Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Keep Walking

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Heb. 11:8

Abraham did not know where he was going - it simply was enough for him to know he went with God. He did not lean as much on the promises as he did on the Promiser. And he did not look at the difficulties of his circumstances but looked to his King - the eternal, limitless, invisible, wise, and only God - who had reached down from His throne to direct his path and who would certainly prove Himself.

O glorious faith! Your works and possibilities are these: contentment to set sail with the orders still sealed, due to unwavering confidence in the wisdom of the Lord High Admiral; and a willingness to get up, leave everything, and follow Christ, because of the joyful assurance that earth's best do not compare with heaven's least.  ~ F.B. Meyer

We did a lot of walking today! One of us, that is! The other one was happy as a lark {for the most part} taking in the scenery, which by the way, was pretty amazing!

I've clocked in many, many miles over the past 8 years pushing a stroller, but never on streets and sidewalks like these...

When we went back out later in the afternoon, I opted for more "sturdy" shoes. I couldn't help but laugh at myself when I ended our morning adventures with blisters on my feet, especially in light of the quote I ended my blog with yesterday. Yes, God is faithful to provide, but, sometimes, we have to choose the right shoes!

We spent much of the afternoon at a nearby park. The paths were a tad bit smoother, and it was nice and shady. There was plenty of activity to take in without having to fight with crazy traffic, and fun places to stop along the way. 

We made a lot of progress today. I'm continuing to learn more and more about my sweet girl - what she likes {prune-flavored tea!!!) and doesn't like {anything that is not completely puréed}, what frightens her {the hair dryer}, what overstimulates her {the grocery store we walked to this afternoon to get baby food}, and what over-stimulation looks like for her {it's very different than anything we ever experienced with S}. 

She is such a brave little girl, so tough and so very, very strong. She's held the tears in since yesterday morning, but the grocery store experience finally pushed her over the edge. It was a blessing, though, to see how she not only allowed, but sought out, my comfort. I praise the Lord tonight for how He continues to comfort this precious, little heart that I know must be so overwhelmed, frightened, and confused, and I am so grateful for how He is knitting her heart to mine and mine to hers during this time we have together here in Bulgaria.

Can I tell you a little more about my little girl?

She is a talker!!! The sound of her voice is so cute and makes my heart smile! I love hearing her say "mama"!

She is an incredibly quick learner. She wants to know how to say everything in English, and I am amazed at how much she has already picked up. {She's especially fascinated by jewelry and had the word "necklace" memorized after the first time I said it! Her pronunciation, by the way, is pretty remarkable!

She loves making play-doh balls and is easily entertained by my attempts to juggle. I'm pretty sure by the end of these two weeks, I'll have it mastered.

She was scared to death the first time I showed her an app on my ipad that has kids songs with bright-colored graphics. But after a few minutes, she quit covering her eyes and was easily engaged!

She enjoys bubbles, stickers, coloring, looking at picture books, and knocking down the towers of blocks I build.

She is getting more and more comfortable in the bathtub, but it is a workout getting her in and out of the tub! I'm thankful the Lord blessed us with so many strong boys back at home who will be able to help their momma!

Faith Ana and I both love doing FaceTime with Will and the kids! I didn't know how the kids would handle it and if it would make them {and me} more sad and homesick, but I've found the opposite to be true! Evie can't get enough of seeing Faith and even Haddon starts smiling when he sees me and hears my voice. Tonight Faith Ana said "dada" and gave him kisses over the phone for about five minutes! It was priceless!

In no way is it enough to set out cheerfully with God on any venture of faith. You must be willing to take your ideas of what the journey will be like and tear them into tiny pieces, for nothing on the itinerary will happen as you expect. 

beautiful red poppies everywhere, even next to the dumpster! 

Your Guide will not keep to any beaten path. He will lead you through ways you would never have dreamed your eyes would see. He knows no fear, and He expects you to fear nothing while He is with you. ~ L.B. Cowman


P.S. I have two snaggle-toothed six year olds tonight! 

Hank, your new sister lost her bottom two baby teeth just a little while ago! One was so loose it came out when I was brushing her teeth, and the other was barely hanging on and she let me pull it! I can't wait to see if you've lost any more by the time I come home!!! :)

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