on our behalf and made our move possible. We feel completely blessed, and know that God has moved us not for our own comfort, but to continue to say yes, step out of our comfort zone and do what He has called us to do. It is a daily commitment to get my mind off of myself, and I often fail miserably, but Ty and I both remain committed to all that is planned for us. We moved over Labor Day weekend, and come October 11th , we finally got the call for Lulu. I am sure you have already read that post....:)
So, you see, 2012 has been so good. God has grown our faith, our hope, and our love. Those things mean so much to us as they are all of our daughters' middle names. We look forward to so many adventures in 2013. Our trip to China, helping others begin their adoption journey, life with Lulu, her heart surgery....we know that God will continue to grow our faith through these situations. We have seen many miracles this year, and we share all of this with you in hopes that through our lives you too will remember that God WILL move mountains, and He does care for us and love us more than we can possibly comprehend.
I pray that this year you put all of your hope in our marvelous, magnificent, sovereign God. If you ever want to talk or need some prayer please know that Ty and I are always available. And, if you are looking to get involved in an orphan's life, please feel free to contact us for prayer, loving support, and resources. We wish so much Joy for you in this new year!