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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Matthew 18:20~

Three years ago today I brought the Wee Boy home from Ethiopia. He is such an amazing little guy and I can't imagine not having him in my life. Actually, it's hard to think of a time when he hasn't been here in our family.

As we were looking through the pictures of that blessed day my mind and my heart keep returning to the children we met in the orphanages on our pick up trip. I know some of them have come home, but others I will always wonder about. Did they find their place in their forever home? I worry that some may still be waiting and... I think about the many more children who have entered into orphanage care these past three years.

There have been so many changes in international adoption since we began our first adoptions seven years ago. It seem as if new obstacles and roadblocks are the only constant in the international adoption process. Countries change rules seemingly on a whim which can make a long hard process longer and harder. I know so many right now who are caught up in the throes and the anxiety of the process. The process can be grueling and it can seem so hopeless. I just want to encourage you not to give up. God will make a way. Follow the path He has set before you and trust even when things seem impossible. It is so worth it !

Please leave a comment if you are in the process of adoption either international or domestic and have a prayer need. I know there are other prayer warriors who read here who will pray as well. You can be anonymous if you wish. I would really like to lift up you and your children. God is more than able to move mountains and soften the hardest of bureaucratic hearts.

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20~



abby said...

I'll take you up on that offer :)

We are trying to decide what to do with adoption #2. We brought our son home from Ethiopia about a month ago and with wait times increasing and the price increasing we are realizing we need to start the process for the next one soon if we want the kids to be close in age. (that's option a)

Option b, is we are considering an older child but aren't sure if it's right for our family.

Option C - adopting through AHOPE (either an infant or an older child).

It's all up in the air. We know we are supposed to adopt again - we're just not sure which route we're supposed to take.

Thanks & blessings.

Amy said...

Renee, what a lovely offer. How good of you to remember and honor what a challenge the process is... I am not in process, but I would like to pray along with you for those in need. :) Praying for you Abby!!!

Congrats on your 3 years with your wee one. He is a cutie pie!

Amy Fabu

Rebecca said...

We are in the process of our 3rd adoption. We are adopting a 6 year old girl from Ethiopia that is HIV+.

USCIS has added new TB testing for immigrants which would normally not be a big deal. However, they are requiring those that are HIV+ to have a more intensive test done which could take up to 2 months to get the results back. This all must be done after passing court thus holding up uniting families.

We are currently waiting for a court date.

Thanks for praying for our family!

Johanna said...

We are almost a year into the process of adopting from China. We were blessed with many miracles during the dossier building process and have seen God's hand in this adoption for sure! No specific request, other than we all get discouraged about the wait sometimes. I have three other kids to keep me occupied, otherwise the wait would seem overwhelming.

What a great idea to pray for those mid-adoption. I will check back for specific people to pray for! I love reading your blog!

Heather A. said...

Renee, this is why I love reading your blog. Your beautiful spirt and compassion for others shine through. I'll join you in offering prayers up.

Blessings, Heather A

Delena said...

We started the process to adopt internationally over a year ago and then felt the conviction to live debt free and pay for this adoption without credit or loans. Sooooo, now we're holding. Our heart is for a couple more, but we're waiting for the perfect time. And when I get anxious and feel like I have to get those babies right now I'm reminded that God has the timing perfect and we'll look back and see how perfect it was. I love reading your blog, though and dreaming of the day when my family looks like yours! Keep the blogs coming!

Anonymous said...

Man. It feels like you wrote this post just for me. Thank you, Renee.

We are adopting a little boy from Ethiopia. He's 4 months old now, and we were all set to travel in about 4 weeks with out court date scheduled for May 14th -- next Thursday.

Yesterday, we got a call from our agency case worker saying that our case and all other Ethiopian abandonment cases have been put on hold for investigation. We don't know how long things will take, but because of the court recess in Aug. and Sept., we will probably have to wait until fall or winter to travel. While I am glad the Eth. government is trying to be extra cautious and make sure there is no fraud in abandonment cases, we are heartbroken. We were so close to traveling and meeting our precious little guy! I am just feeling so overwhelmed right now. I feel like 6 more months of our baby's life has been taken from us, though I KNOW it was never ours to begin with -- it has always been God's.

It's hard, too, because I have been rigorously pumping breastmilk, so I could breastfeed him when he arrives, and now he will probably be nearly a year when we travel and it may not be an option anymore.

I am praying for a miracle for things to go through now or at least before August, but it is very hard to keep hoping for the best.

(Because of the abandonment detail, I decided to post anonymously, but you can email me at carrielou72 at hotmail dot com.)

Thanks, Renee. We need prayer right now.

Shonni said...

Thank you so much for understanding the need for prayers...we are sending our dossier to Ethiopia in a few weeks and we would love prayers...we know that we are again beginning an emotional and sometimes difficult journey! But we so feel that the LORD has more children for our family!

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

What a blessing it is to read your post. I'd love prayer for us about adopting a specific sibling group from Ethiopia. We brought home our two Ethiopian beauties in 9/08 and are praying if it is the Lord's will to add this sibling group of three to our family.

darci said...

oh renee, you are a sweetheart. I love to hear how to pray for others, and yes, we covet prayers. :) Our dossier has been sitting in Ethiopia since August 5 2008--that makes me nine months preggers yesterday! :) We are waiting for a referral of siblings. It seems like Canada takes longer, not sure why. I would love prayer for our family as we wait, for the little ones that God has for our family, and, always on my heart and mind, the birth family..thanks! And know that your precious family is in my prayers. God bless. darci :)

Jenni said...

Wow...I am constantly amazed at how just when we feel God must have forgotten us He shows us again that He is still very much present, and I am so thankful that He allowed me to read your post tonight.
We started our adoption journey 2 years ago and due to every reason imaginable are still waiting. We've been through 3 agencies, 2 referrals, 5 court dates and are currently sitting at "open" status. (Meaning it could happen at anytime, but it's been 4 weeks now)

I am at the point of just wanting it to be over, even if it's with the news that it's just not going to happen. As heart-breaking as that would be it's still better than this seemingly hopeless, dragged-on process.
I don't know if it is God's will that we have a successful adoption, but I do know that He brought these precious boys into out hearts to pray over. So we'll keep doing that and would love knowing that others are lifting them and us in prayer too.
Thank you!

greta said...

We have been trying to bring our daughter home for 3 years now from Kazakhstan. We have been trying to be prevented by the judicial system in her region just b/c they are against international adoption! Nice, huh? Anyway, God is good, He is faithful and He will prevail.

Patty said...

Thank you so MUCH for thinking to offer to pray! We are adopting from Ghana & the wait is getting soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard! I would value prayer support immensely! Thank you! Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

We go to court Monday for our little girl. We signed up for a healthy infant but God had different plans. She is now in the hospital again and we are praying she will get strong enough to come home to our family and we will pass court on our first try. Thank you for your prayers.
The Albright Family

nataliw said...

i have been following your blog and i love it :) i am a 21 year old student, single BUT I know that I am called to adopt from Ethiopia. I know that it will all work out one day. I WILL get married and have children and adopt. I want to cry just looking at your beautiful family! GOD bless you. Your blog really encourages me.

Anonymous said...

Renee, I first "met" you on Sonlight where I followed your posts with great interest. We were thinking about adopting but just not sure. God used your family - specifically your post with the slide show of adopting your two boys from Ethiopia to change our hearts. My husband and I both sat down and watched and felt a strong tug on our hearts. We have been home now with our beautiful 6 year old daughter from Ethiopia for just over 6 weeks. I have kept meaning to thank you for writing your blog - God used your family (and blog)in our lives to give us the gentle push forward.
We are already beginning to think about adoption number two - we think we will be adopting two older boys between the ages of 6 and 10. We would love your prayers as we work through this decision. Our five kids are all between the ages of 6 and 16 and we are having the time of our lives.
Thanks again,

Deborah said...

Thank you for your prayers for our family. Thank you for being the example that pricked our heart and made us long to adopt from Africa. I never dreamed that we would be blessed to adopt a sibling group. Please do keep us in your prayers until we are safely home, and then please KEEP us in your heart and in your prayers.

I love you and miss you so very much.


We are Grateful!!! said...

Hi Renee:
Thank you for this post. I love your blog! I also wanted to let you know your posts through Sonlight, showed us to Ghana, where we have accepted the referral of two siblings, R(7) and J(almost 5), we are so excited, and of course waiting on the judicial system/Social Welfare to work out their kinks. We praise God in all things and pray we will be with our little ones soon.
Thank you for being such an inspiration!!!
Blessings, Tami

ShannonC said...

Thank you for all of your praying for us that are in a place that feels like limbo... but in our hearts know it's just His timing. I struggle in spite of that knowing... it is a challenge.

I'm so glad to have found your blog again!

Anonymous said...

Hi Renee-
I found your blog via another blog, and I just wanted to ask you if you would pray that God would open my husband's heart to adopt from Ethiopa. We adopted our daughter in 2005 from Russia and have 3 bio sons.I feel that God is calling us to adopt two from Ethiopa. He feels we could not afford it..Thank you for writing this post, and sharing your sweet family..its a blessing to read about you all.This is a definite "mountain-to-move prayer" so I thank you.
In Christ, Heather

Amy said...

Oh, I know this is an older post but can I still get in on the prayers? We've been waiting almost 45 months to bring our son home from Haiti. We are in the passport printing stage and then DHS, visa medical, and visa. There are still 50 things that could go wrong and we've waited so long. It's a hard thing to wait so long. Please pray that we would have the passport soon and have no more problems. Thanks!!