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When God says not right now…

Do you enjoy having to wait on something really, really BIG? What about suspense, do you like it? Well, I don’t…AT ALL. I want it right now, and just the way I have it all “perfectly” planned out in my head. Except in reality, it isn’t perfectly planned out when it’s MY way. It isn’t perfect until it’s God’s way! We had our trip to Ethiopia all planned out. Every detail in place (’cause I’m a planner when it comes to stuff like that)…airline tickets purchased, guest home reservations, the cash we needed for travel, food to take, gifts for the children, check…check…check…it was all done. Then. God. Had. Another. Plan. About 12 days before we were to board our plane headed for Ethiopia, we started receiving emails from our adoption agency that would change all of that. You see we were told there was now a paperwork problem. WHAT? This late in the game? The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia changed their requirements for adopted children to be granted visas. And…well…they didn’t have these new required documents for our children. It was a shock. It was heartbreaking. It was devastating. But through it all God is faithful. He is still on his throne. We still trust in his sovereignty. I had my moment of tears, of questions, of why us again God? What, you want to teach me another lesson on trust and patience? Could you bypass me next time? Seriously though we just trust the end result will be beautiful. Someone told me something along these lines, “God is at work here…and it is going to be wonderful.” Long story short, the staff in Ethiopia is trying to gather the new documents but we are not sure of a timeline. Due to privacy issues I’m not going to go into detail here, but a new situation arose when trying to gather these documents. However, they do feel like it will eventually come together. We know it is all in God’s timing. I just have to remember to rest in his arms and wait. Thank you to everyone who has prayed for us, our Ethiopian children, and our adoption process over the last 2-3 weeks. We appreciate it more than I can put into words here. If you feel inclined…please continue to do us. Pray the necessary documents will be gathered and we will be granted another court hearing.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:30-31

I haven’t blogged in forever it feels like. I just didn’t have the words the last couple of weeks. Hadn’t processed it enough to type it out. But God has granted me peace now. I just had to be quiet and let him do that. I never claimed to be a quick learner. 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about remarks that people make when they hear you are adopting. “Oh you are doing such a great thing” “These children are so lucky” “I could never do it, but it’s wonderful”……………………..oh you get my drift. And it’s SO not about us. We aren’t anything special. We are just 2 normal people living on a normal income. We aren’t saints. We for sure aren’t wealthy (by American standards). We are a single income family….that did a lot of praying and trusting in God’s provision with the adoption expenses. This was all God. Neither of us started out our married lives planning on having over 2-3 children. Adoption had never entered our minds. But God knew. He knew one day He would call us to adoption. He knew we would hesitate. He knew we would have doubts and fears. He knew raising a child/children of another race would terrify us at first.  He also knew the lessons he would teach us along the way. Children are a blessing from the Lord, and all children deserve a chance at life. We know first hand that all the difficulties that can arise with adoptions are worth it in the end. We can’t imagine life without our Clark. We can honestly say he was hand picked for us by God. And we have faith that He will bring our precious Ethiopian children home as well.

With our adoption process and the timeline of it all up in the air right now, we are packing up and heading out. We decided last minute to take our vacation early this year. We usually take it in May. However, last weekend (yes last weekend) we made flight and hotel reservations for Disney………..and we leave tomorrow morning. We usually aren’t THAT spontaneous. But, we didn’t want to plan a vacation for later not knowing if we would have to cancel due to traveling to Ethiopia. The children are SO excited. According to Ali she would live there if she could. Well hello what girl wouldn’t want to live in the princess castle? We are hoping and praying for beautiful weather and low crowds. That is a joke……….low crowds at Disney.

Clark is doing well in his new gymnastics class. Going 3 times a week doesn’t seem to bother him at all. I guess they say he will start competing the beginning of next year. He is working on his round off back handspring. Impresses me every time, but then again I am slightly biased. Swimming is also going well for Ali. They are tapering for a big meet in a couple of weekends. It’s been a few months since she swam in a meet, so anxious to see how she does. We also did a couple of fun field trips lately. We went to homeschool day at the zoo where they attended classes, and then we went to the Pirates Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Clark has lost 4 teeth now. He told me last night to call him snaggletooth because it makes him happy. Ha! He was making his little girlfriend, Katarina, a Valentine’s card the other day. I was trying to read what he wrote when he chimed in, “it is supposed to say I love you more than the sun but I messed up.” Really? They start early these days.

Well I have much to do around here. The bags aren’t going to pack themselves unfortunately. I also have to run Ali to Target because she just HAS TO HAVE  NEW PAIR OF SUNGLASSES for the trip. I was thinking to myself, “couldn’t you have told me this prior to now?”

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2

I wanted to put a little plug in a for a lady that made me the most amazing necklace. She is on Etsy and helped design a necklace that represents our family. It is awesome!!!! Go here and you can check out her wonderful work! Mine has a different charm with the country of each of our children. So I Ethiopia on top, then Ukraine, then the U.S. On the top of the stack is a little disk that says “our miracles.” The back of each charm has the child’s name a Bible verse we chose. Love it!!

February 13, 2011   No Comments