Adoption Update – A Better Line

It was right around noon on Monday when our caseworker’s call came in. I was out and about, running errands in the rain at the time.

Rainy Windshield

Is Kevin with you?” Meredith delicately said, “this is going to be a kind of a hard call“.

Kevin wasn’t with me.

Gulp.

My brain immediately raced to the worst scenario.

Meredith went on to (very gently) explain a possible change in our adoption process, and in an instant, my windshield matched my cheeks. :-(

It wasn’t the worst case scenario that had flashed into my mind, but bottom line: we’re *probably* not going to Haiti any time soon.

On Monday, I couldn’t focus on anything but the bottom line.

I really believed we’d be booking our 2-week socialization trip in the next couple of weeks, and I felt so sure we’d be snuggling with him at the orphanage soon.

Kids Room | Boys Room | Cable Knit Ottoman and Jenny Lind Bed and Rope Table Lamp from Land Of Nod | Bedding from Schoolhouse Electric

But God has really redirected my focus over the last couple of days, and I’ve got a whole new perspective today. It wasn’t about the bottom line, it was about a (potentially) better line (in the long-run).

Kids Room | Boys Bedroom | Gray Ottoman Jenny Lind Bed and Teddy Bear from Land of Nod | Bedding from Schoolhouse Electric

So today, I feel encouraged to know that he’s in very Happy hands in the meantime…

…and, with a click of that play button, I feel re-encouraged to focus on the Wonder…not the wait. :-)

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Comments

  1. Leslie J says

    I know it’s a tough thing to do–finding the positive–but I’m proud of you. I think my Mom always had it right when she told me to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. It’s something I have to constantly remind myself to do, but it’s well worth the effort. Chin up! (:

  2. Sue says

    Layla and Kevin,
    I have loved following your adoption journey. I love your home decorating style too, but I love your heart for the Lord and life. I have been reminded of the very familiar verse of Jeremiah 29:11. The part that has been jumping off the of the page to me is that the Lord not only has a plan for my life, but a “good” plan. Our precious Lord has a “good” plan for your life as well as your Sweet P. I am praying for your Sweet P daily and for you. As much as you love that sweet boy, the Father loves him even more. I pray for strength for you and that our Heavenly Father will continue to guard you and Kevin’s heart and that He will continue to prepare you for this wonderful adventure of Parenthood. We have four kiddos of our own ranging from 8 years old to 14 years old. Needless to say there is never a dull moment, and these same truths that I have shared with you have been a great encouragement to this Mama’s heart. Blessings to you friend!
    Sue

  3. says

    Waiting is so hard! Dealing with the uncertainty can be such a roller coaster ride. One day (hopefully soon!) it’ll all be worth it. Thank you for sharing. (Oh and btw I’m wearing one of your “don’t quit your day dream” shirts as I type this…love it! Hang in there.)

  4. Amy Youngstrom says

    Oh Layla,
    That new perspective is a gift. It will carry you through.
    God bless your wait and may you be rewarded richly through it.
    Praying for you and your little one for you to be united in HIs time (may it be sooner rather than later.)
    Praising God for the Hope He gives.
    Hugs,
    Amy

  5. Julie says

    I am so sorry. When we adopted from Haiti, our records were advancing during a time of change too. It was hard and sad. I worried about the kids. They were down there during the food riots, but came home before the earthquake. And, now they have been home for 5-years. It seems they have always been here.

    Take the time to learn some Creole… not where’s the bathroom, bank, etc. that most tourist sites teach. Things like. Stay here, come with mama, sit down… oh, and don’t fill your mouth (with water) and sit it all over the table. Stop. Stop is a good word to know for toddlers.

  6. Olivia says

    I don’t mean this tritely at all- it does genuinely sound like a Romans 8:28 situation to me: All things work together for good for those who love The Lord and are called according to His purpose. Your post is a wonderful example of faith. Praying for you both and your little one as you wait for God’s timing. As terribly hard as it must be!

  7. Terri says

    Waiting is very hard. We waited a long time for our daughter who was adopted from India. It was a very anxious time. But now she is a wonderful 19 year old away at college. That awful time is now just a blip in a lifetime. Best of luck.

  8. Nancy DeBellefeuille says

    Even though I imagine this was difficult news, the Lord has you and this prospective child in his hands.When we feel that the rug has been pulled out from beneath us(with our original plans / timelines etc changing)..God is at the helm seeing all of this from the end result perspective.He will deliver.. love reading your blog.

  9. says

    My prayers are with you both as I know first hand how hard the wait and ever changing news can be. My heart is with my littles in Africa, so from one adopting mom to another hang in there. You will never see God as clearly as you do in the process of adoption.
    Blessing to you both!

  10. hanna says

    I haven’t commented before on your blog, but I read this verse this morning and thought you may appreciate it. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25 (NIV). Keeping your family in my prayers that your meeting with your son occurs soon.

  11. Shon says

    You sound like you are in a good place. The wait is hard, but the reward will be worth it.

    I tried for my boy for 15 years, and ended up pregnant when I turned 40. My miracle boy is now 6 1/2. I understand the pain of wanting for a child.

    Stay positive. Sending hugs!

  12. says

    Praying for you and your family, Layla! Believing that a Judge will be found quickly, as well as an office, and that your family will receive a TON of favor with everyone involved, getting your little boy to you sooner!

    Believing and praying with you!!! Can’t wait till we see it all come together! <3 Ephesians 3:20

  13. Lisa says

    Thank you for sharing. I know you touched a nerve with most everyone. We are all going through some form of this if not now, recently or soon to be. I know you choosing to get a perspective on this has encouraged me. God’s timing is always perfect!

  14. says

    Hang in there!! Adoption is a tough process…but SO worth it in the end. I promise you will forget all of these hiccups when you are squeezing that little boy day and night!

  15. says

    Ohh man – what a legitimate bummer! Adopting is such an unpredictable process – but everything will be so worth it in the end, Layla! Praying for your family as you navigate to your little one!

  16. Sara k says

    I admire your strength and patience so much. I can’t imagine the extreme highs and lows you’ve felt through this process an I imagine that thinking of the day you hold yours on for the first time helps you get through the lows. You two are incredible for holding on when things get tough. Thinking of you and the other parents patiently waiting!

  17. Amy F. says

    Oh, Layla. I have been following your adoption journey. I hope that your precious little one will be in your arms soon. He has an adorable room and very loving parents waiting on him.

  18. Melisa says

    I clicked play and my son got a huge smile on his face. He loves the song they’re singing.

    Best wishes and I hope this chapter ends quickly so you can start a new chapter with your son.

  19. Jenny C. says

    Layla,
    I feel for you. And also know firsthand that international adoption is not for the faint of heart. Our son was adopted almost 9 years ago from Kazakhstan. It was a journey that tested us, terrified us and, ultimately, strengthened us as a couple. It may seem like it will never actually happen, but one day your son will be in your arms forever. And then a new journey will begin. xoxo jenny

  20. Carol says

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your way acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

    It sounds like you and Kevin are already doing this but I know its not always easy.

  21. Susan_W says

    sending prayers and a big ole hug. You have such a wonderful attitude about this process. The finish line is all that matters.

  22. Reba says

    All in Gods time, my dear. I love your attitude and your spirit. May God bless you, your husband, your sweet pea and all those involved in this process…..so much process

  23. Penny says

    When I read the first phrase of your post my heart sank a bit for you and Kevin. But after reading that there is a new process in place, my hope is that it will all work out for the better for all of you, Layla.

    I have absolute admiration for how you have handled the disappointment in such an understanding way. Hang in there it will all be okay…..

    Prayers to you all,

    Penny

  24. Helena Dias says

    I was so hopeful when I saw the title of your post. I’m sad and disappointed with you. Prayers and hugs going your way.

  25. says

    Layla, I love that your faith is so great! When I first started to read this I thought, “there HAS to be a reason for this change – please let it be good!”. I have faith that it will bring you to Sweet P even sooner than the previous process. Hang in there, we will keep you close to our hearts and in our prayers. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  26. Jan says

    Oh Layla and Kevin, God’s plan for you is so wonderful. It all has it’s purpose and reason for delaying your union with little Sweet P. I know you’re anxious. I would be too. God is continuing to prepare everyone involved in this process. God is so good!

  27. Amy says

    Stay strong, Mama. Once you have that sweet little one, all of this will fade away and be replaced with more love in your heart than you can even imagine.

  28. Pamela says

    You are a light that shines on us from what you share. It will come to be and when it does, it will be the right time for you all. It’s good to see your love, faith and choice of emotional action.

  29. Sarah Parham says

    Praying hard for the judge to be found and things to move forward as quickly as possible. Sending you a huge hug and lots or love from Canada.<3

  30. Clpalmat says

    You are so brave and so positive! I agree, a click of that button my heart warmed and I had a huge smile! Such precious, precious children! Thanks for sharing!

  31. says

    You know, the very first thing I thought when I read it was ‘oh, this is going to be great! Don’t worry Layla and Kevin!’. I will keep you in my prayers!

  32. says

    Layla and Kevin,
    I was so frustrated during our adoption. The waiting was the worst. There were tears that could have filled a lake, but on that first night home with my son, every tear, every heartache, every anguished sob that I had cried, was worth it and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. It is worth it!!

  33. Robbin says

    You have the right attitude, Layla, and this is most likely a blessing in disguise. Know that many prayers are continuing to come your way. This entry was the first time I’ve read you write “my son”. Bless you and thank you for sharing with us all.

  34. Beth Tebaldi says

    I’m surprised no one has asked. Which one of these children is your Sweet P,( in the video)?
    Also, I’m reminded of the many heart breaks, anxiety trips, frustrating years my family and I spent in a religious cult like church. The pastor was my father. Years of being abused by a family friend. For many years after we left them, we had to adjust to the real world. Through. Divorce, 2 children with mental disorders, loss of my parents for 5 years etc.
    I am who I am today, because of my past. No, I don’t mean 27 years of pain that I dwell on. No! I mean how I REACTED during and after those years. I’m reminded, this isn’t your God testing you, this is life. Life marches on and THE ONLY thing you control… Is how you think and behave through a rough journey. Positive thinking and living molds your life, your journey. It’s here right this moment. The beauty of life is we control how happy or sad we are by allowing good thoughts, good people surrounding us, no matter how hard something is. Live just for the now. The rest will take care of itself. This gives us a very powerful weapon. A positive outcome!

    I have faith in YOU ! I will keep you in my mind as I meditate. I promise!!

    There are a LOT of women who said they will pray for you and Kevin. I just want to remind all of us, saying ” I’ll pray for you”, is a beautiful way to say, “I care!” But if you said it, please please follow through. Don’t just say it, do it. ( sounds like a commercial!)
    I believe in you and Kevin to make this a learning time! Why? Because I think positively for you. Live for today, make good decisions to flow with the river called life, don’t fight it. One day you will look back on this time as beautiful!
    Love, Beth

  35. Amber says

    So sorry it is not going as smooth/quickly as you hoped. It sounds like your adoption worker is on top of what is going on and that is a huge Blessing.

  36. says

    What a blessing this change will be to the current system, but I am SO sorry that you are all caught in the switch. I really can’t imagine what it feels like.

    What a dear video, I love seeing little ones move with the joy that in just inherently bubbling out of the souls!!

    Soon! Soon!

  37. Tania Russell says

    I recently read a Facebook status update from one of my friends who went through the arduous process of adopting…at one point, they were duped by the birth parents and lost over $15,000, not to mention the heartbreak at being so close, and then having those dreams torn away. I’m telling you this, because the Facebook update was about their beautiful boy Gabriel, who came soon after that terrible situation, and this week his adoption into their family was official!! All of these ups and downs will be worth it. Keep your spirits up, we are all rooting for you! XO

  38. Tammy says

    Layla and Kevin,
    I’ve been reading you for years and I both rejoice and feel my eyes flood with tears for you during this process. God has His hand over you, he HAS THIS and I will pray for continued acceptance and peace. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  39. Ter'e says

    Sue said exactly what I was thinking. I live my life, believing Jeremiah 29:11. My thoughts went, exactly, to this passage!!!!
    Layla, you and Kevin have such beautiful faith……..you must know that all the new laws are for reason.
    You have so many friends and loved ones that pray for you daily.
    Let this be the time to pull your home together a bit more.
    Sweet P will be coming home to the most wonderful, loving parents, and to a home that spells that love for him too.
    We are all with you. Put a smile on that beautiful face!!!!!

    Xoxoxoxoxo

  40. Kristine says

    Layla,
    You are so brave to ‘share’ with your readers! I love how you wear your emotions on your sleeve…I had tears of frustration right along with you and I’m miles and miles away, have never even met you, saying prayers for you and your family. God is good.

  41. says

    Layla and Kevin! I love what you wrote, “It is about the better line!” What a beautiful perspective God has given you! Jeremy and I are praying for you. So grateful that you are sharing this journey. We are blessed by you!

    Xoxo,
    Bri

  42. Allison says

    Layla & Kevin –
    Your faith and optimism are so amazing to me! You will be blessed immeasurably soon, and it will be worth every second of the wait and all of the effort! I am so inspired by your story (and designs :) ), and I’m cheering for you guys all the way! Thank you so much for sharing, and keep the updates coming! :)

  43. says

    Layla, your perspective and attitude during these changes and potential setbacks are truly inspiring. I have been there, and I know that agony of waiting. So glad our God is bigger than all that red tape- I’m praying for you all.

  44. Shirley says

    Hey Layla, really praying for y’all that this change does indeed turn out to be a blessing. The pictures of his room are so sweet.

    I emailed you about a week ago about the t-shirts (I received two, but I only purchased/paid for one….) Haven’t heard back from you so I’m wondering if you ever got the email. I’d like to pay for the second one if possible. Hope to hear from you!

    • Layla says

      Hi Shirley!
      Thank you for the sweet message. :-)
      Off to check my inbox for the one about that extra shirt! XO

  45. Sara VanZee says

    I just found your blog. We are a few month behand you and are hoping to enter IBESR soon! This is our second Haiti adoption and it is always nice to connect with others in this crazy process! We are hoping to get our t-shirts to our door this week for our fundraiser. So fun. :)

  46. aubrey says

    love you guys & thinking of you every single day! i’ll start saying extra, extra special prayers for you two ❤️ hang it there lay

  47. Lynn says

    God bless you as you try to remain faithful to him and your little one…..He knows best and He will direct the steps!

  48. says

    Oh, Layla, I’m so sorry for the set-back. :( But, so thankful that you’re seeing the positives and know that God’s got it. He already has the perfect times planned out, and though it’s hard to wait, He is with you (and with your little guy too!). The room looks so welcoming and sweet. I pray your son will be snuggled up with that teddy bear sooner than you think, and that all of the waiting will just be a memory. I’m currently reading the Jesus Calling devotional, and is so encouraging. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. Even though the book begins on Jan. 1st, you can jump in and start at any time of the year. Hugs to you!

  49. says

    Were you told any estimation of how long this transition process could take? We received our referral March 20th (we’d been pre-matched to our girl for quite a while!) and have been planning our bonding visit in early May (though we had some scheduling issues and it hasn’t been finalized). I haven’t heard anything on this from our agency yet, but I’m guessing it will affect us too?

    • Layla says

      Hi Loraena! :-)
      You may want to check with your agency and see what they have to say. Our delay may not be everyone’s delay because (as I’m sure you know) everyone’s process is so different right now. XO

      • says

        Hi! Thanks for replying! Yes, definitely checking with our agency. Our caseworker was just in Haiti last week and we were communicating while she was there, but she hadn’t mentioned it. I’m sure we’ll be in touch once she’s back in her office. Congratulations on your referral! So nice “meeting” up with people who are at similar stages in the process.

  50. Lynne says

    I’m so sorry for the set-back and for things not turning out exactly as you had planned and hoped for in the short term. I’m praying that this is good news in the long term and will streamline the process of getting your sweet boy home into your arms.

  51. Sheila says

    Layla, you are so inspiring to me !!! I love how you can take a devastating time and work it for the good. I hope your little man comes home to you real soon. Bless you hunny. Hugs xo

    Sheila

  52. Linda says

    Thanks for your updates so that we all can be apart of what God is doing and will do as this journey unfolds. You may not be having physical labor pains but still very much labor pains!!! Blessings
    Linda

  53. Sherri Farrell says

    I’m so sorry the news you got was not what you’d expected. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
    God loves your little Sweet Pea so much and is making a way for him to come home soon.
    Praying for you all!
    BTW…got my t-shirts and love, love, love them!!!! They are soooooo soft and comfy!!! Thanks and hoping you’ll do more!!!

  54. Robin Drake says

    God will surely bless you for your patience and love- our time is not always his- that’s the frustrating part. As an adoptive parent myself, I understand your frustrations and send love and peace your way… you are going to be an amazing mom!!!

  55. says

    My heart is sad for your news and very empathic. Having walked the adoption path myself I know how hard, long and taxing the journey can be. I love that you have put it in Gods hands and you are leaning on him. We did the same, but some days were still very hard. We waited years and finally in Gods time became parents. I have always said that adoption isn’t for the faint of heart and it takes faith – a lot of it. Blessing to you and Kevin.

  56. says

    I am keeping both of you in my thoughts and prayers! This is the time when our faith is tested, the waiting! We know better things to come but it is a trial to hold it together some days. You know you both will get through this but for the “right now” it can hurt with any setback, even if we know it is for the best. ~Hugs to you both~

  57. says

    I am so sorry that there has been a delay.. SO tough to imagine. Praying that your strength will remain grounded in the Lord and His sovereignty. He is in control.

  58. amy says

    I love your blog…and love your adoption story. We adopted 3 1/2 years ago and it was a very hard time for us. … But it was worth every obstacle…know I’m thinking about you and wishing the days fly by. ..and hoping for a cuddle with little man very soon! !!

  59. Laurie says

    His little room looks so sweet and welcoming — he is a blessed little boy to join your family. I’ll be praying God’s grace to be poured out on your sweet family and praying that the Wonder will be long and the Wait short until you can hug your little guy. God is holding your little boy and He is holding you too.

  60. Jennifer says

    On this side the wait feels eternal. I have walked it many times. And yet, at the moment when everything comes together, it is amazing how the pain of the wait is quickly forgotten. God’s timing is perfect even when it isn’t easy. Praying for you as you hold on to Him in the waiting. Blessings!

  61. terry morrow says

    After sending in all our paperwork, doctor’s reports etc. Etc…etc. I received a postcard that said “If you do not hear from us within a year we regret our inability to help you”. Devastating and so disappointing. And so IMPERSONAL. But almost exactly one year later we were bringing Teddy home! Hang in there, stay positive, it will happen.

  62. says

    So many times the reality doesn’t match up with our prayer. I prayed for healing for my mom, yesterday she had her hip replacement. She got healing, but not in the way I would have wanted. The older I get, the more I realize that His ways truly are higher than mine, and it is not always for me to understand His timing. Take comfort in knowing that HE who spoke everything into existence knows exactly how everything will work out with you and Kevin and Sweet P. And His timing is PERFECT. So while you wait, keep on trusting, keep on serving, and keep on keeping your eyes on Him. He never fails! Blessings to you my sister!!

  63. Sharon Brown says

    As an adoption grandmother, I encourage you to “wait” with The Lord. My best scripture to get me through is: “Be still and know that I am God.” He will comfort and strengthen you and watch over the little one. Our prayers are with you all. Take heart!

  64. says

    In His time. Hugs! Praying for you.

    In His Time (song by Diane Ball)
    In His time, in His time
    He makes all things beautiful in His time
    Lord, please show me every day
    As You’re teaching me Your way
    That You do just what You say
    In Your time

    In Your time, in Your time
    You make all things beautiful in Your time
    Lord, my life to You I bring
    May each song I have to sing
    Be to You a lovely thing, in Your time

  65. says

    Layla,

    I love that you were able to find the positive in this situation. I can only imagine how hard the waiting is. Thanks for sharing your news and the sweet video! I’ll be thinking of you and Kevin and hoping you’re in Haiti with your son soon!

  66. sarah says

    I’m really just a lurker on your website, but I LOVE your style. I’ve been keeping your adoption process in my prayers as a number of other friends are also going through similar jolts of joy and setbacks. I will definitely continue to keep your updated situation in my prayers.

    I also wanted to let you know that I purchased a couple of your daydream shirts for my sister and best friend who are just starting a natural cosmetics business. It’s a leap of faith for them and currently they can’t quit their day jobs, but your shirt’s sentiment meant a lot to them. They LOVE them. I am so pleased I could share your lovely design as well as help someone along in the adoption process.

    Thank you!

  67. Ashley says

    I love following your blog and hearing your story! You are truly inspiring and such an optimistic person! I truly enjoy your blog. I wanted to find out where you got some of the cute items in the room. (the curtains) I NEED to know where you got these, I love the color! :). I love the lamp, curtains, bed, etc. Will you do a blog post of where everything is from? Love your amazing style. Thanks for being amazing! We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers! Sending love your way!

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much, Ashley! You are too kind and I sure do appreciate you saying all of that. :-) XO
      I’ll definitely do a “wrap-up” post on Sweet P’s room once we’re done decorating in there. Thanks for asking…and for the love and prayers!

  68. Patricia D'Ambra says

    My heart was hurting as I read your blog. You’ve come so far!! I’m glad it is all going to work out & you will be bringing your son home soon. I love his room!!!!

  69. Betsy says

    Sweet P ‘s parents,
    When God gives u a vision because you trust that the one who gave you the vision is going to make a provision! This is from a book called the The circle maker (praying circles around your biggest dreams & greatest fears) You need to be praying circles around your sweet P!!! This book is a prayer power house tool really awesome!
    No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly
    Ps 84:11. Amen

  70. Rhonda Caylor says

    Layla,
    We have quite an adoption story for our first daughter and how God delivered our son, the second (and biological miracle), and our third, a daughter, who also is adopted. I would love to share with you personally.
    I love the verse, “Man plans his way, but The Lord estblishes his path.” I remember Priscilla Shirer saying, “When God does something, it is always supernatural.” Our stories are just that!
    He has appointed your child from the foundation of the earth. When you are faced with disappointment, remember one thing a friend told me when we got a call that we were not going to be able to get a child we were pursuing. She said, “God has a better blessing.” He will bring it His way, His timing, His perfect design. The wait is hard, but is for His perfect providence. Blessings!

  71. says

    Sometimes it is hard to remember that things will happen in God’s time not ours.
    PS I got my t-shirt and I just might not ever take it off, SO soft and comfy :)

  72. says

    Oh sweet Layla. It kills me that this has to take sooooo loooooong. I’m so glad you’re resting in the Lord. His timing is perfect.

    Happy Easter!

  73. Meghann says

    I don’t usually comment but this really is something that The Lord has taught us. Things look like they are going along swimmingly then something happens or does not happen. While I’m in these situations it’s hard to remember that HE loves us more then we know and that he is preparing the way…. The best way. When I’m farther down the road of life I can look back and see his hand in it all….even when I thought it was the worst news or timing or whatever it could be. Please be encouraged in all things. Our Heavenly Father is just that….he is a daddy who loves all his kids and wants the best for us. Thinking and praying for you all. Xo

  74. says

    Though I have been following you for some time, and have enjoyed your posts,(especially those involving your future adoption), I have never posted a comment. After reading this one, I simply could not move on without telling you how much I admire your courage, faith and amazing strength. I cannot imagine what you and your husband must be going through right now, but please know, my thoughts and prayers are with you both. I truly believe God has a plan for the two of you, and very soon, you will have the chance to be the wonderful parents you were always meant to be.

  75. says

    You will be ‘training up a child in the way he should go’ before you know it. Praying for you all about the wait and thankful that when you get your little fella, he will be raised by a mamma who puts her faith into action in the hard times. Blessings to your family as you wait for your blessing!

  76. says

    Blessings as you continue on your journey. You are correct God has your heart in His hands and His plans are laid for you. Sending you prayers and well wishes!

  77. Tiffany says

    Oh, Layla. As I read that last line of yours, “focus on the Wonder…not the wait,” right here in Starbucks my eyes welled for you. It’s so true though. Drawing near to Him is exactly what he longs for. And how rewarding. Thanks for the reminder, Layla. I’ll continue to pray for this journey you’re all on.

  78. Wynne says

    oh friend, that’s hard. but yay for perspective changes. the wait between knowing and going is SO hard. i’ll be praying for you and believing that the time is SOON!

  79. Robbie Wagner says

    That happened to us in our adoption journey. Russia totally closed it’s doors to adoption after our dossier was sent over. The beauty of it all is that our precious son was not even in the region our dossier was originally sent to and had it not been for the shut down, we would have been matched with another child. God orchestrated it all magnificantly, although it didn’t seem so at the time. He knows what’s best and will bring it to fruition at the right time.

  80. Audra says

    I just wanted to share a scripture that carried me through our own difficult time before we could hold our children. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'” – 2 Corin. 12:9. I felt like the Lord gave me this scripture at a crossroads when I could have turned down the path of asking the Lord “why?”, “why, us?”, “why not now?”. Instead I clung to this scripture and chose to hold onto His grace. It is so good to know our God cares and He is in control. I will be praying for this season of waiting to be filled with His grace and peace.

  81. says

    i am so excited that you are adopting from haiti. i am more excited for the little guy who will be joining your family. i am in love with the little children of haiti and i am happy, happy everytime i hear that one of them will have a home soon. a few years ago i sat on the opposite side of a swimming pool at a small but clean hotel in port-au-prince and watched adoptive parents play with their soon-to-be-adopted-son. he was tinier than most 2 year olds here in the states but precious and laughing and happy. he had only known this couple a day or two but i think he knew, somehow, that life was about to get a lot better. he smiled and cooed and even ran to them for “safety” when we approached to talk to the parents. it was sweet and so satisfying to know that even one precious haitian baby was going to have a better life. i’m so excited for all 3 of you and cannot wait to see pictures of your little guy safe and sound and well fed in your home. i don’t know if you have been to haiti before but it is quite an experience and you will fall head over heels for all of the children there – they are so sweet. you will want all of them – don’t say i didn’t warn you :)
    Marcie

  82. Paige says

    We had a similar phone call when we were in the final weeks before adopting my son from Russia in March 1997. We were in the “any day now” part of the wait to meet him, when we got a call saying we would have to wait 6 months. Talk about devasting! We’d been through so many disappointments already but this one was the worst! I cried for days.
    Eventually things were worked through and in April we brought him home. I truly felt God’s presence in the room when they handed him to me. All of the bitter disappointment of 13 years we spent trying to become parents suddenly made perfect sense to me. It was so I could be right there in that orphanage at that very moment.
    God has a plan for you. Hang in there!

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