Since Gene and I have started this adoption process that God has laid upon us it is amazing to see the work he is doing in our hearts. This weekend our Pastor shared the parable of the seed and the soil. I was challanged to think which soil I have in my heart and what the soil of my family is as well.
There are four basic types:
1. the seed beside the road that does not plant and birds scoop it up
2. a seed in rocky soil that withers because it is not supported
3. seeds that grew in thorns and the thorns incased it, choking it out
4. and finally the good soil where the seed grows and multiplies.
As we reflected in small groups I believe that at different times in our lives we are different parts of the soil. I think as of this time in my life I am trying to be the good soil and some days I make the sunshine just right and it gently rains and I am the good soil, growing a beautiful crop of seeds. But see, most of the time, Im the soil that grows in thorns. I let the "world" get in the way. I feel like I sometimes and searching for the right look, the right house, the right vacation, the right amount of money....which really gets in the way of my relationship with God.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Our social worker, Shannon Wilson, was so awesome and made us feel at ease with the whole process. She had good information for us and as it turns out has done many homestudies with several of our friends. Here she is with us at our last meeting before our youngest son comes home (or what will most likely be the case) our wait time is longer than a year we will see her again in January 2013 for an update.
|Shannon and us.|
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Merry Christmas in Amharic. A good friend of mine reminded me that today is Ethiopoan Christmas.
Since Ethiopia uses the ancient Julian calender, today is what Ethiopia calls Ganna. It is celebrated with praying and chanting the night before then a processions thru the villiage/city to the Church. Then family meals in the evening where they make and eat Doro Wat. If a family has enough money they may be able to add in lamb or chicken.(Thank you TLC.com for enlightening our cultural knowledge) Wow- kinda makes our Christmas celebrations way over the top and extravagant. Im glad our adoption journey is also a good reminded of how God has blessed our family and it is our responsibility to thank him and pass that blessing on.
I think next year we will try to learn and make Doro Wat in honor of the country that will place with us our new son.