life as we know it

Sunday, May 20, 2012

No Answer to the Why

Hi all! I made it! Thirty three straight days of working and today I finally had the opportunity to take a deep breath. We celebrated my birthday on Friday evening with a BBQ at a friend's house. Nick made the best rainbow cake ever (and his layers stayed separate!) and a friend I've known since third grade is here visiting.

As far as the adoption front, I don't want to jinx us, but we may just be moving in the right direction. Don't get too excited yet, there are still a lot of unknowns. For one of the first times, though, we feel like there is someone working on moving our case forward. This weekend is a big one for us; perhaps a pivotal one. 

We get asked all the time, when is she coming home? We don't know. We still don't know. Someone linked to this article on Facebook and I really appreciate the diplomatic aspects of adoption it touches on. Perhaps reading it will give you an idea of just why we don't know.

Nick and I both appreciate your continued prayers through this journey! Hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as we did here!

Friday, May 11, 2012

End it.

Today I guest posted over at Give1Save1 today. I talked about an organization, 58:, who is on a mission to end poverty.
Here's what I said:
When you’ve seen severe poverty and the toll it takes on the people living among it, it’s beyond heartbreaking. Poverty breaks you and changes you; it’s overwhelming. I had learned that instead of allowing myself to feel so overwhelmed, if I felt I could affect just one person, it was worth it. Impacting even more people was great, too, but even one was worth the effort. I still believe that, but taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, I realize that one really does make a difference. Each one of us, impacting another, creates this momentum of fighting, and beating, poverty.
Hop on over to The End? Period. over at Give1 to check out the entire post.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

happy fifth of may!

Whew, I'm in the middle of a one month long string of working every day, so you may not hear much from me for a little bit.

However, Nick and I are getting ready to sit down to a home cooked steak fajita dinner (along with Mexican Cokes!) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! This celebration is partially thanks to Nick's mom who sent us wonderful birthday presents of Omaha steaks. It's funny how things work...the day before, Nick and I decided we were going to eat PB&J for the month for lunches to help bring the grocery bill down. The next day, a case full of steaks, chicken and seafood show up on our doorstep! God is funny.

nick's version of our cinco de mayo grub
Hope you all had a nice little celebration, too!