This weekend has been full of blessings, almost too many to count! We had our garage sale this weekend and it went so well. We were ready a day early so we were open for three days instead of two. The kids had their own lemonade/bake sale stand and did incredibly well. All together we raised close to $700 at the garage sale! That's huge since I was only hoping for $100-$300. God surpassed my expectations...again.
Then I was surprised when I walked into church today and they announced our next fundraiser and many people donated and entered for our painting giveaway. So far we have close to $200 donated for that already. I stand amazed, simply amazed.
It was as if God reached down and hugged me again and again this weekend. I cannot tell you how many people who came to our garage sale had adopted themselves and encouraged us to continue down this road. We even had the privilege of meeting a birth mom who took the time to talk with us. It was just person after person giving us the encouragement that our hearts so badly needed. It felt as if everyone knew someone who had adopted and they stopped to talk with us and let us know that it encourages them to see what we are doing.
To top it all off as we were going out for Father's Day Lunch we bumped into a couple that adopted a five year old girl from China last year and they live near us! I had been praying for God to grant that wish for me, that I would be able to meet other moms who have gone down this road and that our children could play together. As I talked to her I thanked God for answering what I felt was a silly wish and totally unlikely to ever happen in my tiny edge of the world. But even in that He proves to me that He is in this. He is walking this road with me and taking care of my emotional needs as well. He is providing friends for Jiang that will be able to remind him of home and talk to him in his own language. Even now my Savior is showing me that He is watching over Jiang.
My heart is overwhelmed with the gifts God has given me this weekend. I can't figure out if I want to cry or laugh or just sit and soak it all in, but I know that I want to give Him the praise for a weekend of answered prayers. We came into this adoption with great need and I have learned that to have great need is to know the greatness of our God in a personal way. I have empty hands and He fills them. My heart aches to hold my son and yet God soothes my soul by reminding me that He is holding him for me.
I have no idea how this will end. I have no idea what tomorrow holds. What I know is that my God shall supply all my needs and I have learned that is all I need to know. I am thankful for this humbling. I am thankful to have great needs. I am thankful because in this place I can see the hand of God. He is truly Great and Mighty.