Monday, May 7, 2007

Thank You

It has been a while since our last post and people have been wondering what's new so here goes. There has been progress in completing our home study. We are down to just a few more documents to come in. We have received all of our clearances, our references, and completed our education classes.

The amount of support we have received from our family, friends, and our church family has been overwhelming. Thank you to all who have sent emails, made comments on our blog, and especially to all of you who are praying for us. Thank you to those who wrote our reference letters. I know they were time consuming but we appreciate the efforts so much.

The last year and a half has been the most difficult time in our lives. There were times when I didn't think we would ever make it through, individually or as a couple. It felt as if our world was spinning out of control. I have learned that we will never be the same. We have been changed and grief is a part of who we are. However, by God's grace, it does not define us. We have walked through the fire and found that God is faithful and He is able. We believe He still has a plan for us. One that will give us a hope and a future. He will not fail us or harm us. We are walking in victory over death and grief. He holds all of our children in His hands. They belong to Him. I believe with all my heart that He is making us more like Him every day and if that is the goal, I will endure whatever suffering and heartache it takes to mold me into His image. Death has made me eternally focused and my eye is on the prize. God is good and I am so grateful to learn these lessons from such a loving teacher. We believe He has called us to adopt and He will provide all we need to see it completed!! How comforting to know He is in control.


Anonymous said...

I am so----excitted to have learned of this (although late--sorry!). You as a family, & each of you as individuals will be in our prayers! Wiether the road be long & hard, or short & sweet--you KNOW & we know, OUR LORD IS ABLE!! I'm so-----------proud of you Dean & Stacy!!! It's amazing & wonderful to know such people as you two are--& better yet, to have you as family!!! Keep on keeping on--you're doing GREAT!! Take care & God bless you.
Love, Joy Holland

Anonymous said...

So proud of you two that you can keep your eyes on Him through it all.
Glad to hear things are going good in the adoption. Can't wait to meet her.
Love you guys.
Aunt Judy

Anonymous said...

God is so good. I am so excited for you and so excited for the precious girl who will be eternally blessed by having the privilege of being a part of the Olson family. You are filled with God's love and God's promises are displayed in your lives. I know that God blessed you with Emma because He knew that you were exactly the family that she needed and exactly the family that needed her sweet love. The same will be true with this new bundle of love. God has already chosen her to be blessed by your wonderful family and for her to bless you in wonderful ways as well. Thank you for sharing your heart on these pages - your words continue to be such an encouragement to me - just as you are such an encouragement to me. Your shining star in Allie, your butterfly in Emma - oh the wonder of what this sweet child will hold for you.

Susie Tedrick