Monday, March 24, 2014

Prayer Requests and Darling Magazine Feature

I kinda feel like I've been hit by two trucks. One truck was made out of feathers and marshmallows and the second truck was carrying cattle or something. Seriously, as the work load continues to increase with Standard Goods and our adoption paperwork, God's blessings continue to increase as well. Both hit hard, one is just way more fun to collide with than the other. All that being said, we could use prayer!  

How to Pray: 
  • We are SO close to being done with our home study. We are just waiting on getting a few papers back from our doctors and then need to finish our personal applications. I was actually about 80% done with the 22 page personal app when my computer lost it's mind and lost my work. So there went about 10 hours of thinking and typing down the toilet. Fun. Pray that we would continue to maintain a good pace with our paperwork and that no more time would be wasted due to technology. Pray that the paperwork being filled out by our doctors would be done correctly and quickly so we can get our home study approved and begin to apply for grants. 
  • Our sewing machine is still not working at 100% so Tim is having to drive to the "on loan" machine to sew our leather pieces at night. Such a bummer and hassle and waste of time he could be spending home. Pray that we would figure out what is going on with our machine and have the time to fix it.
  • Pray that we would gain wisdom and discernment for managing this new small business God has given us in Standard Goods. As the business grows and the orders pile up, we need to know how to best allocate our time and our resources to maintain a steady flow of sales but also to keep from burning out.
  • Pray for our baby in China. Pray that they are safe and being loved well while we work and fight hard to bring them home. 
A HUGE Praise:

Tim and I are being featured this week at Darling Magazine as their "Embodied: Courageous" story! I LOVE Darling Magazine and am still in a bit of shock that they are sharing our adventure with their readers. It is a bit dream like, for sure. These interviews and blog spots and shop features are such great exposure for not only our story but in raising awareness of the need for adoptive families. Opportunities like the Darling interview are always such a gift to our family and, we hope, help to encourage others to consider what God might be calling them into in regards to loving the fatherless. 

Be sure to check out the interview and leave a comment on the story!


  1. I just found your blog on etsy, and read this post. I am so sorry that happened to you on your home study paperwork! We are in the middle of completing our home study as well (though our adoption will be in the Philippines) and I can't imagine the frustration you experienced in losing the Personal Application portion. Grrr to computers! They are so helpful, but they are also very unpredictable sometimes! Even though I don't know you personally, I will definitely be praying for you and your family, for all of the details in the doctor's paperwork, for your business, and for wisdom as you explore different options regarding your time. I will definitely be praying for your Mamma's heart, and that little baby across the world. It is very hard sometimes to have all of these hoops they make us jump through to get to them, though it is supposedly for the best that all of the hoops are there. I hope your sewing machine is fixed soon! I will definitely be following your family and your adoption story, as you make your way to your precious child.

    1. Danielle,

      Thanks so much for your prayers! Blessings on your adventure as well!