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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Paper Pregnancy-I am ready to be mama again :)

We are approaching our 9th month of paper pregnancy.
Yes, this has been a f ast adoption
NO, I don't feel like it has been.
To me, it seems like each step of this paperwork that happens on the US side has taken an interminably long time
Has it really been that bad?
No, but still not as fast as others I have been watching.
I think the bad thing about internet is that you know how fast some people get their paperwork thru, and you know how slow some others go
and you are NEVER content with where you are at!!
I don't think there has been one time of any adoption paperwork successes that I have truly been able to say, THANK YOU LORD, without first complaining, sighing, questioning, or any other form of murmuring!
In short, I have been acting like a brat, and I don't like it.
Each step has been pretty fast, pretty effortless, and pretty well in line with others, yet, I am always looking for something better--SIGH!
When will I learn?
When will I be able to say-Thank You God for EVERYTHING you are doing with this adoption? Even if it isn't MY timeline?
It's called having a contented heart. It's called surrendering your plans and hopes and dreams, and letting God lead. I KNOW all of that, but my brain has been telling my heart things that aren't true, and my goodness, I have been a mess because of it.
I have loved Revive our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss for 10 years-and this past week, she spoke to my heart, deeply, about contentment.
And I listened, and I GOT IT!!!
And I am surrendering ALL my plans to you Lord, and I WILL BE CONTENT, with your timing, with your plans, with your EVERYTHING involved in bringing these 2 girls home from Ch*na.
We received our USCIS provisional approval on Nov 17. 24 days after our LOA's came to our doorstep.
On Nov 25, we got an email from the National Visa Center saying our paperwork is in their system-we should be cabled-probably tomorrow-then we wait 2 weeks for Article 5 pickup, so that puts us about Dec 12. Then we get TA, which can take from 3 days to 3 weeks-and plan our travel-looks like it will be into January-unless Ch*na really does "fast track" our paperwork once we get it all back over there this week-but, God knows, and it is in His hands, and we will rest in that, and wait patiently-YES, patiently!!
We have lots of pictures of Rosalyn that I want to share, but there is one special shot that I will share for today, and leave you with this-pray for Daniel. He is Rose's foster brother, and he was one of the 3 that had to go back to the orphanage 2 weeks ago-the new, big building that the government officials needed to fill up with children, many of whom were in foster care.
pray for Rose-she misses him, yet trusts her heavenly Father to keep him safe.
Pray for our family as we prepare to head West and bring home 2 girls-soon !!!
Pray that we hear God speaking and that we have the courage to be obedient and follow where He leads.
In Him
Chris

4 comments:

kimjax said...

We'll pray for Daniel, Chris! I know what you mean about letting God lead. I just wish He'd give me all the dates for my calendar - I'm such a planner! :) Praying you have a wonderful Christmas season while you wait!

Lynnea said...

Tears.
Thanks for sharing your heart dear friend. It was exactly what I needed to hear tonight.
His timing...not mine.
And we are praying....and excited ;)
Hugs and love,
Lynnea

The Rylands Family said...

Chris,
Lifting you up to the Father. We so want to know everything yesterday, don't we? We will all be rejoicing with you soon.

Angie

Jolene said...

One thing I love about the internet is the ability to pray for people that I otherwise would not know. It is such an honor to come before the Lord in prayer and intercession for others.

On our end we were recently approved for our 2nd China blessing and now we must hurry to update the Homestudy and find out what we need to do to update the I-800a before our LOA comes in so we can get our I-800 for BOTH children approved! Of course, I think we also need to update our Dossier.

Can you please pray for us that WE will be content with the time frame the Lord has been using for this adoption. We're at 1 yr now from the time we committed to our 1st child and now we see that the Lord delayed us because there were 2 children he needed us to come back with! So much paperwork to redo now and we need prayer! (Also, financial prayers as well!)