updates & dreams.

Friday, March 9, 2012



updates & dreams.
yep.  that's what we will title this post.
it's perfect actually.
here you go.

updates: 

we have settled into our new little life here in idaho falls.  we have felt more welcomed and more loved than we could ever imagine.  we are blessed beyond words &  so thankful to be here.  we love it.

kids are enjoying their new school & settling into the life God has placed us in.

todd has started meeting with the youth of christ community church.  we are so excited as we watch the connections form perfectly with the high school & junior high students, as well as with the staff.

dreams: 

dreams come in so many different ways.  they are wrapped up into our hearts.  carried with us forever or just for a short time.  yet, from time to time they get unwrapped for all to see and for all to experience.  that is what is about to happen to us.  our dreams are being unwrapped one corner at a time.  are you ready to hear about ours?

small amount of background for our perfectly exciting dream:  back in 1999 a little seed was planted in my heart as a strong and courageous friend handed her daughter over to a family that was waiting to adopt her.  it was because of that strength in my friend that i knew my life would one day be changed like that adopted families life had been forever changed.  it was a dream that would take a number of years to ever be considered a reality.  todd wasn't ready... YET.  then again, 3 years ago... we watch another sweet and precious family adopt their amazing son O.  it was as i held him for the first time that the hope seemed to slip further from my reality.  but in all her wisdom, kat told me to be patient, wait, and pray.  her wisdom knew that we both needed to be firmly on board with the adoption to ever transpire in our family the way God would design it.  todd still wasn't ready.  after MANY years of prayer for todd's heart to be ready (and after reading 'radical' by david platt), he knew his life would be changed as well... changed forever.

'you are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble; you will prepare their heart; you will cause your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.'
Psalms 10:14,17-18

we are super excited to announce that we are adopting.  eekkk.... i am so excited!!!  i could just scream & cry (which i have done many times).  our journey began back in october.  we were driving home from some friends house in salem oregon when todd simply shared with me that he 'was ready'.  he knew that our family was supposed to adventure into a new journey in life; we were supposed to adopt.  i did all i could not to burst into tears of joy!  so instead, we began to talk through our different options.  the one thing that we knew, was that we were going to be adopting from Africa, but we were not sure what country we were going to be adopting from.  

but we do now!  {insert a giddy grin} we are adopting from the beautiful country of the democratic republic of the congo (DRC for short) (check out a little bit about the country: link here).  and going through an agency called a love beyond borders (link here).  a love beyond borders spoke deeply to us because they adopted waiting children.   a waiting child is a child who stays in one place, waiting with anticipation to be chosen into a family. they are ready, expecting, yet day after day they sit and wait for a family to call their own. some will find one, and some will not.  this agency was perfect for us.  we knew we had found the perfect organization.  we wanted a waiting child.  a child that might not typically be the first to be chosen.  a child older than 3, yet younger than jt.  so a love beyond borders was just for us!

ash & jt are excited.  in case you were wondering.  ash actually heard us talking about all the costs of the adoption & wanted to help out.  remember her little business she has going on:


well... she has raised $650 for compassion.  during christmas time she bought bibles, a cow, pigs, seeds for people to plant, chickens, medical care, safe water, & a playground.  all totaling $650.  we were so proud of her.  she has decided to donate all of her new earnings (until we finish our adoption) to the fees we have for our adoption.  she then says she is going to go back to saving more for her compassion kids (as she calls them).  her heart never ceases to amaze me.

she also gave todd & i blue bracelets to wear so we would remember to pray for her sibling.  why blue you ask?  because that is the color of the of the DRC flag of course.

so now what? 
please pray for us.  we are moving through our home study in our new state of idaho.  everything is moving forward quickly, smoothly & with a lot of excitement and anticipation.   we couldn't be more excited about bringing home another sweet face to love, care for, cherish & join our crazy, silly family.  

pray that we would be able to raise the perfect amount of money that God has set for us to raise in order to make the transition smooth and wonderful.  

pray for protection over our sweet little guy (who we do not know just yet) as we cannot protect and care for him ourselves.  my heart already longs to hold and love on him.

we know for sure that we are adopting 1 boy.  pray for the peace in that.  we initially had desired to bring home 2 little boys, but we are sensing God leading us to just 1.  pray that we are making the right decision and that we are truly heeding Gods calling in our life & if that calling were to change, make it abundantly clear to the both of us.

thank you for sharing in our news.  joining us in our excitement.  anticipating the arrival of our little guy.  praying for our journey.  we will keep you posted with prayer requests.

hugs.
summer



15 comments:

  1. Oh, how incredibly exciting! What a journey God has set before you. Blessings to all of you as you obediently walk His path. Praying.
    Debbi Weeks

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  2. thanks so much debbi! we are so excited too. if you could be too excited that would be us. thanks for praying for us as we walk gracefully towards bringing home our little guy.

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  3. Sum,

    Tears fill my eyes as I read this. God has you and your family on such a wonderful journey. I am excited to see how this unfold. Know I will be praying for you.

    <3
    Jackie

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    1. jackie... i love you. thank you so much for loving our family, supporting our family, caring for our family. our current family and the one that will be expanding.

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  4. eeekkkkkkkk.......OH MY GOODNESS!!! I had no idea and my eyes just continued to well up with tears in reading about your journey. The whole story is just so cool and amazing & I am so touched to hear about the prayer and heart that you both have put into your decision. I'm so excited to meet him!! Congrats and thanks for sharing!!! :)

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    1. thanks for crying with us julie. you have no idea how much i have cried these last few weeks. i have sobbed everyday... at least once a day.

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  5. Summer....I am in tears after reading your post! Your little family is so amazing, and about to be even more so. God is smiling upon all of you - I can sense it! May you continue to be blessed beyond your wildest dreams, as another one comes true!

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    1. sheila thank you so much for supporting us. you guys have no idea the encouragement it has been these past few weeks to have a church family that is supportive of our decisions to grow our family in a way that is honoring to the Lord. thank you so much for your support.

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  6. Summer, you and your family are so special. I'm so glad I got to meet you and Todd last summer at camp in the CZ. I am continually amazed, blessed, and inspired, simply by reading blog posts and the little things I see on facebook. Keep seeking His will and you will be blessed beyond belief. Hugs from Ostrava!

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    1. ashley... thank you so much. it's the little things that can change life in a big way.

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  7. WOW!!! This is SO great!!! Thanks for sharing with us. I'm so glad your transition to Idaho has been going well. I miss you all! I echo Ashley in that I am so glad we met! I will be praying for the family!

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    1. thanks so much. i adore you all! i wish we could see you this summer... but maybe next summer. with all my babies? we will see.

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  8. So incredilby exciting. I am praying with you!

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    1. thanks love. wish you guys could be closer to us as we walk through this. i'll be getting a new necklace soon, with new names... which is so exciting to me.

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  9. super humbled. super excited. super prayerful. love you.

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