Adoption Update

I thought it was time for an adoption update to let you know what all we have been doing.

We have been moving along with our adoption and slowly but surely getting things done. On April 23rd we began our paper chase, which basically means we are working through mounds of paperwork in order to bring our little one home.

When I first saw how much there was to do I was a little overwhelmed with it all. To make things a little less overwhelming we’ve been doing a little bit at a time and setting goals for ourself in order to get it all done. And actually progress is being made!

On May 31st we had our first home study visit! Leading up to it I was anxious about how things would go and what I should expect, but I have to say it went really well! I enjoyed getting to talk with our social worker and get to know her. She was very kind and genuinely excited for us and our future child. I’m so thankful to be working with an agency and social worker who love the Lord! That has been such a blessing!
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We still have a few more meetings with our social worker, but the biggest meeting is now done and I am thankful for that!

On June 2nd we went and had our fingerprinting done.
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Then on June 17th we both had our physicals done at the Doctor’s office.
Throughout the process we have also been making payments toward our adoption. If you are interested in supporting our adoption feel free to click on the link on the right of the page or go to the tab that says “Support our Adoption”. We truly appreciate your prayers and support!

Right now we are in the midst of reading through our required reading material as well as watching videos online for further training (10 hours worth to be exact) and are continuing to gather forms and papers together each day.
Summers are always SUPER busy for us since so much happens with our youth ministry in the summertime!  Being active in full time youth ministry while also form gathering for our adoption can be quite overwhelming at times, but I know in the end it is completely worth it!
Eventually it will all get done and we will finally be able to be added to the waiting list and will be one step closer to bringing our little one home!! I am ready for that day!!! :)

She Reads Truth

I wanted to share a devotion that I have been doing lately. I stumbled upon it when I was reading JonesDesignCompany‘s blog and so I decided to check it out. It is called She Reads Truth and currently we are walking through the book of Nehemiah. Honestly, Nehemiah isn’t a book of the Bible that I have spent much time in, so it’s nice to dig a little deeper and see things in a new light. If you are looking to start a new Bible reading plan, you should join in with the She Reads Truth study. I’ve only done a few days so far, but they have been really good thus far! Here is a link to their site if you want to join in: www.shereadstruth.com . As far as I know they don’t have an app yet, but they are in the process of making one. I currently receive their Bible studies through email each day, or you can just go directly to their site.  I hope you enjoy it and the Lord uses it to speak truth to your heart!

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Have a wonderful Saturday friends!

Our Journey to Children

Today at church we made the following announcement.

If you were unable to view the video, we want to let you know that we are adopting! This is something we feel the Lord has called us to and we are very excited about it! We know we have a long journey ahead of us, but we are relying on the Lord fully each step of the way.

We will continue to keep you updated on what is happening as things progress, so feel free to check back often for updates! We appreciate your prayers and support for us and our future child!

Our Houston Adventure

This past weekend Emmanuel was asked to be the guest speaker for First Methodist Houston’s Disciple Now and I had the privilege of going with him! The drive to Houston was absolutely beautiful especially when we got around the Brenham area. There were so many beautiful fields with wild flowers and pretty houses. It was really peaceful and we enjoyed getting to spend some time together!

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On our way we stopped at Buc-ees. If you’ve never heard of Buc-ees it’s basically just a gas station but their store’s are super nice and are unique to Texas. This one had a gift shop, a grocery store, a candy store and was also a gas station.

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Finally after a long drive we made it to Houston. Driving downtown Houston was definitely an experience and a little bit crazy at times, but it was also beautiful at the same time. The church was right in the middle of it all with skyscrapers all around and the city train right next to the church. It was a beautiful church and we were excited to be there. Just to give you perspective, in the picture below, the church is on the far right and is the tan brick building.

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We loved getting to meet all the students and other small group leaders, as well as see an old friend. Emmanuel spoke 4 times throughout the weekend and did a fantastic job each time! I am so proud of him and honored to have him as my husband.

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God truly showed up and students lives were transformed. There were students who said that they were ready to step up and be leaders in their schools and students who found the Lord for the first time! It was such a blessing to be a part of such an awesome weekend!

While we were in Houston I also had the opportunity to see my sister, brother in law, and nephew. It is always fun to see them and I enjoyed getting to spend more time with my cute little nephew. He even showed me some of his new tricks! I also got to see their new house that they just bought! It was so pretty and they have already done so much to make it their own. I’m happy for them and their new adventure as home owners!

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The weekend went all too fast, but we had a great time being together and praising the Lord with students  in Houston!

If you are ever in need of a terrific guest speaker feel free to contact me, I know a guy! ;)

 

 

Life Lately

A lot has been happening around the Jimenez household! It seems that this time of year is always a little busy for us with the Holidays, Disciple Now, Community Activities, etc.. So I thought I’d give you a brief picture update of all that has been going on (pictures are more fun anyways).

To start off, my sister had her baby back in November. He is the cutest little guy and we are so blessed to have him in our family. Here he is along with his pretty mama.  He is so adorable and I can’t wait to see him again!
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During Christmas my whole family was able to get together and we all loved spending time with each other and our new nephew.
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Here are both of my wonderful nephews together! Nephews are the best!
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In February, we had our youth Disciple Now! Our speaker this year was former NFL Player and current youth pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church , Daryl Jones. He did such a great job teaching the students the truth of the gospel! And as a bonus we got to meet his wife and baby! We were all so blessed to have them visit us.
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Next I wanted to just say how awesome our youth group is! We have the best students and we have been loving getting to hang out with them!
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In February, Emmanuel and I got to go to the High School Girls State Basketball Tournament in Austin along with my mom. It was a lot of fun and our girls did so good!
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While we were in Austin we decided to stop at a food trailer park and got chicken cones from Mighty Cone. If you’ve never been you should definitely check it out, they are so good!
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I know there is more I could post, but I will leave it at that. I will try to start being more regular with my posts since I know I’ve been slacking recently.
Also, just so you know there are a few more ideas, and dreams in the works over here that I’m sure I will fill you in at some point, but for now you can just imagine what they might be. ;)
Have a happy Tuesday!

From the rooftops I proclaim That I am Yours

I stumbled upon this video today and it is so good! These boys are truly talented and I love that they are using their talent for the Lord! Enjoy!

“Rooftops” by Jesus Culture

Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth
Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place
Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give
So I stand before You, God
I lift my voice cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours

All the good You’ve done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see
You’re the only one who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth
So I kneel before You, God
I lift my hands cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God

Trunk or Treat

Last week our church hosted a “trunk or treat” for the community. We passed out candy as well as information about our church and showed the love of Christ to the community.  It was a lot of fun and it seemed to be a big hit!

The night before the event we threw our costumes together and they actually turned out pretty cute! We decided to go as minions and our dog Moses went as a Rubix cube.

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If you are ever looking for a quick and easy costume, a rubix cube is always an easy win. All you need is a box, craft paint, a paint brush , scissors and tape. For our dog we taped the box together then cut leg holes as well as a head hole.  We put tape around some of the curves to make them softer for our dogs legs. I then painted all the squares. It was super easy and everyone loved it!

Here’s an inside view of the box.

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Moses checking out his new costume!

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And finally, the cutest rubix cube ever!

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It’s a Boy!

This past weekend I had the amazing pleasure of being a hostess for my sister’s baby shower. My older sister and I loved planning out all the details of the shower, and scouring pinterest for ideas (which there are tons)! It was a very full weekend and I loved every minute of it! I always love hanging out with my sisters and talking until the wee hours of the morning! Nothing is greater than sisters!

Here are a few pictures from the shower. I wish I would have gotten a better picture of the table once all the food was on it, but oh well, these will do. :)

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The pretty cake was made by my sister . Not only was it pretty, but it tasted great and everyone was raving about how good it was!

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This tasty/pretty fruit salad was made by one of the other hostesses!

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And here’s all the hostesses with the mama to be.

hostessesDuring the shower we played lots of fun games. We began by  playing a game where facts were read about the mom and dad to be when they were baby’s and everyone had to guess whether the fact was about the mom or the dad. We also played a candy matching game where everyone had to match various candy with pregnancy references.

And finally we played a play dough game where everyone had to make a baby out of play dough and then the mom to be picked the winner. Here are a few “babies” that were made.  IMG_3852And here’s the winner! IMG_3857

Me and my beautiful sisters!

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All in all the shower was a success and we all had a great time! I can’t wait to meet my new little nephew! Only a couple more weeks to go, and really he could be here any day now! :)

The Value of Discipline

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I’m typically not a big reader, but recently I have stumbled on some pretty good books. I just started reading “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” by Barbara Hughes and so far it is great! In reading the first chapter today, I was really challenged by it and thought I would share an excerpt with you in hopes that it will be as encouraging and challenging for you as it was for me.

         Years ago when I was in my early thirties and the busy, flabby mother of four, a friend and I made up our minds to get in shape and exercise a little physical discipline. We donned ratty old tennis shoes and weather beaten t-shirts and shorts and set out to run around the block. To our dismay, we made it only as far as the first corner, nearly fainting with that much exertion. But we didn’t give up. Every morning we tried again. The day we made it to the half-mile marker, we were so happy we celebrated with donuts! That morning workout eventually lengthened to three miles, then to five-always ending with the prize, a donut! We got fit, but we didn’t take it too seriously. We understood that some disciplines are more important than others.

           The apostle Paul links this idea of necessary training or discipline with the spiritual life. First Timothy 4:7 says, “Train yourself to be godly.” That word train is derived from the very ancient Greek word from which we get the English word gymnasium. By New Testament times it referred to exercise and training in general. In a sense, Paul is saying, “Gymnasticize yourself for the purpose of godliness.” He’s calling for a spiritual workout.

            It’s this spiritual workout that Paul deems so much more important than a morning jog around town. He goes on to say, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

            I’m nearly sixty now- a soft grandmother of sixteen youngsters. I don’t jog anymore, though I regularly make the most of my occasional bursts of energy by using the few pieces of high-tech exercise equipment stashed inour basement. The older I get, the more I understand Paul’s exercise priorities: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4: 16).

 After reading this I was challenged. Too often I focus on perfecting the things of this world, things that will some day pass away. Since I am a runner this hit home even more for me because when I think about jogging for 30 minutes I find that to be somewhat easy, yet when I try to daily spend 30 minutes reading God’s word I can at times find it challenging. While working out and running are good things, they are things that someday will fade away and when I am 60 + I’m sure working out and running will have much less importance to me. But how my relationship with the Lord is will matter greatly, because that is something that will last forever.

 Training can often be challenging, whether you are training for a marathon, a test, a game, etc… yet in the end, the training was worth it because of the end result you receive. The same is true about spiritual discipline and training…it will be hard at times and there may be days where you don’t want to do it, but in the end it will be completely worth it!

John Wesley once said:
O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of Thee that I may love nothing but for Thy sake and in subordination to Thy love. Give me grace to study Thy knowledge daily that the more I know Thee, the more I may love Thee. Create in me a zealous obedience to all Thy commands, a cheerful patience under all Thy chastisements, and a thankful resignation to all Thy disposals. Let it be the one business of my life to glorify Thee by every word of my tongue, by every work of my hand, by professing Thy truth, and by engaging all men, so far as in me lies, to glorify and love Thee.

 I too want this to be the cry of my heart! I don’t want to look back on my life and only remember the hours I spent training for races or wasting time doing things that don’t matter for eternity. Instead I hope and pray that at the end of my life I will see all the ways the Lord continually was moving in my life and how I was earnestly seeking Him with all that I am. But in order to have such results, it must start today.

 So I challenge you too…how is your relationship with the Lord? Are you giving your all to Him even when things are hard? Are you willing to discipline yourself for the sake of the cross?

Lord, draw my heart and draw the hearts of those who read this today. Make us more like You. Give us discipline and a desire for you Lord. And help us earnestly seek You with all that we are.

 **Excerpts were taken from the book “Disciplines of a Godly Woman” by Barbara Hughes. Check it out, it’s good!