Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? -Matthew 6:26

As we walk through this adventure called life, we remind ourselves that we are all precious children of our Father-- those of us who have walked a little further down the road striving to guide those who have been entrusted to our care for a time. Here is our journey down this path.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A little happy sneak peek.....

While we wait, we get great updates of our little man.  While we can't share them, yet, as he is not legally ours to share, we did get permission to share this sweet sneak peek.  Enjoy!  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Smocks--and a SMILE

It was a memory-making morning for Cynthia and I this morning.  We went to a sweet friend's house who teaches art classes.  Molly has been before, but this was C's first time.  Someone was REALLY excited.  She had been talking about it all week.

 She did such a great job following directions.  I was there just to help if needed....she didn't need much help at all.  Sketching out the outline with chalk....
 "And now we're going to paint!"  Another big smile!
 Concentrating on circles......
 And the finished product!!!  I think she did quite a job!  And, honestly, she really did to most of it herself.

Sitting next to this smiling, enthusiastic, talented, smart, precious child I had a 'moment'.  That moment where it all flashes in front of me....

what if?

What if we hadn't said yes?  We are so blessed to get to watch this story continue to unfold.

Monday, September 9, 2013


(2 in 1 day!)  This came home from school.  Of course, so proud of C.  (If you can't read it--basically, she's doing great in Spanish--Star Student.)

But....what cracked me up was my husband's response when I told him.

"A Chinese girl getting a Spanish award in the USA!  This is a great country!" :)

Family Portrait

By Cynthia
Love this.  Who's in the middle?  3 guesses...and the first 2 don't count. :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

So, Now What???

Well, now that our paperwork is complete...for a while, anyway, I've had lots of people ask me what's happening now?

When do we go?  Will he be home soon?

The short answer is....???????  We have NO idea.

We are now in the strange stage of WAITING.  With nothing to DO.  No forms to fill out, no letters to write.  Nothing to FedEx and obsessively check their website every 30 minutes to make sure it arrives. :)  Nothing to get notarized...or STAPLED, thank goodness!

We have sent our completed dossier to our agency, who has forwarded it on to her supervisor, who will get it Embassy certified here in Washington DC and then it is on to Ethiopia for translation, processing, etc.

As I understand it, all of this will happen without much word from anyone about how it is going.  Which, of course, is nerve wracking.  But, I've been told we will hear if there is a problem--so I guess I really don't want to hear anything.  Until it's finished and ready to submit to court.

Which I don't have any idea when that will be, either.....because the courts are closed for the rainy season, for a while.  To open later...when it stops raining.   October? is what I've heard.  So, hopefully, the silent movement will proceed and all will be ready to submit when they open.

So it is literally out of my hands.  Now, I know this whole process is and always has been, in reality, 'out of my hands' in a bigger picture kind of way.  But while we have stuff to do, there is some illusion of control...even if it's just a little.  Now, all of those papers -- the ones that I would have rescued from a burning house are in someone else's care....and being sent here and there and beyond.  And a little boy still waits.  As do we.

So, what do I do now?

While there is plenty to do....house keeping, work, running kids to activities, etc, I want to also be purposeful in this time.  I don't want to wish it away.

Because I have 4 little blessings right here in front of me.  I want to enjoy them, to love them well, to play games, go on walks, cheer on the sidelines, watch ballet, help with homework.  And I want to BE HERE.  Our little man will always be in the back of my mind, and I will continue to pray for him, to oooh and aaah over his pictures when they come, and imagine him being here.... but I don't want to be distracted from the here and now.  I want to live each day to the fullest, trusting that 'he who started a good work will carry it on to completion'.

The wait is purposeful, the wait is good--even when it is hard.  And silent.

So, for now, I will say -- silence is golden.