Time has always interested me.  The way we use it, abuse it, waste it, measure it, and let if define us.  God let me in on a secret a few years ago that I struggle daily to accept.  His timing is rarely our timing.  He has a plan for us that surpasses any measuring stick this world can throw our way.  I believe that if we can figure out His plan for our life, our time will be used most wisely and the spiritual blessings will flow.

You see, patience and impulse control have never been personal strengths.  On a 360 review, they would most likely fall into the "needs improvement" category.  Often times, I am so passionate about achieving a goal, be it personal, educational, professional or otherwise,  that if I don't catch myself I lose sight of God's plan, God's timing.   God's timing is rarely our own and the path He chooses for us seldom resembles the one we envisioned.  I am learning to accept and embrace His plan and the journey is nothing short of exhilarating!

Who am I?

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, avid runner, Seminarian, and perpetual pinger.  I love Jesus and seek to follow His guidance in all aspects of life.  I am passionate about life, love, family, and God's beautiful creation.

Becoming a mother has been the most life-altering, challenging,  joy-filled, and rewarding journey I have been on.  There is no book, manual, guide, or even person that could have prepared me for the way life BK (before kids) would get completely turned upside down.  My ride, like that of most mothers, has been full of of ups, down, twists, turns, abrupt starts and stops.  Just when you get one 'thing' figured out, there are ten more areas that would perplex even the best of minds.  It has been an ever-changing process and I am continually amazed at the way God uses parenthood to help give us a glimpse of His love for us, His children.

Our latest journey has taken us into the world of adoption and caring for God's children.  We officially set out on our voyage to Ethiopia in the summer of 2009 and welcomed home our two blessings in early 2011.  However, while we initially thought we were given the simple (if adoption could ever be considered simple!) mission of adoption, God has opened our eyes to His bigger plan.  There are frankly too many people in this world, the least of these, that are neglected, abused, starving, and left for dead every day.  As Proverbs 24:12 boldly attests, "Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do.  God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act."  As such, we plan to welcome our newest daughter in the summer of 2012 and only God knows where we go from here!

We have seen with our own eyes and cannot go back.  Where we go from here is in God's hands.  We just have to be willing to be willing!  Some people might view adoption as an act by someone to save a child from undesirable circumstances.  However, those along this journey know it is the exact opposite.  Adopting a child blesses the parents and family beyond measure and we are overjoyed to be on this path.  By taking the first step, our eyes have been opened to the inconceivable amount of injustice in this world.  We cannot sit back 'fat and happy' here in America while millions are suffering around the world.  Our just, loving, and gracious God would want us, would command us, to act and we only hope that He will use our hands and feet to help show His love.  

I created this blog to document bits and pieces of my personal faith journey and our family's journey.  Having shared experiences has been one of the greatest joys of life and motherhood.  Please stop by and let me know what you think!