I have so many random things I would like to share, but none of them are long enough to warrant their own post. So grab a hot drink, sit back and prepare for 3 completely unrelated things that are all going through my brain right now.
- We turn in our home study paperwork tomorrow. I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. We have been anticipating this moment for YEARS, and it’s here. I’m not going to lie, there have been moments of self-doubt, but I am always reminded of how clearly the Lord has laid this on our hearts and provided for us up to this point. Of course He will continue to provide if this is, indeed, His will for our lives. Once we are homestudy approved, we have a $3000 fee we have to pay to be placed into the matchbook, and then there will be about $20,000 worth of fees after that. We are really hoping to have an open adoption and to develop a relationship with the birth parents.
- I found this article on Fluoride and I think it sums up my feelings on it very well. We started avoiding fluoride six or seven years ago, but when I found out that fluoride actually blocks the receptors for the thyroid hormone in cells I became really concerned. As a person with a thyroid disease that is highly hereditary, I will do anything to give my kids a better chance of NOT developing thyroid issues. (Read this post with another great tip for preventing thyroid issues.) In days gone by, they actually used fluoride to suppress thyroid activity in people with hyperthyroidism, so it is no secret that fluoride negatively affects thyroid functioning. However, science does support the use of fluoride on teeth and dentists will assure you that it has been studied and proven safe. This article really does a good job of explaining that dichotomy – it really comes down to looking at how it affects the whole body, not just one part of the body.
- I am really, intensely enjoying this book in my small group study at church. It’s called Forgotten God by Francis Chan and it is about the Holy Spirit. It really encourages you to evaluate what the Bible tells us about the Holy Spirit and what we believe about the Holy Spirit and to see if the two things match up. I have definitely been challenged and encouraged by the book.