Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Trip 1

Hello,

We are excited to announce that Papa will get to go for the first visit in the third week of January. Please pray for all parties involved, especially Mama at home with the kiddos.

The rubber is meeting the road! Thankfully, Ana will be back in school, but please pray for the peace of the brothers with their baby sister.


Thank you to those who have supported us in prayer and financially. The Reece's Rainbow page is linked again below, and we are very thankful for all those who love orphans.

http://reecesrainbow.org/104297/sponsorminer-2


(From the Great Litany)
 
For the peace of the whole world and the salvation of our souls let us ask of the Lord...
Lord, have mercy.
...
For seasonable weather for abundance of fruits of the earth let us ask of the Lord...
Lord, have mercy.
For travelers by land by sea and by air, for the sick and the suffering servants of God let us ask of the Lord...
Lord, have mercy.
...
Let us commend ourselves and one another and all our life unto Christ our God...
To thee, O Lord.


In Christ, (because where else is there?)
Papa

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

...and wait

Well, last week we shipped out everything for the dossier, and now we are praying that the MOJ will process it smoothly. Back to waiting mode...

Ana's last post-placement report was sent to her agency Monday. It's been almost two years?!

In other news, the semester is almost over, just one final to administer then grade. The kiddos and I have all been sick, but we are recovering, praise God. It is cool here (cold, for an Arizonan), in the 40s-50s at night, and highs in the 60s, and we are enjoying that. House projects have stalled due to much kiddo care, but I plan on a decent winter break, and should be able to make headway. The garden grows well, we are eating our own lettuces and kale, and the cole crops are coming along in spite of the caterpillars. Mama has been getting to know the ladies' group at church, and has been enjoying that (but she says we look so forlorn when she comes home...I don't know what she means). We have an extra bed in the boys' room. So we will wait to hear.

Thank you for your prayers.
In Christ,
Papa

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hurry Up

Hello,

Those who have adopted, or know adoptive families closely, know that the process is characterized by long stretches of waiting, punctuated by frantic bursts of activity.

This week has been the latter.

The MOJ is working very hard to process everything they can before the new year and the new PM.Thus, I and the boys (and sometimes Mama & the baby) spent Monday and Tuesday frantically assembling all the mostly-done paperwork into completed, apostilled, packaged documents, and sending them off to our agency. We have been waiting months for our FBI background checks to come back, but our agency has suggested an end run around that with a private agency that manages to turn these things around quickly.

And now we're all sick. Poor Ana has been hit bad by the cold (or colds?) going through our house, and the postnasal drainage just ruins her tummy. So it's been an eventful week. I am extremely thankful for 1) God's perpetual grace, 2) an awesome wife who still manages to feed us food and love, 3) cooperative kiddos who can entertain themselves in the Secretary of State's office two days in a row, 4) my employer's generous flexibility with time and remote work, and 5) my students, who didn't seem to mind getting Monday off.

Please pray that we can pull everything together to meet the deadline (5 December, if I heard it right)!

In Christ,
Papa