Friday, March 16, 2012

Slow Your Roll

Why I decided that in place of grad school this spring I needed to be busy EACH and EVERY evening after work completely evades my memory about this time of the semester.  I love to be busy. And, um, I hate it. Except I don't at all.

Bachelor finally ended this week. My watch group is delightful and we had quite the feast to celebrate the end of the most controversial Bachelor ever. Soup! Sandwich ring! Veggies! Champagne! My dear Ashley brought some champagne and put one in the fridge for later. Stop me if you've heard this one before...

Yeah, so I went to make a smoothie on Thursday morning and this is what I found.

Surprise! You can't leave champagne in the freezer for four days.

And yes that is strawberry Andre.

And no, you may not judge unless you have tasted it.
Anywho, it's bittersweet that the show is over but since Ben truly did look like Francine from the children's book series "Arthur" I'm sort of over it. I will miss my ladies but we'll reconvene in May to watch Emily and 25 crazy men. Ashley has tried to champion a "Dancing With the Stars" watch party to no one's amusement but Ashley's.

She also is forcing me to go to Titanic in 3D against my will so don't be surprised if I am blogging soon about how delightful our watch party is for "Dancing."
Ashley is very convincing.

Did I mention she brings champagne? And fondue on occasion?
So, aside from the watch party Mondays, I have been a busy, 4th grade girls Bible study, adult women's Bible study, the whole shebang.  We know this adoption thing is slow so I guess subconsciously I have been speeding up everything else in my life.

Hyperspeed to be exact.
But, all the speeding up in the world can't make up for the email we got yesterday.  Guess what, friends?

Ethiopian adoption wait times for our agency have SLOWED DOWN.


Now's here's the thing. We've known they were slowing down. All you have to do is take a quick look at our unofficial list with our agency to realize things aren't moving in the fast lane. But it's a totally different thing to get an email confirming that dreaded suspicion.

Yesterday's email delayed the wait time from 10-18 months to 18-24 months. We know this isn't the last of it either. The email also mentioned the belief that this dreaded slow down will keep, well, slowing down.


We wait some more. Patiently as we can, anyway. If you recall, when we started this process almost exactly a year ago, we thought it would take 1-2 years total. But you know what happens when you tell God your plans...he laughs.

No, you know, I take that back. I don't think God is laughing. I think he deeply cares for all of us in the wait. But I also think I have so much more to learn that it's perfectly fine that he's given me more time to learn it. Do I love that I may turn 30 and not have my little man at home with me? Well, no. I don't. But I also have a strange peace about it.

And really, what more can I ask for?

More strawberry Andre, I guess.


  1. Sounds like so much fun! Lincoln watches with me! We always watch it online the next night, and it's like our little secret date night. We always pop popcorn and have soda in our bedroom after the kids go to sleep.

    Remember that God not only cares about all of the precious parents who are waiting for their kiddos, but He loves each of those precious children desperately. He wants to see them home...afterall, family was His idea...and what a great one it is!!!!!!!!

    1. So first, I absolutely love that Lincoln watches it with you. I tried to get Eric to watch. Sometimes he sits with us girls but really, his only comment is that they all need to eat a sandwich:).

      Can I just say what a blessing it is to have you as a bloggy friend? You are so right--I get so self absorbed in this process and it's not just about what He thinks of me but how deeply He loves his children--those without families especially so. My Bible study this morning was about patience and God's will for us and I couldn't have needed it more! Saying a quick prayer for your beautiful, beautiful family!

  2. Strawberry Andre sounds gross, but I guess I have to try it! :) So sorry about the "slowing". Waiting is really hard.