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Sliver of paradise….

Yep…we think Destin, Florida is just that…a little sliver of paradise! A little slice of heaven on earth. We were so blessed to be able to spend Christmas on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. We met up with my parents and my brother and his family in Destin on Christmas Eve. My mom and dad treated us to lots of yummy finger foods in their hotel room that night. Christmas morning my mom made everyone breakfast, and then a wonderful late lunch! It was so nice all being together and in such a peaceful setting. Later that day on Christmas, we all sat around and exchanged gifts. So fun. So relaxing. So needed by each one of us. After Christmas, we just all enjoyed taking it easy…walking on the beach…sneaking in a little shopping…eating some excellent seafood…and enjoying a double date while Nona and Poppy watched all of the grandchildren. Is it toooooo pathetic to wish we were still there? Well. I. Do! But, thankful for the wonderful memories.

I will back up to mid December. Our sweet first born child turned 14! 14 I said…how in the world did that happen? Wasn’t she just toddling down the hallway in her diapers like yesterday? Just learning how to ride a bike last week? Well, maybe not, but it sure seems like it. Time passes way too fast for this mother. She will be learning to drive soon…then getting her license…then going to college. Ok, I digress. Anyway, we decided not to do big parties this year due to our Florida trip. We let them choose whatever restaurant they wanted for a special meal. Ali chose a Brazilian steakhouse where they walk around with huge skewers of different cuts of steak, sausage, chicken, etc. She and T.C. ate until they couldn’t possibly eat anymore!! It was quite entertaining to watch.

Clark’s birthday was this week. We decided to take him to the Rainforest Cafe for his special meal. He really enjoyed himself. It is so cute to watch him take everything in. We loved celebrating the day God brought him into the world…half a world away…knowing he would ultimately join our family. We are so blessed. I’m so thankful for God’s perfect plan for our family.

I must confess, I started this post days ago…alright, almost a week ago. And oh what a difference a week can make. When I started this post we were still waiting to hear a court date. We had been waiting almost 4 weeks (it was “supposed” to be a 2 week wait). It was nearing Clark’s birthday and I thought to myself that a wonderful day to receive our news would be on Clark’s birthday. A double celebration. Low…and…behold…I open up my email Wednesday and read the words COURT DATE. I was beyond ecstatic. God was so gracious to let us hear of our news on our son’s birthday. Our court hearing is on Feb. 10th. The family hearing is that morning (meaning a biological family member must go to court to give their consent), and then the adoptive parents are in the afternoon. We are praying that there are no delays (which do happen), and that our court is approved on that day. We have been frantically trying to make reservations. We fly out of here on Feb. 5th and return on the 13th. We have an overnight layover in D.C. on the way over. However, we have some great friends from seminary that are stationed there!! It works out beautifully that we can spend that evening with them, before flying on to Ethiopia the following day.

We had narrowed down our lodging choices to 2 different guest homes. They do have western hotels in Addis Ababa, but we were more interested in the guest homes. They are usually small (maybe 10 rooms or so) and provide some of your meals included in the price of your room. The upside is that other adoptive families will be staying there as well. Our room comes with breakfast and lunch, with a dinner option of only $5 per person. We like to venture out and experience the culture, but at least we have this as an option. God was so good to us, when I went online to reserve a room  I found out that we got the very last room during our dates!! It was even the room we wanted, the cheapest one. Hahaha! It is just the 2 of us on this trip, so we just need the basic room. That is what was left! So thankful. Let me specify, it was the last room at the place that was our top choice. Anyway, now on my “to do” list is getting our tourist Visa’s, purchasing items for our orphanage donations (our small group Bible study has offered to help with that and we are so grateful), ordering our newer bills from the bank, making a photo album for our kiddos, purchasing a few things to leave with our children until we can return to bring them home, and on and on. I’m so excited I just can’t stand it. 🙂

We were having our family devotions the other night and the passage was from Habakkuk.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in the God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength: He makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go on the heights. Habakkak 3: 17-19

Part of the children’s devotion went on to say this, ” Jesus wants us to know that he is able and willing to help us with every problem or situation. To remember this important truth, try this: print the words “I can’t” on a slip of paper. Then carefully tear off the letter t. Tape it above the words, “I can.” See how the letter t looks like a cross? The next time you feel like saying “I can’t,” remember that with Jesus’ help you can! He hung on a cross for you, and He is your strength. ”  I thought that was a pretty clever reminder. Even as adults, how often do we find ourselves saying we can’t? We can’t handle this or that. It’s just too hard, we can’t do it. With God’s help he will enable us. There have been many times during the last 10-12 years while going through certain situations that I have said, ” I can’t.” But God says we can!  He wants us to rely on him.

January 9, 2011   No Comments