It has been a long time since I’ve given an adoption update. I guess since we are mostly just waiting it seems kind of boring for the rest of you…

Well, about two or three weeks ago, I found out I didn’t complete a crucial dossier step, so…. I had to get State Authentication (Apostille). In the process of that, I found out that our very official birth certificates and marriage license needed to be even more official before I could get the apostille. Argh! I finally got back all paperwork and now I am sending it to NYS with $10 per document (double-Argh!). Once I get it back, I will return it to Washington, DC and be back in the loop.

The GOOD thing is that the courts in Ethiopia are closed so I’m not losing time there. Our agency director believes we will make up the time with the referral and not be behind. And actually, since we only began in May, I can’t say I’m too worried when I see what the process is like for other countries and/or agencies. Besides, I’m not really in baby mode yet. It seems a little bit surreal to me to be ‘expecting’. With our bio-kiddos, it was very real to be expecting with the kicking and tons of extra weight and all of those great pregnancy benefits.

There it is. An official adoption update. You may now return to your regular programming.

Morning Coffee…

“The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.

Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!

Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!

Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

Psalm 103:19-22

Morning Coffee…

“As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.

But the steadfast love of the LORD
is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.”

Psalm 103:15-18

“Oh my goodness, Oh my goodness”

We are a week into first grade with Ruth. Here she is doing her first Math drill. I am amazed that she is already in first grade – it really does go by fast.

Morning Coffee…

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

II Peter 3:3-4

Kiddos on display

We love this song from Songs for the Cross Centered Life by Sovereign Grace. Ruth sang it for us this morning. (I tried to download a silly Ruth video, but blogger denied me!!!)
And Daniel LOVES his tricycle and Keely, our 10 year old lab…

Alas! and did my Savior Bleed

Isaac Watts

Perhaps one of the most prolific hymn-writers, Isaac Watts penned the words (including the word, ‘worm’) to this great hymn in 1707. It was published in the three-volume, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, by Isaac Watts. In 1885, Ralph Hudson added the refrain.

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?

Refrain (written by Ralph Hudson)
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine
And bathed in its own blood
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,When Christ,
the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.