Monday, April 25, 2011
Hello all! We hope that you guys had a great Easter. We had a blast here in San Diego. Church was so much fun. Jady was the creative force for the Easter service and it was amazing. We had a choir, amazing worship, a spoken word, a dance, and scripture read in five different languages. It was such a sweet representation of what we have to look forward to in heaven. We had 385 people attend the service and 12 people gave their lives to Jesus! Whoo!!! What an awesome day.
Several people have asked for an update on adoption. We were given some misinformation before we moved regarding the transfer of our documents between states. It turns out that our homestudy document will not transfer because it was not filed by an agency licensed to perform adoptions in California. What does that mean??? We have to do it again. It is about a 6 month process and will cost another $5,000. It is a bunch of paperwork, physicals, interviews...So, we will be a bit delayed in the process. It was a bit discouraging, but we trust God and know that He is leading us every step of the way.
We applied for a grant this past week. We won't find out if we get one or not for a few months. The overall cost we have left to raise is around $20,000. We would appreciate your prayers that God would provide for all of these costs. We will keep you posted.
Sophie has started ballet class. One of the girls who goes to All People's Church is a dancer and does a private lesson with Sophie in our living room. It is a ball to watch and I wish you guys could see it. Tait's speech therapy has begun and he seems to keep improving. He is still about a year behind on his speech, but he learns new sounds every day. Thanks for all your prayers on this issue.
That is it for now, and we hope that you guys have a fabulous week!
Thursday, April 7, 2011
We are getting all settled in. You can see in the picture above that Tait was a big help in that process. After three weeks our stuff is hung, put away and decorated. We are really loving our house. Its perfect for us. Very spacious with front and back yards. We planted a garden in the front and we have little bunnies that come into our back yard every day. The kids love them, of course! I jokingly say that we live in the country. I know we don't, but compared to the hustle and bustle of Seattle it feels like the country here. Our neighbors are really friendly and two of them are coming to church with us on Sunday!
Speaking of kids...
Sophie is doing great. Our family went with All People's Church on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. Sophie loves telling people about Jesus. This picture is a picture of her with some of the kids she shared with who accepted Jesus! It was a blast spending five days with our new church on the trip. Jady & I both got a chance to minister to people and build relationships. Sophie and Tait got to spend their mornings in the kids service making new friends and learning more about who God is.
Tait is having a blast here also. There is a lot of dirt for him to play with, and that of course is wonderful to him. He is progressing by leaps and bounds with his speech. He is now saying "this" "that" and "more please". Thank you so much for praying! He starts speech therapy again this week, and we expect him to continue to improve.
Land Cruiser!!! For the past six years we have been a one car family. San Diego is too spread out for public transportation or Jady's scooter. So, we gave the scooter to a friend in Seattle and decided to believe God for another car. We had a very small amount of money for a car, but we were hopeful. God always provides, right??? Well He did! We were able to purchase a 1989 Toyota Landcruiser. (sorry I don't have a picture) Jady is beyond excited. It has been owned by the same family since they purchased it new. Kept in a garage & is in great shape. It is the perfect car and he LOVE LOVE LOVES it. This morning he threw his surfboard in the back and headed to the beach just before work. Ahh, California.
Thats it for this post! Have a great weekend!