Monday, June 30, 2008
The details, you ask? Well, it's 84 pages filled with nearly as many recipes contributed by our family and friends just for the cause. We've sprinkled in some quips, quotes, prayers and a little fun, too. The cookbooks are $7.00 (which includes postage), or you can use the "Donate" button to make a donation in another amount, and all the proceeds will go towards bringing the rest of our family home.
Ordering should be a relatively simple process (I hope) - you'll just click the button and fill out the order form, then paypal processes the payment and let's me know that you've ordered a copy, then I go to the post office as quickly as possible to ship your book to you.
Thank you! We love you!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
and, while this picture's really no better than the other, what I'm sure you can tell from my lame-o Before picture to now is that there is no longer a wall between the kitchen and the remainder of the Great space. A portion of that will return...but not all of it. That tile still on the floor there? That's the kitchen. The concrete subfloor is Great...
(By the way, don't you love it when people post quasi time-elapsed photography that's taken from totally opposite angles so you can't quite figure out just what the heck you're even looking at? That's me trying to keep things interesting for you! You're welcome. *wink*)
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So let's see...what's new? Well, on the adoption front, apparently there is a recent change that requires us to have abuse registry checks from every state we have lived in since we were 18 years old, so our Social Worker has a few more requests to send in before she can finish our homestudy. We are hoping to be finished with all of our paperwork within a few months and be on to the wait...
In other news, Kyle is going to be spending a month with my parents in St. Croix and we are staying at my parents house here locally while the renovations to our kitchen (and the common areas of our house) are done. Would you join with us in praying for him to have a safe and super fun trip? And Katie, who graduated from pre-K on the 15-year anniversary of my graduation from high school -- which was a little creepy, I might add -- and is taking Spanish classes at her summer camp this summer, is looking forward to playing the role of "only princess" for a few weeks. Other than that, it's business as usual around the Murray household.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
It certainly wasn't the two weeks we were originally quoted but, as usual, God has taken care of everything in His time! "It will not be late by a single day. Habakkuk 2:3" HOORAY!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
(Not the greatest photo, but it was taken on my camera phone, afterall.)
It's called THE OCCASIONAL COOKBOOK: Recipes for the Occasional cook. (Hey, what can I say...when you're known for not cooking you have to play into that if you're trying to make a cookbook!) I'm really happy with the way it turned out, even though I have had the finished product in my hands for all of half an hour and I'm already finding typos. Even with its imperfections, I pray this one's a bestseller!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Now for our 5-month status update. With the cookbook finished, I'm ready to get back to revisiting and reorganizing the mounds of paperwork that I have neglected of late. I need to see what I'm missing that could delay our progress. As of today we are precisely 5 months from the date we mailed our initial application to our agency. We have gotten quite a bit accomplished in the last five months but there is SO MUCH more that we have to do.
Lately, I'm getting really bogged down in how long things are taking - the marriage certificate, the medical forms, and I haven't even been able to guesstimate the timeline for USCIS - and how that it fits in our overall timeline. I've even begun to let myself start to worry that I could be throwing things off somehow. Who knows how, I mean, honestly my mantra and my constant prayer has been "Lord, I know Your will can't fail," but lately I'm tagging on a "just please show me that I'm still IN Your will here, pretty please?" Which kind of sounds like a lack of faith, doesn't it? I don't mean it to sound that way but it kind of does. Especially when I'm questioning if we can really pull all this together and make it happen when we keep running into little - and believe me, I do recognize they are minor, thank God! - obstacles to our progress.
Our whole process has been filled with God's little reminders that we are following His will for us. The little reminders are still there. I am so thankful for that. One of those little reminders is a verse I jotted down on an adoption blog way back at the beginning of our process:
But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day. Habakkuk 2:3
Who knew some of the biggest blessings in life are really His little reminders?