Becca turned the big 1-5 today! We started the day with her opening presents then went to church, where we got to celebrate Orphan Sunday by giving a little bit of our testimony. Our new sermon series is called "Justice" so Tim talked about the Safe Families program we are hoping to get started and then I joined him on stage to talk about adoption. It was a blessing to share how much we appreciate all of the love and support after everything we have been through. It was especially exciting to share news about Reese! We can never repay or thank enough all the people who have helped us in the process of adopting Ethan. We are so humbled and amazed by how awesome our church is! When God speaks, they listen and I am so grateful for that! There are several families who have known us through our other adoptions as well, so it's fun to share those memories, too. Becca wanted Chinese food for lunch, so we ate and then went to buy her new basketball shoes. She made the High School team! We are proud of her and excited for another season!
Our other big event of the weekend was trading in our mini-van for a 12 passenger van! Oh my, it is a big one! It even makes the suburban look small! We got a good deal for our trade and our payment is actually lower, so that helps our monthly budget, too! It's going to be hard to get used to, but it is nice to know we have the space we need for our expanding family! The girls like it, even though they weren't sure at first. We have had a lot of laughs over it, especially when we pulled it into the garage and it barely fit! Tim will drive it and I will take over driving the suburban. I will miss having something smaller, but glad to have room for all the kids! Carseats take up so much room and when we need 2 of them in both cars, we knew we needed to figure something out.
We have not heard any news yet about either Ethan or Reese. We are trying so hard to not be anxious about adopting them in one trip. We want Ethan home so badly after all that has happened and it just seems to good to be true that we could bring Reese home, too. But we know that our God is an awesome God and He could make it happen. We will trust Him.
It's going to be a busy week and hopefully we will get some news early in the week!