Saturday, September 4, 2010
"I don't know if this is a season of sweetness or a season of sadness. But I'm learning that neither last forever. There will be, I'm sure, something that invades this current loveliness. That's how life is. It won't be sweet forever. But it won't be bitter forever either. If everywhere you look these days; it's wintery, desolate, lonely, practice believing in Springtime. It always, always comes, even though as days like today it's nearly impossible to imagine; frozen ground, trees bare and spikey. New life will spring from this same ground. This season will end and something entirely new will follow it.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
we got word today.
our daughter's birth certificate has been issued.
they are working on securing her passport.
our tentative Embassy date is July 6th.
*I know this sounds to most like alot of "adoption lingo"
this is what it means;
once a birth certificate & passport are issued, we receive our invitation to travel.
there are only two travel dates/Embassy appointments available in July.
July 6th is the first.
(and we weren't expecting to get it)
We have spoken to a suggested Travel agent & have put on hold our tickets for departure.
As of right now, we will take off for Ethiopia on Wednesday, June 30th!
Oh My Goodness!!!!
It's hard to believe this is happening....
we are excited!
we are nervous!
we are elated!
we are so many things.
we are so very close to holding our daughter in our arms!
***So much to do, so little time!
we'll let you know when we know more, and plans are more definite!
Please keep us in your prayers.
Trusting in the Lord...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
even though our court date isn't until tomorrow,
I found myself awake & sleepless last night :(
took the "toss-n-turn" moments to pray;
for families who were awaiting their court news today,
for the children we long to hold in our arms,
for peace in the outcome,
for total trust in God's plans/timing.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
edited: Of the 4 known families with court dates today June 7, 2010 - All 4 passed!
Praise the Lord!
Friday, June 4, 2010
"T" is officially ours according to the Ethiopian government,
(in our hearts, she's been ours since the moment we laid eyes on her)
and prayerfully we will be invited to travel & bring
her home to her forever family, 4-8 weeks later.
If we do not pass;
we will do whatever we can as far as it depends on us,
what's needed to be successful at the next scheduled court date.
Please pray with us, as we anxiously approach June 8, 2010!
Praying for continued peace & trust in His perfect plans :)
* We'll keep you posted... unsure how quickly we'll hear...?
Thank you in advance for your support & prayers... We are grateful!
"The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still." Exodus 14:14
Monday, May 31, 2010
She was born a little pudgey
with a tuft of blonde hair
big beautiful blue eyes
Sweet E. is a now a beautiful young lady,
who is loved by everyone she meets!
(E. 12 years old)
Your friends are?
What makes you laugh?
Dad & Funny Sayings
What annoys you?
"When someone does something over & over, like clicking"
Something you want to get better at?
Happy Birthday Sweet E!!!!
We have been blessed since the moment you came into our lives, and continue to be!
May you always know how very loved you are!!!
You are beautiful from the inside out... a kind, smart, compassionate young woman
God created you to be
Love you Sunshine,
Momma & Dad
PS. Stay tuned for "other" long over due updates!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
It will be approximately 3 months until she's home in our arms forever.
In the meantime we do all we can as far as it's depends on us.
We are uncertain if we will be traveling to Ethiopia one or two times,
But trusting in God's plan & provision for each next step.
Did I mention, we are in LOVE???
Please keep us in your prayers... and we will keep you posted!
"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a fuure." Jeremiah 29:11
Thursday, April 8, 2010
this is what we know.
3 more referrals.
3 more sweet babes matched with their "forever families"
3 more times my heart lept for joy.
The anticipation of adoption is hard to explain.
The wait to see the face of the little one created to grow up in your family is so many things;
Having had the blessed privilege of welcoming children into my arms through pregnancy I now know both similarities and differences in the adoption journey...
Like pregnancy; you long to see and hold the child you know will become part of your heart & life forever.
Unlike pregnancy; you have absolulety NO idea when to expect the little blessing--not the month, not the season, not even the year. ???
The journey is much like a rollercoaster... one moment filled with confidence and the next consumed with fear & doubt you are not cut-out for the ride.
In "real life" I like rollercoasters... the wind in your face, the excitment and thrill of the next turn and hill--all safely beneath the hold of selt belts & other gadgets.
Verdict's still out on how I'm fairing this ROLLERCOASTER ride...
Resting in His perfect timing and plans for me and my family.
Seeking comfort in His truths.
Wanting to be filled with His strength and wisdom.
We are now #7 on the Forum Waiting List... Seem like we should be #5???
It's the winding part of the ride...
I can only imagine the work of those doing all they can to match these precious children to waiting families.
I can say that we trust their prayerful & difficult decisions....
Thank you for all you do for the glory of God!
And the journey continues :)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
And it makes me happy.
Though, today has some brisker winds... the sun is shining BRIGHT!
And I love it.
Monday, March 29, 2010
God uses the long dark night to accomplish some important spiritual changes.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We have recently learned there are some impending changes happening in [our] Ethiopian adoption process.
Though it hasn't been made official yet, we are expecting the following changes to affect our adoption process from how we thought it would be;
they are stating that beginning April 9th families will be required to attend their childs court date. This is Ethiopia's effort to ensure a family has met and seen the child before the Embassy date, therefore resolving some of the problem of families deciding at the last minute they do not want the child referred to them. (Hopefully we will get some official instructions from Ethiopia soon)
We have not received our referral (a picture & short description of child(ren) matched to our family. I think it's important to mention again; Bethany does not find children for families, but rather families for children)
So this change most definetly is expected to affect us & our family!
At the beginning of our adoption journey we expected to have a "court date" take place without us and we would travel only once (approx. 6-8 weeks after Court) to bring our child(ren) home-staying in Ethiopia for about 1 week.
**We will now travel at least twice... once for Court and again to bring our child(ren) home.
We're trying to see this in a positive light... getting to see & hold the child(ren) intended to grow up in our family sooner is wonderful...
leaving them once having them in our arms seems beyond words difficult...
it's also hard to phathom how we'll come by the added travel expenses...
But God is in control... He knows ALL things.
For now we will do our best to take one day at a time.
(As you can probably tell, I'm not all that good at this.)
Trusting in God's perfect timing & His plans for us.
PS.As for where we stand in the process...
We've been DTE (dossier to Ethiopia) since the beginning of October. If you read here , you'll know there were many referrals that went out in January... more than a half dozen more went out in February... And we are currently waiting at NUMBER 9 on the forum "waiting list"... So once again, "time will tell" : )
Today we choose to obey & serve & worhip Him while "waiting".
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I guess, LIFE in general has just been busy.
Nothing out of the ordinary, really.
**I'm feeling "zapped"... tired. a little grouchy. short. sad. discontent.
Trying desperately to cling to His truths.
Finding my way back to CONTENTMENT.
Wading through my many thoughts-not wanting to get lost in the ways of the world but rather rest in God's unfailing love for me.
It's "nothing" really.
Probably just a case of "Spring Fever"
And this too shall pass.
Thanking my Father in heaven for loving me... despite "me" :)
"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31
Saturday, February 13, 2010
QUESTION: Do you think it's a mandate for all Christians to adopt?
[I just got asked this question again on Facebook today. Here's my response:]
OOOOH, a question I get asked quite a bit. :) And one that people try to stump me on.
Here's what I say:
Preface: I can't say what every person should or should not do, nor will I judge a person who doesn't supposedly "get it." That's wrong...
1) Scripture says that if we see someone in need and we have something that would fill their need yet DO NOT fill it, we do not have the love of God in us. [We have a family; orphans don't; we therefore should share with the orphan what we have that they do not.]
2) Scripture says that we must do to others what we would want done to us (or our own biological kids, for that matter). If we were orphaned, we would want to be adopted. Period. Not just visited or taken care of in a group home. Adopted into a family. And we would want the same for our biological kids.
3) Jesus didn't just come to visit us or care for us in our orphaned state; He came to lay down His life to adopt us. James 1:27 uses the phrase "visit orphans." The word "visit" there is the same word used for when Jesus came to "visit" us. He didn't leave us as orphans; He adopted us. He didn't see us in our orphaned state of despair and say, "Oh, poor things...I wish someone would do something about that." No, He adopted us. Changed our futures; our destinies; our families. We are to follow Him and do as He did.
4) How can we not? How can we look at the children in the world without families and say, 'No, not worth it.'? Our lives are not our own. We are called to pick up our crosses and follow Him. Not our own plans or desires or conveniences. Ain't nothin' about this whole "following Jesus" thing that is supposed to be convenient. Ask Jesus if the Cross was "convenient" or glamorous.
So, should every Christian adopt? Well, I like to turn that question on its head...What is a good reason a Christian SHOULDN'T adopt? Most reasons are self-focused if we are really honest with ourselves.
[Obviously, many people are not "fit" to adopt right now, but that is usually due to our own messes we've made with relationships, finances, life choices, etc, and not something put in our way stopping us from adopting.]