Tuesday, September 9, 2008

it ain't over, til its over!

so, thanks for all your prayers yesterday! i was beyond distressed thinking about baby sam going back to his birth mother so quickly and needless to say, i'm ecstatic because we still have him for the time being!! yesterday, my sister, brother-in-law, mom and baby sam all drove to lexington for the custody hearing, which turns out was delayed until next monday. the louisville cps agent and the birth mother both neglected to pass this info on to my sister (a little frustrating considering my sister had even talked to the birth mom that morning on her way to lexington and she "forgot" to mention the delay).

come to find out, the custody hearing was pushed back because baby sam has been appointed his own attorney/guardian ad litem, to fight for his rights and best interests, and he could not make the hearing until next monday. anyways, my sister was a little bummed about making the wasted trip but it was worth it to hold on to sam for a few more days. after talking to the cps agent in lexington and to the guardian ad litem, she has more hope the sam may be sticking around for awhile. God is soooo good and His plans are much better than we could ever imagine!! we were so concerned with losing sam yesterday, and yet He provided us more time to spend with him!! i was having a stinky day yesterday thinking about everything, so that was a HUGE lift to my spirits :)

the good news couldn't have come at a better time either because we had our last connect: afghanistan prayer meeting last night and i didn't want to be all down in the dumps for that. we had a pretty good turn out at the meeting and more than enough food to go around. i don't think anyone really cared that we had to switch our traditional afghan menu for some papa johns, so that was a major relief! anyways, i can't believe connect: afghanistan is over! i feel like a lot of my time has gone into those meetings over the last few months so i guess i need to find a new project to work on!

well, that's really all i've got going on in my life right now. i'll try to update with something more interesting when i get the chance!


ps- i'm loving the more fall-like weather that we're experiencing and i hope it will hang around for awhile.

Monday, September 8, 2008

prayer needed!!!

i just wanted to drop a quick note asking for prayer today as my sister and her husband have the custody hearing for baby sam. they have had temporary custody of him since he was born a little over 3 weeks ago. his mom has recently expressed interest in getting him back if cps allows. we knew this was a possibility all along but the reality of letting him go is much harder than we all imagined. although, we've only known him for 3 weeks, he's already left a huge impression on all of us and is a part of our family. i spent quite a bit of time with him and would love to be able to continue watching him grow up and change, especially in a healthy and loving environment!!!! its hard not to love him already!

my prayer is that if his mom does get custody back that she will really be ready to embrace the changes that are necessary to raise him properly and that he will not have to go through the things that his older brother has had to endure. if she's not ready to make these changes, i pray that he will not have to go back to her, now or ever...

please pray for Jennifer and Jason specifically, and even for their daughters Mikayla and Mikenna as they are going to take this very hard. the hearings at 1:30 today, so i'll keep you posted.


Monday, September 1, 2008


with this long weekend has come an exciting opportunity for me: staying in the house and becoming a hermit!!

...no seriously, i have not left the house in over 27 hours and that makes me feel like a hermit. what in the world?? i guess after a summer of being on the go, i just need some down time! it seems like life has just gotten away from me since moving home and i've lost a great sense of privacy. when ryan and i were living in nicholasville, we would always go to lexington to hang out with friends or would mostly go home to visit family. our house was like our little haven away from everything. now, our house seems to be a revolving door: ryan bringing friends over on lunch, family stopping by from time to time, friends are coming and going, people working on the house, etc. needless to say, i feel like i don't have much time to myself anymore! i'm not saying that is a bad thing necessarily, but it is something that takes some getting used to...

anyways, since i have the opportunity, i decided to come home from lunch yesterday after church and stay awhile in our humble abode. yesterday, i was quite unproductive. i mostly caught up on all my missed episodes of project runway and big brother, but today on the other hand, i've scrubbed sinks, put away mountains of laundry and unloaded/reloaded the dishwasher plenty of times. i'm feeling pretty good about my personal retreat/hermitage weekend :) hope you all enjoyed some relaxing down time this weekend too!