Monday, April 1, 2013

MEMORIAL BOX MONDAY:)

Today I am participating in Linny's MEMORIAL BOX MONDAY series... you can check out other stories and her amazing blog at www.aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com
 
Once again God has shown His amazing provision:) 
 
A few weeks back when we went to our adoption agency to meet with our adoption case worker for our 2nd post placement visit, and to meet with Isaiah's birth parents we mentioned about the call that Greg had to another church in Illinois...
 
Being that we are in prayer over this decision, we wanted to make sure they were aware of the possibility of a move for our family and what that meant for finalizing the adoption of this
sweet little man...
 
(I know too yummy huh???:)
 
 
During this visit our agency rep left to talk with the agency director and it was determined that we HAD to finalize here in the state of Oklahoma... If we decided to move and finalize in another state we would need to totally redo our home study  ($1,000's of dollars later:(  and then if there were hang ups and the adoption wouldn't be finalized with in 9 mos. for some reason it could jeopardize the whole adoption... Hello??? No thank you... FINALIZATION IN OKLAHOMA IT IS!!!:)
 
They were so gracious to allow us to get it done as quick as possible in the event that Greg's accepts this other call out of state... but that also meant our balance was due ASAP...
 
So I requested them to let me know exactly what our remaining balance was...
(Now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE our agency... I can not say one negative thing about them... TRULY, they are amazing!!!)
 
When they came back with the amount... it was about $3000 more than what I was thinking it would be...How could I have been off by that much?  I thought that I had paid off half... But I was wrong...
When I asked for an itemized bill, I could clearly see where I had miscalculated... and the expenses I had missed...
 
Adoption is expensive... BUT SO WORTH IT!  And honestly, if I was to try and figure out how we have paid for 3 adoptions on my husband's pastor's salary in less than 3 years it would be impossible... more like a miracle...

All I can say is that He will move mountains if it is His plan for you to add to your family through adoption... he has done it for us again and again...
God has such a way of stretching the income to always be MORE THAN ENOUGH! 
 
And honestly, that same day that I received the itemized bill I was staring at Isaiah in my arms while we sat on the bench in Samuel's garden thinking...
 
I WOULD PAY A MILLION DOLLARS FOR YOU!!!
He is such a precious gift!
 
 
So where would we come up with the extra money we hadn't been planning on spending...
 
Enter our sweet, but WAY TOO SMALL for our family of 9...pop up camper:)
 
 
Literally 2 days ago I posted that we wanted to sell our pop up camper to help pay for the last of Isaiah's adoption expenses... Now, it wasn't worth $3000... so we didn't ask for that... we asked for $2300 knowing most likely someone would try to chew us down EVEN MORE on the price...
 
Yesterday a friend came out to look at it... I knew I had another person coming to look tonight that had first dibs on it... but told my friend I would let her know if that didn't work out...
 
Well tonight I emailed her back saying it was still available and shortly after got an email telling us that they would pay US OUR ASKING PRICE... for it ...
 
Praise Jesus!  God has such an amazing way of providing... It isn't the HUGEST amount of money, but it gets us well on our way to the extra I wasn't planning on spending...  I always seem need these gentle reminders that He will provide...
 
Here we sit on the edge of having to make a pretty big decision on if we will stay here at this Church or move and answer the call to serve another church...
 
It is no coincidence that we are going to be finalizing Isaiah's adoption right now... I know that the Lord will provide for any situation or circumstance... but as the mama of this house of 9 with uncertainty in the future it gives my heart GREAT reassurance to see HIS FAITHFULNESS unfold before my eyes time and time again! 
 
Faithful God!


4 comments:

Renee said...

Beautiful story of God's faithfulness and love for His family....So glad I stopped by to read it...God bless...

Tesha Papik said...

Oh that brought tears to my eyes when you said you would pay a million dollars for him:) SO sweet. I am praying for even MORE supernatural finance to come and pay ALL of the bill. You guys are so amazing and filled with so much FAITH!

Becky said...
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Becky said...

Oh precious Isaiah, he just gets cuter Sara! I love that you have EVEN MORE to your adoption story, what a sweet testimony of God's faithfulness. Yay God! I love it!! I bet you were just giddy when you got that email. Praising God with you guys today!! And continued prayers for the final leg to finalization!!! Love you guys!