Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Today was our last day here in Ethiopia. We head home tonight on a midnight
flight. It was a very emotionally draining day for us here. We woke up and had
breakfast and didn't know if our court date was in morning or afternoon. The
AWAA staff arrived and told us to load up to head to court around 9:15. We went
to the court house (totally not how I pictured it...think local DMV office) and
stood around for a bit as birth families were there giving their consent first.
We were then called by name to enter the one little room where the adoption
judge sits. We were called in with 3 other families (which we've never heard
of) and we all answered her mainly yes or no questions and were done within
about 7 minutes. She informed us the MOWA letters had not been delivered that
day and she would let us know that afternoon. We left the courthouse and came
back to the guest house and were told to wait in our rooms and we would be
called down one a time to meet with our birth moms/families. I had a hard time
anticipating this meeting. I'm still not sure I've processed much of it at all.
We met with her for about 15 minutes and then after an emotional goodbye to her
we went up to our rooms and waited for lunch. I realize I'm passing over that
part of our day without much emotion or detail but until you've been in that
situation personally there really are no words to describe it. I'm sure I'll
process through it and feel the need to write it about it soon. We enjoyed
lunch and then headed to the TH to see our daughter for the last afternoon.
After a while the AWAA liason came by and told us that three families had
confirmed letters written by MOWA that should be at court in morning which means
an approval coming in less than 24 hours. The other families' letters were not
written yet and they should find out if they will have to be given a new court
date. We were one of the 3 with confirmed letters! We're thrilled with this
news but it's been bittersweet as we've grown very close to these other families
and it was hard to see their dissapointment and share in that with them. We
then spent the rest of the afternoon with our daughter until they told us it was
time to say goodbye. We let her go knowing our God will be protecting and
surrounding her with angels. We are worn out from a fantastic albeit draining
trip and will head home tonight on a midnight flight. We ask for your prayers
for our flight home...for our connection in ; that it would take off to
Houston on time so we would be able to avoid the chaos from last week getting
here. We also ask for your prayers for our daughter and her health right now.
And lastly we ask for your prayers for the families that are still waiting to
hear confirmation that they have passed court to be able to move forward in
brining their children home. This is a tough season of waiting and especially
going through the holidays being apart from our sweet children. We so
appreciate your prayers throughout our journey...we know God is faithful even
when we can't see it and we look forward to celerating his son's birth in a
couple of days with our family.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We spent the day today passing out our donations to the 2 local orphangages. we
got to watch them eat and see where they slept and we then passed out the so many of you had in helping or buyng! They were a hit and the kids
loved us showing them how to use them. Some wanted to keep in their bags and
some wanted to take it all out and play wth it all right away! We loved just
spending time and loving on these sweet kids! After this we headed back to
transition house where we began delivering care package for aoptive friends and
taking photo's for other famlies. All the babies are just beautiful and those
nannies parade them around and strut their stuff and those kids just sit there
looking stunned most of the time!! But they don't need all the showyness...they
truly are beautiful babies and so many we saw today were beautful babies that
have nobody coming for them or sending care packages to them or praying for
them..what about those babies and what you can you do to look at them face to face
and be uncomfortable by it?
As you are sleeping tonight, there will be 7 families here that have their
challenging court day tomorrow. Not challenging like it's a test of strength
and feats but challenging as I've gotten myself worked up over now. There is
also a chance we will be able to meet the birth mom after she relinquishes her
rights at court that morning. She then will come to the guest house where we're
staying and sit down with us and chat. We want her to know how much we will
love and care for her daughter and that we will tell her about her mother and
just basically love her the only way we can...with our eyes, our body langage,
our hearts! Plese pray for us tonight (your time) for this meeting to go
smoothly and for her to feel a peace and burden to be lifted.
Also, 7 famlies will be headed to court tommorow. One family went today and
they found out at lunch that they had ineed passed!!!! We all cheered!!
Tomorrow may be a different story as there are so many of us and it's been
common lately for the judge to see 10 more families than MOWA had time to write
letters for. So the judge is seeing 30 familiies and MOWA only wrote 20 letters
that day. Sometimes you can pass on the spot if everything is there...if that
letter is missing then they can wait for it, wait until tomorrow, or reschedule
and givv you a new court date. We are asking your prayers that we would pass on
the spot tomorrow! That we would hear that T******** Chambers is officially
yours!! What a girt!!
But if that doesn't happen, if our MOWA letter is not written and if we get
stuck again coming home from Ethiopia in Amsterdam and miss our connection and
spend Christmas morning in the Amsterdam airport AGAIN then I still want to say
that after these last 4 days that we are blessed and I will be thankful...
Pray with us frinds, feel His blessing this week, tell Him you are thankful...
Because of Him
Monday, December 20, 2010
After 96 hours of traveling, 3 hotel airports, 3 flights, and 3 countries we are
pleased to report that we made it Addis Ababa!!! There were so many answered
prayers along the way and when time allows (and a faster internet connection is
available) I'll share more of the story about our last leg of travel. But for
now we just wanted everyone to know that we're here and we spent almost the
entire day holding our sweet, sweet Zadie! She is precious...worth every minute
of the last 96 hours and we can't wait until we pass court to show you her
pictures and look forward to bringing her home soon to join our lives. She is
THE MOST CONTENT baby!!! She only fussed when we had to wipe her nose and
please pray for her health as she is battling another . There is a VERY large travel group with us and we've enjoyed
spending the day getting to know all the couples and meeting their babies with
them. What a fantastic trip this is turning out to be! We are headed to bed
(at 5:30 our time) because we cannot hold our eyes open another minute! After
not sleeping for over 24 hours we are exhausted and hope to catch up on sleep
and hit the day running tomorrow refreshed! On the itinerary is a day of
shopping followed by more visiting with Zadie and then an Ethiopian traditional
dinner and dancing tomorrow night! Oh, and care package and photo
friends...we'll be doing that on Wednesday for you all!
Thanks for the continued prayers!
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he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice, the earth is full of
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thanks to him and praise his name.
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his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your
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14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15
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So the big 4 months of waiting milestone has come and gone (for those keeping track it was on the 18th). We haven't had phone or internet this week so this post is late, late, late! However, I have been writing it in my head over and over! I like to do that throughout the day...write posts in my head. Of course they always come out better in my head and when they're flowing out inevitably I am never by a computer to get them down as hardcopy but that is ok. Does anyone live their life that way? Always composing in your brain? Surely. No matter. Moving on. So FOUR whole months of waiting. Doesn't sound all that very long does it? Guess that is a matter of perspective...for us 4 months of waiting on a child who we have never seen a picture of or don't know anything about is not that long of a wait. The hardest part is knowing what that child might possibly be going through as I go to sleep in my large, comfortable bed tonight. When we think about what that small child will endure in these next few months before we know them and cannot physically do anything about then the 4 months seems like an eternity. However, what we rest in is knowing that our God is in control and is surrounding our child with angels as He prepares us for that child and brings our child home to us. We serve a BIG God who does not lose control in the circumstances or is unprepared for this fight this child will endure. We find peace in our God and in knowing that we can pray for this child and that prayer is indeed ENOUGH at this time. I will say that in 4 months of time we have gone from #17 in line for a boy and #10 in line for a girl on the unofficial list that a group from our agency keeps to NUMBER 3 for both a boy and a girl! I LOVE THAT! God is so in control of our journey and I just laugh at His sense of humor. So many people would assume (as we did) that requesting either gender would guarantee us a boy (which is wonderfully perfect for us mind you) as the wait time for a boy is half the wait time for a girl. I have loved watching as we move up on both lists at just the right times to keep us guessing! Guess it's the closest we will come to being "surprised" by the gender of a baby of ours! And I love the freedom we have found in giving God total control!
Which brings me to the title...giving up apples and bananas! I have been thoroughly enjoying Beth Moore's bible study When Godly People Do Ungodly Things. But my absolute FAVORITE nugget of truth that I have heard and have held on to recently is a message on understanding that God wants to be the THRILL of our lives!! I have grown up in the church as my parents did and their parents did and so on. I have sat through many messages, attended youth camps, read my bible, etc. But for 32 years I have missed this truth somehow! I have focused so much on the sacrifices of living for God and the things that I CANNOT do as a follower of Christ that I have MISSED what I CAN do!! Beth Moore points out that God wants to THRILL us and be the adventure of our lives!! She makes the illustration that all our lives we have been given apples and bananas spiritually and that God says that He didn't only feed us apples and bananas...He wants to give us kiwis and mangoes and papayas and pineapples!! There is PASSION where God is and the work He is doing! There are RIVERS of delight! Our God is limitless...get that?? LIMITLESS!!! I so know I don't live like I know that truth...I LIMIT God to what I know as my reality but scripture says otherwise! OH MY how I loved hearing that and feeling that. I get to find JOY in my faith and in my wait and in my struggles but not only in the those hard things! There is JOY now in the sunrise and the cool breeze and the laughter of my boys and the embrace of my husband. JOY from the Lord and I am thankful!! Thankful for this adventure that we've been called to and THANKFUL that the adventure does NOT END here! I love walking this road to grow our family through adoption but I have faith that God is not done with us after this adventure ends...this is just the beginning if we'll be listen and obey. And I don't know about you but I want kiwis and mangoes and papayas and I will be making sure my kids know this truth also!
As always we so appreciate your prayers as we move along this road to our child. We pray for patience and contentment with God's perfect timing. We pray over the child He has chosen for our family and for the transition to a family of 5. We pray for peace for the transition for our young boys as we prepare to make two long trips to Africa and bring our child home. And we thank you for praying along with us.
Because of HIM...