I feel like this journey we are on is so totally growing my faith. God’s really in on this thing. Listen to this, on Thursday morning we had a “Pre-Referral” interview with our agency’s Haiti coordinator. She is the one who knows the children in the orphanage personally and is able to match the right kid with the right family. So, we go into this thing thinking we’ll answer a bunch of questions about like “what are your strengths” or “are you sure you want to do this” (“yes, we are sure” we’ll say for the millionth time). We’ll have to tell a little bit about our amazing parenting skills (uh-umm, joke) that we have because we’ve already raised 3 kids and they now all live on their own, they all have jobs, 2 of them are married, they’ve given me two of the most adorable grandkids you’ve ever seen (still working on Adam and Nikki to get the process going). Wow, when I say it like that it does sound like we did a pretty good job at our first parenting gig. But back to the interview, we answer her questions as best we could, then at the end she says “I never do this, BUT I KNOW EXACTLY THE LITTLE BOY THAT WOULD FIT INTO YOUR FAMILY” AHHHHHH, I was in shock. She proceeds to tell us about this adorable little boy’s personality and we had to agree that it did sound like he would fit into to our large, crazy family. It’s not an official referral yet, with all of the information that you would normally get in an official referral presentation, but we should get that info on Monday. Wow, God is so in control of this whole thing….He really is. When she told us his name I knew exactly who she was talking about. I have been obsessing over pictures that she frequently sends out to adopting families when she comes home from her trips to Haiti. I have actually commented that he is so cute and I would love to be his mom. Last night I was reading someone’s blog about their 6 month wait for a referral from an orphanage we initially started with. God lead us away from that orphanage and agency, which at the time I didn’t understand and honestly it was a little hurtful. But now I get it. God’s got this.
I’m hoping next week I’ll be able to present our new little boy to you. I have to get his official information, have our doctor look over his medical info, pay a large sum of money to our agency (reminding myself that God’s got this). Then I’ll be able to show everyone his adorable little face.
Thank you, God, for what is coming about in my life. You are changing me, and at each little growth spurt I look back and wonder why I didn’t I didn’t surrender to you sooner. But I also look ahead with anticipation to where you’ll lead me next. Thank you for this little boy, whom I love already. He is precious and I know you have a special plan for his life. God, I know love me. I know You’ve got this and I’m so thankful You do.
Since coming back from Haiti so many people have commented to us about how happy we look in the pictures taken there. After hearing this over and over I started thinking “what’s up with that?” Why would we look so happy while visiting a country with such problems? Ummm, it certainly wasn’t because we were all clean and comfortable…it’s unbelievably hot and sticky and dusty there. Make-up and flat ironing my hair did not happen. We weren’t staying in the most luxurious of accomodations…I stayed in room with 5 other girls, bunk beds and NO air conditioning. There was no hot water, which was fine because the cold water felt good in that tiny little bathroom with sweat dripping down my back even after getting out of the shower. Room temperature drinking water all week…NO ice. Yep, pretty primitive living. But we were happy…the whole week.
Here’s what I’ve learned…I think we were doing what God created us for. We went out of our comfort zone to help others. We did house work for them. We hugged and played with the children. We fixed some things in the community to make it a better place. We loved them. That’s what Jesus called us to do. That made us happy.
I don’t want that happiness to ever end. A few nights ago Joey and I were at a very cool little coffee place talking about “life”. I told him that I don’t think I have ever been happier than I have been in the last few months. As I thought about that statement, all of a sudden, I realized that I was happy “all the way down”. That’s the only way I can describe it. Just all the way down in the depths of my heart. I don’t want it to end.
I know that our upcoming adoption has something to do with that. I have this overflow of love now that I can’t wait to overflow on to this child that God has chosen for us. (I’m getting weepy now…I’m not usually like that…just a weird thing that has been happening to me lately). Please join me in praying for our son. Pray that he is safe. Pray that he is being loved by someone God has put in his path. Pray that somehow he would know that we are trying as hard as we can to bring him home to us. Pray that he would know there is a God out there that loves him more than he can imagine.
I’m happy 🙂
Feeling so blessed today. Still on a high from our Haiti trip. In case you didn’t see photos on Facebook (uh-ummm, Tiffany :)) HERE they are. There’s a bunch. We had so much fun working and living life with the people in the little village of Neply. We painted rooms, built screen doors, fixed basketball goals, did laundry (completely by hand..scars to prove it!) for some specific families in the village, swept and mopped their homes, and best of all just loved on the children. If your interested, visit myLIFEspeaks and find out more about the ministry. I know we will be going back.
The high point of our week was visiting the orphanage that our son will be coming from, pictures HERE. We didn’t go to Haiti thinking this would be possible. But through some circumstances that God had His hand in, we got that opportunity. Yay God!! Wow, what an experience. The children were happy, clean, eager to show us what they have been learning in school. We just sat on the floor and played, loved, colored with them. They didn’t speak English and we don’t speak Kreyole but crayons and smiles & hugs brought us together to the point that it was hard to leave them. They especially loved having their pictures taken and I love that I have pictures of all of them. I know my son is in one of my pictures somewhere and we are within 1 month of finding out which one he is. Blessed.