Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Making snow angels in the snow.
Monday, January 26, 2009
What is funny is that we used so much snow to make this castle
yet the ground is still covered with snow. We hardly made a dent!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I can't tell you how ELATED I am to FINALLY have our I-800A approval!!!!!!!!!!!! I received voice and email confirmation this morning. Who would have thought that one document would take 6-1/2 months to get approved.....yes you read that right 6-1/2 months!!!!?? I am just happy to say that I can FINALLY check this box off on the long list of things to get done in our adoption process.
I am one happy camper!!!! I think a family celebration of Indian food is in order for the weekend!!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I find it discouraging at times to be waiting with no timeline really to go by. My boys ask me questions all the time like, "When will our sister get here?, How much longer for a referral?. When is our I-800A finally going to get approved?, all of which I have NO answer for. They are already tired of waiting... we all are. They will tell me I really wish our sister was already here. I just wish I could give them a better answer to their specific questions other than telling them I just don't know. All I can say is God knows where your sister is, who she is, when she will come home and we need to continue to wait and trust God's timing.
I find myself wondering if our little Alesha (that is the name we have picked out for her) has even been born yet? What does she look like? What will her personality be like? It is difficult to deal with all the unknowns, but I know one day we will have answers to these questions. People will ask me, "Do you have a picture of her?" I then explain that we don't have a referral yet. Then they think that as soon as that happens we will have her right away. At that point I smile and say that is just the beginning of a LOT more paperwork and waiting.
Our family talks about Alesha all the time. I like to call her by her name, because it makes the waiting process more real to me. We wonder what life will be like when she finally joins our family...car seats, diapers, the boys are concerned about crying..ha ha, how we will ask for a table of 5 instead of 4 when we go out to eat and will need to ask for a high chair. It will be strange starting all over with a baby, but we are really excited. With the last snow storm I was thinking about Alesha and I wrote "We ♥ Alesha" in the snow. I wonder if she will like the snow?
Well I am rambling now so I will close with this section from a book I received from a friend for Christmas called God's Road Map for Women by Bordon and Winters. It has different scripture passages, a story and a section of text where God speaks to you as His child regarding all the different areas of your life. Anyways, I looked up Trials, because I feel like this adoption has been a trial of sorts and this is what impacted me today. I thought it might encourage all of my friends on the same road as I am in the adoption process.
The scriptures are James 1:2-4, 1Peter 1: 6-7, 1 Corinthians 10:13, and Romans 5:3
This is the section where God is speaking to His child
I know exactly what you are going through and how you feel. When Jesus suffered on the cross, He took on all of your pains, physical and emotional. He is an understanding and compassionate High Priest.
All that said, I want to assure you that I am at work in this situation, even though you may not be able to see it. I am causing everything to work out for the ultimate best in your life. Your part is to keep your heart right--walk in love toward others and trust Me fully, keeping My promises before your eyes. The circumstances you are encountering are real, but the truth in My word will change any earthly circumstance. Just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego escaped the fiery furnace untouched, you will too. Not a hair on your head will be singed.
Your loving Father "