I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams
You are here each day with me, at least that is how it seems.

I know you wonder where we are.....what' s taking us so long,
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.

Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...
Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind .

May God hold you in his hand until I can be with you,
I promise you, my darling , I 'm doing all that I can do.

Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.
But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.

May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.

-Author unknown

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Helping Hand Donations

I thought I would add a link on the left side tab under the "Make a Donation" button- to A Helping Hand's Online payment section. This is for those that would like to donate to help us out on our fees (Agency fees at Dossier or Referral, foreign fees, etc) or if you are interested in donating to AHH to help their wonderful ministry. If you are donating to our fees - you need to contact AHH (or us) to let them know what the money is for (you may be able to type in "for Lori & Jeremy West" in ( ) beside your name on the online payment page, and under "Payment for" click on one of the above mentioned fees.).

Now, I don't want you to think that I expect you guys to donate to help us out, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible for those that do feel led to support this process financially. You can always just send us a check -but if you feel more comfortable going one of the other routes - then that's fine. I appreciate your prayers more than anything (as if you couldn't tell from my previous entries!)!!! Thanks for your support!!!

Also - Papa John's online pizza sales will donate 10% to AHH for orders placed on Mon, Tues & Wed the 2nd week of each month (June thru October). You must enter a special code for 2 promotions available. Click on the following coupon for more info

God bless you all abundantly in every area of your lives! You are a treasure to us!

Lori :)

Not Yet

:( . . . . .I can't say that "nothing" happened yesterday. . . just nothing with the adoption process. I think I may need to pick up the phone and call our agency to get a response as to "what's next" and when can we expect another referral. I'll let you know.
As for what did happen yesterday . . . well, I was finally able to get the stupid pink stain out of the tub, I scrubbed some floors, did several loads of laundry. . . . . . oh . . . you didn't want THAT news . . . .OK. Actually - Jeremy is finally and officially the Manager of Digital Systems at CBN!! With that came a raise too! Hallelujah! Now I don't have to worry about Ty's schooling being paid for! It will slowly help us pay off all the extra expenses this month as well (eventually!). It sure would be nice one day to actually "get ahead" and be putting stuff into savings instead of paying off bills (doctors, auto, etc). . . . . does that ever really happen? :) Just kidding.
Well all - thanks for praying. Keep it up! I need it! The enemy has still been working overtime in trying to get to us! Thankfully - our Father is mightier!!!
Blessings to you today!
Lori :)

Monday, June 05, 2006

Home Study Draft

We received our rough draft of our APPROVED home study report (all good things were said . . .of course!). Once we have reviewed it, A Helping Hand will review it and then our Homestudy agency will approve of a final draft. Once notarized, we can send off a copy to the government to get our 171H form stating we are A-OK to adopt! :) Yeah! . . .How long will that take??? Hopefully around a month (I would sure love it to be sooner!)
As some of you are aware - tomorrow is D-Day or the Battle of Normandy/Omaha Beach (6-6-06 . . . not the best number sequence). Will we receive a referral on D-Day? What did the reference to that day mean in J's dream? (read The Dream to refresh your memory) Was it referring to the actual day (June 6th) or something about D-day and how it resembles our adoption process?? Time will tell, though I have to say that I am trying not to get my hopes up about hearing anything tomorrow (yeah right Lori!!!). OK - so I may be a bit sad if we don't hear anything . . . you may find me drowning my sorrows in a Starbucks caramel frappachino - or a Coffee Lover's Gotta Have It size waffle bowl at Coldstone Creamery . . . . I'll try not to go overboard. . . . . .
Thank you for your prayers. Continue on. We've been hit with needing an extra $3000 this month for various reasons - higher than expected doctor's bills, camp fees (I thought they would be due later), vacation expenses, school fees (that I thought we didn't start paying on till next month - but found out we actually owe 2 months worth due this week!!), and a huge car repair bill - though it would have been MUCH higher if it were not for our good friend Wakelin and his knowledge and skill in repairing cars!!! God bless you Wakelin!!!!
I know that God has the means to meet all these needs - but I'm still human, and every now and then I can start to panic! . . . . Ok . . . I'm done panicking now. . . . .
I'll let you know if we hear anything tomorrow . . . or any other day!
Thanks again for your support!
Love you all!
Lori :)