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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Exciting Times: Plane Tickets Bought

We have finally purchased plane tickets.  Having a ticket and a departure date makes this all seem real.  Holly and Sadie will be leaving from Nashville on September 7th.  Then, Chad, Nancy, and Nolen will be leaving from Nashville on September 19th.  We have scheduled to be flying home on October 21st.  However, our return home date is just a guess because we really don't know how long things will take.  This date will more than likely change as we progress in the process.
While purchasing plane tickets we were having a bit of sticker shock.  Five tickets to Africa don't exactly come cheap.  On Tuesday night Chad and I were having a conversation about paying for this adoption.  Our goal all along has been to have a debt free adoption.  When seeing the price of airfare and other things I started to doubt if this was even possible.  But my God is faithful and his plan is perfect.  When Chad and I have reached difficult times throughout this process financial and others we have said that this is what God has told us to do and he will direct us.  That he did this week.  The day after having airfare sticker shock we received a letter from an organization called Show Hope.  It was informing us that we had  received and adoption grant.  Overwhelmed.  That is what I was.  Overwhelmed by His Glory, Faithfulness, and Love.  It has been amazing to see just how God has provided and met all of our families needs.  To Him be the Glory for this.
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.  To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4: 19-20
As soon as one prayer request is answered another arises.  We were not able to purchase tickets for the girls on the flight home.  This is because we do not know their birthdays, something needed to buy plane tickets.  We know they are around 2 years of age.  If they turn 2 after we arrive home we will not need to purchase them their own seat.  We can just purchase them a lap seat which is what we did with Nolen.  A lap ticket is about $1,000 cheaper than a regular airplane ticket home.  The way it is now if they turn 2 in Africa we will have to purchase them last minute one way tickets.  Our prayer is that we will know when their birthdays are so we can make this decision not at the last minute.  Financially it would be great if they didn't have their birthday until we got home.

If you "like" Show Hope's Facebook page during the month of July an anonymous donor will donate $1 to orphan care and adoption aid.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What will I say?

I have been told that there is great chance that I will get to spend some time with the birthparents of the girls.  What does one say to the birthparents of their children.  I have been trying to prepare myself for this but I am not sure that this is something that I can prepare myself for.  Thank you just does not seem to do it justice.  As a person who feels like they sometimes stick their foot in their mouth when speaking I am afraid to say too much.  I am also scared of breaking some type of Ugandan social norms which I have no knowledge of.  So what does one do?  I feel like words are just words and nothing more.  I show my faith and beliefs by what I do.  Sometimes I should show my emotions by what I do.
When first told about the possible meeting with the girls birth mother I began to pray and look for examples of showing thanks and humility in the Bible.  One example repeats itself several times.  Foot washing.  This is used in the Bible to show the greatest servitude and humility.  I am not sure if I will receive the opportunity to actually do this so please pray that God will provide Chad and I with the appropriate words to use during this special meeting.

Monday, July 11, 2011

WE HAVE COURT DATE

I am going to make this short and sweet.  We have a court on September 26.  YEAH!!  This means that Sadie and I will be leaving early September.  More to come.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Honored to be in an Article

Last week I received an email from Chad telling me about an article he saw on Linked In.  It is written by a friend here in TN that writes articles for an online journal.  I am honored that someone would write about our family decisions with such a positive view.  I feel like I am constantly making the wrong decisions so thank you Jack for the encouragement.  You can read the article here.  Jack serves as a life coach in the Spring Hill community.  You can read about his work from his website www.redwoodcoach.com.

I apologize for not posting much lately.  I have been a bit busy.  This weekend we went to Memphis and had a joint birthday party for our kids and our niece.  A birthday party for a 2, 3, and 4 year old is a bit crazy.  When at home an abundance of our time has been spent working in the garden.  I will write more about that in a few days.
Please continue to pray for our process.  We would love to hear from the courts before they close on July 15.  A court date would be awesome.  We should also hear these week from Show Hope about a grant we have applied for.