Friday, December 21, 2007

How did I forget the Turkey???

Well, our boys are getting more and more excited as we get closer to the arrival of their cousins from Victoria! The house is ready, the freezer is full of baking, supper is ready to be put in the CLEAN oven(yes, who thought a self-clean oven was so easy to use?!(ha!)...next time it won't take me so long to clean my oven!), the fridge is stocked with food, the pantry is full of every kind of drink imaginable....but where is the turkey???? Oh ya, I forgot to buy one last night, even after two hours at safeway! HA! How do you forget the turkey..considering it was the first thing on my list? But, we will have a turkey...I was telling my friend last night(who I ran into at Zellers after my trip to Safeway) about forgetting the turkey...and she said, "I have a turkey in my freezer I don't need, do you want it?!" Well of course, if you're offering! So, we have a turkey!!!

Thought I'd throw in a story alittle on the lighter side! Have a Very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2007

thinking of my little girl....and the peace of Christmas

Well, I had one of those moments I knew would come. One where I just wanted to know who she is, what she looks like. Until now I haven't really allowed my heart and mind to let go and really dream about her. But tonight I just wanted to dream alittle of our girl. Is her mommy pregnant with her? Is she just finding out now that she's pregnant and can't keep her? The thoughts she must be going through as a newly pregnant woman. Maybe even alone in her decision to give her up. Or maybe she isn't pregnant, but could be shortly. I guess only God knows. But I take comfort in that. He will take care of our little girl and her mom. I can have peace about that. This Christmas to me is all about peace . Mary had to let go of her baby, so that Jesus could go make the world a better place for all of us. Because of Jesus, who died on the cross to save us from all the things we have done wrong, we are forgiven. Debts are paid, we are free. Free to have this amazing peace in our hearts. Only if we accept His forgiveness and allow Him into our lives. I have incedible peace in my heart about our little girl. Only because of Jesus. So many this Christmas season are missing the real reason for celebrating. It's not about presents or great food or Christmas trees or colorful lights on our houses(though all those things are wonderful too!)....it's about what this little baby, born on this earth, did for us many years ago. He gave His life for you and I. We are like orphans, wandering this earth wondering why we are here. God wants to adopt you into his family. God's love reaches to every corner of this world...the poor, the rich, the sick, the hurting, the murderer, the sex abuser, the bully in your son or daughters class, your mean spirited boss, Yes, He loves all. That's what I love about Him. His love is unconditional. So, as you think about what this Christmas season means to you. Think about that day, Christmas Day...when this little helpless baby was born amongst animals in a stable. I hope this Christmas you can find incredible peace in your life too.

Merry Christmas to you and your families this Christmas season

With Love from Carala

Friday, December 7, 2007

Homestudy Gone to Government TODAY!!!!!

So, to our surprise...our home study will go to the Alberta Government today! We got a call that everything has been changed for Taiwan and now it's ready to be sent off. So, yesterday I went and got our papers to sign and last night we did the deed! After lunch we'll take them to our agency and then from there they will courier them off! How exciting. I wasn't sure they'd be ready to go before Christmas. I just didn't want to get my hopes up. So, we hear it's between 4 and 8 weeks to get approval...so that puts us at Feb 1 at the latest! We're pretty happy with that. :-)

What a great week this has been. Another step closer to our little girl. :-) Now that we're coming to the end of the provincial requirements...it feels like this is really going to happen. I know it will still be a long road...but I have faith that all will work out in the end. God is good and is constantly reassuring us with these little successes. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragements.