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Posts from — November 2010

The cloud was lifted

In the blink of an eye, the cloud was lifted. I got in the shower Friday morning (had my prayer time…yes in the shower…and pleaded with God to please help the wait for our new referral to not be much longer), and T.C. opened the bathroom door and asked me if I wanted to pick up the phone and listen in to the conversation with our case worker (at our adoption agency). My eyes got huge, I asked what she wanted, and he informed me that she was going to tell us about the children that were being offered to us! WHAT? I was so giddy I COULD. NOT. QUIT. SMILING! I will back up and explain that we knew that a sibling group would be coming available, but all we were told is that they were waiting on one more document to come in. ONE! Our agency didn’t know how long the wait for that document would be. Adoption is so unpredictable. I guess they think it is better to tell parents info on a need to know basis. They are probably right. We knew that it was a boy/girl sibling set that were roughly ages 4 and 7. That was it. Period. So, it was like balm to a hurting heart when our case worker finally said on the phone that she wouldn’t wait any longer, she would email all of the photos. Oh and get this…this time around we would be getting 3 small video clips of the children. I couldn’t believe my ears. We received 32 photos and the video clips, the first set of medical tests, and a small write up of both children. Due to privacy issues, I will not reveal their history at this time. I will also not refer to their full names. I call them H and H, as both of their names begin with an H. They are beautiful, and despite their sad history, they have happy eyes! Our hearts melted upon first glance. My sister in law, Paula, said that when she saw their picture (we are allowed to show their picture to family and close friends, we just can’t post on a public forum before the adoption is final)…she told herself that these were our children. She said she couldn’t explain it, she just knew. I will admit that Satan is making his presence known and giving me doubts and fears. Fear of the unknown. Fear that we will have a repeat of our first referral. Fear that something will fall through. But I know that God is so much bigger than my fears. He is my strength when I am weak. He loves us and he loves these precious children. I just must choose to trust in God’s plan. To pray that God will see this through to the end…a smooth court hearing that will pass on the first go around. Please God! So what’s next? Well, we wait for a second round of medical tests to come back. It should only take a couple of weeks. Then, we were told that we will be submitted to court to request a court date. I think best case scenario is that perhaps we could travel for the first trip by March. But, of course nothing is set in stone…or predictable. We should be used to all of this by now.

A gal in my small group Bible study last week commented on how she didn’t know how I got through all of this. How I dealt with the highs and lows. But I started thinking later about how I’m not getting myself through this, it is ALL God. It is His strength that I rely on every step of the way.

“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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-1

My trip to Haiti is still on for now. We are keeping an eye on the cholera situation though. I believe I read today that close to 1,000 people have died from it so far, and thousands more have been sick. We should be safe on the grounds of the girls home, but it is still a little scary. We will definitely only drink bottled water and eat the food we will bring with us. I think there is a safe market that we will be able to purchase some things in also. I plan on bringing as much as I can with me. I guess we will make a definite decision as it gets a little closer. I hope we can go, but we do want to stay healthy.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving next week. We will spending ours in Lake Charles with my family. I’m looking forward to a few down days to enjoying spending time with our family. Of course I always need some little nephew sugars from Will and Kai. Not that we don’t love Abby too, but at 11…I’m thinking she wouldn’t appreciate lots of kisses. Haha! We have much to be thankful for this year. We have seen the faces of our future children, as well as being so very thankful for the 2 children we have already been blessed with.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1: 9

November 16, 2010   2 Comments

No turning back now….

The ticket is purchased, the debate is over, I’m going to Haiti!! Wahoo! I can’t believe I have this amazing opportunity. I found out a few weeks ago that the lady that tried to help us bring the 3 siblings out of Haiti, is going on a trip to the girls home in Dec. She sent an email out asking if anyone was interested in going with her. I toyed with the idea…got cold feet…toyed with the idea some more…talked to T.C. about it….and ultimately decided to go for it. I mean, seriously, this opportunity doesn’t come along everyday. We will be staying on the grounds of the girls home. Oh yes, and I do get to spend time with  the 3 little girls we tried to bring to the states. I can’t wait. We are going to participate in a feeding program called the “Lord’s Kitchen.”The lady I’m going with is trying to raise $4,000 so that we can feed the tent city that is on the grounds of the girls home. If you are so inclined to want to donate a little money to help us feed these people, just leave me a comment and I will let you know how to do that. Every little bit helps, and it is definitely a great cause! We are also going to be attending and hopefully helping with a Christmas party for the community children. It is something that a particular mission group does every year, from what I understand. I know it will be a life changing trip, and the realization that we take far too much for granted. If you want to be absolutely amazed at the lack of progress that Haiti has made since the January earthquake, click here! It is heartbreaking to say the very least…leaves you pretty much speechless.

Clark had a fun time trick or treating this weekend. It started on Friday, when he attended a little party at a friends house. They played games and ate some fun Halloween themed food. (mummy pizza and green slime punch…I mean what kid doesn’t want to have that for lunch?) Saturday we took him to the fall festival at the church where he attended preschool. He had a great time playing games, trunk or treating, and playing in the bouncy houses. Sunday we trick or treated around the neighborhood with some neighbor friends. He gathered a pumpkin full of candy! (Ali will help him eat it no doubt)

This weekend was super busy…one activity to the next. There was a ballunar festival on the NASA grounds. Aside from the hot air balloons, NASA also held an open house. We were able to tour some of the buildings at NASA. We went inside the astronaut training facility where they have a mock international space station. It was pretty cool. We have never been inside those buildings before. That evening we went back to the festival to see the balloon glow. It was very neat to see all the balloons inflated. (however, it had been very dry and warm here…so I couldn’t breathe that night after being outside all day…haha!!..part of living in TX)

Clark lost his first tooth a couple of weeks ago. My baby is growing up. 😉 He told me one day that his mouth was hurting. Low and behold I looked into his mouth and there was a permanent tooth coming in behind his loose tooth. He was so excited to put out his tooth fairy pillow that night. He HAD to go to Target the next day to buy a new Hot Wheels with his money.

The grades are in…………..Ali made straight A’s her first 9 weeks. We were so proud of all of her hard work. She is doing an Abeka internet program this year, so they keep track of her grades and we mail in her tests. She will then have a transcript when she graduates from high school and get a high school diploma from Abeka Academy out of Pensacola, FL. It is working very well for her.

Clark’s dyslexia tutoring and supplemental work is going well. He is beginning to read short words and simple books. Such an accomplishment for him! He will probably always struggle, but we just have to keep working hard.

As for our adoption……no news. When I say no news, I mean NO news. Absolutely nothing…zero…zilch! Not sure what God is trying to teach us. But, we still trust him. We rest in that fact that he has it all planned out for His glory. We just wait for Him to reveal his plan for our family.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians4:16-18.
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

We were so happy to have a visit from Ms. Faye last week. She was like my second mom when I was a little girl. She lives in Louisiana, and hadn’t been able to come see us here in TX yet. We spent the afternoon down in Galveston having a great time. Thanks for coming to see us! We love you much.

Here are some photos from the last couple of weeks. The kiddos had a field trip to a one room school last week. It was so well done. The children got a glimpse into how school was run in the late 1800’s. Ali was very much into Little House several years ago, so she really enjoyed it.

November 3, 2010   1 Comment