Thursday, July 13, 2017

Paperwork, Fever, and Everything Hope (Day 5)

Thursday July 13, 2017

We woke up in the morning with a very sleepy Hope, with her personality waving like a flag.  I don't know just how to explain how smart she is.  People often see her special need, but NOT how quick she's picking up everything.  By the end of today she was waving and saying "bye".  She says "mama" occasionally.

Previously, she didn't know how to play with toys.  Her file states that she just throws them.  She does throw them, if they're the wrong toy.  She loves things that play music and light up.  Her little brain has already connected the pressing of the "keyboard" (5 key small electric light up piano from her grandma) and music and lights starting.

She was starting from scratch and is absorbing things like a sponge!

We thought you might want to see the many moods of Hope.  SO CUTE!

Though this is on the way to breakfast, the ONLY way that 
Hope will go to sleep is in this carrier (or in a car).  It is TOOO humid to wear around, 
but she fights sleep like a champ.  Prayers for her to sleep better have us giving
a huge AMEN!!!

We got to go back down to the adoption office today.

From the time we left the hotel, our laughing/giggling/silly little girl went from feeling great to a HIGH fever.

Her core and her forehead were burning up, all meds being left at home.  We HAD to go to this office to complete Hope's adoption.  She became our legal daughter today (HUGE SMILE).

(Though we have one fix that is happening as we speak that we appreciate prayer over.)

One of the orphanage directors and her son.  He 
had a fever too.

David working through paperwork with the office.
We sat most of the time and he did all the work. 
He is amazing.

Our little sick girl.  She was a oven, radiating heat 
and wimpered from feeling so ill.

When we arrived back we "landed" in front of a KFC, so grabbed some food so we wouldn't have to leave the hotel again.  I ended up letting Amy pick up our food and went ahead and got Hope back to our hotel room for Tylenol and Pedialyte.  

She's still not drinking great, but we use both a bottle with an enlarged hole in the nipple and a medicine dropper to get drink down her.  This way we can measure it.  Please continue to pray she learns how to suck quickly.

So while our guide David ran errands for us (a inexpensive umbrella stroller, LOTS of water, Sprite, and a thermometer that works), we stayed in the hotel room.

David came back and forth several time and between the errand and the adoption, hung out a lot straighten our life here out.

We quickly got Hope's fever down by rotating Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.  We are praying there is no fever tomorrow.  With a lot of thought and prayer...and finally just making the best decision I can...we are going to go ahead and go to Hope's finding spot tomorrow.  

We may never have another chance to know her history like this.  

We will bring liquids, meds, and whatever is needed.  (Prayerfully it won't be.)  Her fever stayed VERY low last night and we will mainly just be in a car.

We continue to cherish, need, and appreciate prayer.  We believe some of the tears is illness, but I also think some of the tears is mourning and fear of the change.  Yes, she's genuinely happy, but her "normal" changed so much that it's scary for a two year old.  There is even a possibility that the fever is tied into the change.  It's trauma, no matter how you cut it...even though it's for long term good.  Jael had the exact same thing when we first received custody (fever).  Trauma can do a number on your body.

I've place the prayer requests below, adding and subtracting our true needs.  Thank you does not seem enough for covering us and getting us to this point.  Hugs from across the world.

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel..."
Ephesians 6:18-19


Please pray friends...
*For Hope to learn to suck/drink quickly.
*That she starts sleeping better and longer. That she relaxes into sleep without tears of fear.
*For the small fix in Hope's adoption stuff, that there is no issue and it is fine.
*That her heart condition shows NO issues.
*For Hope's health and my health (Amy's OF COURSE too).  Please pray Hope's fever doesn't come back and my yuck (whatever it is) goes away.
*Please pray for my mama heart.  It's aching (praising and aching).
*For Hope~Glory~ Her life has 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. The next days are FULL of paperwork.
*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).



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. 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.

5. 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.

6.  That we have "more than enough" for this trip.  Please pray all trip plans to land within our budget.  GOD IS GOOD! We have confidence our trip will, but prayers do NOT hurt!

7. 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)


9. 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.

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

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

12. 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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