Saturday, May 30, 2009

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."

~Anthony Brandt~

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Also amusing...

For parents of 6 year olds (give or take).... check out this blog post!

hee hee

Stole this from Leslie. Although I am making a huge effort to remain positive as a general matter, this quote does hold true from time to time. :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Just for me

Today, I felt like the message at church was sent directly to me. Here was a key point:

Every detail works to your advantage and to God's glory: more and more grace, more and more people, more and more praise!

So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:15‐18

Friday, May 22, 2009

Every time I think it can't get worse...

It does.

We have a new court date for June 16.  MOWA is requesting more information for *S*'s file. 

Losing confidence quickly.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Case not heard today.  MOWA letter still not done.  (MOWA = Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs).   Supposedly we might be heard tomorrow.  But it probably won't matter as now the agency doesn't think our MOWA letter will be finished by then either.

Apparently, months and months after receiving our file for approval (they have had it since November), MOWA is requesting additional information.  They aren't satisfied with the file.  

I'm so done.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Success as a society depends on YOUR house - not the White House

I just love this quote:

"Whatever the era, whatever the times, one thing will never change: fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house." 
~Barbara Bush~

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Quick update.

We don't know too much, but that's nothing unusual (such is international adoption!)so take the following for what its worth.  It sounds like the agency reps did meet with a MOWA rep and the judge today.  The MOWA rep agreed to work on the approval letters for the waiting families without new court dates. It sounds like just a few families will get letters each day.  Since we don't know the total backlog of cases (there were at least 6 agencies involved...) this could still drag things out for awhile.  But there was one case approved today (no idea who or what agency) so hopefully that is good news.

The weird thing is that we appear to be the only family that WAS given a new court date.   May 21.  So one more week.   We are hoping that is GOOD news, considering we could wait far longer to just "randomly" have our letter done by MOWA.  I suppose there could be other issues with our file that need to be addressed, but everyone thinks we are down to just MOWA approval.   

So bizarre... 

And ... we wait some more.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Ride Continues...

It appears that I misunderstood. Our case was not scheduled to be heard/approved today. I believe what was supposed to happen was that the agency reps from several of the agencies that dealt with last Thursday's nonsense were scheduled to meet with the judge and a MOWA rep Wednesday afternoon. But the MOWA rep was not present.

I believe that this meeting has now been delayed until tomorrow.

I don't know what the potential outcomes might be. I have a few GUESSES. It may be that the judge is tired of MOWA's delays and just orders them to submit the approval letters as soon as they can (which could still take weeks ?), assuming the judge has that power (which he/she may not). Or the judge may agree to assign new court dates to all of the families would have not yet been approved - which might result in another couple months delay. :( Or it could be anywhere in between. We just don't know.

Trying to hang in there. I think some resolution is coming and fairly soon. I just wish I knew how quickly that resolution will lead to *S* being legally declared to be our daughter ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Okay, I can't help it.

I think we might really pass court tomorrow.  After 6 months, I think this might be it.  And I'm a teeny bit excited. Seriously. The mom of 5.  At 27 years old.  hahahahaha.  

Could it be?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rumor Has It..

That we have another court appointment Wednesday afternoon.  We shall see.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


MOWA did not submit a single letter of approval for today's court cases.  At least 6 agencies had cases to be heard and not one could be approved without the MOWA letters.  No new court dates were given.  If they are, they will be very far out.  *Hopefully*, MOWA will just start writing letters and the judge can approve the cases as this is done.  But MOWA does not want the judge to go this route, so we shall see what develops.

At the very lease, it looks like *S* won't be coming home any time soon. 

Frankly, the word "soon" has lost all meaning in this house.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Don't Hold Your Breath For Us Tomorrow... :(

We just got a message from our agency director. The last few days have been holidays in ET and the MOWA office has been in training.  So the odds of everything going "smoothly" tomorrow are less than normal.

And we don't seem to fare well, even when things are running normally.


Don't hold your breath tomorrow.  I'm not expecting good news any more... 

This really, really sucks.  It has to end some time right?

Tomorrow is World AIDS Orphans Day

In support of World AIDS Orphans Day on May 7, AHOPE for Children is urging everyone to take a 60-second moment of silence at 15:15 (3:15 pm., regardless of time zone), to reflect upon the more than 15 million children orphaned by AIDS around the world.

"If everyone takes just one minute out of their day to think about these children and how we might help them, we are taking a step in the right direction."

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Apparently my kids love carrorts.  After all eating quite a large dinner they still proclaimed to be "starving" so I said they could always have more carrots and they happily complied.  

Grace has always liked them as long as she can have ranch. After awhile, Abi followed suit.  Now that Hana has found her dip, she's on board too.   It took us a little while to figure out what Hana liked to dip them in though.

Her favorite is carrots and ketchup or hot sauce.

That's my lil' Ethiopian for ya.  :)

When trials come...

With permission, I am stealing a great story from Mary over at Owlhaven:

I feel like I’ve told you most of the highlights of my trip to the Dominican Republic by now.  But I’ve decided there is one child I missed, because his face won’t get out of my head.  He was one of the children in the 9-11 year old class that I visited on my last day there. The kids were just getting ready to do their devotions when we all showed up, and they carried on, seemingly un-phased by the ring of strangers gathered around their little patio classroom.  First came the singing, includingYou Saw Me When Nobody Saw Me.  Then a little boy stood up and proceeded to read us a story out of the Bible.

I was impressed with how fluently the boy read.  Because of the class he was in, I know he couldn’t have been more than 11. I currently have three 10-year-olds, and know for a fact that plenty of kids years older  don’t read that expressively and well, especially the Bible.

Once he had gotten done reading, our interpretor read us the same story in English.  It was the story of Peter trying to walk to Jesus on the water. After the interpreter finished reading the story in English, she said, “Now, he is going to explain the story to you.”

And he began. I was expecting a sentence or two that highlighted the key point of the story, similar to what I ask from my children in their daily Bible journal.  But he went on. And on. For three minutes he spoke earnestly, pausing only to give the interpreter time to relay his words to us.

There are difficult times in life, he said, times when we may be afraid, times when we feel like we are sinking. We shouldn’t try to walk alone. This is the time to reach out to Jesus. Jesus will pull us up out of the water, and bring us into the boat.  He spoke eloquently and in detail.

I looked at his handsome face and thought of the rough and ragged neighborhood just beyond the gates of this Compassion project.   The filthy water going down the middle of streets.  The tin shacks and the barred windows and the need for us tourists to leave our valuables in the van so desperate people won’t steal.

This was where he lived.   I wondered about the difficulty he had faced in life.  You could tell he’d seen challenges, plenty of them, because he owned those words. His understanding went way beyond head knowledge, beyond trite Sunday school phrases. He spoke with conviction and with power.

He knew without a doubt where his source of strength was in life.

And he laid his faith out fearlessly to his friends, to his teacher, and to the ring of strangers standing around his outdoor classroom with its chipped formica tabletops and tiny rickety chairs.

I thought again of my precious children, my privileged children, and the ease they’ve had in life. We in the Western world consider it a blessing when children grow up having everything they need. And yet I stood marveling at the rare and obvious strength that God had grown in this young man through trial.

In the midst of bad water and rickety houses and outdoor schoolrooms, powerful work is happening in a young boy’s heart.

I am so afraid of trial.  I avoid it.  I complain when my plans are thwarted.  I take all sorts of measure to stay comfortable, to keep my life easy, to protect that to which I think I am entitled.

I’m not going to pray for adversity, because I’m just not that brave.  But I want to always remember that little wise-beyond-his-years boy.  And when adversity comes– as it always does– I pray that I will have similar courage. Courage to lean on God as my source of strength. Courage to survive– to thrive. And to share my source of strength with those around me.

You can find Mary's original post here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Foto Friday!

Pictures make me happy. :) Here are a few recent ones:

Hana and Grace working on their tree climbing skills...


Self portrait at the playground.

always in style

Happy Friday