Monday, June 2, 2014

Updates from Canada!

Hi friends! This is my first post from Canada! We are finally all settled into our apartment in Hamilton & will be living here for the next 6 months. (If you don’t know, we are in Canada because my husband plays football in the CFL. You can read more about why we move by clicking on the “About Me” tab at the top!) I've been busy unpacking, keeping our puppy Juno entertained & getting to know our new city! I think we are really going to enjoy our time here. Cary has started training camp with his new team. Camp is pretty rough so we would love for you to lift him up in prayer over the next few weeks. 

Road trippin' to Canada!

Cary's first day of camp! I'm so proud of him! 

Now that we are settled, we’ll have plenty of time to continue working on all the remaining paperwork for the adoption. I will be filling out applications for potential agencies, grants, loans, etc! We also need to complete our profile book & of course, continue our fundraising. We have been so busy with fundraising, moving & getting settled here in Canada that so much has been put on hold! I’m so ready to move forward & I’ll keep you updated on our progress!

We started our Puzzle Fundraiser a week & a half ago right before we moved. So far, 54 of the 250 pieces have been claimed! We are so thankful for every single donation & person involved in this fundraiser so far!!! (If you are interested in learning more about our puzzle fundraiser, click on the “Puzzle Fundraiser” tab at the top of the blog.) I can’t wait for the puzzle to come in the mail so I can start putting it together & share pictures of the progress! The puzzle is already such a testament to God’s provision & such a beautiful representation of the generous people in our lives!

Photo credit to Eva Cranford 

Photo Credit to Carolynn Seibert 

Our sweet friends James & Katie Lowder are auctioning off the precious little painting below on behalf of our adoption fundraising! We are so thankful for James & Katie & their beautiful hearts! This precious couple is so talented & sell their artwork all over Louisiana. Their art is inspired by their love of God & often reflects the beauty of God's creation & the culture of Louisiana! To bid on the heart painting, visit: Katie & James Lowder: Art on Facebook. Comment on their original post to bid! (The highest bid is $55!) Bidding ends June 6th.

A time of waiting...
We love our time away together in Canada but sometimes it can be a little bit lonely for me. I would appreciate your prayers as I enter into a time of “waiting”. Waiting to finish this paperwork stage, waiting to move forward & start presenting to birthmothers, waiting to hear we are matched, waiting for details of our sweet little one, waiting for Baby K & waiting to be a mommy. Pray that during this time I would grow as a woman, a wife & a mommy to be. Pray that my life would reflect Jesus as I seek to love Him & my little family. As always, we would love for you to pray for our baby & birth mother. This journey to parenthood has been filled with sorrows, joys, surprises, blessings…I’m so thankful I have some down time to reflect on all that has been going on in our lives this past year & a half! I’m just so amazed at what God has done in my heart over the past couple of months. He has turned my tears into laugher, my sorrows into joys & my mourning into celebrating. He has given me peace & reassurance that He has a plan for us. Right now our adoption journey is full of so many unknowns but there are two things I know for sure-nothing is “unknown” to God & little Baby K is worth every bit of “the wait”!

Photo credit to Eva Cranford 

Photo credit to Carolynn Seibert 

Thank you for your prayers & support!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

~Psalm 27:14

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