Exciting News!

If you read my last post, you know that a lot has been going on with us lately!

One thing I didn’t mention was that we are pregnant! And we are SO very excited about it!  We are truly so thankful to the Lord for this baby!
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In case you were wondering or didn’t figure it out from the above photo, yes, we are still in the process of adopting a baby from Ethiopia! 🙂 We are so excited that our children will get to have a sibling and we will get to have two kiddos. Both blessings from the Lord!! We are truly beyond thrilled about both of our babies!
I am currently 4 months pregnant and everything with the baby has been looking good!
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Something that is also incredibly neat is that both of my sisters are pregnant right now too!! It has been so neat to get to share pregnancy information with both of them and learn from them! We are all about 2 months apart. The Lord’s timing is truly best and He has given me such a blessing to be able to walk through this pregnancy while my sisters are experiencing similar things!
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We can’t wait to meet this little one and are so thankful to the Lord for them!
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Steady Heart

I heard this song today and it was exactly what I needed to hear. It’s a reminder that even though I don’t always know what is in store for me or how things will end up, I serve a God who I can trust and who is reliable. A God who can carry me through storms and lead me into the clearing. A God who is steady, forgiving, loving, always by my side and faithful to the end! Thank you Lord for who you are!

 

Steady Heart
Written by: Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook

I can’t see
What’s in front of me
Still I will trust You
Still I will trust You

Steady heart that keeps on going
Steady love that keeps on holding
Lead me on
Steady grace that keeps forgiving
Steady faith that keeps believing
Lead me on

Though the sky is dark
And the wind is wild
You’ll never leave me
You’ll never leave me

Though the night is long
There is a coming dawn
The light is breaking
The light is breaking

Steady heart that keeps on going
Steady love that keeps on holding
Lead me on
Steady grace that keeps forgiving
Steady faith that keeps believing
Lead me on

And as the dawn breaks
And the clouds clear
In an open space
Together we will run

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!

Psalm 127:3-5a
” 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!

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!!! 🙂

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!