Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I Hear The Sound of Heaven

I found this word of encouragement for 2014 on Pinterest from  Ruby Wives . I hope it encourages you as much as it did me.


I HEAR THE SOUND OF HEAVEN 

Prophetic word: 


Get up out of your ash heap
Rise up and dust yourself off
You have mourned enough over what you lost
You have become too comfortable 
sitting in your misery and tears.



I hear the sound of heaven
The sounds of laughter and rejoicing
being sung out over you.



I smell the perfume of Heaven
being poured out over you
The anointing oil clinging to you



There was a time when Job
finally got up out of his ashes
and so must you
have the will to see better days
and the promise of His restoring 



Let the rains of heaven wash 
away the ashen smudges
of your yesterdays
No more looking at yourself
in your burnt up ruins and dreams



I hear the sound of singing and laughing
It's time to rejoice in Him
For He was faithful- 
He did not let you die
He did not let you be destroyed
and you became stronger within.



He's singing His love song over you
Smell His fragrance dripping all over you
Clap and sing
HIS beauty is being revealed
It's a new day for you -brand new!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

So It's New Year's Eve and I'm sitting here with Pepper, my Catahoula Bassett mix, trying to think of aspirations I have for the year of 2014. I am hesitant to call them resolutions because obviously no one knows the actual meaning of that word anymore. So here are my aspirations for new year:

1. Be closer to Christ
2. Be healthier
3. Have my application and home study completed
4. Live more simply

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Etsy Shop is Open

We have opened our Etsy Shop. There are only a few items so far, but we've already sold our first item!  You can check it our by Clicking Here!

AND

We are going to do the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge. We also plan on putting any extra change in the bucket too. We are so excited about getting closer to our goals to start our family through adoption.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

No Time No Blog

It's been a while since I've posted anything, however I have also not felt as though I had much to say. We are still in the stages of saving and raising money. And with Thanksgiving & Christmas I have held off on doing another fundraiser until after the new year.

So, here is what we have been up to:


My husband to me to an Alabama game! First time I'd ever been!
Thanksgiving
My sisters and I always get a pic together and almost everything we do!
We held a Rahab's Rope Party to help #endhumantrafficking 
My niece Maddie and I go to Mobile Ballet's "The Nutcracker" each year!
I've started prepping for my small group's Spring Bible study
ADOPTION SHIRTS CAME IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!






Sunday, November 17, 2013

Generosity

Our fundraisers so far have been up & down. The T-Shirt Fundraiser is going really well. Everyone has been supportive and are excited about the shirts. I hosted a booth at a craft fair that didn't go as well as we had hoped. I plan to place the unsold items online. We were going to have a Yard Sale yesterday, but it rained all night and it was still so wet it just wasn't a good idea. All the nicer items left from that are going online as well.

Needless to say I was very quickly feeling as though there was a damper on some of my fundraising plans and ideas. So I was trying to figure out a backup plan for these things and went to church this morning.


The topic this morning was on Generosity. The main thing that stuck out for me was to "give give to God first and to give Him your best and then trust Him to take care of the rest". Obviously this is easier said than done. Well, I still had the little I made from the craft fair in my wallet. I had kept forgetting to take it by the bank to deposit it. When it came time to respond to the message I put all of it in the offering plate and placed it in God's hands. After church a woman who knows we're adopting and has been very sweet came up to me and donated double the amount I had given toward our adoption. God is so amazing and is faithful to keep his promises.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Saving...

The saving & raising of funds has begun.

We have a t-shirt fundraiser online (click here to view). So far we have 33 shirts sold. For a successful fundraiser (and for shirts to be produced) we must sell at least 50 shirts by December 5th. Then the shirts will be shipped directly to our supporters (I think that is my favorite part).

Tomorrow I am participating in a craft fair at a local church selling some handmade bows, jewelry, bow boards, etc. I've never participated in a craft fair before. I am praying I haven't forgotten anything important.

Then the next saturday I am having a yardsale. My sister (Click Here) had a yard sale a few weeks ago for travel funds or her youngest daughter's upcoming surgery. There were a lot of items left over and instead of dropping it off at a donation box she donated it to me to sell. Anything big that doesn't sell I plan to post on Facebook to sell.

After these projects we'll take a break on fundraising til after Christmas. I am so excited to see how God will use this time to grow us and bring awareness to adoption.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Who Said It Would Be Easy?

Banquet 2010 w/ Mom & Crystal

As stated before I work at a Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC). I started volunteering in January of 2008 and was hired as the receptionist that October. At the time I had no idea what the future held. We married in April of 2008 and I was still in school at the University of South Alabama (I transferred back to the University of Mobile the next year). I assumed, as I'm sure many newly weds do, that getting pregnant was the next thing to happen. I wasn't really concerned until a few months before our 3rd anniversary.
Walk for Life Kick Off Rally 2010

Since starting fertility treatments, stopping them, and announcing that we have decided to adopt I have received more questions than I think I expected. Not directed toward the adoption process or the fertility issues, but more about "how I'm doing" or "dealing" or "holding up".

I am grateful that I have friends and family that hold concern for me. And I will be the first to admit I have bad days and moments that I long for nothing more than to hold a child I don't even know yet. I have had moments when I've cried, had to turn the TV, hide posts on Facebook, and avoided certain places during this journey. Yet sometimes I think people are expecting me to be acting this way all time. As though I should have crumbled in the floor unconsolable when we found out we had fertility problems.

Meeting Abby Johnson w/ Amanda & Jessica
One of the questions I get the most is "how do you work at a CPC?". My answer is always the same: God called me there. He has me there for a reason. The fact that these young women might be pregnant have nothing to do with the fact that I'm not or the fact that we haven't adopted yet. They are often times in crisis, hurting, alone, and afraid. By God's grace I'm not living in the shoes many of our clients are in. They need love, acceptance, and guidance instead of pressure and judgement. They often times need to be reminded of the love of Christ or told for the very first time. If I am able to help and until God calls me somewhere else then that is where I'll be.
Painting for SavALife Fundraiser w/ Emily

Is it difficult?
Yes.

God never said it would be easy and He often times calls us to the uncomfortable. I no longer believe the notion that He won't give us more that we can bear. That is a misrepresentation of the scripture at its best. (Kasey VanNorman explains it best - click here). He does however promise to never leave us, tells us that we are chosen, and the He will work it all out for our good. That is what I am standing on.

Monday, October 28, 2013

First Time for Everything

So this week Jason had a conference for work. In Chicago. Considering I've only been north of Tennessee once (and that was youth camp in the middle of no where and corn fields of Ohio) we decided to use this as an opportunity to see another part of our country. Have a mentioned I've never been on a plane before? I have to say that take-off was strange, exciting, and frightening all at the same time. I had the window seat and loved looking at the landscape changes as we went across our country. But what shocked me most was my response to when we got to cruising altitude. As I looked out the window all I could see was the clouds meeting the blue sky. It was breathtaking (for people that fly all the time this probably doesn't hit them like this anymore). For me I kept wondering if part of heaven looks like this and if this is what those we've lost see all the time. The amount of emotion that hit me was surprising, and I hope it stays that way.

Waiting for our flight in Alabama
Waiting to take off...
Still waiting to take off (i.e. distracting my nerves by takings pics)






"Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse." (Romans 1:20 MSG)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

T-Shirt Fundraiser for Adoption!

We have launched our first official fundraiser. We are selling T-Shirts through BonfireFunds. We must sell at least 50 shirts to have a successful fundraiser. Our deadline is December 5, 2013. And don't worry if you don't live near us, the shirts are shipped directly to you! If you would like to support us please Click Here to purchase a shirt!

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Frustration

Isaiah 43
Sometimes I get frustrated with the process of adoption or the fact that we are still in saving/planning stages. I am a very "ok lets get a move on" and "get started right now" kind of person. I don't like to wait.

The ladies' Bible study group I'm in is going through the book of Nehemiah (using a book by Kelly Minter as our guide). Last week the video included an interview with a woman that started a prison ministry through her church (Click here to learn more about "Next Door"). At first they didn't know what they were going to do with this empty building the church owned. So she an some other ladies prayed for a year. A YEAR! They did nothing but pray about it for a YEAR!

Patience is not a virtue I am well versed in and I'm sure my life would be much easier if I would just learn to wait. As I'm sure we are all working on something this is what I'm working on.

Ephesians 3:20 says, "To Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us."
What we have the hardest time asking for or imagining isn't always the scientifically-defying miracles or the supernatural wonders but the common, everyday, close-to-home struggles we've long stopped hoping could ever change or heal. The splintered relationships, cold marriages, wayfaring children, unruly addictions, in these places we need immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. [If God can restore the Wall in Nehemiah] we have reason to hope He will work with the same restorative power in our lives.
Page 150-151 "Nehemiah, a heart that can break" by Kelly Minter

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wave the Light


So yesterday was busy. I recieved an email containing the T-Shirt design choices for our fundraiser, I think we are almost ready to launch the fundraiser! Also I ordered a PCOS awareness bracelet online (click here), which came in yesterday. I was very excited, but haven't worn it yet. It was also Pregancy & Infant Loss Awareness Day. Last night was 'Wave The Light' and thousands of homes lit candles in memory of children that wer gone way too soon. I had lots of thoughts running through my mind. I thought about mys sister's son Joshua and how when I found out I cried in the alone in the hospital bathroom because I wanted to "get it all out" before sitting with her older children. And how perfect he looked as I held him wrapped in the smallest blanket I had ever seen. And I thought about my sister's twin girls that although I did not hold them they looked just as perfect in pictures as he did in person. I also thought of the children that were taken to soon by what our country considers a "choice" and a "right", with women and girls usually not knowing what that "choice" really means and often many of them forced into this "choice".  So I thought about this and said a prayer and laid it at his feet, knowing He has it all in His hands.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Research on Fundraisers

So, I've been researching fundraisers and trying to figure out the best direction for us to go in. This is based on many things such as
1. Time involved in setting up the event
2. How much it cost to host the event
3. What we know our supporters would be interested in
and other factors...

I have found many options and so far right now we are setting up a t-shirt fundraiser. Other ideas we are planning are:
Lunch Plates
Pancake Breakfast or Spaghetti Lunch
Yard Sale
Bake Sale
Making crafts and selling them online or at craft shows
Just Love Coffee

For others than may be looking for fundraisers (for adoption or not) these links we helpful to me:

http://yestoadoption.blogspot.com/2010/12/adoption-fundraising-ideas.html
http://juliegumm.com
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93147215/adoption-fundraising-package-ready-to?ref=v1_other_2
www.bonfirefunds.com
http://ashabraners.blogspot.com/2013/04/for-our-fundraising-friends_15.html
www.justlovecoffee.com

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

I do not know what it is like to lose a child or to have the joy of a positive test result just to find that the "pregnancy didn't take". I have seen it from a distance with family members and friends. And I have had the pain of losing what my role in that child's life may have been. And although I have this sense of grief in my heart for the lose of what hasn't happened and the children I may have had that may never be, its not the same grief of losing a child that existed.

So October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. I find it interesting that it follows PCOS & Infertility Awareness Month (September).

These are the events/situations that cause people to question why bad things happen. I don't know how to respond other than we live in a fallen, broken world and even though its hard and doesn't always make sense to us, it does make sense to the One that matters. I am often reminded and cling to the fact that the Lord "works all thing for our good" (Romans 8:28). He is with us. Even in our darkest moments, He is there!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Walk for Life

I work at a crisis pregnancy center. I know, many of you are thinking "how can you do that everyday with the infertility issues?". That is a post for another day, but I wanted to share some pictures from the Walk for Life we just held to raise awareness in the community.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fellowship

Sometimes the best cure for weariness is being around others. Often times it is the opposite of what we think we need when in reality it is what we need the most. Of course God knows this and probably wishes we understood that we made us to crave relationships. In today's world of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Pinterest, Instagram, e-mail, and text messaging we can easily and quickly forget that we need to hear a person's voice and have our own voices be heard. We forget how much we need the touch of someone else's hand or a hug or a prayer spoken out loud. We have become so technologically advanced that I fear we have lost the art of communicating with the person sitting right next to us.

Last night was the first night of the weekly Bible study I'm facilitating at church. It was good to be around other women that hold the same beliefs and want to encourage and be encouraged as I do. I am excited to see where this study of Nehemiah takes us and I am praying that each of us allows God to work in us and through us right where we are.

Excerpt from "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

No News Is Good News???

So I went to the doctor today and had an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech seemed to take forever taking pictures. I didn't realize it, but I guess I started to fidget because she asked me if I could stay still just a little longer. They have a TV on the wall where I could see the images. The screen was split into 4 views and the one at the bottom switched to 3D for certain images.

I don't pretend to really know what was on the screen, yet from working at a Crisis Pregnancy Center I was able to recognize a few things. Again it felt like she was taking a long time, so of course I start to think there must be something terribly wrong. But then she tells me "EVERYTHING LOOKS NORMAL". I just sat there. She said she knew that even though that was great news that it didn't help figure out what was causing my symptoms.

The nurse came in took my blood pressure and weight. She then asked me if I was on any medications other than vitamins and ibuprofen. I said no. Then she asked if I was on any weight loss pills (I wasn't sure if I should be offended or not - lol).

Then I went to talk to Dr. C. One of the things I like about him is that he's funny enough to lighten the mood, but serious enough that you trust he's a good doctor. He said that the images from ultrasound were great, but what he was seeing is the opposite of what you usually expect to see with my symptoms. For right now we are treating it as a hormonal imbalance. I am going to take a different form of Pro-Vera on certain days every month and then we'll revisit it in a few months.

Dr. C asked if I wanted to revisit fertility treatments and I said no. He then told me about how he and his wife adopted their little girl from Russia. It helps having a doctor that has been where you are and is supportive of the option you're seeking. I'm thankful I found the one I did.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tired

The past few weeks have been draining. Not from the usual external factors (i.e. work, family, housework, and so on), but internal. I haven't gone a lot into my physical issues and the cause of our infertility. But with it being September, PCOS Awareness month, I thought it may be time to go into more depth.

After our 1st anniversary Jason and I had a stressful few months with being robbed at our apartment and making the quick decision to stay with a friend until we could find a place we felt safe. About 2 months later I suspected either stress causing changes in my body or pregnancy. After a month of negative test I thought about going to the doctor, but then my symptoms went away and my body seemed as though it was getting back on track.

However, nothing from that point on was normal! I had horrible months and would skip months. I was gaining weight and having horrible headaches. My mood swings were out of control and I was exhausted all the time. We had just moved into a new house and I was in night school, so decided it was all stress. I ignored my symptoms (mostly out of fear) and knew things would "straighten out" if I just gave it time.

After a year of dealing with these symptoms for a year, still ignoring the physical symptoms and focusing on the emotional side, I was considering going to a counselor. Then I remembered in my psychology classes the teacher saying to always check physical symptoms with a primary care doctor first to make sure the correct thing is being treated. So I made the appointment I went. The first doctor I went to seemed very unconcerned. I was told to take vitamins, exercise, take time for myself, and to relax. According to her sometimes our bodies get out of sync and need to work itself out and that I had plenty of time to get pregnant later.

Three months later my symptoms had worsened and I went to another doctor at a different hospital. As I went over my symptoms with the nurse she seemed concerned and apologized that I had not received the proper attention in the past. When Dr. C came in he went over my symptoms again and went immediately into action. He said nothing about my symptoms were normal and that he wanted blood work done on me and made an appointment for Jason (just to rule out any issues with him - he's in perfect health). My test results were normal so he ordered a different blood panel. Still normal. He ordered a special ultrasound to see more clearly what could be going on. At that point he found that I have a bi-corneal uterus (heart shaped). We started Metformin to regulate me and then started fertility treatments. Each treatment failed and resulted in a cyst too large to do a treatment the next month. I fully realize many couples go through treatments much longer than we did, but I needed a break! Dr. C said he agreed that if I felt I needed a break than I should take a break. I stayed on the Metformin for a while to keep me regulated (instead of birth control since we still wanted to have a baby).

We agreed that if we weren't pregnant by of 5th Anniversary that we would fully focus on Adoption. I eventually went off the Metformin and felt fine for over a year without it. Now my symptoms are back. I've already had one doctor's appointment in which we tried a short term solution (Pro-Vera) until I was feeling better emotionally and physically to make a decision of method of treatment in October. This did not work and I have another appointment with Dr. C tomorrow to try and figure out what's going on and what path we want to take.

Needless to say, I'm tired.


LINKS FOR MORE #PCOS INFORMATION (good info even if you're not trying to conceive):

pcos-fertility-diet
pcos diet support




Thursday, August 29, 2013

Leading

So I am stepping out and teaching a small group this Fall at church.

I am doing "Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break" by Kelly Minter. I have led studies with clients at work, but this seems different for some reason.

This Study is  about allowing God to break our hearts for the hurting world around us. At the end of the study I plan to host a party to support Rahab's Rope, an organization that rescues women and children out of forced prostitution in India.

We can't learn about a broken world and learn about what God wants us to do about it without doing anything. With knowledge comes responsibility!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Response

Yesterday I used one of our photos from the photo shoot as my cover photo on Facebook. Almost immediately there was more response than I imagined. It's hard to explain but I guess although I didn't expect people to be negative I didn't expect as much voiced encouragement.

There is a small part of me that worries how people will respond when I say that we are planning to adopt. Let me clarify that I don't worry about if they will look down on us or think negatively about the path God has called us to. The worry comes more into how I would respond to someone that had something negative or unsupportive to say. The prayer is that my response would be calm and Christ centered.

We are thankful that our families are so supportive of us starting our family through adoption and that so far others around us are as well. I also pray for others that have been called to adoption and might not have the same support that we have found. Know that God is with you and that He is in control. The enemy might try to throw opposition at us through whatever he can, but our Lord is mightier.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Adoption Support Letters

We sent out our first batch of adoption support letters today and plan to send more next week. For those that we don't have an address for or that would like to have an example of a letter this is what we wrote:

Dear Family & Friends,

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Many of you may or may not know that Jason and I have struggled with infertility for many years now. It has been a long and oftentimes heartbreaking journey. Throughout this path God has placed us on we have continued to look to Him and for His plan for our lives.

That brings us to our news: we have decided to begin the adoption process! We have not come to this decision lightly and are excited for where this journey will take us. We are writing this letter asking for your support:

First, we ask that you keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey. We have wanted a baby for some time now and know that God has the perfect child out there for us! We also ask that you pray for the family we will be working with. We know that the decision to place their baby for adoption will not come easily. With grateful hearts we are looking forward to this selfless gift they will bless us with.

Second, we are asking for your financial support. Adoption can be quite expensive and we have committed to not creating any new debt as we go through this process. We are confident that God will provide, as he always does, for our journey. If you would like to support us financially, please contact us by e-mail.
Jason and I have created a blog to help us document our journey so feel free to follow us along at: http://journey4faith.blogspot.com/
“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.    ~Isaiah 41:9&10

Jason and I believe this verse applies to our journey, as well as our future baby. We know that He has not turned away from us, even in our long-awaited desire to start a family. He already holds our future child in his “righteous right hand” and will strengthen us, our future child, and our future child’s birth family throughout this journey.

Thank you again for your support and prayers!
With love,


Heather & Jason Montz



montzheather@gmail.com (Heather) sologuitar2003@me.com (Jason)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Isaiah 43



But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
    I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
    I will gather you and your children from east and west.
I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.
Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’”
Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.
Gather the nations together!
    Assemble the peoples of the world!
Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
    Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
    Who can verify that they spoke the truth?
“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
    “You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
    and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
    there never has been, and there never will be.
I, yes I, am the Lord,
    and there is no other Savior.
First I predicted your rescue,
    then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done this.
    You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
    says the Lord.
“From eternity to eternity I am God.
    No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
    No one can undo what I have done.”

 This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon,
    forcing the Babylonians to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
 
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator and King.
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
    making a dry path through the sea.
I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
    with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
    their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
“But forget all that—
    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
    the jackals and owls, too,
    for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
    so my chosen people can be refreshed.
I have made Israel for myself,
    and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
“But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for my help.
    You have grown tired of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me sheep or goats for burnt offerings.
    You have not honored me with sacrifices,
though I have not burdened and wearied you
    with requests for grain offerings and frankincense.
You have not brought me fragrant calamus
    or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices.
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your faults.
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
    and will never think of them again.
Let us review the situation together,
    and you can present your case to prove your innocence.
From the very beginning, your first ancestor sinned against me;
    all your leaders broke my laws.
That is why I have disgraced your priests;
    I have decreed complete destruction for Jacob
    and shame for Israel.

Isaiah 43

In Better Hands

Today we laid my sister's twin girls, Faith & Hope to rest just below their brother, Joshua.

Pastor David read from 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."

This poem was in the program handed out at the graveside.
Also on the way home "better hands" by Natalie Grant was playing. This song has always been a great comfort to me when I'm going through trails or stressed out.

"BETTER HANDS" by Natalie Grant

It's hard to stand on shifting sand
It's hard to shine in the shadows of the night
You can't be free if you don't reach for help
You cant love if you dont love yourself
There is hope when my faith runs out
Cause I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now

I am strong all because of you
I stand in awe of every mountain that you move
Oh I am changed, yesterday is gone
I am safe from this moment on

There's no fear when the night comes 'round
I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
Its like the world is silent though I know it isnt true
Its like the breath of jesus is right here in this room

So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now
I'm in better hands now

Monday, August 12, 2013

Adoption Photo Shoot

A good friend, Hannah, offered to take our pre-adoption photos. We were so grateful and love how they turned out. We haven't decided which one we plan to use with our letter, but we know we have some great options!!!!