Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our Life

So sorry I haven't posted in so long. We may have lost all of our readers, but Kent says I need to update anyway!

In September we made the decision to file for custody of Sarah. It was an easy decision in some ways and the hardest ever in others. We truly believe that God has called our family to do this. We believe it is what is best for Sarah. The hard thing is that it creates conflict with others. I hate that! I feel that this is God's plan and want so badly for the others involved to feel the same way. There is conflict with her aunt now. Although we get along with Sarah's grandparents, they feel that they should have her living with them. For several reasons, we feel this is not the best place for Sarah to grow up. November 23rd we went to trial. By then, the petitions were between us and her grandparents. They had only allowed 3 hours for testimony and we didn't even get half way through. The judge gave up one of her administration days to continue the trial on Jan. 8th. Unfortunately, the grandparents weren't able to drive in the snow to be here. The date is now set for April 21st.
Back up a bit to say that we got a call from Sarah's uncle on Nov. 16th asking if we could pick Sarah up at school that day. He said her suitcase would be on the porch since her aunt didn't want to see me. We don't really know what happened there, except that their attorney felt it was best. She has lived with us since. We were glad to have her home.
We had began turning half of our garage into a room for Jared so that we could turn his room into a room for Sarah. We quickly got that finished, and now she has a cute little girls room of her own. Jared is really enjoying his new room. I am missing my car being nice and warm and dry every morning. haha. We are so thankful to friends, Mike and Buffy, who put in so many hours to build this new room. God has truly blessed us with them. We could NEVER have done this without them. SERIOUSLY!

Right now we are driving Sarah back and forth to school in Donelson. It takes at least 45 minutes to get there every morning. It is wearing on her and us to be in the car so long. We are hoping we can get her school changed soon, but only if it would not be too much change for her. She seems to want to do it. I wonder if it would give her more security to feel "home". My fear is if she has to go to Illinois (where her g-parents live), will it have been one more change that she could have skipped? Praying about all of that.

Jared, Maci, and Molly have been amazing. I know that it has been tough on the girls. Sharing Mom is hard. Lots of changes when you add an 8 year old to a house full of teenagers. I'm so proud of them and their willingness to seek God in this and follow Him. I'm so proud of Sarah who has more changes than any of us. We've learned that when God calls you to something, it's not always comfortable. We've learned to not look to the future and try to plan. We take one step at a time. We've learned that TODAY, we will do what God wants us to do TODAY. We've learned that we are to strive to fit into His plan and not our own plan.

Isaiah 5:9-11:
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

I am seeing each of my children, including Sarah, bud and flourish.

Please continue to pray for all of us. Please pray for our relationship with Sarah's Aunt Sherrill and for her grandparents. We continue to pray for God's will.