And now to those of you who regularly stop in...
Finally, it is Friday. This weekend is the weekend I have been
On the adoption front, you all should know we are SO CLOSE to submission. And when I say SO CLOSE I mean it. A little money (and we pray it is on its way from a little bonus E was given) and we are ready to send that paperwork flying toward Ethiopia. We had no idea we would be so close, so fast. God has really shown up in places we just have not even anticipated. How else would people we have never, ever met and have never, ever met us write us a check to support our little man? If you are a praying person, please give a little whisper in our direction that the money we need would show up and that we would have the confidence not to worry about the timing.
Speaking of timing, things continue to slow down in Ethiopia. We pray things will remain ethical but move switftly and that God will give us peace, patience and vision throughout this process. We still believe God has us right where he wants us, along with hundreds of other families, desperate for him. What better place is there, really? We know as the wait grows, so will the desperation. We pray we can cling to him with reckless abandon and trust in his goodness despite what we feel and see.
This week I've been perusing other adoption blogs and wow are there some great posts. So much so I think I have to share. In no particular order:
Jen's post about how to support adoptive families is pretty amazing. She's a great writer and it just spoke right to me. Don't be surprised if you see this post again when we bring our little one home. It has so much packed into one post.
Brandy is also from our agency and her post on what to say and what not to say was taken from advice from other families in our agency. While we are not officially "waiting" yet, I have seen the hurt in other families waiting and I know we will be pressed through this. Plus, some of the things in it are good for all adoptive families, like the whole "why don't you have your OWN kids?" Ouch. Just. Ouch.
You might remember I posted Claudia's Adoption Wall of Ethics First Post. Well, the second post is up now. This post brings up a lot of good points. I think it definitely also answers the other question I get a lot, "There are SO MANY orphans in Ethiopia. Why can't you just go get one and bring him back? Why all the paperwork?" So yes, lots of complicated issues. We feel blessed by a great, Christ-centered, time-tested, ethical agency. Still, the whole process can just be tricky.
And finally, Sunday is Orphan Sunday and November is adoption month. If you haven't been over to 147 Million Orphans before, take a little trip. I am wearing my beads today and praying for those all over the world who need us to step in and be the love, give the food, and show the support that they desperately need. That support looks different for each family--not all of us are called to adopt but we are all called to help.
If you've made it to the end of this post, then you deserve a cookie. And a great weekend. Have a good one and be blessed by the fall weather and the time change!