Those days…

There are days when it’s easy to rest in the goodness of our God.

Today is one of those days.

 

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Psalm 118:1)

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Using Ecclesiastes Math: 2 > 1

One of the biggest blessings of our adoption is how much our friends and family has rallied behind us. So a couple weeks ago, we started working on Baby Shows’ room. I was on Spring Break and had some “extra” time. I’ve done room projects by myself before, but I was feeling a little overwhelmed with this project. Evan was going to have to work more of the week, so it was going to be me. But I wasn’t flying solo. Two days, Evan had off and was able to help. Our neighbor, Brant, offered to help paint the ceiling and get the primer on the walls (and loaned us a ton of painting tools and equipment!). Then, our friend Stephanie gave up two afternoons to help me paint the walls (and one of those afternoons she painted in the room solo – now that’s love), while her incredibly patient almost four-year-old daughter hung out and watched Fresh Beat Band from my couch.

We are simply honored by our friends.

Whether through encouraging words, through donations our yard sale by friends/family/friends of friends, through helping us at the yard sales, through donations to our adoption fund, through prayer, through “likes” or comments on our Facebook statuses, you have blessed us. And more importantly, although he doesn’t necessarily know it, you have blessed Baby Shows.

Here’s our biggest testimony yet. Since March 1, we’ve had approximately $9,000 come in through donations and a grant from Show Hope. Yes, you read that right: $9,000. In 24 days. We are speechless at your faithfulness to God’s cause for the orphan. We are humbled by your generosity. We are overwhelmed by your love.

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon uses common sense math. He says two are better than one.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

Thank you for being our family’s “two.” Thank you for reaching out and helping. Thank you for helping us on this adoption journey.

We look forward to the day when we can pay it forward and share our family’s story because of you.

Thank you.

Gratitude

So the saying is that “It takes a village to raise a child.” With our adoption full-speed ahead, my take is that “It takes a village to make our child part of the village.” International adoption is crazy and full of ups and downs. It’s costly and bonkers. It’s a wild ride.

And it wouldn’t be possible without our friends and family.

As we start another yard sale, start selling our adoption tshirts, and other fundraising efforts to get Baby Shows home, we have learned what an awesome network of folks we have around us. We have had donations from friends, acquaintances, and strangers. We’ve had words of encouragement via Facebook, my blog, email, texts, cards, random notes, and in person. I now make “thank you” cards a regular purchase when I go to the store because we are so overwhelmed by the support we’ve received. And I know that a little card is really not enough to thank many of you for the sacrifices you are making to help us bring our child home.

Words fail to adequately describe how much this all means to us.

Thank you for having a part in our family’s story. I have come to call our supporters “Team Shows”. If you have encouraged us, prayed for us, or donated to the Baby Shows fund, you are part of Team Shows and we are so excited that our team keeps growing and growing.

God tells Moses to bless His people in Numbers 6. We want you to know that we pray this blessing for Team Shows regularly:

The LORD bless you, and keep you;
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The LORD make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;
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The LORD lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.