Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New house?!

Yes, it is true!

I think we sold our house! EEEEKKKK!! We are scheduled to close on it on the 12th! We will need to be out of our house on the 19th of November. The slight problem we have is that we just finally put in an offer, and had it accepted, on a  house and there is no way we will be closed on that one by the 19th. That means we will be putting our stuff in storage and living in my mom's basement for a month or so. Not the most ideal, but better than trying to rent somewhere short term.

Our new house in not new by any means. It is an older home built in 1973. It is not what we imagined our new house to be, but we really like this house. It needs a bit of "mild" updating- some paint and carpet. An older couple have lived in it since 1976 and they have taken fantastic care of this house! There is such a warm feeling when you walk in. When my mom walked in she started to get tears in her eyes.

Some do not understand why we would by this house, and that has actually taken some of the joy out of buying this house. It has dampened our excitement just a bit.

I know we do not need to explain to anyone, but here it is. I will try to make it brief.

When we walked in, it felt like home! The house is charming and bigger than our current house. It will meet the needs of our family very well. We can see ourselves living in this house. We love the neighborhood. The biggest thing is that the price is well below what our budget is, meaning that we can continue to be involved in and support the the the thing that stirs and breaks our hearts the most, and that is adoption and the orphans of this world.  We would not be us if we stopped being involved. Please know that we are not trying to come across as "righteous" or "holier than thou." Wanting more, and bigger, and better is a daily struggle, and the more we prayed about it, the more we felt like buying this house was the right decision for us and our family.

So here are a few pictures of the outside.

front of the house
back of house- 3 season room
another view of the back

big fenced in back yard

Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Can he behave?'

It is no secret that our son Dane struggles e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y.

He tries to keep his impulses under control, at least most of the time, and he usually fails.

Yes, he asks the same thing over and over and over and over...

And, he cries a lot.

He has intense anxiety and worries too much.

To many strangers he looks naughty...not normal.

I wish I could tell them all that he tries.

He struggles.

Everyday we start over.

Everyday we work at over coming.

Everyday we learn.

Sometimes we fail.

Sometimes we succeed.

I wish I could tell them all that he is a normal boy.

He hurts and feels just like the rest of us.

This world just feels a little different to him than to the rest of us.

It is not wrong how he feels, it is just different.

He deserves everything wonderful just like us all.

I wish they could see him like I see him.

I wish they would give him a chance.

They would be surprised- he is wonderful.

He has overcome so much.

He has grown and changed and made so much progress.

If they really knew, they would be so proud of my boy.

Dane has taught me something. I need to see everyone thru the eyes of Jesus and not take behaviors or actions at face value. Sometimes I just need to look a little deeper. I am sure many that I judge, feel like I do about my Dane- they wish I could see them...their hearts. I bet if I looked closely I would be surprised too.



John 7:24

24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

"Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you... For I am the Lord your God..
~Isiah 43:1-3