Monday, March 29, 2010

Who felt the tug first and how did you guys come to agreement on it?

Good question. Believe it or not, Keith felt lead to adopt a boy from Ethiopia in November of 2008 during an event highlighting the plight of orphans, particularly in Ethiopia. God spoke to Keith's heart while Tom Davis spoke to our intellects. Plans were in the works to expand our family, but we weren't thinking of adopting, not then, at least. I think we always thought it was a possibility after Joshua was older, as in a high school student. After time to think it through, we decided to be obedient to the call. We officially turned in our application about 2 months later in January of 2009.
Incidentally, God spoke to me at the same event, " . . . not an orphan, an orphanage." Huh? Did you say a whole orphanage, God? I'm still not sure what it means. I know that I will hear more when the time is right.

A Hunch

Before I drifted off to sleep last night, I told Keith that this just might be our week. I have a hunch, a feeling, that our referral is coming this week. I've been wrong before. I'll be okay (yet disappointed) if it doesn't come, but it would be remarkable to document my hunch and to see it happen! Now that this is posted, we'll all see. This is absolutely not scientific or factual. However, I have a couple of reasons behind my hunch.
#1: We're "on deck." This means in the America World circles that we received an email (on January 27th, I believe) which states that we're projected to receive a referral 1-3 months from the date received. 2 months and counting . . .
#2: Many families are passing court. This means that they've received their referrals and are passing the next step before traveling to Ethiopia. The bottle neck before us is lightening up.
#3: A friend shared with me at bible study tonight that she dreamed we received our referral this week for one 3 month old boy and one 4 year old boy. We did request one or two precious ones.
#4: My mom and dad are visiting this week. Keith's mom and dad are visiting this weekend. I'd love to share this with them.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

I am certain that Jesus lived in this world, died on a cross, and rose from the dead three days later. He conquered death. This Easter, I will celebrate my hope in Him. I do not see the Spirit speaking on behalf, but I am certain that I being represented because of the promise found in Romans 8:26. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." Keith, Joshua, and I have prayed countless times for our family including our adopted children. We prayerfully made the decision to adopt. I love being firmly in God's hand. He knows the date of our referral. Without a doubt, His timing is perfect. I have faith that this referral is coming. I have faith that God is at work although I can't see His hand.

Need Technical Help

Obviously, I am still trying to get a handle on the layout. Why does my text sneak to the side of my photos? I don't want the text to wrap around. Where are my techie friends?? What should I do to fix this?

Friday, March 26, 2010

More Disney Pics

What runner doesn't love the opportunity to take a break? There are over 50 opportunities to take a "walk" break at the WDW Marathon.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Looking for a Glimpse of God

I am studying Esther and just read these words from Chuck Swindoll.

"God's presence is not as intriguing as His absence. His voice is not as eloquent as His silence. Who of us has not longed for a word from God, searched for a glimpse of His power, or yearned for the reassurance of His presence, only to feel that He seems absent for the moment? Distant. Preoccupied. Maybe even unconcerned. Yet later, we realize how very present He was all along."

Even when His presence isn't made known, He is there. I am not asking for His silence, but I have felt it more than once in this adoption process. This is a good personal reminder that God is listening and orchestrating our families even when we don't see his hand.