Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Christian!

Wow, what a day.  Christian started the day off with a 6:30 a.m. field trip to WGN.  Apparently they watched the weather broadcast and then headed to the Museum of Science and Industry.  We celebrated his birthday after school with presents and a special dinner.  We will never forget today, his 10th birthday, and also the day when Gia officially became the littlest DeAngelis!

  A sister!  What more could a boy want on his birthday?   Let's see:
Okay, Lord of the Rings.  That's cool.   He loves The Hobbit and this is next in line.

Umm...another book?  Aesop's Fables?  Can you tell he's getting a little worried?

Now this is more like it!  Legos!  At this point we told him Happy Birthday, hope you love everything, we love you.   But there one more?  Oh, yeah, we forgot one.  Ethan went and grabbed it.

Well, a picture tells a thousand words.  A totally unexpected surprise, Christian gets an iTouch.  Although we quickly renamed it the weTouch because although it is technically his, we all want one too and so he promises to share.   And then his favorite meal:

And to top it all off, CAKE!  Happy Birthday, Christian.  You're awesome!  We love you!


Isn't our daughter beautiful?  Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with this baby girl, Giana Helen.  Giana means "God is gracious" and Helen means "beauty."  Her mother named her Helen, which is my mother's name.  Isn't God amazing?  So, sweet girl, soon you will be here!  We love you!  Today someone asked me how many children I had, and I gleefully said "Three!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another 24 Hours...

Update:  Her file was there and looked great.  MOWA letter there, all in order.  Then it was time for the judge to sign it file.  Missing.   (Where in the world?)  They found it four hours later.  By that time the judge had decided to leave for the afternoon.   So, in a nutshell, good news, but not break-out-into-celebration sort of news.  That will come tomorrow when the judge signs it.  In the waiting the Lord has brought to my attention several verses, plus a sermon on Sunday about our spiritual armor.  I get to meditate upon these verses another day.
Worthy are you, our Lord, our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things and because of  Your will she exists and was created.  (Rev. 4:11) You, Lord, defend the cause of the weak and fatherless.  We have labored earnestly for her in our prayers.  Here we are another day closer and we pray,
O, give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.  
Through God we will do valiantly 
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.  Psalm 108:12
“This is what the Lord says:  ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this:  that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24
Lord, for tomorrow, “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24  Amen!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Yet Another Court Date

We did not pass again.  MOWA letter needs to be revised to reflect that our daughter's birth mom was present and signed paperwork.  They had not been able to find her last time, but this time she traveled to Addis and appeared in court today.  I feel for her.  So we wait for the infamous MOWA letter.  Next date:  April 27th.  I know this too shall pass, but I was confident that we would pass today.  I am disappointed.  Yet, the Lord is faithful.  He sees the WHOLE picture.  I can only see a tiny slice.  

Lord, thank you for continuing to care for our little baby.  She's six months old now.  I would love to have her in my arms when she's 7 months.  I loved that age with the boys.  You know my prayer about all the paperwork, etc.  Ditto that prayer.  We wait expectantly for victory this week.  Thank you for your continued favor.  In Jesus' name, Amen

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Restless.  Or maybe antsy would be a better word.  We're almost at the end of this adoption road, at least the road that leads to finally having her in our arms, in our family forever.  The days pass quickly, yet slowly.  I find myself looking at the date and counting down the days till the 19th.  Then I'll be counting down the days till we travel.  Illinois is requiring yet more paperwork before they give us permission to travel.  Lord, I pray you will bring that paperwork through the system quickly after we pass court.   We wait and pray and live and wonder.

Adoption is a long, winding road.  My sweet husband and I have come a long way since sitting next to each other at a restaurant after playing 9 holes of golf, celebrating my birthday, and then discussing all the reasons why we should or should not adopt.  Over a huge plate of mediocre nachos, we volleyed those reasons back and forth.  Age.  The Boys.  Obedience to God.  What If.  Regret.  Longing.  Relentless thoughts of orphans.  Cost.  What will be the cost?  We walked away from that restaurant forever changed.

Here we are, 7 1/2 months later, the expectant parents of a beautiful 6-month-old baby girl born in northern Ethiopia, now living in an orphanage in Mekele.  Wow....

Days Later:

We received an e-mail yesterday that all is ready for court on Monday.  This past week has flown by.  On my way to get a freezer at Sears yesterday, I ended up spending three hours in two stores looking at baby things.  I walked out of the first store with nothing.   I went into the second store, Nordstrom Rack, with the purpose of buying some summer shorts for the boys.  It took me over an hour to make it to the boys' section because they make you walk through the baby section first.  They had so much!!!!  So many beautiful little outfits and dresses and little onesies with cute leggings.  Did they always have all this stuff?  I've never noticed.    I loaded up.  Shamelessly.  I even bought a container that nestles 4 smaller containers for little meals or snacks, complete with a green spoon.  Why I bought this I have no idea.  It seemed necessary at the time.  Maybe it will be necessary.  I don't remember having such things with the boys.  Maybe I did.  It's been a looonnnggg time.   The freezer is still at the store; never made it there.

Father, I am very grateful (understatement) for your sacrifice on the cross for me, for the world.  The cost was unfathomable.  I can't comprehend what it must have been like for Jesus to experience and become shame, nakedness, sin, death, disease and misery, stripped of His garments...for us, so that we would be clothed in His righteousness and intimately brought into relationship, deep and rich and lovely, with You.  You knew it was worth the cost.  We were worth the cost.  I can't wait to clothe my little girl in beautiful things, but when she is clothed in the fine linen, bright and clean (Rev. 19:7-8) of your righteousness, that will be the best of all.

"Because you say, 'I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.   Revelation 3:17-18

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.  II Corinthians 8:9

I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, 
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another Court Date

We did not pass court today, but are encouraged that we will pass on April 19th, the new date. All the paperwork was there, everything was fine, but the judge wants some additional paperwork from the Ministry of Women's Affairs. I am very grateful that our new date is so close, not even two weeks away. So many times the new date is 4-6 weeks out, and I don't think I could bear that!

Lord, I thank you that your timing is perfect. Another two weeks is not so bad. I pray for continued protection, favor and care over our daughter. In Jesus' name, Amen

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter 2010

A quiet Easter, just us. Worship this morning. Coloring eggs this afternoon. Beautiful day...

Kim sang this wonderful song, powerful and true:

He Loves Us

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane
I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy
When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by Glory
And I realize just how beautiful you are and how great your affections are for me

Oh how he loves us, so
Oh How he loves us, how he loves us so

We are his portion and he is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So, heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

He loves us
Oh how he loves us
Oh how he loves us
Oh how he loves 

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