Friday, March 13, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Plan

This week I'm again participating in Five Minute Fridays at Kate Motaung's blog, (after a long hiatus) encouraging bloggers to write on a prompt unedited for five minutes.  This week's prompt: PLAN


I longed, prayed, and pleaded to know the plan.

I dreamed of my own version of the plan, but over and over I was reminded we didn't know the plan.  It wasn't for us to know yet.

We couldn't have guessed His plan.

Its too amazing, audacious and a bit crazy.

Going from a family of three to a family of five.

Our paperwork ending up on the same social worker's desk multiple times, each time making her think of two particular siblings that needed a forever family.

Meeting our new son and daughter right before Christmas and having them move into our family 5 weeks later.

Each child in the family now only thirteen months apart in age.  Six.  Five.  Four.

A family put together by God.

A plan that only God would have come up with.

He has confirmed it over and over.

For that I'm am thankful.  This journey is laid out by Him not dreamed up by us.

I know He holds the plan.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Finishing our "Books While We Wait" List

As you know, we've buying a new children's book each month while we waited to adopt.  Since our family has now grown to a family of 5 (our two new little ones moved in the end of January), this tradition is ending, but I realized I hadn't posted about the last 3 that I purchased.  If you want to see the entire list, please feel free to click on the link at the bottom and review the other we picked in the past.


January 2015 -- Emma's Yucky Brother by Jean Little

I bought this book because it specifically talks specifically about adopting through foster care by following Emma and her new brother, multiple visits before staying for good, some unexpected behavior, and the extra time/attention the new sibling will need from Mom and Dad, even though they are not a baby.  I wish "yucky" wasn't used as an adjective to describe people in the book as its easy for kids to latch onto without understanding that by the end of the story it was just meant in jest.  Otherwise it was helpful as we talked about the transition we were in the middle of in January.


December 2014 -- God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner

This book, while not a Christmas title, is what I picked for our December book.  I love how it celebrates God's act of creation and then reminds the reader that God placed his light in each one of us.  The text and illustration draw you in and its one I don't mind reading multiple times.



Novemeber 2014 -- It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox) by Lysa TerKeurst


This book follows two unlikely friends, Little Fox and Little Seed, as they face some seemingly scary changes to learn that God is always with them.  Our kindergartner liked it right away (he thought it was silly that the seed was scared to be planted) but the deeper meaning of the story took a while for him to start to understand.  Definitely a great book for any family bookshelf.


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