Home Study Week & Fundraising Garage Sale!!

House Hunting

This week is packed to the brim with home study appointments and preparation for our fundraising garage sale.  We have back to back appointments with our case worker from Bethany Christian Services Monday through Wednesday.

I have to admit that I’m a little nervous for our home study appointments.  I’m not really sure why.  I think it’s just the unknown that has my mind racing along in high gear.  I’m somewhat of a private person and a bit introverted at times.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LIVE FOR hosting guests and getting to know others.  I love talking to new friends about their lives and passions.  Building relationships is important to me, and I’m of a firm belief that it takes a real commitment to truly get to know someone.  It’s hard for me to imagine that in three days, or ten hours really, someone will know me so deeply that they can adequately document my life in a report as significant as this one.  Does that make sense?  I don’t want to talk too much, but I don’t want to leave anything out or forget something either.  There is peace knowing that God will lead the conversation, and our case worker is a pro at this.

Monday will be our home walk through, where our case worker goes through each room and area of our property.  Tuesday will be our one on one appointments in which our case worker will meet for a couple hours with each of us separately.  Wednesday she’ll interview us together.

I’ve read numerous blogs discussing how to prepare for home studies, but at the end of the day I’m trying to remind myself that all we need to do is trust God and be ourselves.  Our home is always ready to receive guests at any moment, so there’s no need to fuss over our house.  My husband and I have been married for nine years, and relationship is strong.  Most importantly, I trust the Lord wholeheartedly with my past, present, and future—after all, everything I have is His.

I decided to take leave time from my eight to five on Thursday and Friday to prepare for our fundraising garage sale.  We have a LOT to get done very quickly.  A few weeks ago we posted this flyer on a variety of social media sites, and we couldn’t believe the response we received.

BLOG Adoption Garage Sale COLLECTION Flyer

We have been blessed abundantly with an outpouring of love by way of encouragement, prayer, tables to set everything on, prep work, donated items to sell (stacked to the top of our garage), food to sell, and a team of friends and family who are available on the big day for set up, sale, and tear down.  It’s overwhelming in the most AWESOME way!!  God is good.

Stay tuned for updates!!  I’m excited to share as our process continues.

Blessings,

Amanda

About Amanda

Hello world! It’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping in. I hope you’ll stay a while. I look forward to knowing you better. As for me, I’m on a wonderfully crazy adventure through a not-so-ordinary life. Just as my husband promised when we wed, there’s never a dull moment! In this season, I’m on journey to learn more about “The Wife of Noble Character.” Ah yes, the Proverbs 31 Woman. I confess, and I’m sure this is just one of many shortcomings I’ll have to bare to you along the way, I had always thought of this figure to be an example for the women who work hard in the home and home school their children. I’m surrounded many of these awesome ladies, and they are A-MAZING, but at the end of the day, that’s not my life. I’m a working girl who spends a minimum of forty hours a week in the office, and I actually love it! So I’ve toiled with questions of whether or not I’m in the right place, whether or not I’m pursuing the right path in higher education, whether or not my pursuit of a professional occupation should continue, whether God would be glorified to a higher degree if I wasn’t employed full time. I’m a very… passionate person. My husband and I love that adjective because it rolls off the tongue a little sweeter than stubborn and hard headed, though the latter are true as well. Recently the Lord called me back to this passage to reveal His truths in a different light. He asked me to stop analyzing MY path and spend some time looking at Him. He’s even had me out of bed in the middle of the night reading Scripture in my closet, re-reading Proverbs 31 over and over, dissecting each line, researching alternate meanings of words and scrutinize their significance (yes, I’m a habitual student, a bit of a nerd in that sense.) As it turns out, this Scripture is much larger than the little box I tried to stuff it in. My light bulb moment… This passage is for me. Actually, it’s meant for every woman who lives according to the will of our Maker. He designed a unique life for each of us… Not that we would be particularly special and praise worthy in our differences, but that that He would be honored and glorified among the nations in so many different ways. I’m ready to have a ball on this journey toward the heart of God and knowledge of the P31 Woman. My pursuit will be honest and purposeful. At the same time, I proceed with a good sense of humor and a child-like heart. If you’re reading this hoping to gleam great wisdom of the ages, I apologize you had to read through my ramblings to find that you’re in the wrong place. Ha ha. I plan to learn from Scripture and the many wonderful women I’m surrounded by, and I imagine most of my successes will be attributed to their wisdom. I’ll be transparent in the process, so I ask for your forgiveness in advance for anything less than lovely. I’m prepared to laugh at myself, to pick myself up when I fall, and I promise not to take my toys and go home when things don’t go my way. If you’re following, please comment and share your thoughts, ideas, experiences, etc. Let’s go through this together! So, my beautiful friends, I welcome you to join me in pursuit of Proverbs 31 living with an eight to five. Blessings to you! P31 Working Girl

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