Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

First Snow Day with Daddy!

Hot Cocoa.
Sorry Mr. Cocoa, Kayla was your only fan.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Programs

Luke Jonathan Bibby
K5 Mrs. McQueen
Serious Bell-Ringer

Kayla Marie Bibby
K3 Mrs. Hinton's Class
Miss Cutie Pie

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Isaiah 55:12
"For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands"

We left court at 2:30 pm on December 23, 2009 with Kaitlyn in Eric's arms.
It was an eventful day with mole hills that seemed like mountains at the time.
The Lord held our hands and led us through and now we will be leaving for Indiana with another little girl. I guess God agreed with Eric when he said he wanted four.
We can a family of five and will leave as a family of six:

Merry Christmas from a BUNCH of Bibby's:
Eric, Jean, Luke, Kayla, Kaitlyn and Krista

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

We got out of the car and got Kaitlyn's present from Uncle Joe and Aunt Heather to take inside.
We started walking to the door.
I stopped.
Eric: "What are you doing?"
I had to inhale and exhale for just a second before we entered.
"Just a second."
A million thoughts were flying through my head all at once.
I didn't need a second I needed an ambulance!
I thought I was going to cry and throw up all at the same time.
This was NOTHING like labor.... In labor there is too much pain to think.
We walked through the door and took our shoes off.
I checked my shoe to see if my heart was in one of them.
We rounded the corner....

... And she ran...
... she ran into my arms ...
... then into Daddy's ...
... she ran...

Monday, December 21, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

We are heading to see Kaitlyn tomorrow for the first time.
Please pray for my excited heart!
Praise the Lord, we are scheduled to be in court on
December 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

It has been a hard couple of days.
As I post this we're on the road headed to Nana and Pappaw's house!

On Friday as I was packing for our trip we got a call that as of that day, we didn't have a case. Because Kaitlyn's birth mother had not signed the voluntary papers, we had no standing in court.
My heart sank to the bottom of my feet at that very moment. I sat there in tears as I listen to our other options, none of them good. Option 1 was to get CPS involved and have Kaitlyn removed and placed in foster care. There was only a 40% chance that she would be placed with us, though less likely than likely. Option 2 was to have Aunt Debbie petition for adoption and then have to do this all over again. Option 3 was to get Kaitlyn's birth mother to sign the papers.

We voted for Option 3, but went ahead and filed the petition for Option 2.

That afternoon I called Kaitlyn's birth mother and we had about a 20 minute conversation. She said she would sit down with us and had some stipulations: like not changing her name and visitation, etc.

The car ride down was less than easy-going for Eric and I.

Yesterday morning I got a call from Kaitlyn's birth mother telling me she had just signed the papers without her stipulations.


We haven't heard from our attorney, since it's the weekend, but are hoping to be able to keep our court date on the 23rd. Please pray that we will be able to take her home with us.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Yesterday was Kaitlyn's third birthday and what a gift the Lord gave!

Our court date for termination of rights and placement is
December 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm.

Whether she returns with us or not,
it is enough to hope
and to know that I will be able to see her and hold her.

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Colossians 1:9-14
And so, from the day we heard about you, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Happy Birthday,
Kaitlyn Jo Bibby!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Today, I am finally at peace. I have been wresting with the Lord these past days
and in doing so I found great joy and renewed strength.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
It all to easy to get wrapped up in myself and my emotions. I forget just how much my Father loves me. It was too easy to forget the initial blessing of another daughter; For Him to love me as much to graciously give me another little girl.

Matthew 6:28-30 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Everything that has happened up until this point has had a perfect place in the plan of my Father. Whether good or seemingly ugly. And just because she is not with me, doesn't mean she is unloved or unwanted where she is now.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The most comical thing I discovered- and literally laughed out load- was my inability to see that I ASKED HIM FOR THIS!
These were my requests:

-Eric and Jean for wisdom, as we learn to discipline, train and instruct all of our children in Righteousness.

For patience and unfailing faithfulness though the adoption process and further on into our parenting and marriage.

-Kaitlyn’s birth mother and her need

for a new heart and life transformation through Christ.

-The extended family involved, that this will be used to draw their hearts to the Lord.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
So today I am no long anxious for tomorrow, but trusting in His ways and looking forward to one more day when we WILL be able to bring Kaitlyn home- in His perfect timing It is true that my days are full with my other three little blessings who are also anxiously awaiting their sister.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,and the flame shall not consume you.

Kaitlyn's birth mother opted not to sign the voluntary termination of rights papers today.
I cried, snapped at Eric when he called, cried some more, walked into the kitchen stared out the window, cried some more, turned on the water to wash my hands and stood there staring at the running water.... trying to remember a verse to help my heart.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,and the flame shall not consume you.

I haven't decided how to feel just yet. Having faith is the easy part, exercising faith is the work that tests our heart. It's just another reminder that this is out of my hands; even though my hands did the cleaning for our Home Study;
I was NOT the one to orchestrate it.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,and the flame shall not consume you.

Eric asked me this evening, "Are you still willing to do whatever it takes?"
Kaitlyn is already a part of our family,
already loved,
already cherished,
already a part of me...


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

Matthew 14:29-31

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him,

"O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

I felt myself sinking into the sea just as Peter did.... It seems a fine line for me to discern when to exercise Faith and when to act on a mother's instinct. It was in my frustration that I felt the wind rise and fear take hold of my heart.

How was I going to tell OUR Kaitlyn that she could not come with us???
Then I remembered just as Peter did, that my Father is still there, waiting for me to cry out.
More importantly, this is not OUR Kaitlyn, but HIS Kaitlyn and HIS plan for perfect... mine is flawed.

I have re-focused my eyes back upon Him and am praying for Aunt Debbie as she travels to see Kaitlyn's birth mother tomorrow morning. I am praying that the visit will go well and she will sign the Termination of Rights papers as she has previously agreed to do.
Please join our family in prayer.

A wave hello....

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Kaitlyn's Way

“If the dove had come to the ark with an olive leaf in its beak at noon, then it would have been much easier for Noah. He would not have had to wait so long. But one learns more by waiting than by immediately receiving an answer. Waiting casts our cares on the Lord. God’s time is always the best time. The Lord never comes too early. And God’s wonders become greater when expectant sinners have been tried in their expectations."

"God sent the dove at dusk. That was probably when Noah was beginning to lose hope. It would, however, be a most blessed evening for Noah, for that olive leaf was given when, humanly speaking, it could no longer be expected. The olive leaf was a miracle beyond Noah’s greatest hope. Noah was on the verge of closing he window; when the dove came. For the Lord never comes too early; neither does He come too late. God did not let the night fall before He answered Noah’s plea."

Kaitlyn's Way

We signed off on our Home Study papers on Thursday night... God is so good!
I've been working on getting the girls' room ready for Kaitlyn. We leave in two weeks and I've been so busy with other things that I put off finishing the details until this week.

I've been moving furniture around for 3 days trying to find a good arrangement. We finally found a combination that worked. Moving the beds was the least fun thing on the list.
The above is Kaitlyn's bed. The "headboard" is my favorite thing in the room. I couldn't sleep a couple of nights ago and laid awake at 3:30 am trying to figure out Kaitlyn's headboard.
Then around 4:13 am the idea came... I decided to use the crib quilt that both Kayla and Krista used. Eric brought home an expensive curtain rod from Wal Mart and I hung it tonight.
Now everything's ready... the closet has been cleaned and reorganized, the room has been cleaned and details completed, and she now has her own fuzzy blanket.
A little less than two weeks...

2009 Simple Mantel

This year we have been so busy that I only took out one tub of decorations. Last night I got out own of our craft kits the kids got from Nana last year. We made little "Us Angels" as Kayla called them. The kids had fun helping me decide what would go on the mantel this year.
I am also trying a Homemade Christmas this year and making 90% of our presents this year. I have found that it does two things: makes me really think about what I want to make each person, and appreciate the convenience of being able to pick something out from a store :-).
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!


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