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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Colds - Not exactly!

It seems I have bronchitis and everyone else have minor colds! YUCK!! I am headed back to the Dr. tomorrow because after 4 full days of antibiotics I am still not headed in the right direction. I am not worse but I am not getting better either. :o(

Please pray we all get better soon!


Saturday, July 18, 2009

3 under 3

Fostering is definitely a challenge but when you have 3 under 3 you are not kidding it is challenging!! What blessings each is though!!

Logan has a heart of gold and is so eager to please! He is trying to get potty training down and is so excited! His favorite thing in the whole wide world is Thomas the train.

Landon has a cheerful heart and always has a smile on is face! Landon is trying to use some words, well we are trying to get him to use his words! He loves monkeys which is a good thing because he is a silly monkey!

Alyssa is a joy! We are trying to get a schedule and learn what this little chubpetta likes! Amazing how much she has grown in 11 days! her little feet did not touch the ground in her excersaucer when we got her but they sure do now! No wonder we didn't sleep through the night last night!

Just keep praying for these beautiful children!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OK 7 Equals Busy!!

We have been busy with life but wow how busy we are with our 3 new beautiful additions!

Please pray for our new darlings as their case worker works through the file and decisions are made for these precious priceless children. (Also, it seems Logan and I have colds...)




Sorry the picture quality is not that great we will get some good ones up soon!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4 plus 3 equals 7!!

Yes, we added 3 last night! Well two with another one on the way today! We now have Logan 2.5 years, Landon 16 months and Alyssa should be here today 5 months!

We will add pictures later today when we get all three together.

We are not sure where we ar eon this wonderful journey called love but God has yet to steer us wrong!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Meet Alexander and Alaya!! Yes, they are twins, yes they are between the ages of 18 months and 3 years and yes they are African American. This is quite an answer to prayer for our kids (and Steve and I admit, we certainly would LOVE to adopt these two!) I am not sure what God has in store for our family but if he answers our prayers we might be adding these two beautiful babes to the Colson clan!

The children were placed on the MI site yesterday, July 1, we put our inquiry in last night and had a response this morning! They already had our home study pulled. Whatever shall we do? Pray without ceasing, that is what we are going to do!

Thanks for standing with us!!

We have a web page now too... Most of our family is technologically challenged so Facebook does not work for them. You can see our kids, adoption/foster children and... just go to www.colsonjams.com I might warn you, we are under construction as a web page and family! May the Lord build us a great family!!!


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Picking Up Speed?

Please pray for Emon, Brionca and Alexia!

These kids have a long story but just like everyone else they deserve to be loved, prayed for and most importantly they deserve a forever home!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hope, Faith and Love

Meet Markita... Keep reading to learn more!

Sometimes in the midst of a storm the Lord quiets my soul with His Word. I am not saying a specific scripture comes to mind and I get a new revelation about it, I am saying He causes my memory to pull scriptures through rather than thinking about the "mess" I am in. Oh how I love my Daddy!!

We are asking for prayer for our kids. Our kids are great don't get me wrong, they just need prayer regarding adoption. They are both so anxious it is unnerving at times. When I was 12 and 14 I had only three people on my mind, ME, MYSELF and I!! Not Josh and certainly not Amanda. They are pretty specific with their order too!! The child must be of African American or biracial decent, the child must be under 9 and... They would prefer a boy and a girl, twins would be perfect somewhere between the age of 18 months and 3 years old. Our God is a big God and he can answer their prayers but this a tall order and are Steve and up for that much energy?

We would also like to pray for the kids God has for us. We pray that He is guarding their hearts, that they would transition as easy as possible and that they would be open to Him early on, that they will accept our love as whole and sincere from Him.

We have sent in inquiries for what seems like 100 kids! We are still waiting!

We recently inquired about Markita, she will turn 8 on 7/26/09, she is beautiful!! We have heard from her adoption specialist and have spoken at some length with her regarding Markita. We have been down this road before and are trying to not to get too excited!

We have faith that if God chose Markita for us before the foundations of the Earth He will show Himself strong in this, we have Hope that if Markita is not to be ours God did still choose the children for us and He is preparing our hearts and theirs and we of course have Love that will endure and hold each inquired about child close to our hearts in prayer for His will for them.

Blessings to you all!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Time Elasped!!

OK... So it has been awhile! Busy, busy, busy!!

Adoption/Foster Care
Obviously we did not get Joseph and Chelsea but we continue on in our search and quiry for the children God has chosen for us. We know it is just a matter of time.

We have put our home study in on several children/siblings groups in the last couple of months and are just in the waiting process. One of the children we decided to put our home study in on is Delvon, we blogged about him before. Delvon was in a sibling group with his younger sister Star. They were for some unfortunate reason separated. We had placed our homes study in for both but... Anyway, we decided as a family if they would allow Delvon to live away from his sister we would adopt him so we put our home study back in for him last week.

We did get a call from DCS (Department of Children Services) last night for a 10 month old little girl but a relative just showed up at DCS at 5pm so the child went with the Uncle. Please pray for her in her transition and that if the uncle or family member cannot really take care of her that they surrender her sooner rather than later so she can move on in her life. We pray the family not be selfish to their wants but to think of the child first. We have so many loving and caring families in Williamson County that being in the State system here is not as bad as other places.

Personal Family Update
Josh has just finished his baseball season and is running track. The boy can run. He has been training now for only 5 weeks and has either metaled at the meets or comes very close. He is running with kids who have been training for years (like 4 years). We are proud of his efforts and determination to train at home on off track practice days. We hope he makes it to finals next week because that will move him forward to the regional level, he deserves this break. He could use a boost of self confidence that comes naturally and not from his parents!

Amanda is doing well although she is petrified we will not be able to adopt until she off in college and we worry she is a bit obsessed!! She has the right heart and prays continually for the children, she will copy pictures off websites, place them in her prayer journal word document and write a huge prayer for the child. This is a personal prayer, it is deep, well thought out and sometimes emotional for me and Steve to read. We are pretty sure we did not have that much passion about anything at her age! She is doing well in skating and we will be off to Atlanta this Friday!! Oh, she has a small injury due to growing too fast and with that she learned her prayer for not growing anymore has been answered. "See mom God answers prayers, I am going to stay petite!" Yippie for her! We were hoping she wouldn't need a step stool to reach the 2nd shelf in the kitchen the rest of her life like me, I guess we didn't pray hard enough about that subject!

Steve and I celebrated 15 years of wedded bliss a couple months ago. We were able to go to FL and bask in the sun which we dearly love!! We had a wonderful time and are so blessed to have wonderful friends who took amazing care of our children while we cherished our time together on the beach.

Please continue to pray for the children.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Long time no post....

Yes, it has been a while since we posted, this doesn't mean we are not in the game! We have taken a small step back to reflect and pray. We are just not sure where God has us in all of this.

We did decide to continue fostering, we will see where this might lead us.

The flood damage is almost all under control now, we are just waiting for the last payment from the insurance and then we will finish up the carpet.

We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on the beach in FL. We owe tons to our friends who kept our children comfortable and happy while we were gone! They made our trip relaxing, just knowing our kids were with folks they love and who love them back!

I am currently in MI wrapping up my Grandpa's estate. Well actually wrapping up my Mothers business. These last few things are actually hers but she has not come to get them for almost 8 years and grandma is now paying storage for them... not fair, not fair at all. So here I am digging through the past trying find room for it in the present so my children can enjoy it in their future.

Please continue to pray for our family. Our children are anxious to adopt children, girls, boys, all girls, all boys, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... No, the parents on not on the same page of the number of children we will take but it is nice that our kids have no limits!! We are a little concerned for our children as the months have gone by without adoption they are becoming more anxious, "we are only getting older and we want time with the little ones while we still live at home." I do get their point!

Thank you for standing beside us and praying with us on this ever wondrous journey!

Have an awesome blessed day!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No News Is Good News

Well, someone always said no news is good news.

We are hoping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Florida and Hope

Florida - AWESOME!!
Cocoa Beach - was nice, beautiful and well needed - twice I might add. One thing the Colson's do at the beach is bury at least one family member, that would typically be Josh.

Kennedy Space Center - A must for anyone, all ages, it is superfantabulous!!! Not only was the center awesome we were able to see an actual launch - history - INCREDIBLE!! We all four loved the space center and would go again with or without an actual launch.

Disney World - Like it but it is the same as Disney Land - everyone said they are so different and "World" is sooo much better - NOT, they are the exact same park. Now the parks around them are different but nothing to be that excited about. Disney Land has parks around it too.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Loved it!! Safari, cute and fun!! Mount Everest is a MUST! Simply one of the best roller coasters I have ever ridden (and I don't really like them). Wish we had the patience to stand in line for another 90 minutes! It was to die for!! As we were leaving the park I was looking for this one special gift in and out of every gift shop (Steve was about to die but he new the gift was important so he stuck with me). The last shop and I found my little gift, not what I was hoping for but I liked it and it was well received so... The most amazing part was as I walked out of the shop there were Jasmine and Dylan, our first foster kids!! What? Trully a delight to see them!! Please pray for them and the family that they live with.

Daytona Beach - AAAAAHHHHHH! Now that was almost as close to heaven on Earth as I have ever been. Nice white sandy beach, clean, beautiful day and aaaahhhhh!

We have stood on hope for most our lives. There are many reasons why some good and well some not so good. We can say God has turned all the not so good into His glory just as His word promises. We are going to stand on that word now too.

We drove down with hopes of being chosen for Joseph and Chelsea and being able to at least meet them. This did not happen. We did learn while we were there that another family had been chosen but the match failed. We are sad because it is another loss for Joseph and Chelsea but we continue to have hope that we will be chosen this time. Hope that God is causing the case workers to favor us, our homestudy is always on top, our names do not slip their minds and....

We will always pray for Joseph and Chelsea, God gave them to us for at least that and we will honor Him by praying for them daily, hoping God's best for them and their forever family whomever they might be.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Well, we are not sure where to start!

God has this wonderful amazing plan for each and everyone of us. We are especially excited about our plan (as everyone should be!)! We know it is good, it is His will and it is for His good pleasure.

Waiting though we can say is slightly more than painful for us. We are a busy family, always on the go. Not too busy to smell the roses but we are involved so we are on the go! Being on the go means we do some things very fast and welike things done fast. If you go to a fast food restaurant you expect it to be fast... Why can't adoption be fast?

We are trying to be patient...

We have the scriptures He has specifically given us over the course of this journey and we hold on to them dearly.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Faith Enough

We have faith enough to believe God not only chose us before the foundations of the Earth but He chose the kids we would adopt as well. He chose us, named us and predestined us.

Ephesians 1:4
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love.

Isaiah 25:1
1 O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.

It has been 5 weeks and 3 days - still no word on Chelsea and Joseph. We can't help but believe God is working in our favor on this.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Patience, Humbleness, Fear, Pure Hearts... Success?

Well, I was just reading and jotting some notes... Proverbs is just so powerful.

Proverbs 16
1 We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.
(note to self, it doesn't say when He will answer, it will just be the right answer)

2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.
(do not judge)

3 Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.
(take it to God)

4 The LORD has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.
(may we fear the Lord enough to never be considered wicked)

5 The LORD detests the proud; they will surely be punished.
(hopefully we are a humble people)

6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin. By fearing the LORD, people avoid evil. (may we always give freely the love God has so freely given us)

7 When people's lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them.
(we do pray our lives are pleasing to the Lord and if it gives our "enemies" peace, we are so thankful)

8 Better to have little, with godliness, than to be rich and dishonest.
(we pray for to be rich in godliness)

9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
(it is a good thing too otherwise we would truly be lost)

10 The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly.
(we pray for God's mercy when our judgment day comes)

11 The LORD demands accurate scales and balances; he sets the standards for fairness. (may we always use His scales for measuring not only others but ourselves)

12 A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice.
(just thinking God detests wrongdoing too...)

13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.
(honesty is the best policy)

14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it.
(respond with kindness always)

15 When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
(being approved by the King of kings is a fresh bouquet of spring flowers)

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!
(the value of wisdom cannot be measured neither can fair judgment)

17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.
(allow God to guide your path)

18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
(Lord how I hate skinned knees)

19 Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
(humbleness is warm and inviting)

20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.
(Wisdom and joy - immeasurable)

21 The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.
(wisdom needs no persuasion)

22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.
(listen to your gut that is discretion)

23 From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
(truth is leading)

24 Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
(it takes a minimum of 7 positives to negate one negative)

25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
(death of self is eternal life)

26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. (no work, no food)

27 Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.
(scoundrels is my new word for hoodlums)

28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
(the tongue cuts wounds only the Father can heal)

29 Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path.
(deceitful scoundrels)

30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
(or by surviving your child's 12th year of life)

32 Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
(respond in kindness)

33 We may throw the dice,* but the LORD determines how they fall.
(and He sometimes cushions the blow - thank you!)

God knows us so much better than we know ourselves. He knows how to teach you and I how we learn best - does He use His word, others, circumstances or... He uses all those with each of us but He knows which one to use the most, the one that is most effective for each individual person on Earth.

I am very visual, even our kids have learned at young ages we have to show mom. God sometimes has to show me and well sometimes it is abrupt but sometimes it is as gentle as the scripture above.

We have carefully taken our adoption commitment to God, we have pure motives, we fear Him more than anyone or anything (even spiders and snakes), we are not a proud people, we have gray hair (well we are sure if Steve had hair it would be gray too, ha, ha - sorry honey) but we are most grateful the Lord will determine where we fall and He will surely cushion if necessary.

This is not to say that we have not gone boldly to thrown of God and reminded Him of all this and that His word says He will cause our plans to succeed.

Joseph and Chelsea we are being obedient to the Lord, we are waiting patiently with great anticipation that God has chosen this family, us, for you to call your own forever and ever. We are romantics and we do believe in love at first sight, we have loved you from the moment we first laid eyes on your pictures. You have been thought of and prayed for periodically through out each day. We love you and we are committed to you forever.

All our love,
Steve, Melanie, Amanda and Joshua

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Be Still and listen...

We put our home study in for Chelsea and Joseph 4 weeks and 2 days ago. Oh, does it seems as though we are keeping track? Maybe. :) Nothing yet. God told us to wait. We feel we have waited because we have waited 4 weeks and 2 days. The caseworker said 4 to 8 weeks. Has she looked at the calendar? It has has been 4 weeks and 2 days.

Obviously, we are not good at this; being still, listening, waiting all of these equals patience which I am not sure anyone in this house even has a clue what patience is. Most likely that is EXACTLY why God is having us wait. We try "Good things come to those who wait" and all those other nice antedotes but did we mention it has been 4 weeks and 2 days?

Beth Moore is an amazing Bible study teacher. Mot Bible study teachers are whether you agree 100% with them or not, most are great at teaching Biblical truths. More than teaching, God uses Beth to gently and humorously remind me of my many faults, yes I admit to many. This Thursday, like every Thursday morning this past semester I have obediently gone to Bible study and every Thursday God has continually used Beth to gently step on my toes, not this time.

I am guessing God knew when Beth made the video we watched today that we would be waiting 4 weeks and 2 days. I would also say that He was not quite as gentle when He had beth stomping on my toes today morning. I will say I was one of the only ladies nearly crying from laughing so hard at myself! Thank you Lord Beth loves Starbucks as much as I do and is as impatient as I am or I would really look like a fool!

So, we will wait for as long as God requires. We will remain steadfast and true to our hearts belief that God has already chosen us to be Chelsea and Josephs forever home. I am sure we will continue to count, even the guys are counting. We are all obsessed as if we were all first time parents. We pray if it is not meant to be God will let us down easy but oh how we pray this is meant to be.

Abdingin Him,
The Colson's

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

His Plans

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. ~ Ephesians 2:10, NLT

God is so amazing how He shows us He is right here with us. He has the plan, He placed the plan in our hearts, we are seeking Him and we are excited to see what He planned so long ago for us come to fruition!

We of course have high hopes for Chelsea and Joseph. We did ask our case worker to contact Chelsea and Joseph's case worker, we have peace about it more so than if we contact her ourselves. Now we will anxiously wait on the Lord.

Another amazing find in all of this is our son, Joshua. Josh is typically the most impatient of the 4 of us and he has an undeniable peace about this situation. He notices when I begin to question, "should I call the case worker?", Josh will simply say "Mom, God told us to wait, we need to wait." I can see the excitement and hope in his face as he so calmly reassures what God has clearly directed us to do -WAIT. Josh is amazing!

We loved our children when they were young and dreaded each new stage because we so loved the stage they were in and we wanted to stay there with them forever. One was so rewarding, learning to walk, first words, giggles and snuggles, two was... When children mature and you can see their whole heart seeking God, His wisdom gently touching you through them and His passion flowing within them there is no greater reward on Earth.

We hope when we grow up we can be the most like Christ but at least more like Amanda and Joshua. Thank you Lord for trusting us with your priceless creations and for giving us all we needed to serve them well.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

From the Heart of a Child

I specifically asked permission to post the following and I hope if it strikes your heart you will know it came from God to you. Maybe you know someone waiting for a child who would enjoy this, please feel free to share it. You may find yourself needing Kleenex.

Forever love

Longing for children to love,
I pray to the one up above.
In my heart I always knew,
a part of me was meant for you.

I think of how happy we will be,
You and me and my family,
and together forever we will always be.

I dream of all the joy you'll bring,
imagining the little things.
The way I’d feel to hold you tight,
and watch you sleep every night.

Getting you ready for the day,
watching you dance and play.

The drawings on the refrigerator door,
toys spread across the floor.
The favorite stories read again,
hours of games with many friends.

I pray for the day you take my outstretched hand,
And when our lives will really begin.
Still I wait for your sweet face,
And the warming of our first embrace.

I promise to give you a happy home,
a loving family to call your own.
A family you will make complete,
with laughter, smiles and smelly feet.

Parents who will guide the way,
And be there for you everyday.
By Amanda Colson

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Prayer is powerful!

So, as we try to be still, we are all praying night and day for Joseph, Chelsea and God's will. Lord how we hunger to hold them. There is an overwhelming excitement that came over me as I was updating the snazzy new bling on the blog. "If not not now, when?" Over and over this question is ringing in my head... Finally, I got it! If we do not advocate for our children who will and if we do not do it now then when?

This is our prayer, that God will give us peace through our prayer time tonight and in the morning. As long as there is peace tomorrow we will call their case worker and ask our case worker to contact Joseph and Chelsea's case workers as well.

Thank you for walking and praying with us on our journey.
The Colson's

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sudden Panic

Not to burst a bubble or to seem negative but my mind goes to these places every now and then. Call them lies from the pit of H___ or whatever you want. We all go there from time to time. I know I go there far more than I should!

To the point. We have been praying for Joseph and Chelsea, we get that excited butterfly feeling when we think of them and we can imagine spending time with them on our Florida vacation, even Steve and Josh are thinking of them all the time. BUT... is this another dream not to come true? Another deep desire squelched for whatever reason - His will I know but why? How do my thoughts go there so quickly you ask? We turned in our home study and the next day they were not on the photolisting website, today they are there.

I know God has shown us to be still and wait, is this when we should contact the case worker again or are we to wait for her to contact us or for us to wait for other children? Our hearts are open to the children God chose for us don't get me wrong. Our hearts have just already fallen for these two precious children.

We ask for your prayers that God will bring peace to us on what to do next or if we are to continue to be still and know that He is God.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Be Still...

Sometimes I think God tests his sense of humor out on us.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NLT

I read this and said "ok, you have got to be kidding me!" after are you ready? Sit down you are about to read a really funny story the sadness in it is that this is a true story.

On Most weekdays my alarm sounds off at 4:45am so I like to sleep in when I can and considering Saturday we cleaned the garage out, reorganized, found new homes for a few things and we now have a list of items that will be listed on Craig's list. All so I can park in the garage. I think after all it is a two stall garage one of us should be able to park in it! Feeling like we had accomplished something, I slept like a baby Saturday night, first night in a while but well deserved.

Sometime around 8am when I got out of bed to let the dogs out, the curtains are drawn so it is still rather dark in the house, I was not fully awake, I wondered why I felt water splashing one me. I thought hmmm... I better call for Steve! So I did. I took about 3 more steps and was now standing in water that easily graced the top of my feet. I at this point YELLED for Steve as I looked up in horror realizing my living room, dinning room and kitchen were now an indoor rain forest.

Yes, water was coming from the ceiling, the light fixtures, there was water in the cabinets, the drawers, there was water everywhere! We borrowed a friends shop vac and dehumidifier and although we were sucking water out it still began coming out of new places in the ceiling and other fixtures. I stood several times starring from the ceiling to the floor thinking, "surely this is a nightmare and any moment my alarm will go off, I will get up, let the dogs out, make a latte, get in the shower... leave for church." NOPE - girl friend this is your reality!

Never having claimed on our homeowners insurance we stood starring at the ceiling together and then the floor, back and forth wondering "Lord does our homeowners insurance pay for any of this?" Thankfully, it does!

Today, it is all still here, there is less water in places it doesn't belong but it is still wet!

It seems satan would like to ruin us financially before our adoption but... God used a friend of ours to speak directly to our hearts today... from their 5:12am blog, "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still." How awesome is God, more than I can ever put into words!

So, we are faithfully going to be still in the midst of all this water knowing He is God, He is in control, He is preparing something great for us, and we are to be still and wait upon Him.

the Colson's

Thursday, February 5, 2009

English Lesson

I am amazed at the scripture that we are reading each day!

Psalm 5:3
Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

We are seeing a trend in what God is telling us...

We looked up wait, preparing and expectantly because they are the theme of the recent scriptures we are reading either from a daily subscription, Bible study or homework.

Prepare v 1. is to make something or somebody ready for something 2. To plan something in advance

Wait v 1. To stay in one place or do nothing for a period of time until something happens or in the expectation or hope that something will happen

Expectantly adj 1. Excitedly aware that something is about to happen.

Prepare; Get Ready, Organize, Plan, Set Up, Put in Order
Wait; Stay, Hang Around, Linger, Stop, Pass Time
Expectantly; Hopeful, In Suspense, Excitedly, In Anticipation, Anxiously

We are now more excited than ever. We are waiting on the Lord, what He is preparing for us and we are anxious!

We hope you are in a place you can hear God speaking to you, where you are excited for life and all He has to offer you.

Anxiously hanging out while God puts things in order!
the Colson's

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Update on Misty

Misty, she is so beautiful! We look at her picture and think oh, just to be able to give her one big bear hug! You can scroll down and see her beautiful picture below, you will see what we mean. We learned today that she has some family ties in CA so they are only seeking families in her area of CA for adoption. Misty, we are praying your forever family finds you soon!

1 Corinthians 2:9 has come up randomly several times over the past few days for each of us. We are in such anticipation of what the Lord has for us we can hardly be still. We do not know if it will pertain to adoption but what we do know is our God is an awesome God and His Word does not return void.

Amanda said she has the Santa Claus feeling, you know the excited butterflyish feeling you get in your stomach on Christmas Eve when you are anticipating what is under the tree and in your stocking. I know the feeling she is talking about, all four of us have it.

Here in this great place of anticipation we will be still and we will wait on Him.

Thank you for waiting and praying with us on our journey.

In Him,
the Colson's

Monday, February 2, 2009


We know it is strange, this feeling of excitement we have but it cannot be ignored either. As I read this morning I believe God in His infamous wisdom gave us a clear and concise answer.

1 Corinthians 2:9
9 However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has hear,
no mind has conceived
What God has prepared for
for those who love Him."

Isaiah 64:4
Since ancient times
no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

God is telling us to wait on Him, He has chosen the best kids in the whole wide world for us. We are to be excited in anticipation of what He has prepared for us as we wait on the One we love for the ones we already so deeply love.

We serve an amazing God! We are SO excited!

We hope you are excited for whatever God is preparing for you!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Having Fun!

Time flies when you are having fun! We decided that with so many children and the amount of time it will take to actually adopt that we would chose to have fun rather than allowing the disappointments to change our hearts. We took our PATH class and graduated 18 months ago and have fostered 5 children! Through the course of fostering, we realized that TN might not be the right place to adopt from so we took our online searching more seriously just after the New Year began.

Adopting is similar regardless the route you take except some of the terminology is a little different but we believe the outcome will be very similar; a happy family and happy children!

There are a couple of cases we have turned in home studies for and would appreciate your prayer on.

The first group is from SC Kiara and Keanu. We do not have much info on these little ones. We saw them online in the fall and they went off line and back on... They were actually the first kids we submitted an interest form for and this started the chain reaction! Kiara and Keanu look a lot like us or at least they look like our kids did at their ages; blonde hair and big brown eyes! We should hear from their case worker in 6-8 weeks.

The next set are two children in Florida their names are Chelsea and Joseph. We came across them by accident. We had come to the conclusion that a sibling group is what we are drawn to so that must be the path God has for us. Amanda is so drawn to all the children and decided to finish her search of girls in FL and last but not least Chelsea. Chelsea just melted our hearts so we decided to inquire. Her caseworker contacted us and stated that if we were interested in Chelsea and her 5 year old brother we could submit our home study. We did just that and later that afternoon she called us to give us more information. We will hear one way or the other in 4-8 weeks. We will see where God leads us on this trail.

We have also been praying for Misty. She is a 5 year old with a heart condition in LA. For some reason she struck a cord in our hearts and we have been praying for her since early November. She was taken off the site earlier this month which means there is a family selected or the process is almost complete for the child(ren) to be matched with a family, we were so excited for her! Misty is now back on the site and we have chosen to inquire about her as well.

We do not always know why we do the things we do, but we would like to believe we are responding to the Holy Spirit and all He has for us.


the Colson's

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Oh Our hearts Our Broken!

Our hearts are broken, not because we didn't get children we wanted. We know God has his perfect timing. Our hearts are broken for all God's children, but these temporary orphans are so deserving of love and respect. We cannot help but weep for their loss and for their circumstances.

We submitted a home study for Delvon and Starr but have learned they were separated. Starr has been adopted but the family did not want Delvon. Delvon is 9 and most families will not want him so they chose to separate these two beautiful children in order to insure one a forever home. I just can't imagine the weight that must be crushing Delvon's heart right now. Delvon, God's heart is crushing too buddy, we know it is. We are praying for your forever family to find you soon!

While we are searching websites and responding to emails we have learned there are many sibling groups that have been separated not only from mom and dad but their siblings and they are hoping to be adopted together so they will still have each other. Oh how this causes our hearts to break and we are more anxious than ever to find our kids, He chose them for us before the foundations of the Earth, He named them, made plans for them and adopted them so when His perfect time came we could adopt them also. The most exciting part in all of this is it is for His good pleasure. We just love that! We get the blessings of His children, the children get parents and it is all for His pleasure, we just love it!

Please pray with us for the children who are in foster care. We can't help but believe with all our hearts that God chose a home for each child and if we are diligent in prayer those families on the fence will jump off and open their homes to the blessings that are eagerly waiting for them. There are families who have not even thought about adoption or maybe they did and brushed it off we pray God bring those thoughts back to not only their minds but their hearts too.

Thank you for supporting the temporary orphans! We have received a few books already and I finally finished getting them organized and online!

Blessings to you all!
The Colson's

Ways to Help Us Help An Orphan

Tons of ways to help foster children.

1. If you are in Franklin, TN you can easily donate books we sell on Amazon.com, all proceeds are directly deposited into an account we strictly use for foster children either in our home or in our area. You can clean off those book shelves, get rid of that stack of books in the garage and know the proceeds are benefiting children in your area.

2. There is a link below for shopathome.com, stop by their site, register, be sure to let them know that colsonsaves@comcast.net sent you and make one purchase through their site at one of the 2,000 participating websites and they will credit our account $5. You can buy something you want and the kids get $5, how awesome is that?

3. Cash donations are excepted but are not preferred. We are NOT non-profit so we do prefer you use one of the above ways to help.

In Him,