Monday, February 25, 2008

Remember in the last post I said I wasn't pregnant. Well, Despite the fact that I am not physically "with child" I am still having the same feelings that I did when I was pregnant with Joel and Belle. No cravings(Chocolate doesn't count-that is a constant!)but I have been nesting. Yes, like a mama bird. Getting the whole house ready. Throwing out junk(WOW we have a lot of junk!), organizing, cleaning and getting our little girls room ready.
So in my weird mind I am hoping this is a "sign" because when Joel was born I was insisting on finishing his room and staying up until midnight to do it. We were back up at 2am when Joel decided to come 2 weeks early.
But it is funny with all of my "getting ready." I am finding that God is "getting me ready" too. He is reminding me of my purpose. A couple of weeks ago I would have told you that my main purpose was to be a wife and mother. But now I look at them as my call in life. I can go about them as a response to my purpose .Through a bunch of Godly neon signs, he has shown me my purpose, which is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. " Matt.22:37 For so long I have been trying to uncover my mystery purpose in life as if God had hidden it. But it was so basic to my faith and in plain site. So now starts my journey to love and worship Him with and through every thing I have. I have known this before but it seems now to becoming a part of me. Those of you who know me don't expect me to become a saint. I will disappoint you. So, with His strength I will move forward to work this commandment out in my life.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Our Ethiopian Princess

Yes, there is going to be another Sparr and "NO!!!, I am not pregnant!" We are adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. We don't know her name or even how old she is(3,4,5 or 6 years old) but there is a piece of our family that is missing.
It seems cliche in saying that this whole process has been in God's perfect timing , but it has! There are so many details that God orchestrated to bring us to this point. He led us to Africa and has given us a love and desire to make Ethiopia a part of our heritage.
Our dossier(the big stack of adoption paper work) Arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Dec. 25th, 2007. That was our Christmas miracle! Just one year earlier on Christmas eve God spoke to us all individually during the service at our church. Well, as it would just so happen, that night the service was about God adopting us into His family. Pastor Dean asked, after telling the story of his adopted daughter, Sara, that if anyone had been touched by adoption to raise their hand. Two little hands beside me shot up like cannons. Joel and Isabelle smiled at me with the biggest grins. This is something that God had laid on my heart for some time and I had been praying and waiting for Him to bring the rest of my family along. Little did I know until Rob and I talked on the way home that God had done just that.
Rob had been reluctant to add another person to our family. He was uncertain how some one else would fit. God spoke to him that night. He reminded Rob that Joel and Isabelle fit perfectly into our family, why wouldn't our third child. So that started the journey.
We have been given the window of 3-6months starting in December until we receive a referral. (A referral is the picture and history of our little girl) We continue to put this process and our little girl in God's hands and know that His timing is perfect. We'll see how long it is until one of my friends needs to remind me of what I just wrote.