Monday, March 23, 2009

Cheer up!

It wasn't such a cheery morning for me.

It didn't start out that way. I actually woke up excited for Monday.


Ask any adoptive Mama what her favorite day of the week is and she will most likely tell you Monday.

Monday = people working = adoption progress is happening = good news might find you this week = :-)

Yes, Mondays are good days.

As happy as I was to welcome the first day of the work-week, my heart was aching to know our baby. As I went about my business of doing laundry and paying bills, etc. I got teary-eyed more times than I can count.

Then I logged onto my e-mail.......and I had 5 e-mails from some lovely folks who just wanted to check in and encourage me.

In fact, e-mails have been pouring into my Inbox the last few weeks.

Coincidence? I think not.

I love how the Lord uses such simple, yet powerful things - such as a sweet e-mail or comment - to serve as little reminders that He is with me. His plan is in's not going to change. He's blessed me with so many incredible people that are constantly reminding me of that.

Another little thing that cheered me up was Sara's Mixed Tape Monday. It's no coincidence that today's theme is "Cheer Up"!

I had a blast listening to songs! I chose some oldies and newbies for your listening pleasure.

Then I took Heather's fantastic advice.

I danced it out.

All by myself.

In our office.

I didn't look as cute as Asher, but it felt awesome.


I dare you to NOT snap your fingers or smile while listening to For the Longest Time.

I'm telling you it's impossible.

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Giving thanks today for the little things.......they make a big difference.


  1. It really is amazing how many wonderful people offer support and are really guided to do it at just the right time.
    Though I'm anxious for THE call, I'm more anxious just know who MY child is and if that takes a little longer, than OK. I know you get that...

  2. Heather is one of my very favorite bloggers... glad you took her advice. Dancing it out is fun.

  3. It is so hard when you have been longing to be a mother for so matter how positive you try to be, no matter how much you trust in God's is still just so hard.

    Know so many of us have been in your shoes and understand exactly how you are feeling. One that call finally comes, all the waiting and tears will be worth it.

    Hang in there!

  4. for the longest time has always been one of my youngest sister's favorite songs, so of course i couldn't help but snap and smile, too... thinking about her, and envisioning you doing a little dance. i'm thinking of you, as i know that your wait has been long. i can't wait for your call to come. (and joanna's, too!!!!)

  5. I believe that God does not give us more than we can handle. Therefore, when you truly feel that you can't handle the wait any longer... you will know that the end of your wait is near.

    I blogged about not being able to wait much longer to "met" my daughter and very shortly there after she was "here." Katie posted about needing to know what time of the day referral calls usually come in... and that afternoon she was called.

    You will see your child's face very soon. It really wont be long now!

  6. I know I haven't known you that long in the blog world but thinking and praying for you. Monday's are exciting but hey so are Tuesdays. Our day is coming girl. The Lord is Mighty and he sees our baby and is just waiting for the right moment for us to see them also. Be blessed, Rhea Anne

  7. You don't know how often I think of you and Josh, and pray that God gives you grace while you patiently wait...I know it's so, so tough. And I'm glad that you're surrounded by a loving family who lifts you up in prayer - we love you, girl!

  8. I love how honest you are in your writing. I love how God cheers us up! I love everything he is doing in your lives!

    I got the sweetest note from you yesterday - and then of course headed to Target. :) It was wonderful! Thank you friend!

  9. Here is what I can offer you today: We share a very similar taste for music and I wish I could be there dancing it out with you Grey's Anatomy style! I'm sure it would be therapuetic with or without the tequila!!

    Hang in there, Rachel!

  10. Oh I LOVE Billy Joel! We used to listen to him when I worked at a Child-care center until a parent complained that Billy was damaging her child. I KNOW!!! She was crazy.
    It is so hard to wait...I'm sorry about that. I wish I could speed things along for you. :)
    Until you do get that call kow that I'm dancing it out with you and I hope you have a GOOD one picked for the dancing we'll be doing when the call does come!!!

  11. I hope you get the most exciting news of your life very very soon! I'm thinking positive thoughts for you. :)

    Thanks so much for telling me how to do the link list. I figured it out--you're awesome!

  12. Isn't God amazing? He finds just the right way to keep you going when you need it the most.

    love you, girl! praying for you...

  13. Hi there! I am doing the 30X5 challenge, and clicked on you to say "hello"! Hopefully things will look up for you, and, hey, to get up and get moving won't hurt, right?? :)

  14. Just remember that God is molding you during these "waiting" times...your time will come and you will look back on these days and thank our good Father for them ~ I say that having been exactly where you are dear sister! Hang in there and let every waiting moment be a molding moment!

  15. My heart really aches for you Rach!! I can't imagine what you and Josh are going through right now, but the best thing you can do is keep praying and be confident that the Lord is waiting for just the right time to give you your precious baby. You are in our prayers often, praying it won't be much longer! Love you guys!

  16. Sweet Rach,

    There is comfort and hope that can be found in the midst of our storm because Jesus is in the valley, and His grace and love will carry you through.

    This is a beautiful song I heard in church this morning. I thought of you...and prayed for you during the entire time I listened to it. :o)

    In the Valley

    Words and music by Bob Kauflin
    When You lead me to the valley of vision
    I can see You in the heights
    And though my humbling wouldn’t be my decision
    It’s here Your glory shines so bright
    So let me learn that the cross precedes the crown
    To be low is to be high
    That the valley’s where You make me more like Christ
    Let me find Your grace in the valley
    Let me find Your life in my death
    Let me find Your joy in my sorrow
    Your wealth in my need
    That You’re near with every breath
    In the valley
    In the daytime there are stars in the heavens
    But they only shine at night
    And the deeper that I go into darkness
    The more I see their radiant light
    So let me learn that my losses are my gain
    To be broken is to heal
    That the valley’s where Your power is revealed
    © 2006 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI).

    That baby is coming, girl!! God is good. Lifting you up!





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