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The eve of 2013

Tonight we had planned an evening out with friends, but due to some of their family being sick, the night was cancelled. It has been a bummer, but at the same time it was a blessing. We had a busy Christmas, with a lot of traveling, so it was nice to stay home today. I was also excited today to see that we had been sent all of our remaining packets from our agency. These include packets on forms for the home study/dossier, packets for when we get and accept our children's referral, and then packets on when it comes time to travel to Ethiopia. I spent a good hour looking through a bunch of the documents. I must admit, it all makes me a little more nervous - there is a TON of paperwork, even more than I could have imagined. And reading the travel stuff makes me anxious since it is another country. BUT, I keep reminding myself, thousands of others have taken this journey of adoption, and if they could do it, so can we!!! Which then led me to my goals for the upcoming year, which I hadn't really thought about yet. Here they are:

Mara's Year 2013 Goals ~

     *Pray, pray, pray ~ for our children, for the orphanage, for Ethiopia, for our agency, for our caseworkers, for our growing family, and for patience

     *Be patient ~ there is a lot of paperwork to be done, meetings to attend, and then days of waiting and anticipation. I'm not the most patient person some days...this will be hard for me.

     *Stay healthy ~ it has been easy to get wrapped up in the paperwork and planning for this adoption, taking time away from my family and my rest. My husband and son need to still take priority. I need to step up my game again in making more home cooked meals, getting us all to bed at a decent time, getting regular exercise, and having even more family time on the weekends. Yes, this can sound like a lot at times, but if it is priority, then I know I can make it happen.  :)

God's blessings in your new and upcoming year as well! Thank you again for joining us on this journey! Talk to you again in the new year!

In Christ,


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