Monthly Archives: June 2013

Changes and Waiting

As many of you know, we’ve had some major life changes for 2013. There have been miles logged, boxes packed, and bitter sweet goodbyes said. We’ve experienced grace, mercy, and provisions in many ways. All in all, we are anticipating what the Lord has for the next chapter for our family.

We’ve received word that the wait time for our Ethiopia adoption is increasing and will likely continue to increase. When we began the paperwork chase/paper pregnancy we were told the waits were about 12-18 months. Now it’s 24-30 months but will likely soon be 36 months+. For those who have been asking and wondering the how and whys of this, let me try and explain a little. The agency we have chosen is one with a solid reputation to ensure that the children being adopted are indeed orphans. They make sure the child is “paper-ready”, meaning their paperwork is legit and ready to go before the judge in Ethiopia, prior to giving a family a referral to match their requests. As with any paperwork, this is time consuming and with records sometimes being spotty, it can take additional time and legwork. We are grateful that they are taking the time to make certain these children are orphans and don’t have family somewhere waiting and wanting to care for them.

Additionally, our agency has many families in the Ethiopia program. This is partly due to the “short wait time” for Ethiopia when the families started the process and partly due to the reputation of the agency attracting many families. There are anywhere up to 100 families waiting who are paper ready (Dossier completed and sent to Ethiopia) right now for a referral to Ethiopia. Some have been waiting since January 2011. So that means there are many families who have been waiting longer than we have and before we even submitted our paperwork last October.

While the news of increased wait times is disappointing, we know and trust the Lord’s timing. We rejoice that there are so many waiting and desiring to adopt! We pray as we wait He would continue to prepare us for the son or daughter He has for us and teach us to wait joyfully.


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So Blessed!

Just a quick note to say how incredibly blessed we have been by so many! The yard sale is scheduled for tomorrow and we have been given SO many donations from a whole host of folks. What an amazing blessing to us the “stuff” has been but also just to know the love and support in our adoption from so many of you has been amazing! And we’ve just started on the journey. Thank you all! Look forward to sharing more from the sale tomorrow. And for all those locals, stop by and say howdie from 8-2 tomorrow!

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Adoption and the Christian Life

As a follow up to the first post I [husband] wrote…

Again, following Packer’s Knowing God:

The entire Christian life has to be understood in terms of adoption. Sonship* for the believer is the “normative category” at every point. The Christian name for God –the New Covenant name- is Father. Jesus is uniquely the Son of God. Even so, he counts his followers as members of the same divine family.

John Owen called believers’ adoption “our fountain privilege.”

Jesus says whoever does God’s will is His brother and sister and mother (Mk. 3:35). After the resurrection Jesus calls the disciples his brothers (Mt. 28:9-10). Jesus is not ashamed to regard all those for whom he died as brothers (Heb. 2:12-13).

In the Sermon adoption is –implicitly- the basis for Christian conduct. As Packer notes, the Sermon is “precisely the kind of moral instruction that parents are constantly trying to give their children…” Christ’s discples are to a) imitate the Father (Mt. 5:44-45, 48) b) glorify the Father (Mt.5:16) and c) have a single-minded desire to please the Father (Mt. 6:1-18).

And of course, Jesus taught us to pray to our Father in heaven (Mt. 6:9). In prayer then “we need not hesitate to imitate the sublime ‘cheek’ of the child who is not afraid to ask his parents for anything, because he knows he can count completely on their love.” We may not get what we want, but then again if the desire of our heart is firstly and fore-mostly for Christ we always get what we want (Ps. 37:4).

Christ’s followers are told to worry for nothing because it is their heavenly Father who watches over them (Mt. 6:31-32). Instead we are to seek first our Father’s kingdom knowing it is His good pleasure to give it (Mt. 6:33, Lk. 12:32). Yes. Amen


*The Bible’s language of “sonship” is not is not indicating a divine preference for males, but rather communicating a canonical reality. Men and women alike are saved by faith alone and thus are both heirs of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7 cf. Gal. 3:26-28). In the Old Testament [OT] –for various reasons- the first-born son had rights and privileges that no other children had. To an egalitarian society [i.e. one that tends to tie dignity/equality of personhood to extrinsic realities, ergo if little Tommy does shoddy work he still gets an A in order to prop up his –or his parents’- delicate internal balance ergo if DNA testing shows that little Tommy will have such a propensity then it might be better for his life to aborted for both his and his parents’ sake] that sounds horribly backwards I am sure. In any case, Scripture’s “sonship” language stands in continuity with this OT reality. The point is not that sons are to be preferred to daughters in God’s eyes, or any others. The point is that all of God’s children have the privileges, even rights, of a first-born son.

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We’re in So Salem!

Growing up in Salem I never thought I’d be in the So Salem and I was perfectly okay with that. Mom did sneak in an article or two in the Salem paper for graduation and engagement announcement but I was not the one to seek out press. I tend to be on the quiet side and am content to be behind the scenes. That all changed when we started thinking about adopting! First, feel like our adoption journey is an amazing opportunity to share with others the story of our adoption by the Heavenly Father through Christ. Also, it may literally take a village, or in our case Salem, to help us bring home our son/daughter from Ethiopia.

When we decided to do a yard sale to help raise necessary funds to submit our dossier paperwork to Ethiopia I did something very out of character! I went to the coffee shop with the two kiddos to find Miranda Beck to see if she might include our story and yard sale in the So Salem. I am delighted to say that we are indeed in the So Salem. You can go here to read online article or wait for the print to be delivered to your house or pick one up at the grocery store!

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