Thursday, February 26, 2009
I opened the box to find our big brown accordion file with the name "Anchise" written on the outside. So many hopes and dreams for that sweet girl were attached to those papers.
It's still hard. It may always be. So today I continue to pray for her. Today I continue to trust that I have and will continue to be refined by this process. She will ALWAYS be the daughter of my heart. We love you baby girl.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
God has blessed you with a wonderful baby girl. She is well behaved, disciplined and above all has the fear of God in her. She is very calm. Your baby is excited already and she is happy she has found you.
We did a little family photo shoot today so we could send the Divine Miss M a picture (that was an interesting adventure). We are excited that we were told to write, call or e-mail as much as we want. A lady from the orphanage will help her reply to our e-mails. It's times like this that I REALLY appreciate technology.
I continue to stand in awe of God's faithfulness. Thank you Jesus for this gift.
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I can assure you this beautiful girl did not just fall into our laps overnight. We've had her picture for a while and have been praying about her. As you can imagine, we were feeling a little skiddish to commit to anything, but once we made the decision to move forward with her things came together quickly and it felt like a huge weight had been lifted.
- Obtain required paperwork for dossier...1-3 months
- Upon receipt of dossier, Ghana Team begins to prepare documents for court...2 – 4 weeks
- Once documents are completed, attorney files papers in court...2 – 4 weeks
- Once the court grants the adoption the court documents need to be recorded by Registrar...1 - 4 weeks
- Child’s passport is applied for and obtained...up to 4 weeks
- Receive court documents to file with the I600 USCIS application at the U.S. Embassy in Accra or families home state...1 – 3 months
- When I600 is approved by the US Embassy they will forward the file to the U.S. Consulate in Accra. Agency applies for the visa and goes to the visa interview...1 – 4 weeks
- At end of visa interview the U.S. Consulate will inform agency of the date visa will be ready for pick up...1 – 2 weeks
- Travel time!
Truly our biggest obstacle now is financial. This is a total leap of faith and we are trusting completely for God to work this out. We have several fundraisers in the works and are also praying to find favor with some grant sources. We are in the process of updating our homestudy and we need to get our I-171H approval changed to Ghana.
So, there you have it...the ball is rolling and we are praying this precious girl home.
Praise be to the LORD,
the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Our new daughter "M" from Ghana!I cannot tell you how good it feels to have made this decision. Our family spent a lot of time yesterday thanking God for leading us to our sweet daughter. We can hardly wait to meet her and bring her home.
Here is how the orphanage director described her:
She is a little shy but she has something special about her. She likes to hug and cuddle. I know whoever decides that she is the daughter they have prayed for will be blessed beyond their expectations.
I am in the thick of the paperchase once again, but thankfully Ghana's dossier is much smaller and less cumbersome than Haiti. Praying everything falls into place quickly.
Praise the Lord!
For he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
"For I know the plans I have for you,"declares the LORD,"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,plans to give you hope and a future."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Please join me in praying that we will find favor with the grant funding sources. If things work out, we will need to come up with the money fairly quickly.
God is able!
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.As one psalmist puts it,He throws caution to the winds,giving to the needy in reckless abandon.His right-living, right-giving waysnever run out, never wear out.This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.2 Corinthians 9:8-11 (The Message)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
But when I am afraid,I will put my trust in you.I praise God for what he has promised.I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?What can mere mortals do to me?Psalm 56:3-4
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I think one of the greatest gifts I have received on this journey (besides my amazing new friends) is the change that's happened in me. My vision of the type of child we want to add to our family has also changed. When I completed my first application and had to consider what special needs were acceptable I don't know that I checked any of the boxes. My version of "acceptable" has changed dramatically as I realize my Father's love for the least of these. Imagine not only being a child without parents, but a child with a healthcare need without parents. It's got to be a tough road.
So here I am once again filling out applications. What do I check? Which of the least of these deserves a loving family? Are there any of them that don't?
- Learning disabled
- Speech impaired
- Visually impaired
- Hearing impaired
- Spina bifida
- Cerebral palsy
- Hepatitis B
- Down's Syndrome
- Cleft lip/palette
- An "older" child
As I think and pray about what boxes to check I am happy that my heart has been expanded by the King of Kings. God is good.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
And the delivery guy...wow! Well let's just say he's the best part of the whole thing. He even gives me a little hug and a kiss on his way out the door. Thanks hubby for always thinking of me and bringing me my Thursday treat.
So again I say,
each man must love his wife as he loves himself,
and the wife must respect her husband.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
- To put it out there. It's just been something that's been on my heart for some time. I thought if I share it with others it would keep me more accountable in trying to achieve this goal.
- To ask you to pray with me. Pray that if I am meant to do this that God would provide a way for that to happen.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Lately, I have been feeling "directionally challenged" regarding the adoption. It seems there have been too many choices and I've had a hard time sorting out in my head what the right thing to do is. Every single day I pray for wisdom...not my wisdom, but God's wisdom. We want to do what is right in His eyes. We want to follow His plan for growing our family through adoption.
Today two of the doors for adopting in Haiti have been closed. We now know we will no longer be working with Three Angels. Although it was not what we were hoping for, it is an answer to prayer. It's been hard to think about moving on elsewhere when our foot is still in the door with them. We've also heard back from the other potential orphanage that it is not wise for a "large" family to begin the process in Haiti and they cannot accept us.
We've been told by more than one person working in adoptions in Haiti to run as fast as we can in the other direction. We've been told there are many better options. Less painful options. Shorter options. At this point it truly looks like all doors to Haiti may be closing and we should seriously consider going to Ghana.
I asked a friend today to pick up our dossier when she is in Haiti. That was a hard thing to do. I know when it arrives back at my house I am going to look at it and burst into tears. It represents all that never will be and a realm of possibility all at the same time.
I pray & trust that I will not remain "directionally challenged" for long.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge him,And he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6
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