"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

When Blake gets home he's got 3 little munchkins jumping on him! What a wonderful life! The boys got to watch the end of the OU football game together!

Not sure why she's putting her baby in the trash can? She sure does love her baby dolls!

Do you see those mini-puffs?!?! Are they not to die for?

Oh man, my heart is so full tonight. We have so many things to be thankful for that I am in awe.

We've almost been in Aspen for 3 weeks, and I can't believe I ever questioned if we could do this. It's been amazing to see how God worked all of this out. I've told Blake repeatedly how glad I am that we are here, it's so much more than I ever thought. Everything I worried about simply has not been an issue. God is so good!
I can't quit thinking about all that's happened this last year, and all that we anticipate in 2010!

Last year, we attended our first trans-racial workshop at Deaconess. It was life changing to say the least and sparked incredible conversation in my world. From that, came conversation and connections that led to the beginning of Chosen, our adoption ministry at our church! The workshop also led to Kaleidoscope Kids, our trans-racial adoption playgroup!

In February/March, Becki and I started talking about Cooper's Law...whoa...it's amazing to think about how God paved that path. Even though we don't know how it's all going to end, we do know that great change is coming in Oklahoma adoption law and it's so exciting for our family to be a part of this! Again, God is so good! From this we started the Promote Oklahoma Adoption blog!

What a packed year it's been! I could go on and on, but I will spare you! It was full of so many challenges and blessings at the same time! I can't wait to see what this next year holds!

In January and February, Blake will interview for fellowship positions and in April we will find out where we match and move for a year (August of 2011). It is such an exciting time for us to have a year long adventure for our family! So at the end of the year we should be getting our house ready to sell!

We are also praying that we will be blessed with another child this year! That's right...we are going for #4! While we know this process very well and we are so excited to see what God has in store for us; there are so many unknowns that if I let myself think about it, I'd go nuts! While we've been here I have been putting together our life book/profile book...it's so fun to get started again! Please pray for us in this that God will lead our family and our precious birth family.

Happy New Year to all of you! I pray that 2009 has blessed your family and strengthened your faith as it has mine! May 2010 stretch us all more!


Fether said...

You go girl! We are excited to see what God has in store for the Shockely's this year....and how awesome your Aspen adventure has been for far! Praise God that you all get this time together!
Happy 2010 Shockley Family!

Chassidy said...

Isn't it amazing to reflect back on all of Gods glorious blessings and miracles!

I LOVE Sadie's "puffs" I want to give her a big kiss! But I'll save that for Turner when you guys get back to OKC!