6 Months

This past week Thursday marked 6 months that we have been paper chasing for our adoption. It was my hope that for sure by now we would be able to submit our dossier and be added to the list, but we are not yet at that point. Through this process we’ve had some hiccups along the way; one being with our home study and having to change social workers and redo meetings that we had previously done. Primarily our home study is the one major thing we are still lacking in order to submit our paperwork. However, we will also need to submit one other form after our home study is complete which I have read can take up to 3 months to receive back. It is my prayer that the Lord would show us favor and that our home study and this additional form would be received in a timely manner and we wouldn’t be at a stand still because of it. Waiting for things you have no control over can be hard sometimes. Yet I know this is only the beginning of our waiting. And really I should take comfort in the things that I can’t control because I know that God is the one in control of these things. So for now we are waiting. Would you join me in praying that things would move quickly and the Lord would have favor on us throughout this whole process? We are trusting Him.

You Are Worth It!

These past few weeks have been crazy!! There have been countless days where I’ve either gotten up early before work or used my lunch break to get the required paperwork completed for our adoption. Whether is is getting forms notarized, mailing forms out at the post office,  going to appointments, emailing forms, etc…it has seemed constant! Often I have felt completely worn out, exhausted and weary. Yet, when I take the time to be still and remember why we are doing all of this, it all becomes so very worth it! Every errand we run has purpose and meaning because I know that with each step we complete we become one step closer to bringing our baby home.

I long for the day when we finally will get to meet our child for the first time. When I will finally get to hold them in my arms, look into their beautiful eyes and tell them I love you and more importantly, Jesus loves you and cares so deeply about you. I truly look forward to that day!

So we will keep trekking on with perseverance because our baby (my little love) is so very worth it!

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” Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! “

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Jimenez Design Company

Well I finally decided to do it! I opened an etsy shop! As of today, Jimenez Design Company is officially open for business!  I’ve been wanting to open a shop for a few months now, but life kept getting more and more busy and I kept putting it off. With our adoption in full swing, I decided now was the time and I am very excited about it!

In the next coming months we will have to pay a little over $8000 toward our adoption and it is my hope that the Lord and this etsy shop will help to fund this cost. I know that the Lord is faithful and we are trusting in Him fully to provide while also doing all that we can to raise money in order to bring our little one home.

I hope you will check out my store and find something that you like! If you have bare walls that are in need of some pretty art or you need a little inspiration for the day or you would just like to help fund our adoption and support a family in need, Jimenez Design Company is the place to shop!
Below is a little sample of what you will find in the store.
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I will occasionally be adding new pieces, so feel free to check back often! :) I also have a new page added that will link you to specific pieces in the store.
You should check it out! Jimenez Design Company
If you would like to just donate to our adoption, feel free to use the donate button on the right side bar. We truly appreciate your support!

Resolve Series Now Available

I am so proud of my amazing husband! Today Download Youth Ministry published one of Emmanuel’s sermon series!

The series is about Daniel and the resolve he made to follow after the Lord. Below is the summary of the series:

Today, many Jesus loving, Bible quoting, youth group going students head to a strange new land called their “College years” (a land without parents, where students can do whatever they want) and they trade in the things of God for the things of the World. In the Old Testament, Daniel was in the same situation. He was in a strange new land without parents yet, he Resolved to continue to walk with the Lord. In this series, your students will discover what Daniel did to be faithful in a foreign land. My hope is that this series will give students a goal, plan, and desire to live for God throughout junior high, high school and college.
This series explores Daniel 1:1-8:

Week 1: RESOLVE to honor God

Week 2: RESOLVE to be connected to others

Week 3: RESOLVE to make God’s Word your standard

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If you are a pastor or youth pastor looking for a new sermon series, I would highly recommend that you check this series out! It is well written and packed with God’s truth!

You can find it here: http://downloadyouthministry.com/shop/resolve-3-week-series/

Check it out! :)

Happy Anniversary My Love!

Today marks five years that I have been married to my amazing husband! I am so blessed to have him in my life and I truly thank the Lord for giving me him and allowing us to work so well together as a couple! Emmanuel has been such a great leader in our marriage spiritually and in other areas as well. He works hard for us, protects me, encourages me and truly loves me well! I am so honored to be his wife and I look forward to many years to come with him! I love you Emmanuel!

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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! ;)