My sister is here visiting for a week.  She came up from Portland for a “Spiritual Hunger” Conference that we are going to the next couple days in Spokane.  (Sounds like a good conference, doesn’t it??  Heidi Baker and Bill Johnson are going to be speaking for those of you that are familiar with them… I am so looking forward to hearing them!)

Last night, Peter, Sarah and I went up to dinner in Canada at one of our favorite little European restaurants.  It was such a great evening…  we missed having Jason there, but he is busy getting the store ready to open in Portland and couldn’t get away.  We caught up on everything they’ve been doing since they moved and reminisced about all the crazy stuff we used to do together (since Peter lived across the road while we were growing up, he was in on many of our crazy adventures! 🙂  We laughed alot.  I love my sister so much.

And then, halfway through dinner, she unexpectedly pulled out an envelope and said that she and J have been praying and had something for us for the adoption… and HOLY SMOKES!  It was a HUGE check.  I was just flabbergasted and of course, started crying into my chardonnay… What an incredibly generous gift.  I felt so deeply encouraged — the sacrifice it represents means as much as the gift itself.  They are recently re-located newlyweds and are in no position to be handing out checks like this one.  We feel blessed and humbled…  God certainly does answer prayer — sometimes in completely unexpected ways!!

*Thank you guys, for blessing us so tremendously.  May the blessing come back to you pressed down, shaken together and running over!!!!!