Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
When I reread my letter outlining details for my fingerprinting appointment, I realized that my roommate isn't listed on the form. And it clearly states that every adult in the house must be listed. Ugh! The form shows that I have paid for 2 people have to be fingerprinted, but then lists only one! It also says that if someone is not listed, I have to contact the immigration office before proceeding. Ugh!
The really annoying thing is that my roommate is moving out at the end of January so that I can get little D's room ready. But at the time of the homestudy, I didn't know when that would be, so she is written up as a tenant in my house--which requires her to be fingerprinted. Ugh!
Good thing I know my God is in control of all these details. He knows what is best for both of us, and so I will trust Him. At least I'll try to. :)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I am constantly reminded of God's perfect love for Sweet Baby Girl. He loves her more than I ever will, and He has a beautiful plan for her life! I am so blessed that I get to be a part of it, and to watch firsthand as it unfolds.
I sat in our Wednesday night church service with some of my nieces and nephews. My five year old niece is just dying for D to get here...she'll finally have a cousin her age! We were talking about one of the ushers who is from Kenya. I explained that his country was right near where D lives. My niece turned to me and whispered, "Hey, why don't we ask him to go get her for us?"
During Christmas dinner, one of my 3 year old nieces was sitting next to me. She looked up at me with her big eyes and asked, "Why did you leave D at home?" I explained to her that D wasn't at my house yet. I love that all the cousins are already caring about her!
Christmas Day was a little strange for me. My nieces and nephews are such sweet and grateful kids. I am blessed beyond measure to be their auntie! I loved watching all of them opening their presents. But MY girl was missing from the picture, and my heart longed for her.
Soon, Sweet Baby Girl!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
They have yet to see a dime (I wired the first payment forever ago, but it is still processing--go figure!) and even so, they have been working tirelessly to get things done.
*measuring Sweet Baby Girl's height so I can buy a few clothing items for her
*emailing messages back and forth from Sweet Baby Girl to me and vice versa
*applying for Sweet Baby Girl's passport
*arranging for a probation officer (more like a social worker) visit tomorrow to verify the situation for the Ugandan court
Did I mention that they haven't been paid yet?
I love these two ladies! Lord, thank You for Dorah and Rebecca!!
Now, if the Department of Homeland Security could just step it up a notch, we'd be in business. I emailed them Friday morning (the website statement "You will receive a response within two business days" is a joke), called yesterday evening and left a message, and am still hoping Congressman Ed Royce will pull some strings (I voted for him twice, so I think he owes me!).
Even without the paperwork done, it will be a very Merry Christmas for me!! Just knowing that soon my little girl will be in my arms is enough of a present for me...oh, and by the way, her name means "Gift." Yup, a Merry Christmas indeed!
Monday, December 7, 2009
So my I-600A, the Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition, was received. Today I got a very official looking envelope in the mail. I ran into the house, so excited! I just knew it was going to be information on my fingerprinting date.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I NEVER win anything. Never. Until today!!!!!
Linny had a Memorial Box giveaway. I entered a couple of times...sharing what I would put into my memorial box if I had one.
And now I'm the winner! Read about it here.
I've been encouraging some of my family and friends to start Memorial Boxes. The girls in my Bible Study group and I were going through the study Experiencing God, and we were challenged to share some spiritual markers in our lives. Sadly, we all had a hard time thinking of examples of God's faithfulness off the top of our heads. Then, as I was reading Linny's blog, she shared her idea of setting up a Memorial Box. It's a wonderful way to testify to yourself and others of God's goodness in your life. You can read about them here, on Linny's post.
For the past few months since the discussion in the Bible study, I have been searching around Tom's Farms, at Home Goods, eBay, and Craigslist. Just couldn't find one that felt right. Now, my Memorial Box will stand with it's own story of God's faithfulness...that a woman who has encouraged and challenged me in this whole adoption process...a woman who I've never met or had a conversation with...is giving me a Memorial Box! Isn't God just fabulous???
I'm so excited!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
I love that phrase. But God. He allows me to doubt, and joyfully proves Himself to me time and time again. He is so good!
About a year ago I was doubting that it was indeed the Lord guiding me to adopt, so I decided to ask Him for something outrageous. I didn't tell a soul what I had asked for. That way, if He chose to do it, I would know that He was telling me to adopt. Three days ago, IT happened!
Someone sent me a check for $1000!
Just call me Gideon. I put out a fleece--something so irrational and improbable that only God could do it. And He did.
Today I am mailing in my homestudy documents, along with a check for $1000. Isn't He good???
Friday, October 2, 2009
She said I would be contacted when a little girl becomes available because I am at the top of the wait list! I'm not exactly sure what this means for me yet, but it has to be good, right?
Friday, August 21, 2009
She responded. Not with a reply e-mail, but with a post on her blog. I bawled through the whole thing. Please read it here.
Thank you, Linny.
This morning I was reading that so often we hear God speak and want to jump into obedience. We forget that there are life adustments that need to occur before the actual "stepping out" part. For me, with adoption, those adustments would be things like: analyzing and rethinking my finances; researching orphanages; completing my homestudy. I need to prepare to be a single mom. No, God needs to prepare me to be a single mom. It doesn't mean that I am sitting still and doing nothing. But I can't hop on a plane tonight and go to Uganda, either (don't I wish!). So the preparation and waiting continue. It is such a journey!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Last week I sensed the Lord asking me to wait a little longer on the whole adoption plan. I didn't sense it was a long-term thing...maybe just a few months. Then, a couple of days ago, a Sanyu adoptive mom posted a letter from Barbara, the Director of Sanyu, on her blog. Here is an excerpt:
Due to an increase in adoptions by Ugandan couples and the lack of children in our home that is available for adoption; we are unable to accept any applications from international families at this time. This may change in the future so please do not hesitate to contact us again in a few months to see if the need for adoptive homes overseas is yet again a reality for some of the children in our care.
How is that for confirmation? I am not worried. God is just teaching me patience and reminding me that I need to have a willingness to be redirected by Him. He is good!!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I had a long talk with the Director of the Amani Baby Cottage. It was a good conversation. The bottom line is that my application is being rejected because I am single. Now, before all of you jump up and down and cry, "Injustice!" let me explain their position.
They have so many applications right now that they are able to find enough 2-parent families for all of their babies. I think all of us would agree that two parents are better than one (at least I would). He in no way discouraged me from pursuing adoption, but did, in a sweet fatherly way, remind me of all the challenges of becoming a single parent. He cautioned me that the field of eligible men would be very limited--even more so than it is already!
He ended the conversation in prayer. Prayer that the Lord would direct me and open doors at Sanyu if that is the path He has for me. And that He would close doors if it's not. Prayer for my future husband. Prayer for my ministry. Prayer for my family.
Let me say I was blessed by our 45-minute conversation. I am not discouraged. I think my next step is to spend the week in Panama resting in the Lord, waiting to hear from Him. Once I get back, I will either start working toward my homestudy or start remodeling my house. :)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Please pray that the Lord guides the conversation and that at the end, it is clear what His will is for my next steps. It is also my prayer that I can get in touch with the Director early tomorrow, as I leave for Panama Thursday morning.
I'll post more after the conversation. Hopefully it will be good news!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
If you want to purchase a t-shirt, you can do so here. It will send the payment directly into my PayPal account and then I will order your shirt for you. Please make sure to send me an email with your color and size choice. Thanks everyone!
I just recalculated my expenses based on estimates other adoptive families have given me. I just realized that I have all the money I need for the actual adoption part! This means that in less than 8 months I have saved over $9,000! Wow! God is so good! I still need about $8,000 for travel costs (YIKES!), but it's beginning to seem a lot more feasible. Thanks for all of your support!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
And now here's a funny story...
We wanted to get a picture of all of us girls wearing our shirts. Well, all the guys had disappeared, so my mom asked this woman to take our picture. BUT, she didn't speak English, so she thought my mom was asking her to get in the picture with us. She's in the yellow shirt. We were all trying so hard not to bust out laughing...we didn't want her to feel bad! Check out Charmetra though...can you tell she's dying???
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I pray for you and with God all things are possible. So am sure when you get at Sanyu, there will be a girl God has provided for you. So relax my dear and know that you will get a child.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
If anyone wants to help, I would still LOVE to have more people around. I really don't like garage sales, but if this helps bring my daughter home, then of course I'll do it! In all honesty I would love the company, so if you have any time to spare, stop by for an hour or two or three or four!
At this point I am about at the halfway point! I can't believe I've saved so much money in such a short amount of time! There is still a long way to go, but I know the Lord will provide every dollar I need. He is a faithful and loving God!
I'm also working on having t-shirts printed. I think the design is pretty neat, and I'm hoping some of you will want to buy them to support my fundraising efforts. Ideally you will want the shirt because you like it, and as an added bonus you'll be supporting me! Once I get the design finalized I will post it on my blog and you can order one if you'd like!
My new online blogging friend, Tanya, is in Uganda right now to be matched with her child at Sanyu! Please pray for a smooth visit and clear guidance for her as she steps out in faith. Like me, Tanya is single, a teacher, and a Christian! I am watching her journey like a hawk and am thrilled to be able to see her journey all the way through. It is such an encouragement.
It's very late, and I have to work tomorrow. I suppose I'd better go. I'll report back after the garage sale...
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Happy Mother's Day to all my sweet family and friends who are blessed to be mommies! I am so thankful to have you all as role models of what it means to be a good mom! And especially, thanks to my mom. She really is the most amazing woman...so full of love, sacrifice, and devotion to each one of her kids and grandkids. We are a blessed family!
There has been no answer yet from Amani. I know it seems weird to be waiting for them to answer when I really feel led to work with Sanyu now. It may not make sense, but I'm really praying that the Lord would speak through the Board at Amani. It's been my prayer from the beginning, so it's still my prayer today. The silence may be God telling me to wait. As it stands, there are no little girls at either Amani or Sanyu who are "adoptable." That means my daughter is not there waiting for me. If she were, it would be a whole different story. But she's not there yet. She's not ready for me to get her.
Yesterday I got an e-mail from a woman I met through the blogging world. She told me that little girls are "very, very rare" at Sanyu. Surprisingly, I wasn't discouraged. If the Lord has a daughter for me, it doesn't matter how unlikely it is...He is the God of great wonders! With 2 million orphans in Uganda, it doesn't seem like much of a feat to get one of them to Sanyu in time for my arrival. Does it?
On a happy note, I counted all of the money in my "Adoption Fundraising" jar. I've kept all of my spare change, recycling money, and a few tubes of quarters from friends. I couldn't believe the total--I've put $619.75 in that jar in 3 months!!! Wow! If the Lord ends up telling me not to adopt, I'm going to have a nice chunk of change to do something with...I guess 'll either end up with a remodeled house or a daughter.
I vote for the daughter, Lord!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The new orphanage I am looking at is Sanyu Babies' Home in Kampala. It is the oldest orphanage in the country and is very near Brian & Lynne. That means I can probably stay with them while I'm in Uganda! The Sanyu website is: www. Sanyu Babies. com
I would greatly welcome your prayers as I continue to seek the Lord in this. Let His Will be done!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"Danyne told me today to tell you that at this time, we don't have a little girl. We will be watching and praying. So sorry that this is not the time. Blessings, Mary"
I wasn't sure exactly what that meant. Am I now on a waiting list? Or since there is no match for me, is my application discarded? I e-mailed back and asked Mary to clarify for me.
Yesterday, I got this message from Mary:
I need to talk with Danyne early in the morning. She was at a special dinner when I called this morning. So, I will ask her directly your questions and get back to you as soon as I have some info. Can you tell me what age a little girl you would like? Is an older ie 3 or 4 ok? Let me know tonight if you can. Thanks,
I wrote Mary back with a definite, "YES!" on the idea of accepting a 4-year old. I did not hear from her today as I had hoped. So I wait, and rejoice in God's goodness to keep me "peace-filled." Yes, I am peace-filled. Not peace-ful, because to me that implies that the peace is flowing out from me. No, it's just the opposite--the Lord is pouring His peace into me. It is a constant filling, every moment of the day. I can honestly say I have peace. When I started this journey, the Lord gave me Isaiah 55:12 which says, "You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace..." And He is faithful to all His promises!
I have heard from so many adoptive parents that adoption is not for the faint of heart. I am so thankful that the Lord has been teaching me patience for so many years prior to this journey.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The office that reviews the applications is actually in Texas, so the paperwork doesn't have far to go. I have no idea yet how quickly I will hear a response, but I welcome your prayers. I am pleading with the Lord to make His Will known to me through the answer to this application. If I am off the path He has for me, I pray He pulls me back now. If I'm hearing clearly from Him, I pray that I receive a favorable response from the orphanage and can proceed in confidence.
Would you join with me in prayer as I await a response?