Sunday, July 23, 2017

Coffee Isn't THAT Important (Day 15)

Today, again we had hoped to get to a house Church, but didn't have the contacts.  Admittedly, our days run together and we often have to figure out not only what day it is here, but what day it is for our family as well back in the States.

The time difference is significant.

Little Miss still is not sleeping well, but we have a long queue of things we will now try (thanks to other adoptive families, including some families that live here).

The rain turned on like a faucet today, keeping us in our room much of the time...that is until hunger drove us out to find food.  The walk there wasn't so bad.  It was raining, but not pouring.

It was when we decided we needed coffee afterwards, the lack of sleep settling into our bones, that we were in trouble  (chuckle).

The sky opened up.

We wrapped raincoats around the strollers, but Amy and I....well, even with umbrellas we were dripping.  Our shoes sloshed (don't ask about the socks).

There was laughter, as always, and the coffee...well, wasn't our wisest idea.

THIS is how the night ended.


The hotel loaned us a dehumidifier and that's the only way our hung clothes (and shoes) were able to dry at all.

So now, bed is where we headed.  (Only 2-3 pictures taken the entire day...and ALL of them were thanks to Amy.)


We tour with our guide from our adoption agency tomorrow.

Side note: It's today for us.  Yes, it's complicated when I'm writing the post for yesterday.  Told you it's confusing!

Hope your night is blessed (and dry)....and remember, the coffee isn't THAT important.

"I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit." Leviticus 26:4

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Please pray friends...

Immanent:
*THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED THROUGH OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS.
PLEASE PRAY GRACE AND HOPE SLEEP CONSISTENTLY with NO FEAR.  We REALLY need sleep!
*For Hope to learn to suck/drink quickly.
*For my eyes, they started itching and when that went away they started feeling swollen (and are a bit bloodshot).  Part of my inner eye on one eye actually looks wrinkled (but doesn't hurt) Please pray for complete healing NOW.
*That Hope's heart condition shows NO issues.
*For Hope and Grace's health.... and my and Amy's health too.  
*For Hope~Glory and Grace~Victory: Their lives have been rocked.  WE know it's a beautiful thing and blessing, but everything is unfamiliar.  We don't look, smell, or sound like her.  (Picture being handed to someone you don't know, have never seen before, and told they are your new family and to go with them.)
*Please pray there are no hiccups, paperwork or otherwise during this entire trip across the world. 
*That Amy and I's bodies are strong and there is no pain and we feel AWAKE and ALERT.   Please also pray there are NO health issues period during our trip...NONE AND WE GET SOME SLEEP.
*Please pray the weather is unseasonably cool in both regions we will be in.  It's not the most important prayer, very possibly the least, but we appreciate it.  Please pray no matter what the weather it doesn't effect us negatively. (When I say "hot", I mean sticky, sweaty, steam bath, sauna, dripping wet, fogged up sunglasses hot.)
*Please pray for our kids and families hearts (ours too) and safety.  This is the hard part, leaving them.  Peace that passes understanding is a good thing.
*Please pray that there is NO lost luggage during any of our trip.  Though we pack a set of clothing in carryons, this is something we hope we don't have to face. (smile).
*Please pray for Tom, Elizabeth, and Alessandra that they find joy, new friends, and a beautiful rhythm in their new duty station.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING TWELVE PRAYER REQUESTS AS WELL.

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION (MOST IMPORTANT TODAY AND EVERY DAY).

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

3.  We ask for prayers also that Grace and Hope are good sleepers.  I know that may sound trivial, but knowing what can happen (we've had it both ways) we know if they can sleep (both in country and at home), transition will go much smoother.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.

5. Please pray for Thomas and I's anxiety/stress.  Life is keeping us going a million miles an hour and peace that passes understanding would be very very welcome!  (Prayers for physical strength as well for both of us)

6. PLEASE PRAY THERE ARE NO PAPERWORK ISSUES IN COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING GOES FLAWLESSLY.  This is my current worry...pffttt.

7. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 8. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

9. That our families are safe while we are apart and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

10. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

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