Friday, November 13, 2009

We had a meeting today with the social worker at our adoption agency. It was good. Mostly just going over stuff we've already read, had trainings on, or just know. Stuff like medical conditions specific to Ethiopia, where to find info on black hair care, the post adoption reports we are required to fill out. But it was nice to be reminded that our agency is there for any resources or encouragement we may need. The question, of course, that we really want answered is, "Do you know anything more about when we might get a court date?" But I guess they don't.

Chris and I were discussing this waiting period last night and we both agree that it is one of the hardest things we've done. This adoption has required faith at every step of the way. From the times we've had a payment due in 3 days and we didn't have it and we just had to trust that God would bring it (which He always has), and when people continue to remind us that international adoption includes huge risks of disease and handicaps (thanks, we get it and we're willing to take the risks and deal with what comes), to just believing that referral will come when you feel like it never will. And this is another major test of faith. To know that your son is on the other side of the world, in an orphanage, in a country that's experiencing drought and famine. And all you can do is pray. You can't make sure he's well fed. You can't make sure he's held enough or told that he's loved. You just pray. And know that God loves him even more than you do.

3 comments:

~Stacy said...

One of the things we were reassured about when we went to pick up the boys, was just how apparent it was that the Ethiopian people are extrememly loving and affectionate! Our boys were being hugged and loved on by everyone! And so were we! Keep trusting God's perfect timing!! He's in The Lord's LOVING hands!

jennxfactor said...

Sweetie, its Jenn P from Act One. How exciting, lil Ethiopian chile. I will keep you both in prayer.

Stephanie said...

Hey Laurel, so fun to find your blog. I just can't imaging how hard it is waiting for your child wondering all of the "what if's" and "is he". We know God is watching over your son and can't wait to meet him when he is in your arms! SO EXCITING! We'll be praying for your family. Take care!

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