Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Adoption/Kenzie Update

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to give you some quick updates:

1. Our daughter Kenzie, who was diagnosed with epilepsy, has now been seizure free for over a year. She is on medicine and has not had any side effects. However, on August 13th her neurologist scheduled an EEG just to get an updated look. Otherwise, she is doing great (except now she is a crazy toddler!) Thank you for your continued prayers.

It's tough living in Florida, but someone has to do it...
2. We have completed our home study paper work and our home study interview went very well. We passed! Now the hard part...waiting. In the mean time we will be looking to raise more funds and checking different places for interest free loans. The good news is that several banks and adoption foundations provide interest free loans. And Florida has a great tax credit after you adopt a child which we will use to pay most of the loan back. Adoption is expensive but we are finding numerous "helps" along the way. Thank you again for your prayers and support. Below is a great adoption verse which reminds us that adoption is at the heart of the gospel.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” Galatians 4:4-7

Hide that truth in your heart from Galatians: You are no longer a slave--you are not a slave to sin, you are not a slave to your past--you are a child of God. He is your Abba father. This is who you are and this is what God wanted from the very beginning.