Friday, May 23, 2008
On Thursday afternoon (05/22) our social worker, Lindsay, called with the news. After retrieving Blake from a meeting at work, he flew in the door within the hour, we cried in the kitchen and then we called Lindsay back.
Tamirat (meaning 'miracle') is the name given to him by his first mother. He was born on February 29th, 2008 in the southern region of Ethiopia and was brought to an orphanage by his biological mother about 2 months after his birth. Our hearts cannot grasp the sacrifice she made in releasing her son to the caregivers at the center but we are extremely humbled at the opportunity to be this little boy's parents.
At some point during the day, the figurine pictured here (and obviously purchased in advance) was placed on my bedside table by my sweet husband. The figurine's description is 'Child of My Heart'. It is so incredibly wonderful to hold Alex in my heart & I cannot wait for the day to also have him in my arms.
The next step of our adoption journey is for our case to be heard & processed in the Ethiopian court system. We expect this to happen in July-August and if our case is cleared at that time, we would travel sometime in September. This timeframe may/could change and we'll keep you all posted.
We thank you for lifting prayers on behalf of us & our son and ask that you continue to pray for the Lord's perfect will. Love to you all!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
"...this afternoon it was Elijah's turn to pray for you at the lunch table. He asked what he was to say. I told him to pray that God would be with you while you wait for your little baby. His interpretation... "Dear God, help Uncle Blake and Aunt Christine be thankful while they wait for their baby."
A couple of weeks ago we received a communication from our agency outlining details regarding the upcoming Ethiopian court closures. While we were aware the courts close during late summer in ET, when we began our adoption journey & based on our dossier date, we had anticipated this issue would not impact us. The bottom line (and without going into a great amount of detail) is that the court closures have the potential to delay our adoption by several months time. The news was a crushing blow, one which I have not fully recovered from.
So, how does JOY come in? While driving earlier this week, I was listening to a speaker expand on this topic. You can listen to the 30-minute broadcast by clicking HERE. I was impacted by the following words as Chuck Swindoll contrasted negative & postive personalities. In summary, he said the following:
- individuals with a (-) attitude need certain things before they can be joyful (IF ONLY-individuals). individuals with a (+) attitude need nothing tangible in order to find joy
- (-) individuals are dependent on others to provide them with joy but (+) individuals create their own reasons for joy
- (-) individuals see joy as 'out there' or somewhere in the future while (+) individuals claim joy now, it's a present reality
He continued by saying, "Everything of any lasting nature related to joy comes from what we think on...NOT what we own, NOT what someone provides, NOT what will someday happen in the future. Life is a gift from God; happiness is NOT a pursuit...rather, it is a choice..." So, even though my heart is shaken and my emotions raw, I am deliberately choosing to find joy in my days. I think that's what God would want for me to do.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
WOMAN: Is that a Yes?
WOMAN: Then why didn’t you say Yes?
MAN: I did.
WOMAN: No you didn’t, you said, Uh Hunh.
MAN: That means Yes.
WOMAN: Not to me.
MAN: What means Yes to you?
MAN: Give me another chance.
WOMAN: Do you like this dress?
WOMAN: Now you’re just saying that.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
In order to glean from some in-the-trenches, 'real' mom experience, I was wondering if you would share recommendations for those baby items you cannot imagine living without? And, perhaps those things which you have NOT found beneficial (i.e. not worth the expense). Any and all recommendations are welcome & appreciated.
See the list below for recommendations that I have already contemplated pursuing in preparation for my soon-to-be-mommy venture:
- hiring a live-in nanny for the I-need-a-drink-RIGHT-NOW moments & the I-decided-I'd-like-to-begin-my-day-at-5AM mornings
- hiring a maid to clean-up any 'disaster zones' which may occur during the daily 2.3 seconds which I spend in the bathroom (with the door open, of course)
- hiring a psychologist for handling temper tantrums in grocery store check-out lines and other public places
- hiring a physician who makes housecalls for all minor/major injuries, especially those involving blood and/or tears
Thanks to each of you. I look forward to your suggestions & advice!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Having previously requested from God a precise, detailed roadmap for my life :) the sermon was a good reminder that while we may not know the exact circumstances of our every day lives, we can be certain of our destination. That's our goal -- to walk the streets paved with gold, to sit at Jesus' feet, to sing with the choir of angels. And while we "planner-personalities" may become frustrated with not understanding exactly why God allows road construction, detours & other 'natural disasters' into our lives, we can be certain that He is walking with us, aware of our circumstances & intent on helping us reach the mansion He has prepared for all who believe on His name.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions or cures have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." (Henri Nouwen)
"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." (E.Foley)
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." (Anais Nin)
My Prayer for You. "May you live each day walking in the ways of the Lord. May He perform all the 'miracles' which you pray for, above all you can ask or possibly imagine. And when God chooses at times to allow your heart to be broken, may you boldly claim His promises, knowing that "He works all things together for good..." May your days be filled with love & with grace. As precious as friendship is on this earth, what a glory to know we shall also walk the streets of heaven together. Praise God for He is good, all the time..."