Thursday, May 31, 2012

Adoption Update

We finally have seen some movement in bringing our girl home. In all honesty, this has been a long and emotional week in regards to this adoption process.
1. Last week we got an email saying a piece of paper that was sent in January had never arrived, even though it was confirmed.

2. They requested an interview with the woman involved in our case.

3. Our agency has trouble getting ahold of this woman (there are no telephones in remote Ethiopian villages, no written languages, no set address....no wonder they had trouble)

But we also saw how Father took care of all of these things.....

So whats next? On June 11th at 7:30 am there will be an interview at the Embassy with the woman who played a vital role in our daughters life. At that point, they will either immediately clear us to come pick her up, or send our file to Nairobi.  Thats is where the file goes if there are any unanswered questions.
If it goes there, it will add "about" 3 weeks to the process. But either way, we are looking at being cleared to be an official family of 5 by the end of June!

We are so excited to be this close to the finish line! He truly is faithful!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Lesson From My Son

Fridays I do not have class. They have turned into an errand day, a chance to catch up on all the things I do not usually have time to do. I finished all my stuff..and because it's sunny and 90 degrees outside...the boys and I decided to go outside and play. I took them to the local hospital/ University because they have a huge flat area where you can fly kites..ride bikes...
The boys were off playing, when some Chinese boys came over. They were older, 12-14 years old or so. One boy ran over to my boys and started teasing them, and actually called them some rude names.
I know that it was nothing personal against them...it's just that teasing and putting people down is the same everywhere.
So how did my guys handle it..they just smiled and kept playing. I actually ran after the kid, angry and frustrated. He saw me coming and ran off. Then a few minutes later the same boy came back over, and actually said to me in English, " I sorry"
Immediately Tegan looked and me and asked if he could go play with this boy. I was like "no, why would you" and Tegan said "but Daddy, we are supposed to be nice to everyone.." and later he said," its because I forgive him"

They actually did play together for a while, but the age difference was to big, they had nothing in common. But what an amazing lesson in forgiveness and seeing others as our Father see's them.
As a Daddy, it's my job to teach him that, but today he taught me.
I am so proud of you my little man, you make this undeserving Daddy proud!




Location:Changsha

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Guess what!

Guess what!  Guess what!  

   

We just got the email that we've been waiting for.  Basically this just means that the US Embassy is now looking over our case to make sure everything is ethical and such.  Their investigation will include interviews of people that have played a part in Alyia's story (sorry for the lack of details, but that's her story to tell).  It could be anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks depending on circumstances, and sadly, the mood of the person reviewing our case.

Once they have placed their stamp of approval on our file, we will be "invited" to pick up our daughter!

THAT'S RIGHT!  

 We will be invited to hold her in our arms once again!

We will be invited to introduce our boys to their baby sister!

We will finally be a Forever Family of 5!

We're coming soon, Baby Girl!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Making A Difference....

Today I had my students do a short presentation on "whatever they wanted." I promise, it did fit with the class lesson for the day! One group got right to work, and was giggling and laughing the whole time, and when they did their presentation, I understood why!



Sometimes I wonder if I am making a difference in the lives of my students. I can see the results from our relationships in the deaf schools, and the people in our neighborhood. When we get recognized on the other side of town, we know our reputation proceeds us. But in the lives of the students....thats much harder to judge.
To be honest, teaching is not my first choice. Its a visa for us, a chance to live and work here. Or so I thought. But lately, I have been realizing that being at the school is an opportunity in itself. One I need to take seriously, to realize that even when it does not seem like it...I am making a diffrence!

Friday, May 11, 2012

It's Been A Good Week!

This Week:
Our boys went to the Doctor and got the help they needed.
We got some good news about our little girl
We signed a contract for another year at my school
We got our medical exams for our Resident Permit
We had some people bless us in amazing ways
We saw the incredible faithfulness of our Father
Had fun with silk worms





It was a good week!