Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Picture Update

Just this morning I found an email waiting for me with lots of photos and a progress report!  Up to this point many of our son's evaluations have been FAIR.  Today the report read MEDIUM!  Improvement is happening, even if it is a little bit at a time.  Cathwell continues to prepare him for the transition of coming home.  Thank you for your continued prayers for us and our son.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Delay

Today I am working on accepting that our travel times are out of my control.  At this moment it is looking like we will not be able to travel until January.  It is with a heavy heart that I must give thanks and rejoice in all circumstances and give glory to God for his sovereignty.  Giving thanks and praising God cannot only happen at times when we feel happy, but in those times of faith testing as well.

Our son has had much anxiety about coming home, and though he is excited to have a family he has much trepidation over leaving the only home he has ever known.  Cathwel has put him in counseling to prepare for coming home, to help him work through what might me a difficult transition for him.  Please pray that God use this time and counseling for healing and preparation for our son.

For me the waiting is not actually the hardest part, the not knowing is, the fear of possible December travel turning into possible January travel, turning into possible February travel and so on.  It is a fear that I ask you to cover in prayer.  My dad told me this morning that voicing that fear aloud gives it less power.  Let it be so!

"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

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Orphan No More!

"The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made." 
Psalm 145:13b
For more than twenty minutes I have been trying to figure out what to write.  For almost two days I have been trying to find the right words.  All my heart wants to do is praise our father in heaven for fulfilling his promise to show love, to provide, to bring to completion the things he works in us.
The adoption process is very much a process of waiting.  You wait to complete a home study.  You wait to be matched with a child.  You wait for approvals of various kinds.  You wait for a court date.  You wait for a final ruling.  You wait for a date to travel.  You wait to bring a child home.
All the while a child waits.  A child waits to be chosen.  A child waits to hear the words "You are loved!"  A child waits to be a son, a daughter, a brother or sister. 

"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
  The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. 
The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow." 
Psalm 146:7-9a 
Today one less child waits for a family of his own!  Today our family has grown.  Today I am the mother of four sons.  Today the only thing we wait for is permission to travel and bring home our son.  Today and every day we give thanks to God who has kept every promise, met each need and carried us on the days we had nothing left to offer.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." 
Psalm 118:1
Please pray with us as we look ahead to the day we will bring him home.  For the preparations, my folks who will care for our children,  for "Walter" and for God's timing in our travel.  All of this to his glory!  And thank you again for lifting us up.  Your prayers are a great blessing!