Sunday, February 4, 2007

Could this be the Month?

Hello again. First an update... Our dossier is at AoH awaiting our I-600A fingerprinting which is scheduled next Tuesday February 13 at 3pm in Milwaukee. We are running into some complications with income verification because I am self-employed and don't have an employer that can sign a document saying I make x dollars. But nothing impossible, and I'm sure I'll get it worked out in the next week. So hopefully once these last couple things get worked out, then AoH will let us know the children God has ordained for us. Our love for these children continues to grow with the anticipation. I've found my self day dreaming and imagining what they might look like and who they might turn out to be someday. If you can believe this, I even imagined walking my beautiful adopted daughter down the aisle someday and what that might be like. In that way it's like pregnancy. Once you get the news that your going to have a baby, you begin dreaming dreams and planning. And I praise God that He knows the plans he has for these children.

At worship today, we were studying Luke 4, where Jesus reads from Isaiah 61 and declares "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your presence". And the verse from Isaiah is about preaching the Gospel to the poor, to release the captives, to set free those who are downtrodden, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. Our whole goal in this process is to give the gift of Hope to two children. To let them know of a Savior that loves them, and to demonstrate that love in a thousand practical ways each day of their life. I am reminded over and over again how blessed we are, and in our own little way want to share those blessings with them, and to see how God uses us to influence them, so they can in turn influence others for Christ. Its an admirable goal, and by the Grace of God, we'll trust Him to see it fulfilled.

Regarding my trip to Biloxi, I've got a reschedule flight on Valentines Day - Wednesday February 14th. So I'll only be going from Wed - Sun rather than Sat - Sun. Not what I planned, but I'm at peace that i'll still make a little difference the couple of days I'm there. Also our Korean kids flew home on Friday, and Kim and I finally had a night out alone and celebrated. We were glad they came, but also glad to see them go.

Well thanks again for all you're support, and that you continue to care and checkup on our progress. I ask in advance that you pray for patience for us. As I read the posts of other couples who already have referrals, have adoptions complete in Liberia, but are still waiting for passports to get their children home, I know long tough weeks are ahead of us once we have the referral. I trust completely in God's timing, but that doesn't mean it will be easy. I just want us to make the most of our time without our adopted children to reaffirm our biological children and to use that time wisely to do what God needs for us to do to prepare for their arrival. Thanks again!

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