Monday, June 7, 2010

Stream in the Desert

We’ve been busy making plans. Lots and lots of plans. Coordinating an international trip and an international adoption in a country that doesn’t usually do adoptions to the United States requires lots of formulating, concocting, stipulating, and well, trusting. (By the way, if you know where we are adopting from, please do not mention the country in any blog comments you might make. We’re still in top-secret mode!)

In the last two weeks, I have had conversations with airlines, adoption agencies, embassies and State Department employees, hotels, concerned family members, car rental agencies, my boss, and school office staff. As crazy and hectic as all this sounds, it has actually felt really good to be working off of an active task list. I’m not good at waiting. Waiting is passive and inefficient. I know that King David wrote many Psalms about the glory of waiting on the Lord. There are many lessons to be learned while waiting. But, if I’m being gut-level honest, I much, much prefer being actively engaged in tasks that could result in bringing our son home sooner. I get that waiting is an inevitable part of the adoption process – I just happen to not like it very much at all.

So, here’s the skinny on our adoption process. We are traveling on June 22nd (Robbers, thieves, or burglars – be warned! We have studly house-sitters and a fearless guard dog) to finalize our adoption and bring our son home. The kicker is that we need to be gone for a solid month. Since we are pioneering a process in a country that is more or less brand new to US adoptions, there are some rusty, inefficient elements of the affair to contend with. But, we’re fighters. We are not leaving the country without our son.

At first, the prospect of being gone for so long and spending so much more money freaked me right out. But, details are falling in to place. Peace is reigning in my heart. And I am reminded daily that this adoption was supposed to be impossible.

Apparently, God is doing His usual thing and making a way in the desert. When things seem hopeless, He performs inconceivable miracles. When you’re all dried up and out of solutions, He shows up and provides one. (Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.)

God specializes in moving mountains. This we’ve already seen.

I can’t wait to post pictures of our little guy. Look for them on July 1, 2010.


  1. So excited for you! And so proud of you! Your amazing, caring, God filled hearts, inspire me. Can't wait to meet him! Love You!

  2. wow, wow, WOW!!
    so does this mean we will see you at OCC on the 20th? we're SUPPOSED to spend the weekend in Seattle (staycationing) and really hope we get to see you on sunday.

  3. Wow, so exciting. I can't wait to see pictures.

  4. oh my gosh ... now you have me FREAKIN OUT with excitement.

    Safe travels my friend - and to your family ... THE STOOKEY'S LOVE THE HOWERTONS ... ALL 5 OF YOU!!!


  5. Pumped. REALLY REALLY REALLY HAPPY for you! We're praying!

  6. I just connected to your blog through Kristin's, and I love it already! Thank you for speaking so honestly about the journey you are on and what God is teaching you.

    My problem will I find the time to follow yet one more blog?! LOL :)


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