As time moves on, we continue to find ourselves in this place of waiting...
To be honest, it's a hard place to be. Yet, I know that it is all part of HIS plan! There are moments, days even, when both Travis and I feel discouraged - when we feel as though we will never see this journey end. We received our new waitlist numbers a couple days before Thanksgiving. Here they are...
August - 70
September - 64
October - 59
November - 59
August - 52
September - 49
October - 46
November - 47 (due to other families changing their referral parameters)
August - 28
September - 25
October - 20November - 22 (due to other families changing their referral parameters)
As I'm sure you can imagine, we were feeling a bit discouraged after this news. In fact, that's one of the reasons for the delay in this post. We long to hold and love the one (or two) who have already captivated our hearts. Yet, as the difficulty of the wait increases and as we come across setbacks, we ask, Lord Jesus, is this really your will? Will our adoption go through? And we hear a resounding YES! Trust in Me, and keep following...
And so we will.
We will follow, and one day the fruits of our labor will come. This we are sure of. And it is clear that though we are ready, our baby(ies) are not! And that's OK.
God...directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
In other words, God is in control, and even when it appears as if nothing is happening, He is working and using His providence to align things to work out in our favor. As I reflect upon God's providential hand in other difficult journeys I've experienced, I can truly say that His plan is the best plan. And it is His plans that are far richer than we anything we can ever conceive of in our finite minds. So, we find peace in trusting God's plan. And in the meantime, we live life to the full...
We continue to enjoy homeschool...
The Nevada Day Parade!
New pictures of the girls...(courtesy of the very talented Erin Holland of iSpy Photography!!)
We rented new ski gear...getting ready for ski season!
Avery's ballet recital
Our thankfulness tree...
...and our Grandmother appreciation tea party!
So here we are...another month down. We truly are waiting with eager, hope-filled, trusting hearts! And we know that Jesus if faithful...