Friday, January 18, 2008

17 weeks waiting...

I'd be lying if I said I hoped to be waiting for seventeen long weeks. I do, however, feel like there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Five families are traveling, as I type, to pick up their precious little ones. Another family got a referral early this week for a baby girl. Congratulations Harpolds!! The families that received referrals on 19 October got their court dates this week for 8 February.

Marshall talked to Duni, our Program director yesterday. She told him that we are 2nd in line for a baby boy and we figured out that we are 8th in line overall. Ya'll, I think we're getting close! One thing is a fact: we are 17 weeks closer to being parents than when we mailed that paper baby in August! Ha!

Thank you for all of your supportive comments on changing our referral request. We have learned over our marriage that there is no better place to be than smack dab in the middle of God's will. No matter how good it sounds to be somewhere else, I want no part of it. Even if I'm typing a Friday post that says "many many more weeks waiting", if that's God's will, that's where I want to be. It's not always easy, but He is ALWAYS right. My life would be miserable if I was flittering around out there on my own.

Thank you Lord for leading us. I pray my heart always lets You keep the lead. We both know it's works better that way!

I would like for our referral to come soon for obvious reasons. But I really want it to come before we move because our family here (the beauty of the military) has walked this road with us. We don't go anywhere on any given day that at least one, two, three or more people ask us about the adoption and what's going on. That means so much to us. One friend walks her dog every other night (hubby takes alternate nights) and she told me that each time she walks by our building, she prays for us and for the baby. That means the world to me. I'll miss this community. We'll make new friends, but they won't know us pre-cutest boy you're ever seen. This place will always be special for that reason. I imagine the next will be special for another reason, yet to be seen.

Cutest boy you've ever seen (I know that's a mouth full) is also loved all over this world. I had one of those days the other day. We all have them, not a huge deal. But the phone rang and I picked it up. It was a sweet friend that has moved back to the States, just checking in, seeing what was going on with the adoption. Made my day! Got an email today from a friend in England. "Where's the Week 17 post? I'm waiting on the post!" I do have a faithful reader!!

I must be feeling really loved today....really sappy!
Those of you that ordered tee shirts, they were mailed today. Wear those shirts proudly knowing that you are supporting adoption...something very close to God's heart.

Well, as always, we covet your prayers and thank you, every one of you, no matter where you are, for walking this road with us. It's a wild ride but SO worth it!


the Steiger's said...

Hi Jill,
I wanted to ask you if you will have a chance to make it to Pragues before you came back to US? Let me know I will give you contact for Fil's parents.

kjwistrom said...

Hi Jill - just wanted you to know that I so appreciate your optimism. We are also adopting with AWAA (dossier #45) and I love reading your posts and love your upbeat attitude. Blessings to you all - Karen Wistrom

shawn and tisha said...

It sounds like you are getting very close to getting your referral! I hope it comes soon for you. :)

kristin said...

Wow, sounds like you will be on your way in good timing! Encouraging news.

Zack & Rebecca Caldwell said...

You are sooo close! I know it must be so hard to wait, but that referral will be coming are are closer than you used to be!!!

Paul & Holly West said...

Hi Jill!

Thanks for your comment! It really would be neat to travel together, after all our "paper babies" already know each other really well.

We are continue to pray for miracle amounts of referrals coming soon.

Holly West