Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A few years ago Rusty announced that our "Family Motto" was going to be "Reduce Clutter". I thought he was just joking around, but quickly found out he really meant it. We try to move every two years, so it makes sense not to keep a bunch of stuff around the house that we aren't using. So he and I made our rounds around the house a little bit at a time and "reduced clutter". We even got the girls in on the job and Morgan was relentless in her room! She was so proud of her pile of giveaways! It sure made this last move much easier!
Faith and Deeds14What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
His name is DHe arrived in our hearts on 1/5/10Weight 4.46 kgLength 55 cmProud Parents Rusty and Cristie C.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Morgan was telling Mr. Keith today about her new soccer season and how her first game was on Daddy's birthday, April 10th. I suddenly realized---Evan will be at her first soccer game (most likely)!!! This makes it seem so real and so near! It's funny how we've gotten so caught up in "adoption" and the trip to Ethiopia that it is hard to imagine "real life" after the trip!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
- MOWA submit letter of recommendation by 2/4/10.
- Transportation for the birth mother who must be present at the court. (8 hour trip)
- Proper identification for the birth mother.
- Peace in her decision.
- Blessings and protection for her.
- Favor with the judge for our Case Processor who will represent us in court.
- Pass court
- One week later receive tentative travel dates
- One week later confirm travel dates
- Two weeks later travel!
- Arrive in Addis Ababa on a Saturday night
- Sunday morning: attend an orientation
- Sunday afternoon: go to Hannah's Hope and meet Evan!
- Sunday: bring him "home" to the hotel to show him some KY love!
- Monday: Embassy appointment
- Tuesday: ?
- Wednesday: Cultural dinner with all the families and receive his visa
- Thursday: Come home!
Isaiah 41:9-10 (New International Version)
9 I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant';
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
The Shepherd and His Flock1"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
14"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
It is so comforting to know that Jesus is my shepherd and that He goes ahead of me. Not only to show me the way, but also to take care of things before I get there. He is brave and protective. As we walk through this adoption (and every other unpredictable part of life) He is there, forging ahead of us, making a way, blazing the trail, preparing a place for us. Thank you Jesus.
And then also this idea of ONE flock and ONE shepherd. The one true living God is a God of unity. He is ONE shepherd watching over ONE flock. He doesn't see us through the divisions of denominations, race, economics, language, or any other barrier. The only division HE sees is in our response to His son Jesus. Have we accepted Him and bowed our knee, or have we rejected Him. This is meaningful to me now as I know that others may look at our "new" family and see division between "biological" and "adopted", between black and white, but my God just sees our family, perfectly designed by Him.
My friend left her little boy here for us to watch the other day and it was so neat to have a little man in the house--a little sneak peek of what is to come!! I had to keep correcting myself because I am so used to the female terms of affection like "sissy", or the group call "ladies". So I am trying to come up with a list of male nicknames. Here's what I have so far...
Dear Father,We pray Baby Evan will have a mind that meditates on what is good and not what is evil. That You will give him eyes that see You working all around him, and ears that listen for Your voice of wisdom and instruction. We pray his tongue will speak the truth and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while his lips sing Your praises before men. May You give him a compassionate heart that loves all kinds of people, and may he have gentle hands that serve You and those around him. We pray his knees will become calloused from persistent praying and his feet will walk in paths of righteousness all the days of his life.Amen.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I guess overall this was the easiest batch of papers we've had to fill out yet. Rus was going to try to be helpful and do them for us until he saw the Transition plan that was several pages long and looked like they were asking for essay type answers and then he ran screaming from the room! OK, he didn't really scream or run...:) but he knew that neither his penmanship nor his creative writing skills were going to "make the grade" for something this important! We overnighted the packet back to AGCI on Tuesday (one week from our referral date). The lady at the UPS store asked me if I was sending anything illegal or dangerous--I laughed out loud! I said "no, we're not that exciting!" I then shared how exciting these papers really were and she shared that she too is an adoptive mom and we had a great conversation!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
So if you read Monday (the 4th) nights post you know that I was at the end of my (waiting) rope. I woke up Monday thinking "ok, new day, new week, new month, even NEW YEAR...it is time for our referral!" But Monday wasn't our day, so I went on bedrest! :) What we did get on Monday was an email from our CW saying she would be calling Monday or Tuesday for our monthly update. I took this as a warning not to get too excited when I saw ACGI on the caller ID because they didn't have a referral for us. How frustrating.
Monday, January 4, 2010
One of our other favorites this Christmas was the cards I had made out of family photos. The girls love to play "Go Fish" and "Concentration" so I had doubles made of photos of friends, family and important events so they could "match" them. I designed a back for the cards and took them to Office Max to be laminated. It's a little pricey but the kids think it is great to ask "do you have Ma Maw?" or "do you have Morgan's 9th Birthday Party?" It is a great way to familiarize the kids with people who are important to you but you don't get to see very often. I know my girls will feel more comfortable around these special people after looking at the pictures and "playing" with them every day! It has also been good to talk about who is married to who and quiz the girls on "who is her Mommy/Daddy/Brother/Sister?"...etc. So make sure you have your camera handy and start snapping some individual shots of your peeps!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I bought this puzzle the end of November as a way to keep the family busy while we wait. It is a farm scene called "Daddy's Little Helper" that will go with Evan's "Barn Dance" theme room. I thought I would modge podge it and frame it on the wall. Well, my resolve didn't last long on this project and neither did the girls! Who knew how many pieces 1,000 was??? The most memorable moment was when Rus spent an hour putting the tractor together only to find Carley hovered over it later saying "Daddy look how much I helped!" (she had taken it completely apart and even seperated the pieces!!) Anyway, Rusty stuck with it to the end only to find one piece missing! This really isn't terribly surprising considering Carley's "help" and all the other chaos in the house. He was so disappointed until our good friend pointed out the clear significance. Our family is missing a piece right now as well. He suggested we actually highlight the missing piece by painting under it a bright yellow or orange and continue with the plan to frame and hang it along with a note that explains that our family is incomplete until Evan comes home. So cool.
One of our favorite gifts this Christmas were the t-shirts I bought online at this great site I found called www.cafepress.com . They have every type of adoption t-shirt you can imagine and most can even be specific to the country you are adopting from. If you know someone who is adopting this would be an awesome gift! The prices were very reasonable and we were pleased with the quality too.
Also, this new blogging thing is really getting me off my schedule :) I am staying up much too late and not wanting to get out of bed in the morning! I have a feeling this is only the beginning of a new crazy schedule!