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My flights are booked and I leave for Bulgaria on August 18!  I cannot believe that very soon I will meet our newest blessings.  So exciting! I am so anxious to see how Hasya and Kael are doing.

I must admit that already I get a lump in my throat just thinking about leaving my family for two weeks.  That is the hardest part for me. I struggle to be away from my children and my husband. But God is always so good to give me perspective when I need it most.  I read something wonderful that Jedd Medefind (Christian Alliance for Orphans) wrote this week.  “By God’s grace, beauty so often rises from sacrificial love.”  I love that!  Such a beautiful reminder to me that following the call of God, being obedient, always requires sacrifice.  I cannot wait to see the beauty that will rise from this journey to add two more precious children to our family.

There is no such thing as obedience without sacrifice!

It’s been a busy time for our family.  This week we said goodbye to my Dad and Beth.  The six weeks that they were here flew by.  We savored every moment together.  It was so good to have them with us.  Saying goodbye was awful.  No matter how many years I am away from my family, the goodbyes just never get easier.  It always makes me think about how wonderful heaven is going to be–no more goodbyes, no tears, no sorrow!  Glorious!

The house seems so quite all of a sudden.  Three of our big kids are visiting friends in Virginia.  Yikes! It is the first time ever that they have gone away alone.  We are missing them terribly, but are so thankful for the gift they were given to be able to spend time with their precious friends.  They are having a blast and will be home early next week. How in the world did they get so big, so fast?  Crazy!

And while the big kids are away, I am making the most of the time that I have with my four youngest blessings this week.  We have been having so much fun together.  Cade in particular is loving having special time with me during the day. We have been doing all the things he loves to do–making sweet memories along the way.

One of the questions we get asked the most is, “How do you spend quality time with all of your children?”  I can honestly say that God is so, so good to ensure that we are always able to give our children the time and attention they need.  He’s just so good like that!

He simply multiplies the time He gives us.

Also, I received way more of a response than I expected on the children who are being hosted and still need families.  I am going to have to split them up and do two posts. I’m working on it and will have the posts ready next week.  Sorry for the delay–it has turned out to be bigger than I expected.  Trusting the Lord that every one of the sweet kids I share with you will be chosen!

That’s it for now.  I hope that you are all enjoying the last days of summer.  Have a blessed weekend with the ones He has given you.