Sunday, October 24, 2010

Still waiting.....

It's been quite a while since I've posted anything. There really isn't much new to report and, honestly, I find it easier just to stay busy and try not to think about the wait anymore than I have to. Thankfully, our travel time is approaching and doesn't seem quite so far away now. We leave in 25 days and meet M. in 27 days!!!! Less than a month! FINALLY!

Initially, it seemed like our process was going so quickly. Then, the laws changed requiring the second trip. Then, the courts closed down for six weeks. Then, our court date was scheduled for months away. And, next thing we knew, we were looking at waiting for 24 weeks from referral to court date. Unfortunately, that's how it goes with international adoption.

So, we're staying busy. I have prepared and frozen all the meals for our kids to eat at home while we're away. (Remember, Daniel has boatloads of food allergies so he isn't the easiest kid to feed!) I'm working on notes regarding schedules and such for my parents for the time they're here with the kids. And, we've been collecting donations. Lots of donations.

One of the blessings of adoptive parents being required to travel to Ethiopia for court is that it allows for an additional trip to take donations for the orphanages. I am pretty sure that Eric and I are each allowed to check 2 suitcases, plus take a carry-on bag. Therefore, we intend to pack most of our personal items in our carry-ons and maybe one suitcase. We will use the other suitcases to haul donations to the orphanages.

It's been humbling to purchase some of the items on the list of greatest needs that our agency provided us. Things like OTC anti-fungal cream, aspirin, band-aids. Things that I can hop in the car and drive to the dollar store and load up on. Things that are in great demand but very limited supply there. Mosquito nets to protect them from a preventable disease that causes the death of children everyday. Battery-powered lanterns and flashlights for the frequent power-outages. Clothes and shoes in desperate need when our closets and drawers are overflowing with items we haven't even worn in years. So much that we take for granted. So many blessings that we fail to acknowledge. So much that we have, but don't even think to give.

If anyone local wants to donate anything, let me know and I can send you a list of the current greatest needs.

"Then the righteous will answer him,
'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and invite you in,
or needing clothes and clothe you?
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.'

Matthew 25: 37-40