Monday, July 11, 2011

Keep Living Our Lives

I've got India on my heart and on my mind.  I dream everyday about our child.  I'm so ready for another baby, but we still have a long wait ahead of us.  India adoption laws were redone this year, and we're unsure exactly how it will affect us.  Hopefully this Fall we will have a better idea what the timeline might look like.  After reading through the new adoption rules last week, I was a little bummed.  I sighed and gave Ryan a "now what?" look.  Ryan being very wise said, "We keep living our lives until the time comes."

You may ask what is the Brice Family up to this summer.  Schools here do not get out until the second week of June so that's when our summer began.  My son Brody and I went to Alabama to see my folks our first free weekend.  The next weekend we travel to Virginia Beach for our niece's 1st birthday party.  The last week of June was youth camp.  While B and I was traveling all through the south, Ryan worked hard on preparing for camp.  We had 155 teenagers go to camp at Mrytle Beach this year.  It was an awesome week. Brody also had a blast at the beach. 
The Skywheel
Before I even knew it, it was July.  Ryan's family visited us this past week.  It was so nice to have family here in North Carolina.  This week we are preparing to go to Honduras.  I've been washing clothes and trying to get suitcases ready.  Ryan is taking two trips of teenagers to Copan, Honduras. I'm going on the first trip with him.  While we are in Copan, we will work with the Chorti.  The Chortí Indians are the desendants of the Maya Indians. 
Please be in prayer for this unreached people group.  They are starving.  The rains came very late this year, and they are just now beginning to grow crops.  So there is currently no food.  Our church has been sending teams to them the past few weeks to give out beans and corn.  Our two student mission teams will be giving out food and telling Bible stories.  We've been planning this trip for a year, and everything we've planned has changed.  We are excited about this opportunity to show them love.  I blogged about the book of
Esther a few months ago, and I shared my heart about the "for such a time as this" moments. That seems to be the theme of this year.  We are once again faced with a huge task before us, and we are humbled that God is bringing us to the physically and spiritually hungry "for such a time as this." 

When we return from Honduras, Ryan will again two days later take another team to the Chorti.  Pray Ryan will have lots of energy to do the work that needs to be done.  Pray the July team will plant seeds in the hearts of the Chorti and the August team will come water those seeds.  Pray there will be a great harvest in many different ways.

Brody is pumped to get to spend some time with his Nanny and Pops while I'm in Honduras.  They are taking him to the circus.  I can hardly wait to hear what he thinks about the circus.  There will be several fun adventures with his grandparents!

August and September will be pretty busy too.  B and I might get to go to Texas.  Brody has his preschool graduation, and then he will start Kindergarten.  Oh MY!...Kindergarten!!!  August 25th is his BIG 1st day of school.  Then a few days later Ryan heads out on a trip to Nigeria, Africa to the Dibo people.  My two favorite guys will both be off having adventures.  I'm a little sad to have a quiet house during the day come fall, but there are a couple of volunteer activities I'm looking into. 

We've made plans all through the winter, but then our calendar is a little blank.  I had great hopes 2012 would bring a baby into our lives, and our traveling plans would be to India to meet our child.  I want my 2012 days to be filled with taking care of my two children, but I know in reality this may not happen.  So I will take the hubs advice of "we keep living our lives."  It's a must to keep planning and to keep doing.  And I'm sure there will be lots of fun along the way!