Friday, May 9, 2014

Work in Progress



How could it possibly already be May?






Time flies when you're having fun, right?






Really. It does.




And, really, we are having fun!






Most of the time.




Sometimes, I have to remind myself that this is fun.





For over a month now, I've been working on a March and April update post. But at this point, since it's already May and I will be leaving to get Faith Ana 2 weeks from today, I'm not sure that I'll ever get it finished. 

It joins the lengthy list of All That Is Unfinished.




So, here's a concise and shortened version…




We have been busy. 

{Most of us.}




There's always a lot going on at our house, but, lately we've been extra busy. There's been a lot of work happening around here!

{Can you tell from the pictures what we've been doing?}






Our back patio has been a construction zone as Will and the kids have been building a wheelchair ramp for Faith Ana. 

{Have you ever seen a cuter work crew?}




I never knew how much fun a wheelchair ramp could be!!!

{It has provided hours of entertainment for everything from skateboarding to bowling, and, as you will see in a picture a little further down, it now provides smooth and easy access for tricycles and scooters to make their way through my living room! I think it will be great for Faith Ana, too!}



Other than supervising the work crew, I've also been hard at work - cleaning out closets, rearranging rooms, and all sorts of other odds and ends to get ready for our newest girl!

And in the midst of it all, He's been at work, too.



…for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Phillipians 2:13-16


Every time I see these tools out, I'm reminded that He's not finished with me yet.




A work in progress 




And, yes, we are making progress. 

{Even when progress feels like a tangled mess.}


Learning kindness and compassion...




Learning how to show mercy and give grace...




Learning how to give help and receive help...



And, yes, they are learning too, but more and more, I'm the one who's learning, and I'm seeing daily how the Lord is using these children, using this adventure, to shape me!


He's teaching me to slow down and enjoy this season.


He's developing patience in a heart that's not naturally patient.


He's changing a driven, controlling, Type A, and a much-too-often perfectionistic momma into one that is learning to accept the messes and even embrace them...


One who is learning to laugh more and turn the music up louder...


One who is learning to find joy in the crazy moments…

{And there are LOTS of them!!!}



Most importantly, He is teaching me to celebrate the work that is being done and to recognize His hand in all of it!





Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

XOXO,
Melanie

P.S. We've had several people ask how they can help! Here's a few ways that you can be involved as we prepare to bring Faith Ana home:

  • You can PRAY! While the Lord has given me great peace about going to get Faith Ana all by myself, I would greatly appreciate your prayers over the next few weeks as I get everything ready to leave my little work crew here behind. This is going to be hard!
  • You can GIVE! The Lord has been so faithful to provide the financial resources that we have needed up unto this point. We've actually done very little fund-raising since early on in the process and miraculously have been able to make every single payment. Will's work remained steady through the winter {the longest and coldest we've had in a while}, which is also pretty amazing since he's a self-employed golf instructor!!! But as we come into the homestretch, we still have a little more work to do, including several thousand dollars worth of airline tickets, expenses for 2 weeks in Bulgaria, our final adoption agency payments totaling over $6000 {which I just found out today are due in the next two weeks}, and medical expenses once we get our girl home! While we fully trust the Lord to provide, we also want to give others a chance to be involved and to be part of this story. With that said, there are a couple of ways that you can participate in Faith's adoption:
  • You can MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to help us with these last expenses through a great organization called Lifesong!  You can donate through their website www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate (select "Give to An Adoptive Family", complete online form, and fill in "Family Account Number" and "Family Name" fields  - BLACKMON #4373.  You can also send them a check payable to "Lifesong for Orphans" and write "BLACKMON #4373" in the memo filed - Lifesong For Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744 or contact them at (309) 747-4527.  BE SURE to include our family account number 4373 when donating to ensure the donation is assigned to Faith Ana!  Lifesong will pass the donations along toward Faith Ana's adoption, and you will receive a tax credit! (Note: Lifesong will send a receipt for donations above $250 and upon request for those under $250.  Per IRS guidelines, the donation must be to Lifesong.  While they retain discretion over the donations use, they intend to honor the donor's suggested use.) I leave for Bulgaria on May 23rd, and Lifesong will receive donations up until Faith Ana and I arrive home on June 5th!
  • You can BUY A T-SHIRT OR FISHING LURE from us at XO Mission.     
  • You can MAKE A DONATION for me to leave with Faith's orphanage. You can e-mail me at blackmonbunch@gmail.com if you are interested in helping us in this way.
  • Did I mention that YOU CAN PRAY... For my little ones' hearts when I'm gone, for Faith's heart as her world is about to get turned upside down, for Will to have strength and patience while he holds down the fort here, for all of those who will be helping him and loving on our kids, for me {have I ever told you how much I dislike airplanes and staying in hotels?}, and for our family as we go through this season of transition again. We appreciate your prayers more than we can ever express! 

1 comment:

  1. Melanie, I am so excited to hear that your trip is TOMORROW, yet my heart hurts for you just thinking about parting with your other precious ones (especially the tiniest) for these two weeks. Please know that I've been lifting you up in prayer and will continue to, especially tomorrow!!! I'm excited to see a picture of your whole family in the next month or so. :) Thank you again for all your help and encouragement to me in our adoption. I hope we can meet one day when both our girls are home!

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