Door closed.

Three weeks ago I was sitting on the couch finished up a summer Bible study with the women from our community group. We had studied the book of Esther together. Throughout our study, I was amazed at how perfect the timing was - how much Esther spoke to my heart as we are in this season of waiting and praying for our daughter. The book is one of the few in the Bible about a woman. It is also the story about God's providence in the face of fear.  A friend asked how our adoption was going. I said great. We were almost done with...

Sewing for someone

Mark and I made the decision to adopt a baby girl from Rwanda on Father's Day. Two months later, we're in the middle of our homestudy. We've completed most of our paperwork, but still need to meet with our social worker at least one more time. We are also waiting for our FBI background check, which will hopefully be done in September or October. From there we have maybe two more months of paper chasing before our dossier will go to Rwanda. And then we have something like 6-18 months of waiting to hear that we are approved by the Rwandan government...

Answered prayer

Two years ago, I was pregnant with our third son. Although at this point I was not even half way through my pregnancy, I was already having contractions and my doctors were worried I would go into premature labor. I was in and out of the hospital, on medication and on bed rest. I had premature labor with all of my pregnancies and my middle son as born at 35 weeks after I spent three months on bed rest. With our youngest, I went on bed rest in July, when I was just 14 weeks pregnant. About one month later, I remember my...