The long wait for our referral continues. Many orphanages in Ethiopia are closing due to their lack of compliance with new government regulations. This likely means over-crowding in those orphanages which are compliant, and further delays in the IA process for those families who are a few steps behind us. Tim is frustrated, and understandably so. He has the pressure of leading a ministry, providing for our family, and now the awesome task of completing his Master's degree. He just wants to be finished with this adoption already, and I can't say that I blame him. Me? I am peacefully resigned. I know this will all come together in a way that glorifies God, eventually. I have two kids to keep me distracted and plenty of schoolwork, housework, and knitting to occupy my hands and my mind. I'm sure I'll circle back around to frustration right as Tim moves back into peaceful resignation again.
My hands are full, but full of wonderful things. Sometimes I let the huge scope of my responsibilities feel like a burden rather than a task. I let projects become problems, and then I start to feel a wee bit sorry for myself.
I'm so very thankful that God loves me too much to let me wallow. He smacks me ever so lovingly upside the head and shakes me out of my reverie of self-pity.
Yesterday I found out a little boy belonging to a good friend of mine has been diagnosed with autism. This friend was one of the first people to really welcome me into her life after we moved to Houston and NEHBC. I've known her now through the birth of her last two children, and our daughters are close. I don't get to spend as much time with her as I'd like, but she will always have a place in my heart. You can find her here, so please check her out when you have a moment, and keep her family in your prayers.