The week has started out well. For that I am thankful.
First off, John and I are more in love than ever. Doesn't that sound corny? It seems like every high and low in our marriage only brings us closer together as we share in the good times and bad. God's love, grace, and patience with us is a constant living example how we are to be with each other. Next month we will celebrate 18 years of marriage.
We finally received word from the IRS stating that we sufficiently proved our adoption expenses dating back to 2005 (that was fun), and we can actually see a small refund pending in our account. Sure beats them saying we owe thousands of dollars. What a rollercoaster ride that was.
All the kids had a great day at school-- including all the homeschoolers. We met with our Education Facilitator who was very encouraging, and I met with Dennis and Alex's teachers for parent conferences. Paul impressed me with his math skills today.
We officially firmed up vacation plans today-- God willing we will be going to Disneyland in a few weeks. What's really nice is that we got awesome group rates and Grandma and Grandpa, my Mom and my Sister will be joining us. Should be fun!
If you are looking for an inspiring book that will challenge you to grow closer to God by asking the Holy Spirit to indwell in you, I encourage you to read Forgotten God by Francis Chan. I just finished reading it and I am actually going back to read it again so that I can highlight the parts I hope to share with my kids.
This month is National Adoption Month. There are many ways you can help. Please consider hosting a child this winter through God's Waiting Children. Or you can donate to Reece's Rainbow Angeltree 2011. The money donated to one of the children goes directly to the family who chooses to adopt to help cover the cost of adoption. Without these monetary gifts many of these children would never find homes because of the high cost of adoption.