3.11.2010

my 2 cents

I feel like I've been gone forever - it's only been a few days - but wow ... it feels longer! I've been home sick with some cold/virus thing that's been going around our church. I felt like I had mono I was so tired! Except when I really had mono in High School it lasted several weeks - this was just a few days. I'm back at work though and back to blogging! I'm just thankful I didn't have the stomach virus poor Amy had...

So there's been quite a buzz going around blog land about Ethiopia adoptions. I don't really know what my thoughts are right now. I wasn't able to join in on our agency conference call yesterday - so I'll be joining the one today. After that I will have more information and probably more thoughts and feelings. The basics that I do know are this: We will now have to make 2 trips to Ethiopia. The first one will be shortly after we receive our referral - we'll spend some time with Tucker, then sign a form saying that we do intend to adopt him. Then we'll go home for 6-8 weeks while we wait to pass court and get new travel dates. The second trip will be to actually bring him home. This adds a greater financial burden of course, but it will also add some emotional burden. I can't imagine the pain that we'll feel having to leave our son in the orphanage for several weeks after getting to know and love him. I do know that God has a perfect plan in all this. After sharing what I'd heard with John, I said "what are we going to do?" and his response was immediate, "well, we're not giving up! We're going to keep right on going and not let anything stop us." I love him so much. Part of me believes that Satan is angry that so many people have been stepping up to adopt the orphans in Ethiopia. The numbers have risen drastically in the last couple years. The enemy hates that and will do whatever he can to stop it. I believe that is one of the causes (if not the only cause) for the negative media attention and this new law. Satan wants to dissuade anyone he can from caring for the fatherless. Well, this is one couple who won't let that happen! In my last post I said that we would go to the moon and back for Tucker. I meant it. We would go to Ethiopia 15 times to bring him home. No question. As for the money - to me it seems so huge. But, God has provided for us so far, and He will provide for this extra trip.

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."
Matthew 6:33-34

19 comments:

3 Blessings said...

Standing with you friend. Hugs!!!
Blessings,
Amy

Amy said...

I totally agree. These are our children, of course we should and would do anything and everything it takes to bring them home! Definetly a trying time and time to watch God work!!!

The Kirk Fam said...

Praying for our amazing AGCI family as we journey down this narrow path together!!
Amy K.

Kristin said...

Amen, Lauren!! We cannot let Satan win and we won't! I can imagine how hard that would be to have to leave and then go back again, but I love your attitude on it! And whatever we can do out here in blogland to help everyone bring their sweet babies home, y'all just say the word and we will help as much as we can!!

Monika said...

We are with you Lauren! Blessings! Monika

He & Me + 3 said...

That is so true. When God asks us to do something then he provides a way ALWAYS for us to see it through.
Hope you are feeling much better!
Hugs,
Mimi

Joyeful said...

You are completely right that this is just a tactic of Satan! I am so glad you all are standing firm and resisting the temptation to give up!! I will be praying for you both -- that the money will be provided exactly when you need it and that God will be give you grace during the months between your trips!

Lara said...

I was feeling a little overwhelmed by this myself. Just when I started to think that things were within our reach to begin the process this news comes! But I guess it's a good introduction to the world of international adoptions for me - things can and will change at any moment.

Alicia said...

Yes, Lauren, God will provide!!!

Jayme said...

I am so sorry about this disheartening news. It does seem that there are more 'obstacles' in the adoption world. I completely agree with you about the enemy, he hates it and it's all the more reason to continue! Step by step and day by day, we WILL reach the end!

I promise you that when the time comes, the money will be in place. I promise! The way that you live by faith, God will provide every penny. I just know it!

We have the option to escort or travel to bring our girl home and we wanted God's will in which would be right for us.(Pretty big difference between the two, financially) Now here we are, ALL of the funds to travel have been provided! To GOD be the glory, because there is NO WAY I could have done it. I know it seems like a huge mountain, but bit by bit, it will accumulate and then be sitting in your savings account!

I will be praying for ALL adoptions in the mean time, and that miracles will happen for ALL of us!

Meg said...

You are already such a wonderful mother! I am just blessed to see the amazing parallels between earthly adoptions like your adoption of Tucker and our heavenly adoption into God's family. Jesus came down to adopt us as children into the family of God and what a sacrifice he made! I know you have been through much trial and suffering, but it just points to the suffering of Christ and the ultimate reward. Thank you for being so honest and sharing this whole process with us! Blessings.

Lara said...

PS- I was just telling my mom aboutt his and told her how you said you would go 15 times to get Tucker. So inspiring.

I just posted about hosting some children from Uganda last night. It may bring you a smile.

Kelly said...

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Andrea said...

I'm so glad you are not giving up! He'll be home sooner than you think!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Lauren, thanks for visiting my blog. I pray that God will bestow his blessings for you and other families that are caught in this crazy new law. It is so hard to see the end of the tunnel when you are in it and believe me, I would have flipped out. And as much as I hate and love to say this, it will be a thing of the past one day....and it will be a glorious testimony of how our God provided and brought you through this trial.

Tracy said...

So glad that you are feeling better. You and Amy have to shake this stuff!

I am with you, I cannot imagine. Most things that I cannot imagine, I am so grateful that God will bear it for me. He will bear this for you, my sister. Hang in there.

Anna said...

From s fellow sister in Christ I can tell you that you hit the nail right on the head! We have been caught in red tape for so long. We thought the best thing for our little one would be to back out. Since it seemed like it would not happen for us-maybe there was another family for her. God has done 2 miracles in the past few weeks and we continue to praise HIM! I knew he could do it, just wasnt sure if it was his will..... Satan really has it out for Godly families.hang in there!(we have a similar process in Ecuador. Thankfully we have a family that has offered for me to stay with them the ENTIRE time to continue the "bonding process")

The Girl Creative said...

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Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

Lauren, God will provide. He just will. I know you know this but I just wanted to state it again.

Prayers for you.