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Help Change the World for One

[button link="The URL of the button" variation="" size="large"]Button Text[/button]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFCtG40RdTE&feature=g-histWhat can you say about this video other than that simple three letter word? “WOW!”

I watch videos like this and feel that stirring movement inside of me that I can do so much more for so many more out there, especially orphaned children.

I know that not everyone is called to physically adopt a child, but we are all called to love and care for them. You can help change the world for one today by giving your spiritual gift of prayer.

I can’t help but stop and think, “What is it were Zoe? What if she was still there?”

So please take a few minutes out of your day today and pray for all of the orphans, all over the world, but especially pray for the families who are currently waiting for their children. Every prayer counts and is appreciated more than words could ever explain.

Please pray by name for the following parents who patiently wait for their children:

Lacy & TJ

Johnny & Courtney

JT & Natalie

On behalf of those parents, from a dad whom many of you helped change the world for one, thank you.

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Taking it Back Old School: Part Two

Well, what a success! Date night was a big hit…Let me back up a little. KC works two days a week part time at the law firm that I work at, and first thing on Thursday morning she found her note. I was sitting at my desk that is down the hallway from her, I heard her laugh and then later that day I found my answer in the top drawer of my desk.

So I left work a little early and met KC at the house. Carlie had gotten there by the time I got home, so KC was just waiting on me to tell her how beautiful she was in her outfit and then we headed out. She knew that we were going out, just the two of us, but she didn’t know where. So we left the house and I drove us to Zoe’s to pick up dinner. She was starting to wonder what was going on. I got our food, drove us towards the interstate and headed downtown. I pulled off of exit one, and drove us downtown to the entrance of the River Walk. (Which I think is one of Montgomery’s greatest places!) We parked, got out of our car and walked towards the opening and into the tunnel. As we walked I was quickly reminded about why I fell in love with this girl in the first place. Between her almost falling in her shoes as she was walking, her acting goofy and semi dancing on the sidewalk and her just reaching over to hold my hand, I felt like the biggest man on the block. We sat down and both started to look at how awesome the entire area was that we were in. I mean this was the view for our dinner date…

How beautiful is that? We sat there and started eating, and I looked at her and I said, “So, what’s going on?” She looked back at me and just smiled. I then thought to myself, “Huh, well, what do we talk about?” So in an attempt to spark up a conversation I said, “Let’s have another baby!” (Even though I was TOTALLY kidding, that sparked off the conversation.)

Do you ever find yourself sitting in your house or eating dinner with your spouse and find it difficult to talk about things other than your finances, your children, or things that need to be done around the house? Well I do sometimes.

I told myself before our date that I wasn’t going to bring up any of those items. I compared it to giving KC a vacuum or something like that as a birthday gift; you just don’t do that because you can do that any day of the week. This was her time, we could talk about all of that stuff when we were at home and running around and I could let it go in one ear and out the other. (Just kidding.) Right then, at that moment, it was all about her and our time together. So we started talking about all other things. We started talking about us. We talked about our future, what we wanted to do together and where we wanted to go and how we wanted to get there. It also gave me a good time to tell her sorry for pushing her to the side over the past few weeks and how I focused on other things. KC, being the awesome person she is, just smiled and said, “It’s okay, I know you do it all for us.” After eating we got up and walked along the River Walk and continued to talk, and before we knew it we had been gone for almost three hours. So we started back to the car to head home. It turned out to be a perfect date.

The next day at work I was thinking about our date and I remembered a quote that I saw once. I get a quote every day to my phone and one that I got a few weeks ago said:

[quote]"Love is friendship set on fire." - Jeremy Irons[/quote]

That’s exactly what KC and I needed to do, we did do, and have continued to do since last week - we have remembered how and why we are each other’s best friends and the love that we have for each other.

[pullquote_left]Take a moment this coming up week to do something for that special person in your life. Do it just because, and see what kind of response you get in return. Don’t do it looking for a response, just do it because you love them.[/pullquote_left]

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Taking it Back Old School

Taking it back old school style. A two part post… For the past month or so my life has been so busy that I don’t feel like I have been half the father, much less half the husband that I have needed to be. I just finished my last final for the spring semester of law school, on April 14th, and the two or three weeks leading up to that I was literally MIA.

I was leaving my house around 5:30 every morning to go to the gym, and I wasn’t coming home at night until close to 11:30 or midnight, all because I was sitting at my desk either working or studying for these three finals that I had. I only have three more semesters left in law school and with that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the pressure also is mounting, because I am so close, the last thing that I need to do is fail an exam. So I pushed myself and I put everything else behind me.

So when I put everything else behind me that includes but is not limited to, my quiet time (that I must admit, I already struggle finding time do to), my absolutely amazing wife, KC, and the two other little dirty things that make me the happiest man in the entire world - Olivia and Zoe.

We have been having some really good conversations in our small group on Wednesday nights for the past few weeks. One of them was dealing with relationships and what you need to do to fix one, or to focus on another. It hit me like a ton of bricks this week when I realized that I left small group early last week to get up and go back to the office to study. Really?! I only have two definite times that I know that I am going to get my “Jesus fill” and I just gave up 45 minutes of one of those determined times to go back and study. Wow. It puts it into perspective - “What is more important in my life?”

I know that this post, thus far has absolutely nothing to do with taking it back old school. I will get to that now…

So as I was feeling very convicted of that, I looked to my left and there sat my beautiful bride. She was there like she always is. Sitting next to me, willing to give up so much of herself and her time to support me and my dreams for us… You notice how I wrote that, “My dreams for us.” She gives up going out with friends, taking trips to the beach or to visit her mom on the weekends, buying clothes for herself, being just a full time stay at home mom, so she can instead work two jobs, while chasing two toddlers (that are getting bigger, quicker and smarter every day). Then I thought, when was the last time that I just gave her one night without me studying. One night without my blackberry or my phone, or my iPad, or really anything that would keep me from focusing 100% on her and just talking.

I was that guy back in college (now we are getting to taking it back old school) who would let myself into her house, and put a Hershey’s kiss everywhere that I knew she would go in her house that day with a different note on each. I think I put out 100 of them one time. Just because I love her. So I decided last night that I would do that today. I am going to ask my wife out on a date. I already have a babysitter booked (Carlie the Great!)

and everything is ready to go. She works part time two days a week here at the law firm that I work at, and I have written out a note, asking her if she would go out with me. Yep, it’s a check “yes or no” type of note. I hope she checks yes…

I am going to take my wife on a picnic down at the river walk (I pray it doesn’t rain) and only have her phone us, just in case of an emergency with the girls, and I am going to sit here and listen to her talk. I am going to focus on her and I am going to tell her everything that we haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk about in a very long time… so, this ends part one of this post.

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Who Knew A Year Ago

I am sure you’ve heard the saying that “Everything happens in God’s time,” or the one that says “God has a time and plan for everyone.” Over the past year we have learned that to be so true. Exactly one year ago today KC and I were attending a shower for Brad and Rachel Goode after our Sunday service at church. It was a baby shower for their new daughter, Amelia, who they hadn’t even met yet. It was a great time for all. They received plenty of gifts and could feel that everyone there had so much love and support for them.

Little did KC and I know that, that exact same day, November 14, 2010, halfway around the world our new little miracle was being born! Exactly one year ago today, while we were celebrating the adoption of a new baby into a family, our baby was being born.

Every time I say or think about that I get chills. How cool is that? I know some people would just say that, that was a coincidence, but I believe that God does little things like that to remind us that he is still in control. He controls it all. From the time we take our first breath until the time that we take our last.

Have you ever had any situations where the timing lined up perfectly? Looking back I can see several of them that occurred for us, especially in the adoption process. The timing all worked out so perfectly.

Even though during that time it was one of the most difficult things that we had to deal with, and we quickly realized that there was nothing we could do about it. That thing that I keep referencing is – God’s time table.

I know, it sounds bad saying it, but it was so hard! I am a 100% control freak. I like to be the one calling the shots, when something will happen and when something won’t happen. I also wanted to be the one who decided when we would receive good news and when we would receive no news. Ha! I learned very quickly during the adoption process that it was something that I had to let go of. I didn’t have to be the one trying to hold it all together. It was all going to happen in God’s timing… and it has. It has happened and neither KC nor I could have ever imagined that it would play out so wonderfully.

God really did touch our lives. We had situations thrown at us that most 26 year olds would have buckled under. We had family members turn their backs on us; we ran out of money; I lost my job; and yet through it all we stayed focused on God and his timing and because of that we got to celebrate an awesome first birthday yesterday afternoon.

So if you are having one of those moments that you feel like everything is running off course, if you feel like you have lost control of the reigns and you don’t know how to get it all back together and on track – from one control freak to another, pray about it and ask for help. It does work, just have faith.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:” - Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Until next time.

JW

 

P.S.

I can’t let the moment go by without saying:

“HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY - ZOE GRACE GODWIN!”

Your life has brought so much joy to your mommy and daddy and you will never know how much we love you!

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Welcome Home Zoe Grace!

Wow! What a jammed pack couple of months we have had and man have we been slackers on our blog! Sorry guys but we've had our hands full... Introducing Miss Zoe Grace......

Here is the run down... May 6 - received the call that we had a June 2 court date in Ethiopia May 29 - left for Ethiopia May 30 - met our precious daughter June 2 - court date (didn't pass because MOWA letter was not there) June 17 - passed court, Zoe is officially ours!! August 2 - found out we were not submitted to Embassy :( August 7 - Surprise! Found out there had been miscommunication and we had been Submitted, accepted,and approved to travel!! August 13 - left for Ethiopia! August 15 - we passed Embassy!! August 18 - Zoe heading to her forever home!! August 19 - Welcome home Zoe Grace you are officially a US citizen!!

We are so lucky to have a huge support system and the best friends and family. They were there to greet us when we stepped off the plane.

Our sweet friends then hosted an awesome welcome home party. Zoe never skipped a beat and fit in right away. It's so cool that she automatically has 6 best friends in our small group.

The party had been planned out so well and the details were noted, even down to the toppers on the cupcakes. It really was done top notch.  Thank you Raleigh and Christen for the awesome Welcome Home package you guys put together!  If you or someone you know is adopting, you can click here to order the package for their coming home party.

Guys, it is Amazing how God hand picked Zoe specifically for us and how she has adapted so fast to our family. Right away she fell into Olivia's schedule which makes me one happy mommy!

Speaking of Olivia, she loves her "Sissy"! They are so cute together :) They are definitely sisters pulling hair one minute and hugging the next, true sisterly love :)

We are so thankful for each one of you that has supported, prayed and helped us bring Zoe home. I can't believe she is finally home, life couldn't get any better. :)

-JW & KC

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