Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Good news and not so good, but not bad news either day

Well, good news; not so good, but not bad news either day....

Here is the update from our agency regarding all that we've got going on right now.

GOOD NEWS! Our referral fee is paid. It was wired to Haiti yesterday 5/22/17 :) We are beyond excited that we have made some forward progress. So now we wait again. How long do we wait.....

Not so good, but not bad news either! We have not not been matched yet. However, the referral fee we sent was to put us in queue. So we know that they are working on our case and looking for our son. How long does that take? 4 months, maybe longer.

I've a bit of a Pollyanna. I think that's a good thing. Here's show I see it. I've been waiting officially for 13 months to hear this news. I can certainly wait 4 months for even better news. The other silver lining is that it's almost summer! Tomorrow is the last day of school and we all know how fast summer goes. Right?!?! The last ray of sunshine is that it will be fall when we get our referral so traveling will be much easier on our family. ~not that we wouldn't have made it work~

OK, so now what? I will praise the Lord! God is moving mountains just like I asked. How and when He does it is not up to me. I trust in God's perfect timing and I know that He holds the future.

I came across this verse. It's convicting and encouraging at the same time.

John 5:3 "In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water." 

Lord Jesus help me to remember all those who are waiting on You. So many hurting people, people who desperately need the waters to move. Jesus I pray for those today who need You; who need a miracle. I pray that You comfort and protect our son in Haiti and for all the families who are in the waiting. Lord, I know that's where You are. You know us, You see us and You love us. 
Move the waters Jesus, move the waters!

Take Couragehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r49V9QcYheQ

Friday, May 19, 2017

Memorable May

So excited! 
I'm not even sure how to start this post. I guess it will just be super raw. So May 17, 2017 around 4 pm our rep from our agency called and emailed to let us know that our 'lil guys information is literally just waiting on the Directress desk to be signed and copied. Once that happens we will get our request for our referral money! AHHH!!!
Usually, in about 6 weeks after they get their money you get your referral! OH, my heart! I cannot wait to see his sweet little face. 
Praying she's motivated today to sign our paper work and ask for our referral fee!! 

Side note***it snowed**May 17-19, 2017 and there's snow on the ground! Very Memorable MAY for sure!! 

Thank you Lord!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Officially 1 year

I guess you could call this one of many therapy posts. I feel like I have NO right to be whiny, after all, so many people have waited years longer than us. Yes, YEARS! I'm just feeling frustrated and a bit sad that this journey we started on Jan 20, 2015 has taken so long with really no end in sight. My head knows that nothing last forever, but my heart is crying out in desperation for movement. I just want to meet my son! I think I'm more bothered by it because I know that there is a prospective match for us and I haven't heard anything about it. I wonder every day if someone has looked into it or if the file sits there unattended to. I also feel guilty for being so impatient because many waiting families don't have any children at all. At least I do hear, "mommy". I am SO grateful for that. Speaking of my kids, they're great. They ask about their future brother a lot. They know that "one day" we'll all be together. For now, we all just pray. We pray that our "one day" is soon. I can safely say that my kids have learned a lot through the waiting. Especially, that nothing comes easy. Things of the Lord sometimes takes a great deal of time. If you don't believe me pick just about any story in the Old Testament :)

Anyway, here's where we stand today. It's 4-21-17, we were entered into IBESR on 4-20-16 so one year later we are still waiting to be matched (referral) and now some of paper work is expiring. We are almost finished with our Home Study update. We still have more reading to do, CPR training (Tara) and a social worker visit. Our USCIS fingerprints expired as well, but that is done now too! So in less than a month we'll be all caught up again. :)

I applied for a grant through Kaitlyn's Fund back in Feb. Praying we hear something from them soon. I plan on applying for more once we get past the Home Study update.

We needed $7,000 for the next phase which is the REFERRAL phase. And by God's grace and mercy we've been able to raise it!! Thank you Lord!!

We'll need another $7,000 for the court phase which will happen after our 2 week socialization trip. Plus our travel fee's. I have no doubt that God will provide. He has been so faithful to us during this time. His provisions are no surprise to us, we are just grateful beyond belief for them.

My prayer today is that we get the call from Renae telling us it time to pay for the referral and also for my other friends that are adopting: Shannon, Brianne, Kyla and Karen. We are all in similar stages.

If you're reading this would stop for just a minute and pray that with me? Thanks so much. :)

How cool would it be if my next post was about our Referral!?!?! God can, and I know He will.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Perfect 10

It's been 10 months and 8 days since we've entered IBESR. I know I shouldn't expect it yet, but everyday I pray Renae calls us wanting our referral money. Renae let us in on a little secret, while she was in Haiti last month she was told that there has been a child suggested to be matched with our family! SO naturally I think of him everyday, as if I wasn't before, but even more so now.

So, what are we currently up too? Well, besides waiting.... we put his puzzle on the wall! 
I am still hoping to fill in more pieces, but for now it's hung, it's safe AND it's beautiful!!

I walk past this 100 times a day. Every single time I see it I am reminded of the Lord's blessings. This road may be long, but God has a reason for it. I know there is a perfect plan hidden in the agony of the wait. I have seen more beauty in the gospel in the last 10 months than I have ever seen in my entire Christian life!

We also sent away for another grant. This one is from Katelyn's fund. We mailed it out on Jan 20th, 2017.

Have I mentioned that through the gifts of friends and family and the 3 grants we've received so far, we have been able to pay for every bill thus far?!?!

The Lord is good. He is just. He is Holy.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Paddington Bear

We bought Isaiah a Paddington Bear for Christmas this year. As I finish putting the last few presents under the tree I hold his bear close. It's our second year buying him presents and he's not here to open them. I so badly wish he was home, but I know that God this all planned out. I know His timing is best. I am so grateful for the promises in His word. This verse reminds me that when I feel like I need more, more kids, more love, more time, more money,



more...God is enough. period

2 Cor. 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

As 700th day of waiting comes to end I want to share with you an answered prayer. I was praying for a miracle for Dec. 20, 2016. Specifically for a referral, but I would be happy with any movement at all. At the end of the day yesterday on the 20th of December I received an email from Renae, she's our case worker at the adoption agency.  She asked that we update our Power of Attorney in our dossier. Yay!  That's something for me. It's a reminder for me that God hears my prayers. He's sees every tear and He's compassionate.

Prayer works and God is enough.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

It's the most wonderful time of the year! How is it December already? This time last year I was working on all our puzzle pieces to send out in an effort to raise money towards our adoptions fees. We were and still are so incredibly humbled by everyones generosity! God has used you in such a mighty way and Nick and I are still beaming over the out pouring of love and support we received from you all.

Here we are a a whole year later...I wanted to catch you up with this crazy process. Let me start by sharing our blessings with you. We have received 3 grants this year! The first came from Show Hope and it was for $3,000. The second came from Life Song and it's a matching grant up to $2,500. (Meaning we need to raise $2,500 to receive it.) Then, just yesterday, I got an email from Families Outreach informing us that we received a $1,000 grant. So, once we raise the $2,500 we were granted from LS, it will be a total of $9,000!!! Isn't the Lord amazing?!?! We are astounded over these miracles that we have received.

We still have about $11,000 to go for our agency fees and such,  plus traveling money for 2 trips, but so far God had provided! I cannot being to express to you how reassuring it is to see the Lord's hand in all of this.

Many of you are wondering where we are in this process. Well here's the year in a very, small nut shell.

Jan- Dossier was translated to Creole
April 18th- Dossier was given to the Haitian Consulate
April 20th - Entered IBESR (Haiti recognizes us as an adoptive family)

Now we wait....and wait....and wait....

The Haitian government is responsible for matching us up with our boy. As you can imagine this is not going to be a quick process; waiting on their team to find our future son. We were told this process could take up to 3 years! Maybe more or maybe less...No one really knows. A lot has changed in the country of Haiti this year. And with change, good or bad, comes a learning curve. So we are waiting, very patiently~lol, for them to figure things out and match us up.

So what happens after we've been matched you ask? Well, Nick and I go to Haiti for our 15 day bonding trip. If all goes well,  then we do more paperwork which could take another 9-12 months to make our son an OLSON!! Then we go back to Haiti for a quick pick trip and bring Isaiah home :)

That's really it...We are in the waiting game. Trusting that the Lord knows exactly when our son will come home. As we wait we are trying to stay patient and set an example to our kids of what waiting for a miracle looks like. This ain't easy folks, but God is so good and I am just so grateful to even be on this journey. It's a bonus that you all are on it with me. This little boy is going to be so loved by so many.

I wanted to express my gratitude to you all for being a constant source of encouragement.  Our family appreciates your prayers and love.

As we look to 2017 we welcome it with anticipation of good things to come! We trust that the Lord has His hand in everything and we trust in His perfect timing.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

God bless you!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Six months in IBSER

Today marks our sixth month anniversary in IBESR. It doesn't mean a whole lot, but if you're an optimist like me it means that we are six months closer to meeting our son! That's something :)

We got a great six month anniversary present from Life Song for Orphans. I received an email stating that our family has been awarded a $2,500 matching grant! Praise the Lord! We are so grateful for organizations out there that are set up to help families make adopting a reality. Thank you to donors of Life Song.

So how far have we gotten in six months?....

I actually do not have an answer for that. For all I know we are exactly where we were six months ago. There is no definitive answer as to when we will get our referral. We can only pray. Would you pray with us that God will use this time of waiting to strengthen us? We need the rest He promises in scripture, we need to not grow weary or lose hope. We will stand unshaken because we know that the Lord will use all this for His glory.

Much has happened in the country of Haiti over the last six months.  On Easter Sunday a little girl passed away from dehydration, several other families have brought their kids home, a few referrals, Hurricane Matthew and a delayed presidential election to name a few.

Our hearts have been extremely heavy watching the news and seeing Cholera rear it's ugly head in such a violent way. Hearing horror stories of families that have lost loved ones during the storm...I try to not let my mind "go there" but it's tough to feel so helpless. What to do?

My family and I are trusting in God's perfect timing. We know that He knows best and that our son will not come home one minute before he supposed to, but what has brought us the most comfort is knowing that He is our refuge, He is our comfort and through Him we can find rest. I will not be shaken, I will trust in Him.

This verse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.
Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. 
Ps 62:5-8