Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Day 381

Here's the latest picture of sweet baby boy. The older he gets the harder it is to actually see him in there. Poor thing is all scrunched up. If you can make it out (I know it's difficult) his foot is up near his head! That doesn't seem very comfortable...

I'm pretty much jumping out of my skin, I'm so excited! I can't believe it's only a few weeks away. God is so good. Day by day, month by month he has been meeting all of our needs, especially the monetary ones, through various sources (including all of you!). One of the items on my list and areas of concern, was our out-of-state housing. I've been investigating it for months. We're pretty simple people, and only had the following list of demands: furnished, wireless internet, laundry facilities, and a full functioning kitchen. The cheapest condos I found were between $1500 and $1800 for the month and only two were willing to rent on a weekly basis, for $500/week! The cheapest hotel I found that had a kitchen was about $450 for the week (not including taxes). The search was exhausting. I decided I'd wait until we arrived and figured I'd have a little more negotiating power if the condos weren't booked.

Several weeks ago I posted an ad on craigslist under the "housing needed" category and had an overwhelming response. After the above results, I forgot about the ad and scratched housing off my to-do list. It was just something we were going to have to worry about once there.

This week, I received a note from a sweet couple telling us that they had a small cottage on the back of their property available for rent. $250.00 per week. I was all ears. The cottage has it's own access and garage and is mostly used for their friends and family when they come into town (it's a tourist attractive city). It's an adorable little cedar clad cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom. A full kitchen with all the essentials, cute little living room with a pull out queen couch (for anyone that might come stay), internet and cable included. When I told the couple our story and that we'd need to stay 2-3 weeks, they lowered the price to $200 per week! (For the leery type, I asked for all sorts of's adorable!) The couple has family leaving the last week of May and they're going to hold off renting it for June and July so that it will be available for us as long as we need it. Amazing. The hospital, grocery store, and restaurants are all within a few miles. It's perfect.

The story gets better. I get a random check in the mail from our city for $1,200.00. We overpaid on our property taxes last year and they reimbursed us! This should cover most of our trip.


The only payments we have left are post placement and finalization fees (about $3,500). I've seen God's mighty hand so clearly. I'm trusting him for the rest!

P.S. I had many people ask for My/Holly's packing list. I'm happy to email it to you if you leave your email in the comments or email me directly!


  1. This is SO reminiscent of our adoption plans! God provided every step of the way. He is so good!

  2. Wow, God is SO good!! Your faith is inspiring, and I have no doubt that God will continue to show you favor throughout the rest of this process. I'd love the packing list - my email is Thanks! :)

  3. that is awesome, so happy to see God supplying ALL your needs :)

  4. I love it when God reminds us, no matter how hard we try, He is our ultimate provider. Sounds likes the cottage is a perfect place to soak in those first few weeks with your son.

  5. I would love the packing list

    God is always there with us! Thank you!

  6. GOD is so awesome! I am so happy to hear that things are moving right into place in the nick of time!

  7. Wow, it's just amazing how things are falling into place as you wait for Baby Boy! I would love a copy of the packing list as well please... questforalifetime at

    Thanks so much!

  8. What awesome, awesome news!! LOVE IT. God is so faithful and good. You are totally right. He's definitely had his hand in all of this. :o)

    I'd love the packing list... so ifnitysmith at gmail dot com


  9. I guess you can put some checks in the win column this week! Yay!

  10. sound like me...all I need is food, shelter, and wireless internet access! Hey, a brother's gotta stay connected, right? [grin]

  11. Yayyy! So glad that God is providing everything you need without TOO much stress! I am so excited to meet baby boy when you introduce him to blogland! :) Praying for you!

  12. I read this in a "3rd serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul" and thought I'd share it with you:

    Legacy of an Adopted Child

    Once there were two women who never knew each other,
    One you do not remember, the other you call Mother.
    Two different lives shaped to make you one.
    One became your guiding star. The other became your sun.
    The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it.
    The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it.
    One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name.
    One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim.
    One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears.
    One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
    One sought for you a home that she could not provide,
    The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.
    And now you ask me through your tears,
    The age-old question, unanswered through the years,
    Heredity or enviroment.
    Which are you a product of?
    Neither, my darling. Neither.
    Just two different kinds of love.

    Author Unknown

  13. PRAISE GOD for thinking of all the little details! Very cool!!!

  14. We stayed at an Extended Stay America when we were waiting for ICPC. It was about $70/night with a full kitchen (minus the dishwasher). The best thing about it that they DON'T clean the room daily so we didn't have to leave with a newborn baby unless we wanted to. We were very happy with it. Maybe try e-mailing/calling the manager and explaining the situation - all they can say is no. (I did this ahead of time for our failed match in Georgia and the manager was back and forth with me for months, wanting updates on the situation. The baby was born not long before Easter and she even bought her an Easter basket and decorated the room for us. When it fell through, she cried with me on the phone. I will remember that hotel manager as long as I live! I get teary-eyed just thinking of her!)

  15. You have been such an inspiration to me. I am also going through an adoption for about a year and a half and haven't had the guts to put everything down in a blog. reading your blog has really helped in my journey of frustration and doubt. if you can send the packing list it would be great -

  16. Look at you getting all hooked up by God! This is all so exciting! I cant imagine how you sleep at night with all the excitement in the air! I am gitty just reading your posts! How do you live with yourself? *laugh* I am WAY! happy for all of you!

    cindie bass

  17. This is a great post. I seriously got a chill when I read that about the check from your city. What are the odds that you would have overpaid on property taxes??

    All of this is so amazing, and I really can't wait until you get to hold your sweet baby boy in your arms and snuggle him close. So happy for you, my friend!



    P.S. Do you already have all of the newborn diapers you need?

  18. Proverbs 16:9 was in my bible study this week--

    "In his heart, a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

    Your steps are already written and what a joy it is to discover them with you as I read your story each post.

    You are an inspiration.

  19. What an amazing story! There are so many good people out there. Things are going to continue to work out perfectly for you!

    I'm not adopting, but expecting and would love to peek at the list. My email is, with 3 L's (sometimes that messes folks up). Thank you so much for sharing.

  20. I love your blog! It gives me so much hope!
    Can I get that packing list from you? We have barely started the adoption process, but it seems like something that is good to have, lol.

    My email is

    Thanks so much!

  21. I'm so glad things are working out well!

    I'd love the packing list, too. My email is


  22. Wow! Amazing! Things are really falling into place, and soon, you will get to hold your son. I am so happy for you and your husband. :-D

  23. I love the picture. How exciting. And I'm glad so many obstacles are falling down as you head for the finish line. God is Good.

  24. I have enjoyed reading your blog for a while now...and I just had to buy the book "I Wished For You" after you reading it to your baby boy! I am so thrilled to see what God is doing/has done for you through this process! May you be blessed at parents too!

    I would love to see your list...jasonashley_hartung(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thanks so much...congrats!