Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Door.....

    When I sit down to write in my blog, I usually have been inspired by some amazing experience that God has allowed me to encounter.  Tonight......I sit at my desk thinking through the last year and half.  I am thankful beyond measure for the blessings, the gifts, the ups and downs and the ROLLER COASTER of a ride our adoption experience took us on for fifteen months. I cannot explain how God showed His power over and over again for His glory!  Adoption is a beautiful testimony of God's love for His beloved!  I am deeply honored that He would find me worthy of such a calling.  I will never forget that He believed in my family and called us to this great purpose.  My children are a gift.....each one.....from God.

Tonight, I must tell you a story of a side journey that I have personally experienced this past year.  It has taken a while to wrap my mind around the words in my heart and transform them into a post.  I haven't been able to share this journey because it is so personal and so difficult to put into words.  I found a quote tonight that summed up the feelings that I have held in my heart since last May.  Helen Keller has a way with words......and tonight those words expressed the exact feeling that God knew I held inside.  

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."  Helen Keller

Mike and I not only took a journey through adoption, but we also stepped out in faith last May and made the decision for me to stay home and be a full time mother.  Wow....what a leap.  I had been a teacher at my  children's Christian school for 7 years and was currently serving as the school counselor in the upper school.  We had just arrived home with our boys in April and Mike and I knew that our family would need so much support with all the new transitions.  After much prayer. we decided that we would home school our children. I began to plan for this new life that lay ahead for me and my precious babies.  We knew that we still had a few trips to Latvia ahead of us and that we would have to plan for the times that we would be away.  During the first few weeks of summer.....my heart began to question....to doubt.....to wonder......to FEAR what was ahead.  Now mind you.....I am an educator....holding a masters degree in education....., but now experiencing great fear in teaching my own children.  Although, I had taught both girls during their third grade year.  It was in this time of fear....or maybe exhaustion that I decided to enroll the children in school.  I justified that it was because we would be out of the country for several weeks. When that would no longer satisfy my need to justify this action.....I would question their opportunities.....their social life with friends.....their computer skills.  I looked for every excuse....justification......reason why I should not listen to this call that God was placing on my life.  So......without looking back.......I enrolled them and sat down to what we call in the south "waller" in my own self pity!  At the time, I was nursing some hurt feelings......recovering from extreme exhaustion from the adoption paperwork and a long visit to a foreign country and planning two additional trips to Latvia.  Along with teaching English......and filling in many gaps in the education of my new sons.  My sweet children with excitement on their faces began their new journey with a fresh book bag.....clothes (not uniforms as before) and anticipation for a new start.  Now, these kids had always been in a very small environment in which they were nurtured and fed the word of the Lord daily.  It was a loving environment in which I am now proud to say prepared them educationally for what they were about to experience!  Academically, they soared!   The first semester was amazing and I could not have asked for more from any of these awesome kids.  It was during Christmas break that God began to really open my heart to reveal to me my disobedience to His call for our family.  It was during this close family time that I witnessed a loving bond that my family was sharing....the slower pace....the time to laugh and to make memories.  The time to be angry and forgive.....moments that a family needs to grow together.  It was in that moment, I knew I had not listened to his call.  So....right there.....I realized that I was staring at a closed door....(maybe even mourning the loss of it) and forgetting to look at the one God had opened!  I knew my family needed to come home and that God would provide everything that was needed to cover those fears....doubts.....and worries about my inadequacies.   The girls are home and school is going very well.....I am in great prayer about my youngest son (for next school year)......., but God will show me the way.  I must trust in Him to pave the road.  

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths......Proverbs 3:5-6


  1. Dear Penny,

    I have been considering writing to you for awhile. I learned about a sweet 11 years old boy through Julia Nalle's blog (http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.com/2011/11/three-motherless-boys.html) last year, who is currently waiting for his forever family and would very much like to have a Mom and Dad and siblings of his own. I remember how last year you and your family stepped up to adopt David before it was too late for him. Now there is sweet Jack (http://reecesrainbow.org/25134/jack-23) - do you perhaps know about a wonderful family like yours, who might consider bringing him home? He is said to be a darling intelligent boy who is very much aware of his orphan status and is waiting to be adopted. I do not know why I thought immediately about you when reading about him, but would you please consider spreading the word about him?

    Thank you!
    God bless you,


  2. We are homeschooling our four kids, and it is ironic for me, because I purposefully did NOT get an education degree because I did not want to teach kids! ; ) Instead I spent my college and grad years studying what I liked best, literature and film, and taught for the U of CO for several years. And now, here I am homeschooling, and loving every minute (even the challenging times I am SO GLAD we have the opportunity to work through as a healthy little family unit). I hope we can homeschool all the way through, but will try to listen to Him tell us when it is time for a change. Because clearly He is the one who planned this, and when we are in His will, everything is GREAT. (Even if it is not great, you know what I mean? : ) So best wishes with your homeschool adventure, and may the Good Lord bless you mightily through it.

  3. Penny,

    Believe it or not, I'm just reading this. And it's in God's perfect timing!


  4. How is your family? I have prayed for you from afar (Oklahoma). I have a friend going to Latvia soon and it reminded me to come check in. I pray all is going well!

    Lisa J.

  5. I have to first tell you that I adore the little music player that you have. I love so many of those songs. I love the quote from Helen Keller; I believe that she is a sure sign of the blessings of God.

    from Tracey Clayton @PhD in Distance Learning

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  7. Ao visitar alguns blogs me deparei com o seu, e quero dar-lhe os parabéns por partilhar o seu saber, gostei por isso deixo aqui um convite:
    Ficaria radiante se visita-se o meu blog, e leia alguma coisa, meu blog é um blog cristão que fala de diversos assuntos.
    É o Peregrino E Servo.
    Desejo muita paz e saúde.

  8. God will give us the suitable things at the right time. If there is something badly happening, we should rely on Him and let Him direct our life.