Friday, September 28, 2012

Update-Sept 2012

We never said we would be good bloggers:) It has been over a year and well, we still wait. It has been a year of a lot of changes within the Ethiopian adoption world...lots of highs and lows. There have been months with encouraging movement on the waiting lists and months where it felt like we were moving backwards. As it stands now, our updated numbers are:

Baby Girl List: 56
Baby Boy List: 42
Siblings: 21

We are hopeful we will get a referral in the next year. Our agency has partnered with another orphanage so hopefully that means more children coming home.

So what have we learned from the wait?
Well, #1, we stink at waiting.  We get frustrated, angry, and sad at the drop of a hat and are constantly finding new ways to distract ourselves.  We are a mess.  Which leads me to #2, God is faithful and we need Him ever so much.  He never changes, is always steady and patient with us as we flitter around trying to control everything.  #3, we can live on so much less money than we ever thought.  We don't miss going out to eat and spending without thought (but oh Target, I do miss you some days!).  We have loosened our grip on our finances and are starting (long ways to go still) to see it all as His.  And, #4, we are not alone.  When you look around, you realize everyone is hurting in some way.  This is not our home and we can never be satisfied apart from our Creator.  We have some amazing friends (new and old) who are journeying with us in this, and allowing us to journey with them through their "stuff."  Nothing refreshes us more than spending time with those people who we don't have to put on a happy face for.  You people know who you are.

Also, as we were waiting this last year, we got to know an amazing group of kids called the His Little Feet Choir.  14 sweet orphans who give a face and a voice to the millions of children without families. We were so blessed by our time with them! 

If they are ever in your area, all I can say is GO! You will be blessed.

We will try to update more often but are so thankful for your prayers and support. Pray we would be faithful in this time and pray for the time gets closer, we will still need about $20,000 to pay fees and travel (ha, it's laughable...only $20,000).

Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names.  They are easier to ignore before you see their faces.It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms.But once you do, everything changes.
David Platt, Radical