Friday, May 30, 2008

Waiting and earthquakes...

Well, here we are waiting for almost 22 months already (it'll be 22 months on June 3). It's hard to believe sometimes that it has been that long and other times it seems like it has been much longer. I haven't been doing a very good job keeping up with posting but it is really hard to post when nothing is happening and there's nothing new to share.

I'm sure that you've heard about the earthquakes in China recently. As to how that will affect our adoption and the waiting....we don't know. I think there are a lot of unknowns since the Chinese are still just trying to get organized and figure out what to do next because of the damage. I've read that there are many children left orphaned due to the earthquakes. But now the Chinese people want to adopt those children, which I can't blame them and they should have first chance. So I don't know how that will work or what kind of policies the Chinese are going to have to put into place for that. So there is a lot going on right now in China that affects a lot of their people and we don't know how all of that is going to affect us here in the U.S.

The referrals continue to come in once a month but only for one group of people and so that makes it very slow. We have 28 groups of people ahead of us yet and I sure hope that they don't continue only doing one group per month because that will take another 2 years!!!

Ron turned 50 in April! I had a couple of surprise parties for him. I pretty much was able to pull them off without him being too suspicious. It was fun and I think he enjoyed the surprises and seeing people that we don't see a lot.

I'm just sad that it's taking so long to get Marisa. Another Mother's Day has gone by and I'm still not a mother. Another Father's Day will go by and Ron's still not a father. We'll each have another birthday and I'm afraid another Christmas will go by without our little girl. It's very frustrating but there's nothing we can do but wait and pray for things to speed along. With so many things beyond our control it is really hard because being a person that likes to have control of situations it is teaching me to give up that control and lean more heavily on God. God is in control of the situation I firmly believe. I know His timing is always better than what ours could possibly be so even though we want Marisa right now, I know God has something even better planned for the time when we are finally able to bring her home. Please continue praying for us as we wait because it isn't easy.

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