12 August 2014

adoption update-just...waiting

The Waiting Place...for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or NO
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig that curls or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

While not trying to make light of a fairly impatient time right now, I am reminded of this page from one of Haven's favorite books...waiting. That's where we stand right now with our adoption. Many adoptive families can identify. Waiting. It actually relates to a lot of us, whether adopting or not. Most of our lives, in our minds, are in wait mode for that one person-job-car-roommate-situation-child-time period-degree-sense of peace...you fill in the blank. We are all waiting for something or someone we think will give us that ultimate, long-lasting peace. 

Reality is that getting a phone call which says we have a travel date...getting on that plane routed to Uganda...bringing our dear Keziah Patience home...having Covenant sleep all night...having Haven not wake up every.single.night...you get the picture (and a small glimpse into our lives right now :)...will not create the sense of complete and total peace that our Savior desires for us. 

It's His arms. 
His cross. 
His Word. 
His Spirit.
He wants us to turn to Him for that peace. 
For rest. 
For purpose. 
These are the reminders our great I AM is teaching me lately.
So to update everyone on our adoption...we are, in fact, just waiting.  
Waiting for our last piece of paperwork, namely her long form birth certificate to get filed, then into the lawyer's hands, who will then check to make sure we have all necessary paperwork needed to then file to the Ugandan courts. Once filed, we wait for a judge to look over our case and set a court/travel date for him/her to hear our case.

We are so appreciative of people's prayers and your inquiries. By you asking you give us courage that you care & are praying. Thank you. Thank you.

Please don't misunderstand...we are loving life right now & thankful for our small family. Arlan's place at ACCFS. Family. Friends. A cozy home. Haven getting ready to start preschool again soon. College kids about to come back for the school year. We are blessed.

Your continued prayers are greatly needed and appreciated. Below is some of our humble requests...they have stayed very similar to my last post:
  • Timing~that God would provide timing/details of travel for our family.
  • Guidance~travel preparation for us & also for our caseworker (Emily), Ugandan lawyer & investigator & our judge(s).
  • Patience~that we can trust in our Almighty & patiently wait on others overseas.
  • Support~that the rest of our travel expenses would be provided when needed.
  • Keziah~for her daily care, her extended family, her nutrition & play & for her little heart.
Interestingly enough...have I ever mentioned our daughter's given birth name is Nkukunda Patience?

Probably NOT a coincidence? :)

 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 27:14