Monday, February 24, 2014
I was a little surprised at what happened last week for with our dossier. We sent it to China on Feb 14. On Feb 19 at 1022 am we got an email saying that our agency dropped off our dossier at the CCWA. At 1028 we got an email saying we were officially LID. I almost expected an LOA before the close of the day..haha. That would have been nice though! We are officially awaiting LOA. It would have been nice to get to that milestone, but the truth is that we would have have no way to pay for our next set of fees. We are so appreciative of all of the people that have donated and shown us that orphan care is a serious priority! We have a super fundraising opportunity coming up at the beginning of March, that I am really excited about. I will definitely blog more about it the closer we get. There are certainly other ways we have been preparing ourselves for this transition! We have a large family by most standards in today's world. We are busy, but we manage to get time by ourselves to relax. I usually have time to bake - I usually spend that time baking as special one on one time with one of the kids. I usually get it together enough to get my house cleaned once a week or once ever two weeks and I have an inner peace that accompanies that 20 minutes my house is clean! I don't know for sure, but I suspect the time I will have after Han and Ulysses come home for things like cleaning the house good (insert obsessive compulsively here), maybe quilting (which is such fun) may all but disappear. I don't know for sure, but I think that I need to start working on myself. I need to start preparing myself to find more joy and inner peace in caring for my kids and not in sitting in the middle of a clean house with a cup of coffee. I am sure most people flipping through this are familiar with James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself pure from being polluted by the world. I really need to work on the last phrase...to keep oneself pure from being polluted by the world; by the materialism, by the selfishness that permeates everything. I really like to have a clean house and to have time to myself to try out a new recipe or to quilt. I really like it, but do I deserve it? umm...no. There are lots of pollutants in the proverbial "world" but I think the biggest one is greed and self-entitlement. I am entitled to some free time to relax...umm no. I am entitled to go out to dinner and spend $35 on hibachi...ummm no. I am entitled to a new computer that I can skype with when I am in China...umm no not really. Keith and I are spending the next month working really hard to gain a biblical perspective on becoming better parents and a whole lot less selfish! This month is going to have us spending a lot more time praying than any month ever! We are going to be working on depolluting! Strangely, this has also been a them that popped up at our church starting in March. We started yesterday by reading a book of Ecclesiastes a day and praying together and for each other every night. Should we have already been doing that...yeah. On March 1st we are going to read a Proverb a day and pray for and with each other. It doesn't really sound like a lot, but in the stress of everyday life, it is easy to forget to spend the 30 minutes each day with God. It is easy to become polluted by the world and prioritize getting the laundry folded (you should see the pile of laundry staring at me right now! haha) over sitting down, doing our bible reading and praying. I have to remember who is running my life when I choose to skip my time with God to get some stupid, meaningless chore done. It is not me!
Posted by Michelle at 4:18 AM