Jul 28, 2007

a six month mini-celebration...looking back at my first entry Feb. 2006

Joshua 24:15
Choose this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

A brief introduction of my family and we will be off and running with this new means of sharing our story. 

We are (currently) a family of eight-a Papa, our knight in shining armour, a Mama (that would be me), a homemade daughter who recently turned 16-!, a 12 year old daughter adopted from Budapest, Hungary (at 14 months old), a 8 year old daughter adopted from foster care (came at 3 adopted at 5), a sibling group of 3- ages 5, 4, and 3 who joined our family in August and will be adopted in the next few weeks...then we believe we will once again jump back to our adoption that was interupted when we discovered the need of our three wee ones.

Originally they (the 3) were to stay for 10 days of respite care back in May, but when we learned that they needed an adoptive home, we jumped ships and began to pursue becoming their forever family.

Our adoption to Guatemala had to be put on a temporary hold, as we were not allowed to have what they refer to as a "dual license." Guess that being licensed as a foster family and to be licensed with a private adoption agency is considered 2 licenses and is against the law here in our home state. However, they will allow you to hold a license (go figure) to do respite care (babysitting) for other foster families-so this is how God brought the "triplets" to us and how our family doubled!

We are excited and eager to see what the Lord has planned for us.

I am exceedingly blessed, as after having my oldest I was diagnosed with secondary infertility. Which basically means for me that I was able to have one pregnancy and then my womb closed. I personally believe that it was the hand of God that closed my womb, for he had other plans for us. Today I can say that with boldness and great confidence, but the road to here has been paved with many a tear. My faith has grown, as has the love for my heavenly Father, as He wiped each tear and held me close.I am thankful too that my sweet husband is a man of God, he has been my rock through the many years of sorrow and has stood in the gap in prayer, when I just couldn't. He is the ultimate optimist and refuses to let any gray cloud linger over us.

I hope to be able to encourage others who may find themselves on a similar path. I hope our story will reach out and bring God glory. After all, that is why I am here ;-)My hope is to be transparent. I enjoy putting down my thoughts, though haven't been very consistent. Someday I hope God will open the door to writing books, I think that would be a fun adventure.We haven't yet numbered our family, we wait on God and see what He will do next in our lives.

We are eager to see where this race we run will lead us. Our desire is to get our foot off of the brake and to allow God to "drive" this vehicle we call our lives, our family , our home. Time is so brief here on this earth, we don't want to live a life of "could of's or should of's," but a life that is free of regret (if that is possible ;-) and one that is filled with the Holy Spirit's guidance each step of the way.

After all, we are not adding children to our lives, children are our lives.

originally published Feb. 2006-my very first entry into the blogging world!


Kristee said...

Hi Kimmie,

You have an amazing family. What a journey you're on! Thanks for the nice comment.


Jenni said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this...I really enjoyed reading about you! Congratulations on your blogiversary!

Debbie said...

Hi Kimmie!
I am a new reader of your blog and am enjoying your family. We are also an adoptive family with five children (so far). Two as infants from Korea and our last three a sib group from Philippines.

I look forward to following your journey as you pursue more adoptions.

javamamma said...

Happy anniversary! What a great idea to re-post this for all us new readers. I've really enjoyed getting to know you a little bit. You and your family are beautiful!

chickadee said...

what an amazing story! thanks for leaving comments on my blog.

julie said...

Thanks for sharing that again. I really enjoyed reading your first post.

We also looked at adopting from All Gods Children but have been taken down a different path. Their Guatamala program is Awesome.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hi Kimmie :)

So glad you came over to visit. What a beautiful thing you and your husband are doing, having taken into your home so many children as your own, who may have had such different lives otherwise. I really enjoyed reading your story and am off to read some from past posts now which I think will be very inspiring for me. Happy mini anniversary!


Dapoppins said...

Congrats for six months...and what a beautiful story!

Erin said...

HI Kimmie, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Such an incredible one. I hope your camping trip was a success!

Becky said...

Congratulations! Our family has adopted one child and are considering fostering/adopting again. Right now we are searching our hearts and listening for God's voice. Your site is very encouraging to me as I contemplate our future. Thanks.

Pura said...

Kimmie, i really enjoyed reading your family's history. you've got a beautiful family and a large one too, i come from a large family too and i'm full of good memories (some times sad ones) but so is life with ups and downs.
May God Bless you all.

UKBob said...

Happy anniversary Kimmie, I hope you have many more of them. Bob.

Expat Mom said...

Congrats on 6 months! I tagged you for an older posts meme, seemed perfect for you!


Stacy said...

Hello my sweet friend,
Just wanted to let you know I am missing you! :)
Love to you and yours,

Sue @ praise & coffee said...

You have such a precious heart, you encourage me with your words!


mom said...

What a beautiful testimony of God's faithfulness in your life. I believe God tenderly took your tears and watered the seeds of children who are now your family. He loved them so much that He knew right where they belonged. Ahhh, we always have a plan...but His is so much better and sweeter!

Tammy ~@~

Tracie Loux said...

Thanks for sharing your story and commenting on my blog! I loved hearing how the spirit of adoption has been flowing in your family. I look forward to keeping up w/ your beautiful family.

Tracie Loux
Intercessory Missionary
Kansas City, MO

Emily said...

What a beautiful story. My husband and I have recently began sharing our desire to adopt (as well as continue to have our own). It's strange the way God is bringing on many adoption stories and testimonies across our path. Up until about 5 months ago I knew nothing about adoption. Know it's everywhere I turn. God is so good.

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