I saw this today and it was a good reminder:
Only God's grace and plan could have gotten us here. We felt overwhelmed with 4 kids...the jump in 9 months to 7 kids DID seem impossible - in our own strength, it was. When our precious Mimi was born with all her special challenges, at the time it felt like our life had stopped. All our "dreams", which now seem so silly, crumbled down around us. We had no idea that God was opening the door to such an amazing journey through that beautiful, perfect (but not healthy) little girl. Now we are journeying to our 15th and 16th. Only God could do these things. If you do not know Him, you will not be able to grasp how we do this, because it is only through Christ and Christ alone.
We should be sending our dossier to China next week. We are waiting for it to arrive to the agency from the east coast where it received authentications at the federal level and then at the Chinese embassy. We just made our next payment, by God's grace.
The timeline is a little unclear to me at the moment. We were told 4-6 months from the time of LID (logged in dossier), but I am seeing some people's timeline moving a bit faster. China implemented a new system on Jan 1st, so that may be speeding things up a bit.
So at this point, we are praying for our dossier to be in China (DTC) by the end of next week. We are then praying for a swift logged in dossier date (LID). Then we are praying for a swift LOA - letter of acceptance (also called LSC - letter seeking confirmation). At that point, we will owe our largest payment - $12,000. We are watching and praying for His provision. He has never failed us, but the money comes in many different ways. Sometimes He blesses the sales at Handsome's business abundantly, sometimes we receive gifts in the mail - all the while we pray and save all that we can. We have always been very, very conservative financially - we just continue to pray over each thing that we need and trust Him for it. We have tried so many "fundraisers" over the years and it has become a running joke that whatever we try will flop. I just tried a t-shirt fundraiser because so many other families had such great success with them. We made a whopping $0.96. We have just come to see that God wants us to rely on Him. If He directs us to a fundraiser, then we will do it. If He tells us to be still and know that He is God, then that is what we do - always praying for greater faith and trust in Him.
One more precious gift He has given was that we received a bunch of pictures of Brooke. As you may recall, she is part of an amazing ministry called Loaves and Fishes - you can find out more about them here http://www.loavesandfishesintl.com .
Our God is full of compassion and is faithful in all He does - what a privilege to serve Him.
Until He comes...