Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Bit of Hard and A Bit of Happy

I've been taking a deep breath.

The "two year pregnancy" with Grace is getting rough.  We've known for two years, through God's blessing, she was our daughter.  We'd never ever thought of naming any child Victory, but God gave us that name.

It's easy to see why.  When she is in our arms it will be a VICTORY.  Everything came against us, but we follow a GOD that MOVES MOUNTAINS.

We know why we waited and yes, she is worth it.  God has given us Hope as well....Hope~Glory.

This week has been rough though.  It's hard to explain.  Have you ever had concern for your child (or someone else) to the point where you heart aches and makes your stomach ache with it.  It seems the last part of this paper pregnancy is the hardest.

We have beautiful distractions.  They are gifts from God, but two are missing and the gap is always noticeable.  I won't pretend and put rose colored glasses on everyone else (in other words pretending when it's hard so everyone thinks this is always easy).  This stuff is rough.

THOUGH THESE ARE PRETTY AWESOME DISTRACTIONS.....

The kids had a play a couple of weeks ago.  We packed the room.

Max played a Guard and a Tour Guide.

Bekah was a Detective.

Gabriel

Rachel and Ben

Sarah and Isabella

Anna, Gabe, Elizabeth, Alessandra, and Jael

Jael and Rachel

Our sweet Isabella

Adorable Alessandra

Our two stars!

These are LOVELY distractions.  It's just the girls weigh heavily and then the master of lies still works on us with the financial aspect niggling at the back of our minds.  You'd think having been here before (MANY times) would make this easier?! You would think our faith would be explosive!!! Our faith that our girls will come home IS!  It's just the niggling, not knowing how $13,000 is going to come about.  There's days where I just lay my head in my hands.  It WILL be okay though.  God WILL provide.  It's just in our humanity we want to know how.

Then today we received news that we didn't get the adoption waiver we had asked for...kinda.  Then again we kinda did.  They kindly reduced the $5000 fee to $4400 (reduced by $600).  We are very thankful.  The money is just necessary to help families and children.  It wasn't what we were hoping for in ONE way, but exactly what we were praying for and hoping in a SECOND way.  If it would negatively hit one person, we didn't want it to occur.  So we had our fee reduced by $600 and that is $600 we don't need to raise!!! (Smile)

We've also found our our immigration paperwork (the LAST ones) have been approved, but we just haven't received the paper in the mail (which is very necessary).  

Side note: During a "hamster wheel day" yesterday (the days where you run run run and get nothing done), my mama heart was hurting longing for ANYTHING to move forward.  I finally called immigration to see if there was any movement on the approval.  It took awhile to find the answer (that kind of day...chuckle), but they did.  We had the kindest man answer the phones.  When he looked for the girls under our name (since the numbers they usually pull up by didn't work) he said, "This isn't your first rodeo, is it?"

Now we wait for the paperwork in the mail (stalking the mail box).  We then submit another form and wait for the next approval (between 1-2 weeks usually).

We are tired and weary, but hanging in.

The kids are going constantly and that helps.  The teens are having fun as school winds to a close.

They went to a nerf battle of 3,500 people in our local NFL team's stadium.
Anna made sure she told me she met the "Chewbacca Lady" from YouTube.
(Thank you Brandy for letting me use the pictures!)

This picture is just because it was cool.

We were also able to go to a play that didn't even have OUR child in it (chuckle).  My friend Amy's son Reid was in the play "High School Musical Jr.".  He played Ryan.  AWESOME!!!

Max, Reid, and Anna

Not all is hard, but Grace and Hope are never far from our minds.  

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This next week is crazy busy.  Though pictures will come, I'm not sure when I will have a chance to update.  We have a party, Mother's Day, and the boys go to Philly to get Timothy's casts off!  We have one day that's normal in the middle of the week....and then AWESOMENESS at the end again.  I will share later! :-)

Thank you for continuing to pray for us friends!!!

"There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens.."  Ecclesiastes 3:1



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Prayer Requests:

IMMEDIATE:
1.  Please pray hearts are open and there is a "yes" for something we are requesting most likely tonight or tomorrow.   It would be an easy no, but we are praying hearts are moved.
2. Please pray that we receive our immigration paper in the mail...ummm...now.
3. Please pray that we hear from the one grant we haven't heard from and IF God Wills, we are
able to receive a grant from the one we have heard from.
4. Please pray blessing on some letters that are going out.

OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please Pray...
FOR GOD TO BE GLORIFIED IN THIS JOURNEY
1. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  The first two weeks after his cast removal are said to be extremely painful.
2. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.
3. Please also pray for Thomas and I. Please pray we can use this time before travel to gain physical strength.
4. We have several expenses that we normally would have taken care of with our tax return, but couldn't this year. Could you please pray for God's provision for these expenses...and the things we still need to gather for the girls.  This isn't typical...unless we are in the adoption process...lol.  Please pray GOD shows up in a big way here!
5. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe.
 6. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.
7. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful time for them.

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We still have around $13,000 to raise (guesstimate).  If God touches your heart.....

Ways to Give:

1.  LifeSong is still accepting tax deductible donations on our behalf, even though the matching grant is met.   You can also mail a check to them with our family name and number in the memo line (it can be found in "My Story" in the link below).


2.PayPal- You can send money through PayPal "Friends and Family" to our email address 1thomkat (at) verizon (dot) net 
No money will be taken out and every penny will go toward our adoption!

3. You can mail a check directly to us.  It will be placed in a separate adoption account immediately.  You can email us at the above email and we will send our address.



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