Saturday, September 4, 2010

Better than a Hallelujah (lyrics) Amy Grant

joy & sadness, both!

"I don't know if this is a season of sweetness or a season of sadness. But I'm learning that neither last forever. There will be, I'm sure, something that invades this current loveliness. That's how life is. It won't be sweet forever. But it won't be bitter forever either. If everywhere you look these days; it's wintery, desolate, lonely, practice believing in Springtime. It always, always comes, even though as days like today it's nearly impossible to imagine; frozen ground, trees bare and spikey. New life will spring from this same ground. This season will end and something entirely new will follow it.

s. niequist




Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

God's itinerary...




Though it's only a slight delay.
my heart is still a little sad :(
We were informed yesterday that our anticipated July 6th Embassy Date has been pushed back.






The change occuried due to the number of Embassy workers taking vacation this month.
With fewer workers, fewers cases are able to be heard & processed, thus making it necessary to move several Embassy appointments to a later date.
Another sign of international adoptions unpredictability & the hard decisions that have to be made by BCS staff on a daily basis... We thank you for your care & grace!
We are now "officially" scheduled for departure on July 14th.
"Official" because we have received our daughter's birth certificate & passport...
and got another little glimpse of our beautiful little girl (passport pic)
ohhhhh!
We will use the additional days to continue preparing for our travels but also to love on the children already in our arms & enjoy our family (of 6) time together :)
Please keep us in your prayers....
as we wait.
and trust in God's perfect timing.
And thank you to those who continue to support us with your encouraging words, shared truth, financial gifts, and so much more!
(Kelly, I am touched by your FB enthuisasm... You Rock/// No! Our God Rocks for putting a sister in Christ to walk by our side in a special way...)
You ALL have blessed us beyond words!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

luggage, airplanes & travel... oh my!

"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...will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7








we got word today.







our daughter's birth certificate has been issued.









they are working on securing her passport.











our tentative Embassy date is July 6th.









*I know this sounds to most like alot of "adoption lingo"







this is what it means;









once a birth certificate & passport are issued, we receive our invitation to travel.









there are only two travel dates/Embassy appointments available in July.





July 6th is the first.

(and we weren't expecting to get it)





We have spoken to a suggested Travel agent & have put on hold our tickets for departure.





As of right now, we will take off for Ethiopia on Wednesday, June 30th!













Oh My Goodness!!!!













It's hard to believe this is happening....













we are excited!











we are nervous!











we are elated!











we are so many things.







we are so very close to holding our daughter in our arms!






***So much to do, so little time!








we'll let you know when we know more, and plans are more definite!





Please keep us in your prayers.







Trusting in the Lord...


Monday, June 14, 2010

ouch!


With "travel" on the horizon in the next 3-8 weeks,
we finally made our SHOT APPOINTMENT!






At the end of the month we are scheduled to
see our travel doctor... to receive important travel information,
needed prescriptions, and the dreaded (muliple) immunization updates.
Praying we will not have any ill side-effects from the shots.
Thank you for your continued prayers for us, as we
take the necessary steps to travel soon...
And bring our beautiful daughter home.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

we finally heard...



WE PASSSED!!!!
After what felt like forever (like most waiting times do these days) we got word just this afternoon!
We are officially the family of our little "t"
And we are overjoyed!!!!
We should be invited to travel to Ethiopia in the next 4-6 weeks to bring our daughter home.
Thank you for your continued prayers.
Praising God for this victory, praying toward our next steps... And celebrating this precious news!!!
She is ours... she's really ours!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

no news.

It's nearly midnight Tuesday.
We did not hear today the outcome of our "court date"
Praying for a restful night's sleep, with news in the morning :)
Thanking God for the 4 families that passed court Monday.
Lifting up in prayer the 6 other known families awaiting news for "court dates" scheduled tomorrow.
Resting in His love for me & each of my precious children.
Good Night.
God Bless.

Monday, June 7, 2010

your only a day away.

tomorrow.
tomorrow is a big day.
it's the day of our 1st adoption "court date".
in actuality because of the time difference,
our Ethiopian court appointment should take place in the middle of the night tonight...
if you find yourself awake for some reason,
send a little prayer heavenward for us and our little girl.


even though our court date isn't until tomorrow,
I found myself awake & sleepless last night :(








took the "toss-n-turn" moments to pray;







for families who were awaiting their court news today,
for the children we long to hold in our arms,
for peace in the outcome,
for total trust in God's plans/timing.






if tonight is similiar, I am planning on another prayer filled night :)
please join us.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

edited: Of the 4 known families with court dates today June 7, 2010 - All 4 passed!

Praise the Lord!



Friday, June 4, 2010

4

The number of days until our "court date" in Ethiopia!


The Power of Attorney will stand in for us in court,
where the Judge will determine if all paperwork and more is
as needed... and declare sweet "T" officially ours - or not.






If we pass;

"T" is officially ours according to the Ethiopian government,

(in our hearts, she's been ours since the moment we laid eyes on her)

and prayerfully we will be invited to travel & bring
her home to her forever family, 4-8 weeks later.






If we do not pass;

we will do whatever we can as far as it depends on us,
what's needed to be successful at the next scheduled court date.









Please pray with us, as we anxiously approach June 8, 2010!








Praying for continued peace & trust in His perfect plans :)









* We'll keep you posted... unsure how quickly we'll hear...?










Thank you in advance for your support & prayers... We are grateful!











"The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still." Exodus 14:14






In Him,
The Fisher's




Monday, May 31, 2010

happy day, sunshine!

May 6th marked the day we welcomed our "sunshine"
2nd born daughter into this world, twelve years ago!








She was born a little pudgey

with a tuft of blonde hair

big beautiful blue eyes

8# 12oz.

22" long

A sweet soul from the moment she arrived!






Sweet E. is a now a beautiful young lady,

who is loved by everyone she meets!


(E. 3 years old)










When asked to share some of her favorite things, here's what she had to say:




What do you want to be when you grow up?
An Artist










Favorite Color:


Purple










Are you a saver or a spender?


She wasn't sure
Mom thinks, she's a spender & a giver!












Favorite Candy?
Werthers Orginals & Rootbeer Barrels












Favorite Song / Musician?
Carrie Underwood












What do you like most about your family?
They are loving












Favorite Sport?


"What do you think?" ... Soccer it is!




How do you feel about turning 12?
Normal :)







(E. 12 years old)











(Celebrating her 12th birthday with friends)

Your friends are?

Nice!

What makes you laugh?

Dad & Funny Sayings

What annoys you?

"When someone does something over & over, like clicking"

Something you want to get better at?

Drawing

Happy Birthday Sweet E!!!!

We have been blessed since the moment you came into our lives, and continue to be!

May you always know how very loved you are!!!

You are beautiful from the inside out... a kind, smart, compassionate young woman

God created you to be

Love you Sunshine,

Momma & Dad

in a nutshell.




I'm certain if anyone was still checking in here from time to time,

they probably aren't any longer.
(Hey, thank you if your still stopping by... leave me a comment...
might be just the motivation I need to keep up on current posts :) )











We have been MIA for over a month now.


And there is so much to catch up on!






I do it now for my family






so one day we can look back at this God breathed journey

& remember it with the joy & hope it's been filled with!


Where do I begin????








We know,

Our family received the referral for our beautiful 3 year old daughter on April 14th!









I hand delivered our "official" acceptance paperwork (and add'l fee's) to our agency,

just a week later on April 21st.











We wait for word on if we will be traveling 1 time or 2...

All paperwork must submitted to Ethiopian court before May 9th

to only have to travel once - to bring our daughter home.





May 7, 2010

We receive a phone call from our SW.

She informs us, the required paperwork has been submitted to court!

*We will only travel ONCE!!!






God is so good!
*I couldn't ask for a better Mom's day gift - PTL!












May 17, 2010

We are informed our COURT DATE has been scheduled for

June 8, 2010







***Please keep us in your prayers!!!***




Praying we will pass & be invited to travel to bring our Ethiopian princess home

4-8 weeks after our sucessful court date.





Praying for peace & the many other details included in traveling around the world!






On May 19, 2010

We are "beyond words blessed" by a generous donation for some of our upcoming traveling expenses... Thank you is not near enough!!!!










We continue to wait, pray, & trust toward each next step in this amazing journey!!!





Our hearts are full!








And that's it in a "nutshell"








PS. Stay tuned for "other" long over due updates!








God Bless!!!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

life on a cloud.






It's been a week since we received our "referral"





we are elated!


it's undescribable, the feeling when you final see the face and know the name of the precious little one you've prayed diligently for.






she is beautiful.





she is loved.




she is ours.







but i imagine much like "floating on a cloud"...






the journey continues to have it's ups and downs.






we float up... and are light on our feet.






nothing can take away our happiness.





no one can say anything to squelch the feeling of arriving to this point in the journey.








then the sky is dark and the clouds are heavy with rain.





we are uncertain to when we will hold her in our arms forever.






we are uncertain when we will travel.

will we travel around the world one time or two.





uncertain what comes next.




uncertain we're equipped for just the next step.







no matter what though, we remain certain that our God is sovereign.







His plans are perfect.






and His grace is sufficient.






we are anticipating this part of the wait to feel like forever





but sure all the waiting will fade away the moment she's in our arms.





each moment of each day.






we are resting in God's goodness.





"floating" on His love & faithfulness for each one of us.






we are blessed.








and we wait.




in love once again.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

BIG NEWS!



It's a girl!




We received the call Wednesday (4/14/10) afternoon.
A day we will not soon forget!
I actually had a voicemail on my cell phone from our SW... I immediately got butterflies in my stomach & tears in my eyes-just from our SW's voice in a message :)
It did not take long to connect but it felt like forever.
Just a short time into our conversation she shared she had a "REFERRAL" for us.
Here's some of what I heard....
She's a beautiful 3 year old little girl
Her big brown eyes are capitivating...they truly are!
And her precious little smile is heart warming.
Her Daddy & I are in LOVE!
No, her whole family is in LOVE!!!

It will be approximately 3 months until she's home in our arms forever.

In the meantime we do all we can as far as it's depends on us.

We are uncertain if we will be traveling to Ethiopia one or two times,

But trusting in God's plan & provision for each next step.

Did I mention, we are in LOVE???

Please keep us in your prayers... and we will keep you posted!

"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a fuure." Jeremiah 29:11



Friday, April 9, 2010

:)

Our family is Number 6!!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

3 more.



this is what we know.









3 more referrals.









3 more sweet babes matched with their "forever families"



3 more times my heart lept for joy.













The anticipation of adoption is hard to explain.














The wait to see the face of the little one created to grow up in your family is so many things;










humbling.











surreal.












anxious.















blessed.











agonizing.























emotional.
















beautiful.




















Having had the blessed privilege of welcoming children into my arms through pregnancy I now know both similarities and differences in the adoption journey...











Like pregnancy; you long to see and hold the child you know will become part of your heart & life forever.











Unlike pregnancy; you have absolulety NO idea when to expect the little blessing--not the month, not the season, not even the year. ???













The journey is much like a rollercoaster... one moment filled with confidence and the next consumed with fear & doubt you are not cut-out for the ride.











In "real life" I like rollercoasters... the wind in your face, the excitment and thrill of the next turn and hill--all safely beneath the hold of selt belts & other gadgets.












Verdict's still out on how I'm fairing this ROLLERCOASTER ride...








Resting in His perfect timing and plans for me and my family.









Seeking comfort in His truths.













Wanting to be filled with His strength and wisdom.













We are now #7 on the Forum Waiting List... Seem like we should be #5???











It's the winding part of the ride...









I can only imagine the work of those doing all they can to match these precious children to waiting families.











I can say that we trust their prayerful & difficult decisions....






Thank you for all you do for the glory of God!






And the journey continues :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

sunshine :)

We surprisingly have had some unseasonably warmer and "Sunny" days.



And it makes me happy.



Really happy.


Though, today has some brisker winds... the sun is shining BRIGHT!



And I love it.

Another little something that makes me happy... and even want to dance...





We moved on the forum wait list!






There was a referral yesterday... Matched to the family just ahead of us on this list :)





We now sit at NUMBER 8!!!








Not sure what it means... but the movement is exciting... And another one of God's children has been matched to his "forever family".








That gives me goosebumps.







Before this I have been finding myself kind of stuck, I guess.








Unable to come up with the words to express my heart & thoughts.





Praying the words come a little more freely... in which case I'll keep you posted on further developments :)









If anyone's still stops by... thanks for hanging in there...











I believe the "journey" has only just begun.





God Bless.















Monday, March 29, 2010

it's NOT about us...


“… A night of failure sets the stage for a day of fantastic results if you don’t give up;



God uses the long dark night to accomplish some important spiritual changes.


He wants us to have those times when no human answers, no human consolation, no human heroes; no human efforts can change things. He’s bringing you to the end of what you can do; the end of anything you can even think of doing. Because that’s the beginning of the things only God can do. First, He has to get us out of the way.”



(Ron Hutchcraft)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

changes.








We have recently learned there are some impending changes happening in [our] Ethiopian adoption process.











Though it hasn't been made official yet, we are expecting the following changes to affect our adoption process from how we thought it would be;











they are stating that beginning April 9th families will be required to attend their childs court date. This is Ethiopia's effort to ensure a family has met and seen the child before the Embassy date, therefore resolving some of the problem of families deciding at the last minute they do not want the child referred to them. (Hopefully we will get some official instructions from Ethiopia soon)






We have not received our referral (a picture & short description of child(ren) matched to our family. I think it's important to mention again; Bethany does not find children for families, but rather families for children)





So this change most definetly is expected to affect us & our family!











At the beginning of our adoption journey we expected to have a "court date" take place without us and we would travel only once (approx. 6-8 weeks after Court) to bring our child(ren) home-staying in Ethiopia for about 1 week.

**We will now travel at least twice... once for Court and again to bring our child(ren) home.














We're trying to see this in a positive light... getting to see & hold the child(ren) intended to grow up in our family sooner is wonderful...










leaving them once having them in our arms seems beyond words difficult...









it's also hard to phathom how we'll come by the added travel expenses...











But God is in control... He knows ALL things.









For now we will do our best to take one day at a time.
(As you can probably tell, I'm not all that good at this.)









Trusting in God's perfect timing & His plans for us.





PS.As for where we stand in the process...

We've been DTE (dossier to Ethiopia) since the beginning of October. If you read here , you'll know there were many referrals that went out in January... more than a half dozen more went out in February... And we are currently waiting at NUMBER 9 on the forum "waiting list"... So once again, "time will tell" : )














Today we choose to obey & serve & worhip Him while "waiting".











Wednesday, March 10, 2010

zapped.

It's been some time again since we've posted.


I guess, LIFE in general has just been busy.



Nothing out of the ordinary, really.



School.



Work.



Volleyball.




Church.




Winter blues.





**I'm feeling "zapped"... tired. a little grouchy. short. sad. discontent.




Trying desperately to cling to His truths.



Finding my way back to CONTENTMENT.



Wading through my many thoughts-not wanting to get lost in the ways of the world but rather rest in God's unfailing love for me.






It's "nothing" really.





Probably just a case of "Spring Fever"




And this too shall pass.





Thanking my Father in heaven for loving me... despite "me" :)











"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

Saturday, February 13, 2010

well said...

As I took at a peek at a "friends" blog recently, I was struck by what she wrote...




Thank you Weimer family for sharing your heart with us, for loving Jesus like you do, & for inspiring us who also desire to "Follow hard after Him"




(The Weimer's are a family who has adopted twice from Ethiopia (2 sibling groups of 3) have 3 bio children, & announced at Christmas time they were expecting their 10th child : ) ... wow!)




Here's what they had to say...

QUESTION: Do you think it's a mandate for all Christians to adopt?

[I just got asked this question again on Facebook today. Here's my response:]

OOOOH, a question I get asked quite a bit. :) And one that people try to stump me on.

Here's what I say:

Preface: I can't say what every person should or should not do, nor will I judge a person who doesn't supposedly "get it." That's wrong...

1) Scripture says that if we see someone in need and we have something that would fill their need yet DO NOT fill it, we do not have the love of God in us. [We have a family; orphans don't; we therefore should share with the orphan what we have that they do not.]

2) Scripture says that we must do to others what we would want done to us (or our own biological kids, for that matter). If we were orphaned, we would want to be adopted. Period. Not just visited or taken care of in a group home. Adopted into a family. And we would want the same for our biological kids.

3) Jesus didn't just come to visit us or care for us in our orphaned state; He came to lay down His life to adopt us. James 1:27 uses the phrase "visit orphans." The word "visit" there is the same word used for when Jesus came to "visit" us. He didn't leave us as orphans; He adopted us. He didn't see us in our orphaned state of despair and say, "Oh, poor things...I wish someone would do something about that." No, He adopted us. Changed our futures; our destinies; our families. We are to follow Him and do as He did.

4) How can we not? How can we look at the children in the world without families and say, 'No, not worth it.'? Our lives are not our own. We are called to pick up our crosses and follow Him. Not our own plans or desires or conveniences. Ain't nothin' about this whole "following Jesus" thing that is supposed to be convenient. Ask Jesus if the Cross was "convenient" or glamorous.

So, should every Christian adopt? Well, I like to turn that question on its head...What is a good reason a Christian SHOULDN'T adopt? Most reasons are self-focused if we are really honest with ourselves.

[Obviously, many people are not "fit" to adopt right now, but that is usually due to our own messes we've made with relationships, finances, life choices, etc, and not something put in our way stopping us from adopting.]