Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Lord's Provision...and His Generous People

I think we plunged into this adoption journey as many families do: excited, hopefully, eager and with high expectations. You hear stories of families who complete their paperwork overnight, get FBI clearances before they are even fingerprinted, receive a check in the mail on day one to cover all expenses, get their referral call 3 hours after the waitlist, get the call for twins, have the kiddos placed in their arms the next day and never have so much one second of court holdups. Our adoption...just like every other hopeful families....was going to go :)
Then we started to process, and the Lord showed us that His ways are not our ways...and praise Him for it!
Many days we have wondered why He led us down the domestic path, even after approval with AGCI for Ethiopia....and then praised Him at details of our current journey. Many days I have cried over the exhausting hours of sewing and fundraising...only to realize precious little has been raised.....then PRAISED Him as His faithful followers have bestowed their love and means upon us. Many days we have sat frustrated as we sit waiting....knowing that there are millions of children who are n desperate need of a family.....then praised Him as we pray for our birthmother, whom we so long to meet.
Most of our encouragement, support, funds, and excitement have come in ways, and from people, we had never anticipated being a part of our journey.
Day by day, detail by detail, He is proving to us that this journey...this His, not our. He is writing this story, and His narrative is higher and greater than ours.
This past week, He has once again encouraged and strengthened the most random of ways!
One huge aspect of fabric. And fabric, nice fabric, is not cheap. I spend tons of time on the Internet looking for nice, high quality fabric at sale prices in order to offer Flitterbug clothes at a good rate to you all. Making a garment, from start to finish, takes a lot of time....and some days it seems like to slowest way possible to fund an adoption!
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a lady I do not even know....a "friend of a friend" she stated. Could she send me some fabric as a "donation" of sorts for our adoption?!?!
Wow~how neat! I am constantly surprised at the creative ways in which people have been a part of our journey. Her email was such an encouragement to me.
Over the course of the last few days......we have received package after package after package of beautiful fabric from our, now dubbed, "secret fabric lady." Each yard of fabric has been met with squeals of delight and gratitude! Yesterday, the children and I took to posing with our new, beloved stash:)
The Lord has once again provided through the generosity of His people, and we are left praising Him for it!
I wish I knew who this "secret fabric lady is....I would hug her neck and smother her in thanks!!! (So if you know who she is....please do so for me:)

See the fabric stash in the above pictures?!?! It is enough to make 120 Flitterbugs.
I'm ready to sew like a deranged woman:)

Praise the Lord, who gives good gifts in His time, in His ways and for His glory!


  1. Such a great testimony of encouragement along the long adoption journey! A confirmation from the Lord! One thing I can testify to after waiting 2 years (and wanting to adopt for 3 years b/f that!) is SHE WAS SO WORTH THE WAIT! Our little Abby is such a blessing and I am so glad I didn't just plunge into what seemed like the "easier adoption road" but followed God's leading to our Abby! AND, I think it even makes me appreciate her all the more, if that makes sense. Our miracle. Praying for your miracle too!!!

  2. WOW! So awesome, amazing BIG BLESSINGS! GOD is GOOD! ...the FABRIC is beautiful and so is 'the secret fabric lady's' ♥ HEART! ♥ :)

  3. Julie-
    Found your blog through Andreas'... (see that you are going to the retreat too... yay!! :)We have adopted transracialy from the U.S. a couple of years ago and are on to adoption number two! Its great to connect with other adoptive mommas and especially others who have also adopted domestically. I understand what you are going through during the wait process and it can be challenging, but in the end, God is good and has that perfect little baby that He has wanted for your family all along. Wish you the best! :)

  4. Thanks for checking out our blog. I LOVE to connect with other adptive mommas!

    I can't wait to follow your journey. I just added myself as a follower.


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