Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fingerprinting, Hydroplaning, and Tortillas

Ok, so we aren’t often without the kids. We couldn’t bring them to the fingerprint appointment though, so there we were all alone. Yes, this sounds like a line from some warped romance novel. Forget the romance though, Thomas and I get goofy. Laughter, for some amazing reason, is one of the key elements in Thomas and I’s relationship. So here we are, going to get our fingerprints for the adoption of our twins….and we are so goofy and obnoxious. I really think that people most likely were just thinking, “How can they be laughing so much first thing in the morning.” That’s just Thomas and I.

We got up at 6:00am (insane for us during the summer) to a torrential down pour. Seriously…it looked like the heavens opened up and someone had a giant bucket. It wasn’t separate droplets, but a sheet of water. I was glad that I had confidence God would not flood the earth again. The rain eased and we carted four of our wonderful (and wet) blessings off to grandma’s (another blessing). Tom’s ,14 now, and would rather sleep (though he loves his grandma…she’s the bomb!).

We wandered the back roads into our large metropolitan city. Rounding the corners slowly, we felt the tires slide. It was kinda fun, must be what drifting feels like (which I would LOVE to purposely experience), but for about 60 seconds I didn’t breathe. Thomas was so cool though, “Wow” was all he said calmly. He used his super powers (to stay so calm he must have) and got us on firm ground with a lot of traction.

We parked for awhile and Thomas found much joy in feeding the birds a tortilla (don’t ask where it came from). They would dip the tortilla in muddy puddles and eat it (they did this with the bugs too…yum…makes me hungry). Thomas was trying to be so nice giving them tortilla’s to make bug tacos. Either that or he was enjoying pelting me with tortilla’s which he SAID was an accident.

We made it to the fingerprinting in one piece…though the constant giggling, laughter, and jokes made everyone wonder if we were going to pieces. The large building was practically empty and everyone was SO nice! They had those biometric scanners that will pass or fail your fingerprints instantly, so I think we’re ok. I am SO glad that’s over.

Brilliant me though, asked our local adoption group how long it took for them to get their approval . All the most recent ones had the approval come back in about 2 weeks. Now I’m a tad freaked. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be. We are following God on this. He will provide the next payment that needs to be included with the dossier. It’s just a little daunting. It’s the second larger amount we need to send (a little over $6000). I have TOTAL faith that God will provide, but my human nature comes to the forefront.

So, as I sit here tonight, I ask for more prayers. That I don’t let my humanity creep in and that we follow this adoption with peaceful hearts. Thank you all for your prayers. They mean so much. Please understand that we have lived in and seen blessing after blessing in our adoptions. In the past we’ve had paperwork that was supposed to take four months, take two weeks. In previous adoptions we’ve had the last $100 we needed come in the mail right when it was due. We’ve had one adoption that was supposed to take 12 months, take six and another adoption that was supposed to take 18 months, take 9. Prayers have aided miracles in our lives.

Today’s Adoption Prayer Request:
Please Pray…
Help us to have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.

Immediate Adoption Process Prayer Requests (Next 3 weeks)
*That God’s hand is on the remaining fingerprints and paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly.
*That God blesses us with the funds to submit the paperwork (dossier) to Ethiopia when the time comes (hopefully only 3-4 weeks).

All Adoption Prayer Requests:
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing. That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the train is moving fast!!! I'm still overwhelmed to think of 7 children but know that God has given you such a special heart and home!!! Can't wait till you have those babies in your arms!!!


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