I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

Merry Christmas..

Merry Christmas!  I can not believe it is already Christmas!  Carter continues to do absolutely wonderful.  We are SO happy to be home for the holidays.  This year was an extremely hard year for our entire family although I have to say that I have never felt closer to God.  Every hospital stay brought us closer to Him and his Grace.  

Have you ever sat down and thought about the night Jesus was born?  I mean really sat down and thought about it.  You have Mary, a virgin about to give birth to a King.  You have Joseph, her husband, who is not the Father of this child searching for a place for them to stay the night.  Did I mention that they had to get up and leave their home, knowing she would soon be giving birth?  She is about to give birth to a King and yet no one has room for her. Reading the night that Jesus was born is like watching a scary movie.  I find myself wanting to shout at the people for turning them away.  "What do you mean there is no room?  Jesus is about to be born!  Jesus our Saviour who was sent from Heaven!  He is about to be born and you do not have room?! Hello!  Stop what you are doing I promise you will not see anything as amazing as what is about to happen!"  Could you imagine turning them away and getting to heaven to find out what you missed out on? I couldn't!  

Have you ever felt God calling you do to something you were not sure you really wanted to do?  Well both Brandon and I have.  For the past several years we have felt God calling us to adopt a child.  We have both given him many excuses of reasons why we could not do it.  I think most of you reading this can completely understand when I say we have been too busy to adopt!  Or maybe it's that WE think we are too busy to adopt.  It has been just like Mary and Joseph knocking on the door asking if there was room to for them in the Inn.  God is knocking on our hearts asking if we have room for an orphan.  Do we say no and keep living the happy life we are living or do we say yes and watch his blessings unfold?  Can you imagine if there would have been room for Mary and Joseph in the Inn?  Can you truly imagine what the people in the Inn would have been able to witness?  Can you imagine how they felt when they were told what they had missed out on?  I do not want to miss out on anything!  We are put on this earth to serve.  Although, I am far far far from perfect and I fall short of God's glory every day, I want to live out the plan God has for me and my family. I want to be his servant the best way I can.  So, if he is calling us to adopt, it is what we will do!  Brandon and I have already picked an adoption agency and started the home study process.  We hope to be done with our home study in February.  We will then just wait for the call!  We are leaving gender, race and the timing up to God.  We know He will place the child he has created for us in our home.  

I would be lying if I said that both of us are not a little (EXTREMELY) scared.  Just like Carter's journey this is a journey that neither one of us planned to be going down.  But, just like Carter's journey this is a journey that we will keep our faith and trust in God through.  I know he has big plans in store for our family and we honestly can not wait to watch them unfold!  We are extremely excited.  So. to anyone that may be hearing a "knock" from God, just think you could be the person turning away or accepting Mary and Joseph to come into the Inn. Do you have room? It is your choice! Merry Christmas from our soon to be growing family!!! As always... To Him be the Glory!

Merry Christmas!

Update and The Little Light House...

It has been a while since my last post.  I apologize for not updating.  We have honestly been just enjoying being at home.  Since my last post, Carter had his cast removed and advanced to a brace.  We were able to remove the brace the day after Thanksgiving and Carter has been on the move since.  His leg is completely healed!  We will see his Orthopedic Doctor again in 6 months for another x-ray.  Carter is healthier right now than he has ever been!  He is absolutely precious and he LOVES life.  He laughs and giggles nearly all day!

We received some BIG and EXCITING news this past Friday.  After a long wait on the waiting list, Carter will be attending The Little Light House in January.  If you have never heard of The Little Light House or just want to check it out, their website is The Little Light House.  The Little Light House will provide Carter with physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and will work on getting him to eat more.  The Little Light House is more than just a developmental school, it is a wonderful ministry.  We are SO excited and can not wait to watch Carter thrive.  He starts January 7th and will attend from 8:30 - 1:30 Monday thru Thursday.  It is going to be a huge transition for both of us, but I know it is for his own good.  He has such a big personality and absolutely loves other kids, I know he will really enjoy it.

God has truly blessed our family.  His timing is always perfect.  If The Little Light House would have had a spot open 6 months ago Carter would not have been healthy enough to go and may have missed out on the opportunity all together.  Carter continues to amaze us with his bright personality and his love of life.  Nearly every time we meet someone new, they mention how happy and bright his personality is.  He has been through more than most of us will ever go through, and yet, he still wakes up with a smile on his face everyday.  Carter's personality has really started shining through and I have to say he is extremely silly.  He loves to make everyone laugh.

Thank you for all of your prayers and continued prayers for our sweet Carter.  Please keep them coming!  Pray that Carter's health continues to improve and for the transition we are all about to encounter.  As always... To Him be the Glory!!!

Riding a horse at his friend Garon's Birthday party!
In Canton, MS looking at Christmas lights!  He as on the move the entire time, so most of my pictures are blurry!
Climbing under the Christmas displays! :)  I said he was ALL little boy!