Friday, June 27, 2008
Posted by Joy at 10:43 AM
Monday, June 16, 2008
Well, you probably noticed the ticker to the right. Yes, we are expecting at the end of January. I have been very sick the last 2 weeks. I always throw up a lot with every pregnancy and am very tired, so this is nothing new, it is just terrible and it takes the joy away from sharing. I have also been struggling with a low fever for several days which I am a little concerned about. I know it is a "good sign" to be sick and I have been thankful for the down time. I don't think I have ever read so many books to my little ones. They see me laying around and bring me book after book. For that I am grateful for this "yucky" period. My mom has helped me out a lot and my parents are helping this week by taking and/or picking up my kids from Vacation Bible School every day and taking care of them some days since I can't really drive. Luckily yesterday I had a relatively "good" day for church and Father's Day - which was great.
You may remember that we found out we were pregnant in September and I contracted Dengue Fever on our trip to the Dominican Republic which caused me to miscarry. Well, that baby would have been born in May. May is when we got pregnant - so God gave us a sweet gift at a time that brought sad thoughts of what ifs . . .
So we are assuming we will bring our boys home first and that will make this baby #8. Woah! -From 5 kids to 8 kids in a matter of months. Actually with Charina, we will have added 4 kids to our family in a matter or months. Now you may understand my last post better. You see although we had fears about the timing of Charina coming to live with us, God was preparing for this pregnancy and weeks of sickness before we knew anything, by sending her to help us. His ways are much better than our ways.
The Lord has blessed us greatly indeed and we praise Him.
Posted by Joy at 12:25 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Wow - things have been going well with having Charina (Javier's 17 year old niece from the Dominican Republic) here. We have had to be stern on a few things, but she has been totally responsive. She has set jobs each day, as do all our kids, and she even helps more than that. We have had great talks about Christ, religion, managing money, marriage etc. She also opened up and shared a lot of things that have been grieving her about her mom and younger siblings. I just listened as tears welled up in my eyes and pain and anger filled my heart thinking that no child should have to deal with having nonexistant and abusive parents. She has felt the weight of being the "mom" and trying to protect her brothers and sisters and realizing that she can't do much. But oh thanks be to God that he will carry the burdens of those who are weary and heavy laden - His love abounds!
On a lighter note, she loves to tell our kids funny stories about Dominican and they love to hear every word. She loves to learn new praise songs in English and she sings around the house often. We have also been collecting applications for her to get a job. Then about 2 weeks ago, as we were rushing off to baseball practice with the whole crew, she said, " I am so happy." Then it was silent. I thought well, that is odd, I am feeling rushed and here she is happy. Then she said, "This is the first time I have felt like I am part of a real family." So praise Him! His word says that He sets the lonely in families and He has done just that. Please continue to pray for our adjustment. I am just so thankful that we trusted God and opened our doors to her even though we had a lot of fears and we will have hard times ahead. It is so wonderful to step out in faith and follow His lead. Is the Lord calling you to open your home to an orphan, sponsor some children, do missions overseas, mentor a young woman, "adopt" a widow down the street or volunteer at Crisis Pregnancy Center? Pray, fast, get out of your comfort zone and American dream and put your faith in action. Will you choose the safe road or the risky but abundant road for Christ?
Posted by Joy at 8:40 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Thank you for praying. We got an email with "Referral" at the top. We were sent pictures of the youngest boy siblings they have right now. They were just adorable and we just loved them, but they were not in the age range we had requested - infact, they were the same ages of 2 of our children . We struggled and prayed and stared at their pictures almost non-stop. At this point we decided it would be too much to have these ages and we needed to stick with our original request so that we have some age spacing in our family. This was so hard not to just think with our emotions, but just on Friday we had discussed our age perameters and Javi and I were very one minded about what we thought we could handle.
The great news is that maybe things will get rolling with a referral now. Wow - just on Friday I was told the referral probably wouldn't come until mid July at the earliest. We are thankful for your prayers and for our director who apparently spoke with the orphanage to get some action on our case. We continue to pray.
Posted by Joy at 5:39 PM
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Posted by Joy at 8:04 PM