Monday, November 9, 2009

One Month Waiting, Yard Sales, and Thankfulness

On Friday, November 6th we officially hit our “one month waiting” mark. One month ago, our documents were registered with the Ethiopian Courts. One month ago, our paperwork was no longer an issue (on this end) and the seemingly endless paper chase was over. If you’ve ever put together information for an adoption…it is not easy. The paper work is our least favorite part.

We are now considered “waiting”. Waiting used to be HORRIBLE for us, waiting to see a picture of our little one for the first time. This time it’s (so far) much different though. This time we have a lot of peace and this time I personally am busy with home school and don’t have time to obsess (which is normally my specialty…smile).

We tend to get a lot of questions about when our little ones will arrive home. When will we see their pictures for the first time? I’m going to explain a tiny bit about our process, so bear with me. Once you are officially waiting, with any agency, you are given a general time frame. With many agencies it is over a year for the referral (picture and info) for a little one and the older you request, the shorter the time frame. With our agency, the average is about 5 to 6 months of wait until you see a picture and commit to adopting your child….a specific child or children. This is only a guess. No one knows just how many children of any certain age the orphanage will be referred by the government. No one knows how many children will leave their country with their forever families to make room for new blessings to fill their orphanage bed. No one knows how many families will suffer overwhelming loss any given month. It’s hard, we all want our referrals, but tragedy has to happen for our referral to happen…none of us wishes that.

Our agency is a little different though. Most agencies give out referrals in somewhat of a first come first serve basis. They match a child with a family’s request parameters (such as boy, 3 years old, minor special needs) in the order that the paperwork (or dossier) reaches Ethiopia. Our agency works with a very large orphanage, or group of orphanages (Toukoul 1, 2, 3, and currently building 4). Those running the orphanage match a child/children with a family and it has very little to do with when your paperwork was submitted. They look at personalities, parameters requested, and they look at the match that will be best for any specific child.

The referral of our little ones may come tomorrow or it may come in 7 months (outside the normal wait time). We don’t know…just that our babies will come to us in God’s timing. Do we hope it’s sooner, rather than later…of course…in a way. We recognize the loss though and no, we don’t hope for the loss…sigh.

Once we have our referral (pictures and paperwork) and sign our contract to adopt these blessings, then we wait. We wait 1-3 months (usually) for our case to pass Ethiopian court and for the babies to be legally ours. We then wait about 6 weeks (usually) for our embassy date (the time we travel and bring the babies home).

That said, we have been waiting one month….our first of many milestones. The wait after we have seen their picture will be the hardest. We will be longing to hold them in our arms.

Until then we try to glorify God, celebrate, love, teach, and numerous other things. Just last Saturday, with many donated items, we had a large parking lot sale. It was crazy, awesome, and very blessed. We had enough items donated to have another sale in December…crazy awesome. God is good. Our friends (wow) just blessed us beyond belief. Donations exceeded expectations. Friends picked up and delivered trailers full. They worked the sale tirelessly. We are so very thankful.

It has been an amazing adventure seeing God work in this. We cannot wait to see what He does next.
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Prayer Requests and Praises

Praises!!!
God has brought us a long way in this adoption. He’s touched hearts and supplied funds in ways we didn’t think possible!
We are now waiting one month!
God has given us an amazing support system in our friends and family. We are so blessed.


Immediate Adoption Process Prayer Requests
*That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing and that God blesses us with the funds to accept the referral and travel when the time comes.
*That God’s hand is on the remaining paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly. These are the papers we will need to accept the referral of our sweet little blessings, the papers to pass court, and the papers to bring them home.
*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, delayed court, 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.
*That our twins may be gathered into our family with a quickness blessed by God.

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 and the choices they will be making. Also, please pray that they come to know Christ and the peace only He can give.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing.
* That we have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.

We also pray that hearts are convicted daily to open their families and lives to orphans around the world.

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Also, please join us in prayers for four beautiful Christian families and five sweet children who are facing obstacles above and beyond what a adoption process usually looks like. Governments will literally have to move for these older and special needs children to come home. Families are waiting for them and we are SO excited to see God work in these lives and these governments to bring these adoptive blessings home!

Olivia Mame (Ethiopia)-I would like to ask your prayers for a little sweet young girl in Ethiopia named Olivia Mame. There are some very immense road blocks, serious ones, that have to be conquered in order to finish the adoption of this precious young lady.

Jubilee (China)- A Christian family is struggling through major hurdles with their international adoption from China. Please pray for this family and for the government to move to bring her home.

Daniel (Liberia)-A little one with hydrocephaly awaits his family. Please pray that Daniel does not deteriorate farther and that people in authority to move this case feel the passion to see this through quickly.

Ronaldo and Julia (Guatemala)-For years this family has been trying to get their beautiful future children out of Guatemala. Every time it seems close there is another glitch. Please pray with us. Please pray that EVERY problem is resolved and every piece of paper has the perfection only God can give.

2 comments:

  1. praying for all your listed requests!

    hugs
    Tami
    PRAYING JEREMIAH HOME QUICKLY
    www.tillGodbringsthemhome.blogspot.com

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  2. Hurray! Isn't it just so nice to know the paperwork is done on your end and now you just need to wait and pray?! :) We're waiting with you. :) I just feel like we have the door open, so if God wants to bless us with another child, we have done our part and the rest is up to Him.

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