Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tea Room with Friends

Today my friends Iris and Dianne and I went to the Tea Room in Ashland City. Bad blogger that I am, I don't even KNOW the name of the place, but.... I know the food was great!! I had the tea room sampler. There was a small cup of broccoli cheddar soup, a slice of potato au gratin quiche (yummm!!), a cranberry salad and a small chicken salad sandwich. It sounds like a lot, and I guess it was, but the portions were just right.

We topped it off with a Peanut Butter cake -- double yummmm!!! Lunch with friends is just SO RARE for me. I can't remember the last time I got to do that and it was so much fun. I wish I had remembered my camera so I could have captured a photo of it.

There were some really cute baby onesies, bibs and shoes that had lambs on them. When we get our referral for Ellie, I want to go back and get a set for her!!

On that front, we are near closing with the loan for the adoption. They have misplaced or lost our appraisal so that's a bit of a stumbling block, but nothing that God cannot overcome. I have printed some of the forms we need to fill out for the dossier and am trying to wade through what we need for USCIS and when. I'm prepared to fill out the application for our new agency and send in that fee so we can "officially" start -- again. Tomorrow evening we have a training session at our current agency. We were told by the new agency to go ahead and complete the training as it will fulfill their requirement for training.

I wonder if Ellie has been born? I somehow, think she has. It makes it all seem so much more urgent -- to get the process complete so we can get her referral.

Our Beth Moore class tonight was absolutely wonderful and SO appropriate. It was about trusting God to provide -- daily -- and how the reason he wants us to turn to Him daily for our provision is because it will helps us develop a relationship with him. She also talked about the two reasons we are afraid to to this is because of pride and fear. WOW!!! Refer back to post from Tuesday to see where I talked about asking friends who were "safe" and how pride was standing in my way of allowing God to help us and how we wanted to do it "ourselves." It was a direct voice to my heart from God -- again. He's talking loudly to me and it's such a refreshing experience. It's the most incredible thing I've ever experienced. That's how I know this time -- it's right.

I don't know if I will blog much in the next few weeks. I'll be in South Carolina from Sunday-Friday next week. I'll return Friday night or Saturday morning for football on Saturday. We leave Sunday to go see Steve and Angie during Josh's fall break. We'll return Wednesday and the following Sunday, I'll leave again for South Carolina. My company called again today with more work. Who would have ever thought our blessing would come from Rob Cramer??? He will know what this means if he reads the blog!!

Cute Josh story -- we talked yesterday about Vietnam and the possibility we could come home with Ellie before school was out this year. We talked about travel and how we could work that with school and he said, "Well, I'm not going to go if I have to miss too much school. I don't want to fail. I want to go to Middle School next year." (funny!!). I told him we would work it out. Then I said, "Well, I hope you don't get jealous while we are there, because Daddy and I will have to spend a lot of time with Ellie." He said, "Well, I hope you don't get too jealous either because I'll be spending a lot of time with her too." CUTE!!!!

Today's verse:

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then
feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known,
to teach you that man does not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
~ Deut 8:3

"Manna" is God's provision in our life. Jesus is our "bread of life."

Blessings, from our home, to you.


Anonymous said...

I swear! I have never seen anyone with a blog as long as you write yours!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can have a hat when Ellie comes. What colors do you prefer?