We are truly blessed to have such fun grandparents as we have!
Everyday this week we have done something fun, interesting, and of course, educational:)
Today we went to New Bern to the Tryon Palace.
At the museum we got an amazing surprise.
It all started with a nice older man working there who gave us a challenge to find a list of things in the museum displays. By the time we left this man felt like a third grandfather to me! We were the only people there so he was able to give us his whole attention. He would tell us what to find, we would go look for it, and go get him when we found it.
When I was trying to find a portrait of John Roberts someone started calling me, and I went to see what it was.
My grandparents were staring at a display with a picture.
"Guess who this is," my grandma said pointing to a man in the picture.
I though I recognized him, but before I said anything she told me,
"It's your great grandfather!" I studied the picture.
There was an African American man, a lady, and a man with his head turned. They were standing in a flower field working. The lady was bunch of tulips.
Brandon ran to show the man, and my grandfather started telling him the family history. (the simple version)
My great grandfather came to America from Holland,
and helped to found Terra Ciea.
He grew flowers, lots and lots of flowers!
It was so amazing seeing that picture, it made so many stories come to life. That man also has Holland ancestry, it was simply amazing!
God does amazing things. He is showing me so much of His power that it blows my mind.
Today I had a couple co-op classes that I go to on Mondays, my last class is photography.
Today we didn't have a lesson, but went outside to practice what we had learned
the past couple of weeks.
I use my dad's camera for this class, because it is a little nicer that the camera I usually use, and someone from his work had worked with the camera a few days before, and I hadn't messed with it since.
When I turned the camera on, something popped up saying the memory card
needed to be formatted, and it couldn't record, etc. The rest of the class was already out taking pictures, and I ran to my teacher and embarrassedly told her the memory card wasn't working, and asked if I could go in to get my spare. I ran inside and put in the other card. To make a long
story short, that memory card was also refusing to work.
I tryed to put the contents on my computer and erase it off the disk, but still it didnt work.
By this time I had been gone about half and hour, I ran back out the rest of the class. My teacher couldnt figure out what was wrong with the card either, and so I decided to give it up and
watch everyone else take pictures, but I was kind of bummed.
"You can make it work," I prayed, "I know you can. Please will you make the memory card work?"
I turned the camera on and the same message popped onto the screen - for 0.5 seconds. I didnt press any bottons, I did nothing, but the memory card started to work, and I was able to take pictures normally. The camera was working as if nothing had ever happened.
Sure, you could say it just happened to work, but no. I spent half and hour "trying to make it work" and it didn't. God showing me that He is bigger.
He has amazing power.
He can move mountains with faith the size of a mustard seed.
UPDATE: Bethany and Kaden are now home! To read more of our story go here.
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from evil
to keep them alive in famine.
We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and shield.
In Him our hearts rejoyce, for we trust in His holy name.
May your unfailing love rest upone us, O Lord
even as we put our hope in You.
I was looking up some Bible verses for school one day and noticed something I had highlighted earlier and forgotten about.
As I read it the truth in those verses became so vivid and real. They spoke to me, reminding me of things the Lord has and is teaching me.
"We wait in hope for the Lord". Wait. That is one thing I have trouble with. I want things to happen now. I want my siblings to come home now. I want that science lesson to be over now. But what about God's timing? His timing is perfect.
He knows why, he knows how, he knows when.
We are in a place in our adoption journey where things are taking a little bit longer than hoped, not too long, but still long enough to make me wish things were happening quicker.
Maybe the God wants to teach me about his timing during this part.