New Number!

We finally got our new number today!! It felt weeks over due, but we are thankful for movement. The even better news about a new number is that it usually means the committee is meeting soon (possibly even this Friday). We also heard a rumor that the committee was going to try and meet twice this month to make up for a missed meeting (and because they take some time off for the summer). Please pray that the committee does indeed meet and that the paperwork ready children can be matched with families. I am reminded that we are not the only ones waiting in this process.

PS – Thanks for the encouragement these past days! We are so grateful for your love and support!

One Year

Today marks one year for us on the Honduras adoption list. I have a range of emotions and I’m hesitant to write about it because I feel like I don’t have the perspective yet that I need. I’m confident that in a year or two I will look back at this day and have deep, insightful thoughts about purpose and meaning and timing.

But, today is today and my perspective is this moment.

They told us a year ago that the goal was to match families within a year of being put on the list. I was so optimistically hopeful that by today we would be a family of five sitting around the dinner table. At the very least I was hopeful we would know the name, face, and gender of our soon to be 5th family member.

365 days later, we sit at #31, with an empty bed that longs to be filled.

Tomorrow I’ll write about all the ways God has answered our prayers over these past 12 months, but today I am sad. I am sad to still be waiting when my heart has said all along, ‘go!’

We have had to walk through some tough stuff this year, and it wasn’t the tough stuff I pictured. I envisioned attachment issues and sleep problems and cultural differences. Instead we faced cancer and friends moving away and transition at church and leaking pipes.

I have felt adrift these past months, like being tossed here and there by waves. It’s hard to find my footing when the biggest waves come unseen. I want to be on dry land, on the other side of this all, but truth be told I’m not sure where the dry land is and all I see is sea.

We have been memorizing James 1 as a family. Last week’s verse was

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

 

This week’s verse is even more fitting.

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It’s hard to be waiting and longing for that next little person to join our family. It’s difficult to lack a clear time frame. It puts my stomach in knots to know about the global orphan crisis and to sit and wait. It’s sweet to hear the kids pray for their sibling, but heartbreaking to not have that child near. Today I am sad.

Even still, I believe that God hears our prayers and that he wants to give generously. I believe he loves children and desires for them to be in families not stuck in orphanages.  I believe that he will grow our family through adoption (in his timing). I believe that this sea around us is for a purpose and that this season has significance. I believe we will touch dry ground. I don’t know when or why or how just yet, but give me a year or two and I’ll let you know.

Until then, pray for us. Pray that today, we would feel God’s comfort and tomorrow we would feel his hope.

Thanks for following us on this journey and allowing me a sad day.

New Number!!

This number reflects referrals made in December. The committee did not meet in January. We are really hopeful that getting a new number indicates that the committee will meet next Friday (February 22nd). Will you pray with us that the committee does indeed meet and that referrals can be made of children that are paperwork ready?

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Did you notice MissE’s new smile? Two teeth gone thanks to her dad’s pliers. She is one brave cookie.

New Number!

We are now officially…

This might seem small, but considering we haven’t moved since September, we are EXCITED!

We had heard before Christmas that we had probably moved up a few numbers, but officially heard today. The committee also met on December 14th, so it is possible that we will hear sometime in January of more movement. (Although we also learned of another strike happening right now, so we’ll see).

All in God’s timing….

Thanks for praying for us!

New Number!

 

We heard word of our new number over the weekend. This was the fastest update we have received, but alas the smallest movement. I can’t even convince MissE to color the new number.

I have a mix of emotions. I am thankful to see movement after some of the changes that have occurred. I am really excited for the families behind us that just received their first number. But, I can’t help but pray for more movement in the coming months.

The image of the tortoise and hare keeps coming to my mind.

In the words of Dave Ramsey, “Every time I read the book….the tortoise WINS!”

So, here is to being the tortoise! Slow and steady wins the race.

We are coming for you, baby, no matter how long it takes!

 

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Adoption Update

Last week we heard that there were some governmental agency changes being made to the adoption process in Honduras. I would try to explain, but I’m not into details so yada yada yada, as far as we know the process goes on as planned. There were a couple days of wondering what to think and how to react (insert moments of panic). In the end we were reminded that our hope does not rise and fall on any government (praise God!!)

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the Lord, who remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:3-6

New Number!

After two weeks of impatiently waiting, we received our new waitlist number. We are now 44!

Our case worker mentioned that two other families have received referrals, but have not officially accepted them yet. That means we might be 42, depending on what happens with those families and children.

We celebrate for those children that were placed in families and for being one step closer to our baby!

Explaining the Wait List Number

MissE was really excited to color in our new number.

As soon as it was finished she asked if she could color our next number. I explained to her that we don’t know our next number yet. She asked what number we needed to bring our baby home. I told her that once we got to number one, we would get our baby.

She decided to draw that number right away.

To her credit, she asked how to spell ‘our’ and I told her how to spell ‘are’. My mistake!

I told her I loved the picture and that it really touched my heart. She told me to post it on the computer so that it could bless other people.

We are so excited for the day when our baby can come home.

Sidenote: During this conversation Junior asked, “What baby? Who Honduras?”

He is such a sweetie and, to the best of his knowledge, he is excited to have a new brother (or sister).