*our homestudy update was painless and brief… and we had a super clean house as a result of it
*the Kinsley’s brought Haven home from Ethiopia on Valentine’s day!!!
*we FINALLY got our court date… even if its not nearly as soon as we wanted it… we have a court date
*family and friends willing to make sacrifices to watch Tucker and Libby when we go
*Kelli’s perfectly timed encouraging card
*flights to go meet our Aida are booked!!!
And a few random things that have nothing to do with adoption:
*walks (talks) with Krista
*a broken hot water heater reminds me of how grateful I am that I have hot water, a generous perfectly timed check in the mail, friends who gave up their time to help fix it
*lunches with Meegan
*friends who planned a date night out for us and for their generosity
*Ben’s willingness to make sacrifices to take care of me when I’m sick
*prayer walking as a family around the neighborhood and the sighting of the neighborhood rooster
*my sister sharing a song with me... she would never guess how many times I've played it since she sent it
* "Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good, including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time" - Jesus Calling
*a new tradition of Valentine’s love note bags
*the rare moments Tucker and Libby act happy to have their pictures taken
*the incredible segment about MercyShips on 60 minutes (you can watch it here)
*"The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace." Psalm 29:11
*playdate with the Lindsey’s
*Tuck’s desire to pray for his preschool classmates
*'Time memorizing scriptures is perhaps more important than "quiet time"- because when we fill our hearts with His word, we can fill all our hours with His Word- and "quiet time" can then become all of our time'. Ann Voskamp
*Shaina Weisgerber and the beautiful testimony of honesty and hope that she has been through her family's journey of struggle and loss (you can find their journey here)
*Libby’s choice of the same red and white dress for "Choose Your Own Clothes Thursday"… three weeks in a row.
*Tuck’s question: “Mom, can I spend time in the Word again?"
*the book ”Treasuring God in Our Traditions” and all that I gleaned from it… excited to implement some of Noel Piper’s ideas for Easter this year with our kids
*the sweet children's book from my mom on adoption. My favorite line: "I trusted that God knew you, and knew me, and knew when we'd fit perfectly together."
*a new journey for Lena
*Saturday morning puzzle mania
*Two little monkeys jumping on the bed