Thursday, April 6, 2017

Esther 4:14

Esther 4:14
"Who can say but that GOD has brought you into the palace for such a time as this?"

Five years ago, on March 28 to be exact, Jon and I started the process of international adoption for a child from Ethiopia. God has done amazing things for us in those five years. 
-The birth of our third biological daughter Ruth
-A home that feels like home
-The start of our mini farm
-A new church 
-Homeschooling our daughters (and beginning to connect with other homeschooling families in our area)

The years have been full of transitions for us. And we have been eager to share what God is now doing with our adoption. I have received questions of 'if' we are still adopting ๐Ÿ˜‰  My friends, it has NEVER been in question. The only question in our minds has been when will God move? How long must we wait? And what on earth is He waiting for?! Haha! But He has waited for a time as this. His timing is perfect, even five years later.

When we started the process one of our concerns was the financial burden. We have had a pie fundraiser, by Calvary Bible church in Meredith NH. An online silent auction from our friends and family. We started a puzzle fundraiser. And also a 10,000 donation from Centerpoint Church in Annapolis MD. All the money that was given to us sat in a bank account for years. YEARS. God provides, even in advance.

This past October we finally got the call we have been waiting for! Our referral phone call๐Ÿ˜€ We were able to pay immediately the full adoption fee! It was exactly what we had in our account! Is God not amazing!? We have since been working on paperwork, praying, and emailing closely with our agency.  

We had asked for a boy or girl under the age of four, and were open to a child with 'special needs' specifically HIV+. ((We can make plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9)) 

We have accepted the referral of a beautiful little girl. She is healthy. She chubby. She perfect! We have seen her grow in pictures for the past 6 months and are so in love with her! We cannot wait to bring little 'S' home! 
***Until she is legally declared our daughter we are unable to share any personal info via social media ie pictures, name...***

Please pray for her as she waits.
Please pray for our hearts to prepare well. 
Please pray for paperwork to move along smoothly.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2 years and counting...

It's been two years from the start...but whose counting?!?! Ha. Things are quiet, but we are hopeful. The blog is hard to update, when there are no real updates. I promise I'll write as soon as there is any new news. Until then, I have decided to write more about family life-while we are here waiting.

This summer we have decided to go screen less. Well for the most part anyway. No facebook, no twitter, no instagram for me. No tv, no ipads for the girls. I have decided though to keep facebook activated, to post blog posts on. (yes, I am allowing blog time!) And here and there (weekly at most!) we may have a family movie night! Even in the past fews days, I have enjoyed the difference it is making for my girls and I! More outside time. More reading time. More enjoying the moment together time.

We spent our weekend at 'the camp'
Cousin Eva, so loved by our girls
The two beauties adventuring
Norah's getting braver with creepy crawlies
Swinging the day away

 It was a wonderful weekend, the perfect way to begin summer. And the cherry on top...?!
We are finally, FINALLY getting a puppy! I may be a little more excited then the girls even! He is a black mini schnauzer coming to live with our family at the end of June!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the meetings.

There were so many things that we can thank the Lord for! He is at work! The meetings in Ethiopia went well, better then I expected to be honest! (I want to be clear, Jon and I were NOT IN Ethiopia, and these meetings were NOT specifically about us. The meetings were much bigger then any one personal adoption, they would affect all adoption out of Ethiopia at this time.)

I have to be careful with what I write in a 'public' setting. I am able to speak personally with people about ins and outs, but I also understand how some of the happenings are and should be protected.
One thing that is public knowledge was that adoption in Ethiopia has had a complete 'slow down'. And when I say slow down, I mean trickle....
After this meeting we are assured that adoption in Ethiopia is open still (AMEN!) And that things should start moving again soon! (AMEN!)

There were decisions made that as a whole we want to be sure that international adoption is the LAST resort for the children of Ethiopia. I agree completely. And I pray that able families stay together, and children who can find loving families in country do. Please pray with me that ONLY the children in REAL NEED and have NO WHERE to turn are the ones being adopted internationally (they are SO LOVED and WANTED!). There are steps in place for this to happen, and I am praying it runs smoothly and effectively.

God has a child in mind for my family, chosen before creation. I don't think any of these events have not been 'part of HIS plan' from the very beginning. It is hard to not feel like we have some little sense of control...let me tell you He has made it very clear that we have NONE! His plans are greater, and He is doing something WAY bigger here then just taking care of me & my little family. The Lord Himself has these children in mind! I pray that the very best is done for them!

Moving forward, yes moving!
We are now planning on a few months of quiet... things are getting put into place in Ethiopia that need to more learning patience for me! ;)
After these few months things should start moving again. I know I am sucking up all your prayer time, but can we pray for this again? Please! Specifically though I am begging (always) for prayer for our child, that we do not know yet. The one chosen, loved, and so wanted! Patience and comfort in this unknown.

The Patterson Family