Thursday, March 18, 2010

A woman of convenience...

I have always ALWAYS been a woman of convenience. I just like it to be easy and quick, bread mix instead of making my own, precut veggies instead of cutting my own...you get the picture. If it saves me time I'm all in (which almost always ends up costing more). I've had some creative juices flowing these last few days. Thoughts of creating and maintaining my own vegetable garden, do it yourself design ideas, and even opening my own Etsy store to help bring in some much needed dough for Maybe Baby. It feels good to let my brain run around to each idea, to plan and brainstorm and see how I can make things work. In truth, I've never considered myself very domestic. I've always loved to cook and garden but even that was never a totally organic beginning....back to the whole woman of convenience thing...I'm no Martha Stewart that's for sure. There's something to be said about starting something from the very beginning and following it through to the end result and being proud of what it is that you've made. In an effort to cut back and save some cash I've had to reevaluate the importance of convenience vs. cheaper and let me tell you convenience is always the loser...
Which brings me to this:
It would have been convenient that our no interest loans would have proved to be a valuable resource (yes we got our second denial from LifeSong on Monday). It would have been convenient to pay those back when we received our tax refund. The truth is, the adoption process, is not at all a convenient situation. In fact I'd go as far as saying it's very inconvenient, from receiving short notice on the availability of an infant to waiting on paperwork and scheduling appointments with the social worker. It would be convenient to be able to give my work ample notice when I need to leave, or even when I'll return. God is doing a mighty work in this girls heart. He is teaching me patience to it's fullest. He is teaching me needs vs. wants. I need to be a mom, my heart needs it, Tyler and I need it. We need the challenges that having a child will bring, we need the laughter, we need our marriage to be enriched in that way that only a child can bring.
Please continue to pray for our fundraising efforts. We have one last grant we're waiting to hear back from and after that we're on our own. Even though LifeSong for Orphans was unable to loan us any money the great thing about them is they are able to provide us with a tax free way for people to donate money through them. 100% of whatever someone donates goes directly to our adoption! The perk is that donating through their organization allows it to be a tax deductible donation! We only have until May 10th to use their tax deductible umbrella so please spread the word to any friends or family whose lives may have been touched by adoption and pass along this information. Checks are made payable to Lifesong for Orphans and in the memo section be sure to include ZIELASKO#1164, and send checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744

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