Friday, August 31, 2012

Space for Grace

Well, it has been a disappointing week, to say the least.  First, after I've been telling everyone for the last few monthsthat we should have James home by the end of this year, this week I found out that was very unlikely to happen.  You see, once we get our referral (match) it's basically a three month wait to get his visa until we can travel to get him.  Here we are heading into September, which puts us in December for travel.  Only one problem: Christmas.  Government shuts down for Christmas; officials take most of the month off and you can't get your visa when no one is working in the embassy.  Plus, ticket prices go up because of the holiday.  So I was told that we would most likely have to wait until January.  But, I was holding out a little bit of hope that if we could get matched this week, maybe, just maybe, we could squeak in at the very beginning of December.  That hope was smashed this morning when I got an email from our CW, saying that the ICAB has some crazy policy, that if there are five Fridays in a month, they don't do any matchings that Friday.  Seriously??!!!  First of all, that's just dumb.  And second of all, they are "backed up" as it is, because of the flooding earlier this month.  So really, I don't think this week should have counted as a fifth Friday.  But that's just me.  So, as you can imagine, I am very unhappy right now.  Not only will we not have our baby home for Christmas, but we will miss his birthday as well.
Now, you're probably wondering about the title.  This morning, before I read the dream-crushing email, I went to Bible study at church.  We're doing Beth Moore's study on James.  I love Beth Moore, by the way.  I've missed the first two weeks of the study, so I didn't see the video sessions.  But most of the regular ladies weren't there today, so we decided to watch session one, since two of the three of us hadn't seen it yet.  At the end she was talking about how James didn't get a free pass or special treatment because he was Jesus's brother, but he needed grace just like the rest of us.  And she went on to say how our sins and problems and life circumstances create space for God's grace in our lives.  I was thinking of a few things in my life that need grace, and this situation was at the top of the list.  I need grace for myself, for being frustrated and angry with a system that makes everything so difficult and drawn out.  And I need grace to give to said system and the people who run it.  And I need grace to trust in God's perfect timing, especially when it does not line up with my own plans.  So today, I have a big space.  Lord, please fill it with your grace.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back in line!!

This has been such a tough week, and none of it has to do with adoption.  So I was very glad to get some good news from our agency this morning.  The assessment requested by the ICAB has been done and submitted, and we are back in line for matching!!  I could tell a story about being in line, but I don't have time right now, and my heart is a little too heavy.  But for those who go to church with me, you'll know what I'm talking about. :)  If you're curious, go to and listen to the message from Aug. 5.  It's not up as of right now, but check back later.  It's worth it!  And as for us, the flooding in Manila last week has put the ICAB a little behind, so it may still be a few weeks, but at least we are almost there!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

A few months ago this snowboard showed up at our church yard sale!
Vintage Burton Performer Snowboard

If you know anyone who might be interested, please feel free to share this.  Or bid on it yourself!  All the money will go toward our adoption costs.  Happy bidding!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

One year ago...

One year ago we did our first adoption fundraiser, concession stands at a church softball tournament. It was a long day, and super hot.  We worked at 2 different fields and my dear friend helped me by running the second location. We made about $400, which covered our agency application fees and helped get us started.  At that time I wasn't even sure what country we were going to, let alone what specific child. 
Today, while we wait (and wait) for our referral for our sweet boy, we had the same concession stand to help finish off our fundraising.  I really wish I could say that today capped off what we need, because that would be really cool, but we're not quite there.  Super close though!  And while last year was hot hot hot, today was freezing!!!  And unlike last year, when several people asked about our adoption that we hadn't even officially started, hardly anybody asked me today, even though I was wearing my Celebrate Adoption! t-shirt (not that you could really see much of it under my hoodie!) and I had a picture of James right on the table!  That was a little disappointing.  And since we only had one location, and it was freezing, we didn't make nearly as much money.  BUT we have more than we started the day with, and a very sweet teenager got up early and spent her Saturday with me, freezing, and memorizing the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1.  So I'd say it was a day well spent :)

And in case you're wondering, we haven't heard anything further from the ICAB.  There was a major typhoon in the Philippines this week and Manila was basically underwater, so the government was shut down for a few days.  I don't know what that will do to our timeline, but hopefully not much. I don't really expect to hear anything next week, given the disaster. The country can really use our prayers too, as they face massive devastation in Manila and surrounding areas.  But as far as we know James is safe and sound, praise God!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Repost: hosted orphans desperately needing families

If you haven't already read this blog, please take the time to read it.  Maybe YOU could be the family one of these children so desperately needs!!

No Greater Joy Mom: hosted orphans desperately needing families: The precious children listed below are all currently in the U.S. on a hosting program.  Sadly, none of them have found committed families (y...