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"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We are no longer orphans because of what God did for us. With one simple act of obedience our sins were forgiven at the cross. So what are we doing with the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Our family has decided to take a step of faith and do what He's called us to do, to take care of widows and orphans. Our journey starts with adoption.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oh Happy Day!

Our I-171H form from USCIS arrived in the mail today!!!!!!!!!!  Yipppppeeeeeee.  I've already scanned and e-mailed it to Michelle so hopefully we'll hear from her next week as to when we will make our first trip to Haiti.  Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Still waiting...

Who likes waiting? or as my three year old would say "Whobody" likes waiting?............

No body likes waiting, or at least nobody I know.  But that's what we are learning to do, to be patient (something I'm not too good at), and to trust that God's timing is far better than mine, even though that's really hard to believe right now!  We received a referral for two beautiful children and all I want to do is to bring them home!  Imagine having all the information about your child in your possession, pictures, background, physical info. etc. and then knowing that you can't bring them home yet.  They, and you have to wait.  And wait we will even though I think I know what's best for those babies, I want them home NOW!  But I will wait, I will wait until I think I can't wait any longer, and then I'm sure I'll wait some more!

Coen keeps asking "When are dose new tids donna det here?"  Caide and Jordis are asking "Why can't we just go and get them now?"  I wish it were that easy and I'm praying that God will intervene so that the waiting for us all will be over soon, sooner than expected, and sooner than the timelines say.  I pray that God would cut through the red tape, work out all the details, and unite us with the rest of our family.  Please join me in praying for all the kids (not just ours) waiting to be united with their forever families.  This is not how it's meant to be, God never intended for there to be orphans in the world, let's join forces and pray those babies home, there are so many and God does hear our prayers.  As my tee-shirt says "How do you reach 147,000,000 orphans?  ONE at a time!"  Let's pray each and every 'one at a time' home, right now, please pray with me.

Here is a run down of how things may go in the next month or two:  My Mum had her finger printing done in Milwaukee on December 17.  Joe and I have already had ours done so we should get a form in the mail from USCIS soon (LORD willing).  Once we receive that form I will e-mail it to Michelle (our family coordinator), and she will make our first of two appointments in Haiti!  We will get to meet our children, go to our appointment, sign more forms, and then turn around and fly home without our babies..........I'm not looking forward to that, don't think I'll do too well, who wants to meet their kids, then walk away from them?  That's right.....nobody!  Anyway I'll try to stay focused on the positive, it's one step closer to bringing them home and oh yeah.....WE'LL GET TO MEET OUR KIDS!!!!!!!!  We'll get to hold them and tell them we love them and that LORD willing we WILL come back and get them.  That will be a blessed day, so I'll not ponder on the day we have to leave Haiti but please be in prayer for me and for Joe too.
Once we get back we'll have guessed it, waiting to do!  Once our paper work is out of the IBESR (and they are working hard to get the dossiers processed) we will have a few more steps to complete and one more trip back to Haiti to finalize the adoption.  Then we get to bring them home.  Praise God!  What a day that will be.  It just can't get here soon enough and then when it does our family of seven will be complete.

Well that's about it, this was meant to be a really short and sweet post but I guess I had a lot more to say than I thought.  Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a safe and happy new year!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

We wait...

My house is quiet as I sit here looking through pictures of children from the orphanage where the rest of our family is.  I scan the photos looking for a familiar face but don't find one.  What I do see is precious children waiting for someone to love them, waiting for someone to wrap their arms around them and tell them that they are precious, that they are loved, that they are not forgotten, and again I'm am filled with compassion for these children.  I am in awe of God's great love for us and I am again reminded that we can make a difference in one child's life. 

It's hard to explain the emotions that consume you when you decide to take a leap of faith and adopt a child.  It's hard to explain how the trials in life and the ups and downs of adoption can bring you face to face with your sin and then drive to the foot of the cross again and again and again.......I am constantly amazed at the depth of sin in my life and am reminded of the fact that without Christ I have nothing to offer.  So I pray for God's healing, I pray for His patience as we wait, and I thank the LORD for the blood spilled at Calvary for my sin and the sins of the whole world.  I thank Him that I am declared righteous through the shed blood of His son and I Praise His Holy Name that He chose to take the punishment that I so deserved.  LORD keep me in the fire for as long as it takes but LORD PLEASE don't let it take too long..........

As far as waiting goes, we wait.  We wait for appointment times, we wait for forms to arrive, we wait, and we wait, and we wait.  It's seems like forever but it hasn't even been a year.  When you have pictures and names and medical information the wait seems so much longer.  I just want to wrap my arms around a child in need and tell them that they are a part of our family a family who will love them and care for them and point them in the direction of their loving Saviour.  I can hardly wait to bring you home!

My Mum has her fingerprinting appointment on December 17, that seems like eons away.  The other two families that made the paperwork deadline along with us are traveling to Haiti on December 11 and I can't help but feel left behind.  I know that's not the case and God has much greater plans than I do but I so want to travel to Haiti to meet our family.  As soon as that fingerprinting is done and we receive the form from USCIS Michelle will make our appointment in Haiti and we too will get to travel.  In the meantime we will wait and trust that God's timing is best.  I will try not to control things to get my way because I know my way is NOT the best way.  Thank you for praying for us, we need it and please continue to do so.