We are at 10 months on our countdown calendar! Some ask me, so will it really be 10 months? Well, as with each step in this process it is all estimation. I will say there has been a lot of movement in Haitian adoptions lately. We are using the timeline they give and allowing it to give us daily hope, even if it ends up being a few months longer or shorter. We have been able to send video messages through families on their phones and small packages with things like nuts, raisins, gum, candy, small toys, maze books etc.. We are also able to write them. These things help a lot.
We plan to switch our master bedroom with the boys’ room in June, which gives the boy room more space and their own bathroom. This gives us time to get the bunk beds set up and dressers in. Most things I have read re; adoptive children says the simpler their environment the better. Right now we are waiting about a bathroom in our basement. We would rather have the funds in the savings so we can for sure qualify to adopt these boys without Ron having to teach a 7th hour.
We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom re; visiting the boys. We are not able to take Ella again, which makes it hard on Abi and Kaiti when we are gone. Sometimes I am not sure that I can handle seeing them again and not being able to bring them home. We are truly seeking the Lord if it is His plan for us to visit that He would make that clear and open up the dates and then provide the funds to visit. We are not able to use our Lifesong account towards this. I estimate that we will be about $5000 short for the final trip along with possibly having to pay for their schooling one more time. Thankfully, even if we are unable to raise any more support for the final trip we can utilize our 0% loan from Abba Fund. This is a great organization, so thankful to be approved for this. Also, we are praying for the next step, which is that we have our adoption decree. This means that the boys are legally our sons! Please join us in prayer for that next step.
Lastly, our friend, Kristin Tomes, who just brought her daughter home from Haiti, is organizing a fundraiser on our behalf. This organization is called Vi Bella, which means Beautiful Life. The amazing story of this organization can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt7mq1B8bfA The best part is that not only do we raise funds to bring our sons home, families in Haiti and Mexico can earn a respectable living and provide for their families. I absolutely love this idea and how it is empowering these families. If you are interested in ordering please visit: www.vibellajewelry.com/kristin.tomes
If you do order use the party gathering #888 for our family to get credit. There are some beautiful pieces that you can share with those you bought it for the story of how families are being saved from poverty. The money earned from this will either help us to visit the boys this summer or go towards our final adoption expenses.
Some of you may not know that we refinanced our home at the beginning of this process to enable us to pay for our first big payment. I am not sure if Dave Ramsey would have approved of that move, but I am pretty confident that Jesus is A-ok with it. We are not storing up our treasures on earth, but in heaven. Bringing four boys home to give them a mom, dad and family is for us a great treasure, one worth selling all for. I think of the widow who gave all she had. I don’t think her financial plan is one that most financial advisors would agree with, but Jesus sure thought it was a good one. Here is that passage:
The Widow’s Gift
21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And He saw a poor widow putting [a]in two [b]small copper coins. 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all out of their [c]surplus put into the[d]offering; but she out of her poverty put in all [e]that she had to live on.”
There are days that fears try to come in and overwhelm and overcome and in those moments I try to focus on Him and trust in His leading, because we know the cost is great. Last night in family devotions I asked the kids, “what if there were 4 boys from Haiti outside our window peering in and needed food and wanted in? What if I shut the curtains so I could not see them?” They all knew they wouldn’t understand why we would do that. They each knew that no matter how hard this is, this is what Jesus wants us to do. All that I know is that we have been given great peace about this call. A lot of reading has been done, and we know the path will be hard, but in this time of Easter I can think of nothing else I would rather be doing than offering Him all we have for all He has given.
Thank you Jesus for the gift of your Son, Jesus, savior of all who call on Him.