18 July, 2016

Nesting Mama

Quick Update
We have one final step to get finger printed on Friday, and then we wait for the “OK” from Homeland Security. And then, we will be officially “Paper Ready” for our new baby!!!! 

We have applied for a grant from Promise686 to match some promised donations at this point. Unfortunately, they don’t meet again until August, so we’re in a bit of a waiting game to even see if we can finish our funding with what’s been promised. But God is in control of every dollar! We saw that in the AMAZING outcome of our t-shirt sales raising $4,000!! So, keep praying for that!



Provision
When we decided to adopt again, I had a lot of insecurity about some of the challenges we’ve faced with our other children and whether or not I was prepared to embrace those again. Mainly, I thought about the attachment issues we’ve faced with Ian, and I wondered if I could do that again. I wondered if adopting another boy would be good for him. And I even considered that it could make things worse for him. I tried to just push those thoughts aside as we moved forward because I clearly felt a calling from the Lord to adopt! And he has been so very faithful in this process!! The program we’ve been matched with doesn’t allow you to choose gender (so that one is completely up to God!), and we will be bringing home a newborn for the first time. A child who will grow in our existing family and never remember a day without us all.

But y’all, a newborn brings a whole new set of challenges we’ve never faced before! And we will certainly tackle them all! But one of the main challenges for me right now as I’ve been nesting has been not having ALL THE THINGS for a newborn ready and waiting! And yes, babies don’t need much, but a mom of FOUR sure does to make life easier…even functional! And God has, once again, provided where I didn’t even know I needed him to! The kindness of friends—old and even BRAND NEW friends I just met—has been absolutely incredible! 

One of the things I have to remind myself on a regular basis is that while it’s extremely humbling to ask others for money and baby items, this is just as much his calling for our faithfulness as it is for the faithfulness of others who are called to walk beside us!! Car seat and stroller, swing, burp cloths, rock’n’play, play mat, bumbo seat… the list just goes on! And while all have been a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and his provision, it’s the story of two chairs that reminds me how much GOD IS BIGGER!!

Asking has been HARD, but I really needed a chair for our bedroom to rock this baby in at night. But I also needed a chair to rock the baby in during the day, in the main part of the house with my other children. It’s hard to just escape to the back of the house when you’ve got three other children to look after! So, I was torn as to where to even put a chair if I had one. Someone suggested that I post to Facebook what I needed and just see if anyone had something they were willing to part with. Then, if I found another one cheap, I was only buying one chair. 

And what did God do?!?!? Offers for chairs just rolled on in! And it was amazing, that God fulfilled my desire for TWO CHAIRS so quickly! Two perfect chairs. Not just “I’m getting rid of this” chairs. Really nice chairs that I love having in my home. And here they both sit in my home as signs of God’s promise for this baby who is soon to come. 

This nesting mama is so very grateful for the outpouring of support! For providing ALL the many things that make having a baby just a little bit easier—and making the burden to provide just a little lighter.


06 July, 2016

Special Delivery!!

While we were in NC this weekend we had a very large and unexpected gift arrive... a brand new beautiful stroller and car seat!! I just can't express the gratitude I feel right now. This baby's needs are being met even before I could even worry about how.





So, it feels like Christmas in the Lekberg home! I am looking at this and still feeling a little disbelief, but more than ever this is really happening!! With each of our adoptions we waited until the very end to get our children anything or get their rooms ready... but today it feels like the time has finally come, and I can get ready for our baby!!

The baby dolls are getting a lot more attention around here, and the kids talk about their new *real* baby every day.





05 July, 2016

4th of July

 We had a fantastic time with our family celebrating the 4th of July. I love these sweet cousins together!










11 June, 2016

Slip-n-Slide


Let's face it... Cody is just more fun than me. He just is. And today he proved it yet again, when he turned up from his trip to Home Depot with materials to make a giant slip-n-slide. Sprinklers are a summertime must, and add a giant piece of plastic and a little baby soap and you get loads of silly fun!  The kids didn't really know how to run and slide on the plastic so Cody showed them how. There are some happy lekberg children over here.

23 May, 2016

5 Good Reasons

We are so excited about the orders that have come in for these shirts! If you haven't ordered yet, here are 5 really good reasons to order: 

#1 Share in our adventure!! Y'all really can't understand the gravity of your support for our family. We know it takes a village, and to have countless people walk alongside us as we grow by one more... well it's just mind-blowing. 
#2 Proudly Proclaim that our God is Bigger! My mind is just blown when I think about this... like a slug trying to understand Einstein's Theory of Relativity. God is infinite in power, sovereign in dominion, self-sufficient, and all sufficient. He is so strong, and so mighty that nothing is impossible for him.  God is Eternal and Unchanging. That means: what God is, he was from eternity, and will be so for eternity. And he is creator of all things (just think about the kind of character He must have to create all the crazy things just in the ocean) His love has no ending... there is nothing I can do to change his mind to ever stop loving me!! Y'all God is Bigger.
#3 All seriousness aside, these shirts are darn cute! Shall I say more?!? I'm so excited to have one and see these on my kids!
#4 It all adds up! Every one of you is helping fund the crazy expense of adoption! It does not have to be large donations, every $5, $10, $20 adds up. We are so humbled by each and every donation and sale of a shirt! 

#5 God says to do this stuff! God's heart for orphans is clearly displayed throughout the Bible and he invites his people to be the hands and feet. Don't you know that it makes God smile when people get involved in caring for what matters to Him??  



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