Well, with the influence of my little sister, Kara, I am probably going to become a blog addict again. I have been so jealous of hers and Jared's blog that I decided to copy cat and follow suit! Hopefully I will actually keep up with it this time! I miss pages like Xanga where I could blog/journal my heart out and people would fain interest i my thoughts!
As an update: Madi did have her tonsils and adenoids out, as well as tubes put in her ears. She did amazing! She was such a trooper and within just a few days didn't need pain medication anymore. We are so blessed to have such an amazing little girl!
Since then, in January Dr. Jaffe took our family and our best friends the Avants, to Maui for a week. It was such an amazing trip and we had so much fun! While there, Madi's ear started bleeding from the canal and after a long journey through all of that, a blood clot finally ruptured last week and she is finally healing from that! She did seem to lose some of her hearing on that side but Dr. Cadenhead feels it should resolve in time and everything be back to normal! Again God has blessed us beyond our worth!
For two years now Derek and I have been praying for God to show us how to serve, and whether or not we are supposed to be moving forward in extending our family. This whole time we had thought he wasn't answering us. We wanted a yes or a no, and we were getting neither. But sometimes, that IS the answer, and the answer is no. Every time we started to move forward with adoption he said not to, and to look into fostering. So we did. But every time a door opened for fostering, God closed it again and then we were just wondering what we had done wrong, or if we had been listening to God closely enough. But as all Christians come to find, when God closes a door he opens a different one, and usually the second door is much bigger. He does everything for a reason, and he has done it again. We had no idea God was going to put an opportunity directly in our lap. Derek and I had been praying separately, and maybe even for separate things, but this passed weekend we got the exact same answer at the exact same time. So now we are moving forward with what God wants us to do, and will have all the details for everyone this weekend! God is so good, and he has blessed us so abundantly over the years, so with overwhelming love and a heart for Christ we move forward in everything we have been praying for!!!