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52 weeks

Well, we were somewhat surprised again at court this morning for what was supposed to be the first day of the termination trial for Baby H's parents. I feel like it was a good surprise though. My biggest concern for Baby H was that we were going to have to put her on an airplane and send her to a distant family member who has never met her if parental rights were terminated. That will not be the case now. Termination has been taken off the table for Baby H's mother as well. She and Baby H's father will be put on a 52 week plan to determine whether or not they are fit to regain custody. It will be a very extensive plan and if they cannot complete it, it will be much easier for a jury to terminate her rights than it would be now. I am thrilled for so many reasons. Number one, my baby girl isn't going anywhere for at least a year. Number two, it gives Baby H's mother a lot more hope than she has had these past few months. Number three, if Baby H's father doesn'…

Relinquishing control... again.

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As hard as it is to pray this Father, Your glory is more important than my pain. I give these children to you. I give these birth parents to you. I lay them at the cross. Use me. Send me. Let me show others the love that is possible through Christ Jesus. May my every move be Spirit led so as to bring you and your Kingdom the most glory. Help me to remember every day that You are the goal, not adoption, not recruiting foster parents or even getting as many children as possible into homes. You are the goal. Salvation to the lost is the goal. May you use this ministry to show your glory and your faithfulness and your life changing hope to the lost. Give me your eyes, your ears, your heart. Humble me. "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14

Amen.

Extraordinary

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We received an email a couple days ago from the guy who shot our Chazown video for Life Church back in July. He said that they're thinking about putting our family's testimony in the 2011 annual report for Life Church and need an updated family picture. It just blows me away that what we're doing is seen as so extraordinary. Logically, I know it is, but during the day when I'm cooking, cleaning and changing diapers, it feels very ordinary. There are days that go by when I don't talk to anyone besides my husband and kids, because I am so busy I don't have time for more than a few emails and texting. On days like these, it's hard to believe that we're considered an inspiration. It just feels like second nature now and I can't imagine life not being like this.

We currently have no updates on the foster kiddos. A and K's mom has not had a visit yet with the kids, despite being awarded as many as she could make. Termination trial for Baby H starts on…