Saturday, February 12, 2011

Update on Family, Adoption, and Need for Sleep (Smile)

It's been a rough week. Losing Thomas' step-dad was so hard, and (as with many times) when divorce is part of the equation, there is often long reaching implications.

Currently Thomas' mom is at my mom's house (as of tonight) around the corner and we feel so honored to have her there. I think that sometimes taking care of parents can be viewed as a burden, but I don't really get that. Oh, I know their are some exceptions (when it's for their own health, they are harmful, or for their own safety), but right now I'm doing what I always hate. I am generalizing. What a privilege it is to help someone else, let alone a parent.

Anyway, it has been a rough week, but then God grows us through roughness.

We even had a hiccup in our adoption. We had an old adoption loan/line of credit we were paying off. We called to see if we could get just our initial $750 fee off that line of credit for this adoption (until we receive our tax return) since it's due soon. The agency we are working with is WONDERFUL, but we needed to get it in.

On the phone the loan holder said, "We will be sending the check in the mail." Then we get a letter (after we told the agency we would be paying next week) that says that basically the economy is in such a way that they won't do it. Huh? It wouldn't have phased us if they had told us this on the phone, but I think that someone may have been avoiding just flat out saying it.

Do occasional things still worry me? YES (little mini "ugg!" there). Honestly, really just one right now (I'm trying to look at just what is immediately ahead).

My current "I'm losing my mind and forgetting who's in control" worry is that someone I HAVE to have contact me (to give her info to the social worker) has yet to. Of course then the nasty "What if" virus starts running through my head in spiked heals......"What if? What if? What if?"(Can't you hear the shoes clacking?)

See, isn't that silly? Though I will say (hee hee) that anyone is WELCOME to pray that she does respond soon and positively (see, the "what if" virus again).

Okay, now that I'm so tired that I'm probably not making sense, quickly, our family (if you didn't read the previous announcement) has been officially linked with our 2 1/2 year old daughter Jael (Jay-EL) in China (pre-approved to proceed). Now we have six months to do the home study, get approval from the government, and get the dossier complete. You can read our adoption announcement by looking at the "Kat-agory" called "Journey to Jael (Jay-EL)" at the right hand side of the blog (scroll down).

Our next step is really gathering things for the home study....there is A LOT to insure that others are as confident as we are that Jael is our daughter.

Hmmmm....closing my eyes as I type is not a good sign. Good night friends (hoping the spelling isn't all wrong since my eyes are closed). Hugs!!!

Now I'm wondering if I can copy and paste all prayer requests with my eyes closed.

If you have a prayer request, I will be trying to list them at the end of almost EVERY blog. Just comment or email me and I will list them. Please just let me know if it's a public request (can put it on the blog) or private.

Please let me know any updates or how God answers.

God is just so AMAZINGLY cool and awesome to watch answer!!!

Prayer Requests:

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for our friends (unnamed at this point, God knows) who are starting the adoption process at the same exact time we are. Please pray for their letter of intent to be pre-approved with amazing quickness AND for her fingerprints (and amazing story I will share later) are recognized the FIRST time they try.

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.

*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year and they are starting the process of another amazing journey to Ethiopia!

*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. God's blessings and Hand on them and their families.

*My friend (unnamed, God knows)... foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that God's will be done in every aspect of his life. Also, currently, for his serious health issues.

*For Eliz and their family as they bring home five beautiful blessings with Down Syndrome.

Personal Prayer Requests:

*Please pray God's blessing on this adoption.
*Please pray that those that need to contact us will and that they do believe in the blessing of big family (primarily
*Prayers for our home study. As we seek approval to adopt Jael, we also need approval here. We have a wonderful and thorough social worker that wants to insure the welfare of everyone involved. Also, this requires a paperwork and fingerprinting process, which we are praying is quick.
*Prayers for our immigration paperwork and dossier paperwork (which goes to China) to be easy, quick, and faster than we can fathom.
*Prayers that China processes are request quickly and Jael is able to come home with speed we can't imagine.
*Prayers for finances (we don't have quite as far to travel for the needed funds this time), that everything comes together to God's glory and with ease.
*More than the other prayer requests, please pray for our daughter across the world who faces each night alone, not knowing a family awaits her. Please pray that she feels God's presence, God's hedge of protection around her, that her heart is prepared and ready for family, and that Jesus fills her heart and helps her to be ready to attach to her family.
*Please pray that God protects us from satan's attacks. When you follow God, satan always attacks.
*Lastly, please pray for our family, for peace and confidence as we wait and please pray that we see how we need to prepare, if there is something we have overlooked.

*We also ask that you join us in prayer for wisdom and guidance (that we can bring God the most glory) in the career field. We're limited in what we can share, but feel pressed on to pray about both these prayer requests and God knows exactly what we're asking. Thank you....


  1. I love your new pics of your kiddos! Have they been there a while? Hmm, maybe I'm just not very observant:).

    Praying for all you mentioned, and so encouraging to ME to see God coming through for your adoption of Jael!

  2. Love your prayers lists.....PRAYING!!!!
    Praying for rest for you too :)

  3. That pic with Anna in the sidebar looks like she's with her 16 yr old sister!

    Continued prayers that God smooth your path to Jael and all proceeds according to his timing and will!

  4. Bless your heart for caring about those who need you. You'd be surprised how little time our adult kids have for us. Sometimes that hurts. We pray some day they understand. They fight the world and it calls their names.
    Still praying for your family. (((HUGS)))


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