Thursday, May 30, 2013

THE LIST I SAID I WOULDN'T LOOK AT....

If you have been following my post, you know that we are on an unofficial list with moms and dads who are also adopting from Ethiopia from our adoption agency. In a post a while back, I said that I wasn't going to look at the list till June 28th because at times the list can be more discouraging than encouraging.

In keeping my word, I haven't looked at the list; however, I am a part of a Yahoo group and a Facebook group that sometimes gives me a little idea of where we are on the list due to people posting they have received their referral. Now, even though these social medias have given me a hint in the past, I still really haven't had a clear idea of where we were until I looked at the list. As I have been keeping myself from the list, I found it kind of odd that no one was posting about referrals. Maybe they all read my blog and wanted to keep me from knowing anything =)

Yesterday, a mom posted on the Facebook group that there has not been any referrals for two months! Two months! My heart dropped. So even though I haven't looked at the list, I know that we have not moved at all. We are still in the exact same spot we were two months ago. We don't really know what the hold up is. I have talked to other moms who have been waiting for much longer than us, and they said that the referrals sometimes come in waves. We are praying for a huge wave of referrals to come.

The moms of my group have committed to praying at 9pm their time zone specifically for the Ethiopian government and for the papers to begin moving. I am asking all our family and friends to please agree with us. This is beyond me and Jeffrey. This is beyond our family. This is about the fact that there are millions of orphans in Ethiopia, and though not all of them have families here in the US many of them do. Many of them are sitting in orphanages unaware that they have a family on the other side of the world fighting, praying, and falling in love with them.

I am asking for you to please pray for the government workers and for all the papers that are just sitting there. Pray that the referrals will come. As a mommy whose baby is half way around the world, this is the best thing I can think to do and to ask of our family and friends. I know many people say they are praying or going to pray, but today I urge you to take at least one day out of the week and pray for this specific request.

Psalm 107:28-30 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.

For some children, this is the difference between life and death. One family a few months ago lost the baby they had been referred to because their baby was sick and malnourished. Many of the causes of death are easily prevented here in the US, but are much bigger problems in third world countries.

Thank you for your continual support. We love you and are so honored to be on this mission.


Monday, May 27, 2013

ONE YEAR

With all the craziness of last week, I forgot to mention that May 22nd marked one year since we started the whole adoption process. Although this year has had many ups and downs regarding our adoption, I would not want it any other way. We know we are doing what we have been called to do. I am so honored to be on this precious mission that I am so unqualified for. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us through this first year of our journey. Please continue to do so as we still have quite a distance to go. We love you.

Friday, May 24, 2013

SUMMER BREAK!

SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE! This time last year, we were gathering lots and lots of documents relating to the adoption process! As happy as I am that the paper-chasing is over, we will still be plenty busy with things regarding Baby Woodson.

On the top of our summer list is to get our house ready. Tonight, we will be installing new basement windows, so daddy can move his drum set downstairs. My first summer project will be clearing out the office and organizing everything.  The office will be Baby Woodson's room if we are still in this house when he/she arrives. We are thinking about possibly putting our house on the market. We aren't in hurry to move, so we thought it doesn't hurt to try. We know it is a great time to buy; it just isn't the best time to sell. So whether we move or stay, we have plenty of little things to do around the house this summer.

Another big task I am hoping to accomplish is to apply for an adoption grant. We have found one organization that we really want to apply to. There are many organizations that offer adoption grants, but giving all our information to organizations is a little frightening to me. You really want to do some researching on the companies and choose one you trust. Many of the companies require you to pay an application fee, so we could possibly end up losing money if we do not get accepted. The one we have selected has different deadlines throughout the year, and I am hoping to meet the summer deadline. Please pray that we are chosen for the grant. Lots of people apply but only a few are selected. 

Also relating to our adoption funds on this summer's list is fundraising. Two of our dear friends have decided to throw us fundraisers this summer. I will be sending out more details as they get closer. One will be a 31 Party (it is a company that makes all kinds of really cute totes and bags) on June 13th. Our friend is giving us all of the commission that is made from the party! Our friends will be able to attend the party at our friend's house, or they will be able to order online. THANK YOU, Teresa! Like I said, more details coming soon! The other fundraiser is going to be a Zumbathon on July 20th. Our friend Myra is a Zumba instructor, and she has offered to instruct an exciting morning of Zumba! 100% of all the ticket sales will be towards our adoption. THANK YOU, Myra! More info will be coming soon about both of these opportunities, but I wanted to put the dates out there.

I am so thankful that summer is here! I am looking forward to spending more time with friends and family! Jeffrey and I are both participating in summer sports leagues, and I will also be leading my summer walking group. Although we will be busy, it will be a different kind of busy, and I am looking forward to it!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Wasn't expecting that one!

WOW! I really didn't see the emotions of Mother's Day to hit me like they did. I was much more of a mess than I had expected.

I know many people may not view me as a mother, but I really do feel like one. There is a baby growing inside my heart, and I love him/her so dearly. For those of you who have never been to church on Mother's Day, it can be a hard service to attend if you are not with your baby.

I walked out of the service during the part where they recognized all the mothers. Our church prays for mothers who have lost children or are not able to conceive, but it was just a little much for me to be in there. I apologize to those of you who crossed my path on Sunday, and I couldn't hold in the tears. Thank you for being so supportive.

As you can see from the post below, I have a very supportive husband who made the day much better. I also want to thank my dear friend, Tonyell, and my sister for the Mother's Day cards.

Although it was a rough day, I was honored to serve in our church nursery during 1st service and love on babies. I am so ready for Baby Woodson to be here, but it not looking like that is going to happen for a while. Although I am trying to be strong and positive, I do have my weak moments. I just want to thank those of you who were so understanding of how I felt on Mother's Day.

According to adoption trends, it looks like I will probably have to endure at least one more Mother's Day without my baby. I know that all this waiting and pain will all be worth it. Please continue to pray for me and for all mothers who are waiting for their babies to come home.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Hi. This is Jeffrey. This is my first but not last post on our blog. I thought it was fitting that I posted on our blog for Mother's Day. In the spirit of being very transparent, we are so thankful for what this day represents, the wonderful and amazing women we call "Mom." They raised us and taught us so much, endured the good and the bad, took care of us when we were sick, encouraged us when we were down, and loved us unconditionally.

Unfortunately this day is also a bitter/sweet reminder of the long journey still ahead of us till a little one calls Rachel "Mommy." I can't wait for that day, I really can't. What can I say? She is going to be the absolute best mom EVER! She is the most amazing, beautiful, selfless, strongest woman I know. It takes a very special person, to embark on this journey to bring an orphan from across the globe into their loving home. She has continued to endure every interesting, ignorant, puzzling, and frustrating question about our adoption and respond with grace and class. She amazes me every day with what she is capable of even when she doesn't realize it. This experience has continued to teach us about faith and trust in the midst of not seeing the physical fruit. She has stayed faithful through the hardships and confusion and remained strong when it feels right to just give up. I am so happy our baby will have a mother who loves him/her unconditionally and will go the distance for them.

To all the mothers still waiting for your little ones; Today is your day.