Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wow is all that I have to say...

RADICAL from David Platt on Vimeo.

***Pause the music to watch the video.***

So I saw this video on one of my fellow blogger sites that I regularly follow. Watch it now (if you haven't already) then continue reading. Of course the timeliness of this post was spot on (as usual) as this is an area that I REALLY struggle to relinquish to God. My one dream has always been to have the American Dream. I want the nice big house in the country, where my family gathers for holidays, where the kids bring their friends, where I am the stay-at-home-mom, where we have enough to afford missions trips to far away places AND go on vacations as a family. And I admit that this video is painful for me to see in the way that dirt and gravel being scrubbed from a wound is painfully healing to the body. It forces me to come face-to-face with my acknowledgement that I have not fully surrendered EVERYTHING to my Maker, and that it is what I am being asked, in faith, to do. So please pray for my strength in surrendering ALL, and that God, in His infinite wisdom, would keep providing these reminders to me until it is accomplished in HIS eyes. I don't really want to add too much more to this post. I feel that it speaks for itself, but I do want to add just one last thing for you to ponder now that you have had the opportunity to view the clip. My husband's response after viewing this video was "Wow, that's kind of in your face." to which my response was, "I think that's the point...I think that is why the title is Radical." But I ask you, what was your response? And what should our responses be? Leaving you to ponder. Have a great Memorial Day Sunday everyone.


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Welcome to our blog! Thanks for dropping by and visiting us! This blog was created for those of you who wish to follow along with us in our journey as we answer God's call to adoption. Ultimately it is our opportunity to rise up and do what we can to fulfill and make known to others the mandate of James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep onself from being polluted by the world."

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We are a mid-west married couple of 9 years, striving to care for the 147 million orphans around the world!

Our Adoption Timeline

11/28/11 - We are back to waiting for a new referral
11/22/11 - We receive word from our caseworker that we have lost our referral
9/21/11 - Referral paperwork and international ped review completed and sent!
9/4/11 - We receive our referral! A precious 6 yr old boy!
6/27/11 - We have finally arrived to the waitlist!
6/17/11 - re-doing some documents for the dossier
6/8/11 - Sent dossier off to our agency for review
6/4/11 - Our FDL FINALLY ARRIVES! Yahoo!
5/24/11 - We get word from our Case Manager that we may submit our dossier without our FDL! Yea!
3/30/11 - USCIS fingerprint appointments for Dept. of Homeland Security

2/9/11 - Notarized homestudy rec'd and re-mailed to AGCI!
1/7/11 - We close on the sale of our house in NW Iowa
11/30/10 - 3rd and final homestudy visit, dossier paperwork completed
11/24/10 - house back in NW Iowa finally goes on the market for sale
10/26/10 - 2nd homestudy visit
10/15/10 - Eric is finally able to secure his company transfer and relocate himself as well
9/30/10 - After securing living arrangements post-relocation, we have our first homestudy visit
8/17/10 - We receive notification that some paperwork families will be transferring caseworkers...we are transferred to Toni!
8/17/10 - Nic relocates to central Iowa to begin new teaching position the following day...a move is in the works...adoption paperwork, education and homestudy arrangements put on hold
8/13/10 - Nic rec'd call from a friend to interview for a last-minute teacher opening in central Iowa
6/7/10 - First paperwork call with our caseworker, Brandi; we begin the adoption education and dossier paperwork process
5/15/10 - Mailed orientation packet documents and first payment
4/13/10 - AGCI adoption orientation packet rec'd in mail
4/8/10 - AGCI international adoption application as part of the Ethiopia program approved!
3/16/10 - Official adoption application submitted to AGCI with initial fee
11/01/09 - Pre-application submitted to AGCI
10/27/09 - Request for more information on international adoption received by our (now) agency, All God's Children International

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