The greatest experience, the one which shakes a soul with hopes and fears, the results of which are never ending, and incidentally, the one which pays the biggest dividends, is to be found in the adoption of children.
--Anonymous

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Praise The Lord, We Got Some News!!!

It's just a little bit of news, but news just the same. We received a message from our agency that our lawyer has petitioned the court to have Nola returned to her foster family as soon as possible. That means our case is before "a judge" and is in "a court". We don't know which judge or what type of court, but knowing something is so much better than knowing nothing. Our lawyer felt that the first item of business was to get Nola out of the hogar. He feels that he needs to be cautious about asking too much of the Judge so he is taking matters slowly right now. We're just so glad to hear there is a chance that Nola will be back with Ingrid and her family. Our agency gave me a list of questions they are trying to get our lawyer to answer. Hopefully we will know more soon.
For now I am praising God for giving us some much needed news!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Look What I Did!

This blogging thing is just so fun! I can't believe I can change things like the complete look of the blog and it's so easy!!! Just in case you're wondering, the Gordon Mote video is at the bottom of the blog. It gives me easy access when I need an instant pick-me-up.
We have no news on Nola. The agency is going to stop accepting my calls I'm afraid and blocking my e-mails unless something happens quickly. I'm running out of patience and I've held back nothing in an effort to let them know. Friday will be four weeks since Nola was taken and we basically know nothing more than where she is. No one has been able to see her and no one even tried until yesterday. That's not acceptable in my book. Can you feel the steam coming out of my ears? I'm praying we have some news to share soon!
Anna had her first baby shower Saturday. Alison, Kelsey and Geri did a wonderful job throwing the shindig. It was lots of fun and we are now at seven weeks and counting down to Grannydom (I know it's not a word, but who cares.......not this Granny-to-be).
I'll post some pictures later.
Please continue to pray for all the children caught in this mess of adoptions in Guatemala. The children and the families are the ones who are suffering. I'm praying God will touch the hearts of all of those who are in charge of making the decisions that will have lifelong affects on these children.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I've found myself, again, totally absorbed in sadness and desperation due to the unknowns of this adoption. My sister made me aware of this video (thanks Ger) and it reminded me there is life; a very beautiful life, outside this bubble of sadness I've been living in. It's wonderful how God reminds us every day how much we have to be thankful for.

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Today Marks One Year......

...one year since we received the call that we had a referral. I remember the day well. I was down in the lab mixing plaster in a stainless beaker with the beater lid on when the phone rang. I saw FTIA on the ID and all other thoughts went out the window. Ellie told me all of the specifics about our new little answered prayer; her birthday, her weight and information about her life up to that date. All the while, my plaster was setting up in the beaker. It wasn't until a couple of hours later that I realized the fate of my whip mix equipment. That cost me a few hundred dollars, but what a wonderful day!

Our sixth child was on her way. I always wanted six kids and now our family was going to be complete. We thought she would be joining us in about six months, eight months at the most. We never imagined that a year would pass and we would have no idea when our precious little one would be home with us.

It has been a very rough last couple of weeks with no news. We have no idea if anyone has been able to check on Nola or any news of what may happen to our case. Frustrating to say the least!
Our agency is sympathizing with us, but that seems to be about all. I'm thiiisss close to jumping on a plane to go down and see what I can find out for myself. Really wish I had retained more of those two years of High School Spanish.

For now we just wait...............and pray our lawyer has Nola's best interests at heart. We're praying he's doing all he can to have her reunited with her foster family until she can come home with us.

Nola then......

.......and now

We're praying you home baby!

Gordon Mote - Don't Miss the Glory