Monday, July 30, 2007

Friday, July 27, 2007

wow.

We met this morning at my parent's house with our International agency. They are located in Colorado and the timing worked out perfectly for them to come and visit with us today. We are at the stage to receive a referral and she wanted to give us some information about the available children. This is us listening to their stories....




Truth is right now, we are processing. It was very overwhelming. We will be able to share more in the near future. We are praying and thinking and eventually we will just have to jump. I feel myself on a cliff, ready to fall at any moment...ready to fall madly in love with a child a world away.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

heaven can wait.

I listened to a message that John Piper gave at his church about adoption the other day. He had some good stuff to say, and I need to go back and listen to it again. But the thing that is sticking out in my mind and the thing Andy and I have been talking a lot about the last couple days is this--
Piper was mentioning all the people that call and write with their heartbreaking stories of their adopted children. Being an adoptive parent himself, people often recount the physical, mental and emotional challenges their children have. Some so very sad and unexplainable. And to this he says we must--embrace the suffering. Heaven will come soon enoegh. It is but a breathe away. But while we are here we must run to the center of suffering. We must embrace suffering.


I have never really heard it described like that. Rather than building fences and fortresses in every effort to protect and pad ourselves from any pain, we must seek the centers of suffering. Embrace it. Heaven can wait. It is coming soon enoegh.

Friday, July 20, 2007

a doctor.

A friend of mine helped me (OK, she did it all by herself) locate a pediatrician in Iowa City who specializes in international adoption and the issues that often come with that. They will do a preadopt evaluation (from whatever records we get) and then will follow and evaluate once the child is home.
I am excited to have found someone close. Thanks, Jen!

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“We are in a pivotal moment in history. We have to stop making excuses for why we cannot go. It’s not too far; it’s not too costly; it’s not too dangerous; it’s not too inconvenient. Not anymore. It’s time to stand up and say that we will be the last generation to have to answer the question, ‘Why didn’t you come sooner?’” (Rick Warren)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

time line?

I think that a 'time line' is kind of an oxymoron in the international adoption world--especially in Africa. But this is what I understand:
Upon the completion of our homestudy which should be this week or next, we will receive an official referral. That is exciting!
Our dossier (stack of paperwork that goes to Africa) is about complete. But I just heard today that the Sierra Leone courts just closed for the summer until Sept. 15. So we will have it ready to be the first thing on their desk on Sept 15. It is a small delay but I think the timing should be OK (maybe God is giving us the time to sell the house!).
Once the paperwork goes through the court, we will be assigned a court date and will have to travel for the first time. I am guessing--and totally guessing--that will be sometime in October, maybe November.
In the meantime, we will finish our paperwork and fingerprints with the CIS (Immigration).

And once we know who this precious child is, we can prepare a room and all that fun stuff.

Once we appear in court the first time, then we have to leave again and come home. The US Embassy will then do a field investigation to ensure that the child is a true orphan (child trafficking has been an issue in Sierra Leone). I don't think anyone really knows what to expect on the time frame for this. There is one family a bit ahead of us in the process, so we will see how it goes for them.
Once that investigation is complete, they will issue the child a visa and passport and we can go pick him/her up.

I told you it was a bit complicated.

So we'll see how things progress. And we wait...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

on guard

this was written by another adoptive mom, Jenny G.
i find that lately i really have to be on guard about this..

"I really think our motives start off good. We hunger and thirst for
righteousness, maybe get disgruntled by the lack of it around us,
and God shows us something different, something good He wants to
do. He raises up some leaders who also are being shown similar
things, and pretty soon a movement of sorts is started. But what we
lose sight of is that God is very much a multi-tasker, and our one
thing is not the only thing going on, not even the main thing.
Pretty soon we are only reading books about our one thing, by
authors who all say the same thing, and we begin hanging out with
people who basically agree with us not only on the one thing but
nearly everything and we get a little inbred in our mentality."

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"Discerning God's lead while at the brink of decision can be challenging. Not all of my decisions to act have been wise ones. But I know this:Jesus of the Gospels is more committed to action than I comfortably admit. When I stop to tally my regrets, I can think of fewer than a handful of times when i acted prematurely. On the other hand, I can recall numerous times when I stayed on the sidelines as an opportunity slipped away. 'We must do the works of Him who sent us,' Jesus reminds me, 'as long as it is day. Night is coming, when no one can work.' (see John 9:4)." (John Hayes)

Monday, July 16, 2007

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“A true crosswalk is obeying where we have revelation in spite of the apparent contradiction in what we cannot explain. To obey only when we see that there will be a favorable outcome is not obedience. Obedience is supposed to be expensive. To embrace what He has shown us and obey what He has commanded us, often in the midst of unanswerable questions, is an honor beyond measure.” Bill Johnson

Saturday, July 7, 2007

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"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
~Eleanor Roosevelt~

Monday, July 2, 2007

slowly, but surely.

second homestudy meeting done today.

just waiting on the DCI check and her summary.

i think our part is done which is fabulous.

probably will be another couple weeks, and i am hoping our buyers come through with an offer before then.

had to resend the I-600A form because i needed a cashiers check, not a personal check.
waiting for our fingerprint appointment from them.

sent in passport renewals 3 months ago and still don't have those back. hoping they come through soon as well.

moving along.