Waiting is hard......no matter what you are waiting on. Some of you reading this blog are waiting for a child, others may be waiting for something else in their lives. Whatever we are waiting on, God is faithful and His timing is perfect. Below is a verse I am using as my life verse during this adoption. It gives me peace that all things are in God's control and His timing. I hope it will encourage you today, too!
"But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, be patient! For it will surely take place. It will not be late by a single day." Habakkuk 2:3
Today, one of my second grade students, a boy with a mischievous smile and a tender heart, approached me and asked, "Why can't you just go get that baby?!" I explained to him that it took a lot of time, there was a lot of paperwork and it took time to gather all the money we needed. He perked right up and said, "Oh, Mrs. Garrison, that's no problem! My family has lots of money! My dad is really generous too - He writes lots of people bills! I'll just have him write you a bill, too!"
Is that not the cutest thing you've ever heard? (If you could see his little face, it would be even cuter!) I loved his enthusiasm to help and the simplicity of the way he saw things.....In his mind - problem solved - jump on the plane! If only it were that easy!! I didn't have the heart to explain to him we'd rather have a check - we have plenty of bills already! :)
Well, not much is new here on the adoption front......still waiting for the coveted I171-H.....hopefully it will come in the next couple of weeks so we can get this paperwork out of here! Can't wait!
School started this week, which means back to routine. I always fight it a little bit and feel sad to give up my "free" time, but I also love getting back on a schedule. I'm so much more productive somehow! This is a week of adjustment as we train our bodies to get up early (the saddest part of all) and get accustomed to our new schedule. Our kids are in 7th, 5th and 4th grades this year - I can hardly believe it!
We love the Christian school that I teach at and our kids go to, so we feel blessed to be there again this year. It's been great to get back and see all of our friends as we've missed them over the summer.
Thank you for keeping our adoption in your prayers. This week a family who had received their referral for a baby girl in Ethiopia had an awful thing happen.....their baby died of pneumonia before they could go get her. We feel heart broken for them. What a difficult thing. Please keep the Joner family in your prayers, too.
I know you're out there....our counter at the bottom of the page is moving! Don't be afraid to leave comments or questions so I don't feel like I'm talking to myself! Don't be shy! :)
It's back to school for me - a great, but busy, time of the year! The kids come on Monday, so I am busy preparing my classroom and lesson plans so I will be ready when they come. I have 24 kids this year, so it will be a full year!
Hayden is at camp this week and I am really missing him.....he's our sweet tender hearted boy who loves for us all to be home together, so I am sure he is missing us, too. I hope he's having a great time!
That's all for now - nothing new on the adoption front....just "busy" waiting! Please pray for our next steps (I171-H) to go quickly so we can start our "official" wait!
I promise that one of these days I am going to post more than videos, but for now I found another good one that I wanted to share! This video makes me think.....we only get one chance at this life....what are we going to do with it?
We are a family of ten...striving to live the lives that please God...getting it wrong a lot of the time, but trying nonetheless. We have eight beautiful children...three were given to us through birth and five through the miracle of adoption. We feel blessed to be living the life we've been given.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
~ One in ten children die before their first birthday ~ One in six children die before their fifth birthday ~ 44% of the population is under 15 years old ~ 60% of children in Ethiopia are stunted because of malnutrition ~ The median age in Ethiopia is 17.8 years old ~ 1.5 million people are infected with AIDS (6th highest in the world) ~ There are roughly 4.6 million orphans in Ethiopia ~ Per capita, Ethiopia receives less aid than any country in Africa ~ Half of the children in Ethiopia will never attend school. ~ 88% will never attend secondary school ~ Coffee prices (Ethiopia's only major export) declined 40-60% from 1998-2002 ~ Ethiopia's doctor to children ratio is 1 to 24,000 ~ Severe drought struck country from 2000-2002 (first year no crops, second year no seeds, third year no animals)