Saturday, June 16, 2007
Family Reunion & Passport updates
We just got back from a Borchert Pinochle Reunion in Flagstaff, AZ. We hiked (see above-we're standing on a rock bridge), played cards, hiked some more, and had a blast at a natural water rock slide! It was tons of fun...even though playing pinochle stresses me out!! I did not grow up playing cards. In fact, the only card game we ever played as a family was UNO!! The crazy thing is my sister in law and I actually won a couple rounds thanks to our partners who bid high and laid down some sweet hands! (thanks Steve and Renee).
We came home to a nice surprise on our One Dollar Adoption Site... We are at $3,898.00!! Wow... this awesome!! We are SOOOO close!! It's been unreal to see so many people we do not know donate to help a family miles and miles away. Then of course there are all our crazy, sweet, huge-hearted friends & family who continue to support us and love us in ways that are totally beyond us. THANK YOU!! everyone-friends, family, strangers, acquaintances! We love you and pray God will bless your lives richly!!!!
Well, so the news is we're still waiting. That's it. Twelve passports were signed in the last week and none were ours. I was so anxious all day until I got the email that it we did not get passports. We celebrate with the families that did get passports!! What a sweet moment for mothers and fathers to finally be able to bring home their Liberian babies. One day we'll be there, screaming, crying, and flippin' out!!!
Another minor update: There was a price increase for the lodging in Liberia. AOH had recently purchased a guest home to house the adoptive families that come through every week. Before this, a missionary family was housing the families, which I'm sure was wonderful but very difficult. It's makes a lot of sense for AOH to have their own home for the families and the kids when they travel, so we're okay about paying a little extra for our lodging and meals. Just thought I'd throw this in to help explain some of the reasons for why our expenses are so high, and why we're trying to raise $7,000.
What I read today that has helped me in the long wait.
'let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith'.... Hebrews