Friday, January 27, 2012
So if you wonder where I have been- I have been extremely happy spending time with my family :)
**Adoption update- ICPC was started today! So we are getting closer.......will hopefully only be a couple of weeks now....but could be shorter or could be longer (most adoptions are within the 7-10 day limit, but sometimes there are extra tidbits that can slow things down.....and so I will try to wait patiently- I did say try). Please pray with me for the ICPC to go smoothly. For his family he is with- again....this is a very very very hard situation. Not for our son- he is soooo LOVED!!! But for the family. And I am constantly thinking of them and praying for God's Hands to cover them and give them strength. Thank You!!!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sooo......adoption update- PRAYING to get the ICPC started at the end of this week. Ummm....the paperwork is a bit more complicated. Don't want to share details, but just pray all the paperwork will be in fact done by the end of the week! This is just such a hard situation and it is dragging out. PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY where he is!!! PLEASE JOIN ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is just constantly on our hearts........
Friday, January 20, 2012
Then it came rushing over me like a ton of bricks.......WE WERE IN THE MIDST OF OUR LOSS......LOSING OUR NAOMI CAROLINE. We were in the stage of trying to move on like we would be ok. It was hard work in those days- making ourselves smile, but we tried.
Interestingly I went back and found this post a couple of days before he was born.
And yet just a few days before that......this is what I posted.
Actually......I remember feeling like just getting up in the mornings- was HARD WORK! We had lost our Hannah Grace July25th, 2008 as she went to be with Jesus. And although we know she is perfectly healed of her scoliosis and spina bifida not needing any earthly surgeries........we longed to hold her!!!! She was our daughter!!!!
Then starting in December of 2009....when we got the UGLY LETTER from usc*s stating they wanted more information? Through March......we were in a deep longing, mourning, lost stage. Because Naomi was never going to be coming home. Those months were filled with grief! A depression even.
While all this was happening- God was arranging for the birth, not only of our daughter, Joanna Faith Wright....but now we find out that our next child as well? How can such a crazy time of deep loss, that is sooo unexplainable unless you have lost a child, lead to not 1 but 2 of our children? I was blown away by our God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I was praying God led me to realize one really important thing. HE does NOT conform to our ideas of good timing. I know that sounds simple, but it is true. If you would have asked me in those months are you sooo excited about God. Ummm.....I would have said yes, but right now it is hard to just live.
Sometimes it is hard enough just to breathe in life. There are times when we feel like we are suffocating with a kind of death. Some of you may be feeling that way right now. But God works in ways we can not understand! I still don't understand why we had to lose our Hannah Grace or our Naomi Caroline- much less lose them both within 2 years!!! BUT OUR GOD IS SOO AWESOME that HE KNEW. He knew our hearts would be broken and HE HAS RESTORED THEM!!! NOT ONLY HAS HE RESTORED THEM, BUT NOW THEY ARE OVERFLOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Does this mean that our hard times are over now - ha ha ha....nope, doubt it. BUT it puts things into perspective a different perspective. One that I am sooo grateful for! During those times when you are drowning in pain.....you never know what God is up to :)!!!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
OK I know, I know......you are all wondering- when is your newest son coming home? Hmmmm......well that is a great question! For matters of privacy there are some and maybe a lot of things that I don't want to share with everyone.
BUT, what I can tell you is that there is paperwork to be finished. Then there is the ICPC to complete. An ICPC is the Interstate compact agreement- this is a paperwork process that has to happen when you adopt a child from a different state. The state where they live now has to agree that your paperwork and clearances are in order. Then the state where you live- where the child is moving to has to agree with that too. Sounds silly, but it is protection so that there is not tr*fficking of children. We did this with Joanna as well. It can take anywhere from 1 week-3weeks, but usually around 1 1/2-2 weeks for MOST people.
This is a different kind of adoption for us because it is private. So it is just a matter of dealing with lawyers. So we wait for the paperwork to get started....and will have to make a judgement call about when we fly to meet him....and of course waiting for ICPC to be completed before we can come back.
So that is pretty vague, but we know that there is always waiting in the adoption process, and it makes the meeting that much sweeter. This is what I wrote on my facebook earlier today....and it sums up everything.....
Waiting and praying for our addition to our family. Knowing he is GREAT AND WONDERFUL hands right now. Praying desperately for healing for those hands and for him. God knows!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
So a few things about my new brother........HE IS A MIRACLE in sooo many ways!!! As with any adoption there is GREAT PAIN in his story. Please pray continually as we are for all those involved. The pain is really deep and overwhelming according to what my mommy says. We are praying God's continued HEALING because we know HE is the ONLY ONE WHO HEALS our wounds!
He has a whole list of things that are a part of his history and medical records......he has HIV, he was born here in the States, he was exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero, he has possible mild Cebral Palsey, and possible severe autism. And well to be honest that is only a tiny bit of the list.
BUT- OUR GOD IS GREATER! WE know our brother may never talk, he is already crawling, and now cries, and boy does he have a great giggle!!!!! You see my mommy and daddy tell us that EVERYONE is PRECIOUS and EVERY LIFE IS AMAZING NO MATTER WHAT!!!! And so although a lot of people may be questioning our sanity right now.....we know GOD ordained his life and this adoption. That out of our darkest times God STILL REIGNS!
It is more than a song we sing in church more than something we say in passing- IT IS REAL! And our brother and each and every one of us in our family are miracles and we can't wait to see how GOD WORKS in our lives and brings our brother to us even in these really hard circumstances.
PRAISE GOD for the GREAT THINGS HE IS DOING! Please continue praying!!!!!!
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