Several hanging issues have been resolved for us in the past week.
We were concerned because Princess's costume for her upcoming ballet performance is not as modest as we would like it, but it's not as immodest as it could be, so we compromised and she is going to be a Rose of Sharon in an original ballet based on “Hinds Feet on High Places” Bubba will be a bright green and blue sea horse.
The church issue got resolved in a round a bout way. It seems God wants us where we are for a while longer. Apparently, the church leadership has been attacked by several of the women in the congregation. The preacher's wife esp. is torn apart over this and they see us as an encouragement to them. And honestly, I hope we are and can continue to be. These precious people have hearts as big as Texas. We love them dearly, as we do many others in the congregation. We were able to have dinner with them the other night and Shane explained that he thought Preacher's lesson a few weeks ago, might have given these rebellious women an open door. After preacher explained his position on submission, we understand how he could preach the lesson he did. We feel his view is not right, but there will always be areas we don't agree on, and maybe God can use us to help them see the truth. For now, we will remain where we are and try to work within the congregation.
We are still trying to figure out where God wants us to go on the adoption. I have talked to several people at different agencies that work in Liberia. We have had this interest for some time, but were not sure if that is what God wants of us right now. Esp. since we have a homestudy for a domestic adoption ready and waiting. Hannah at Children Concerned has sent several pictures of children in the deaf orphanage, but none of them have been “the one”. (Shane and I are both fluent in sign and have felt a tug this way too). This was one little girl that we thought about, but it just doesn't seem right. Besides that, with CC one or both parents must travel, and we're not sure about traveling to Liberia. We have talked to a lady at PLAN, and more than likely will use them if we go Liberia. We are sending our homestudy to an agency in NY about a baby girl that I saw on their website. A couple of months ago, we thought we knew what God wanted to do in our family. Adopting is never an easy path, there are turns and kinks. We are still waiting….
It's nice for some of this to be resolved. Hope you and yours are well. I pray God's blessings on you all.