Thursday, June 21, 2012

Misc. updates ;-)

Wow.  Been a long time since I updated this.  Kind of forgot.  :-)  A lot has happened in the last 3 1/2 months.  We had spring break- time off work for me and time off school for Garek.  Didn't do much, but had a nice week anyway.  In April, Brian and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary.  It's been a great 10 years and looking forward to a long time together yet.  Still lots to do.  :-)  After that, in May, Garek graduated from kindergarten at Kingdom Academy.  What a great school.  He learned so much last year and we are thankful for Sarah for being a wonderful teacher.  From there, we went to Bible School for 2 weeks.  Garek was in Kindergarten and I helped teach 3rd grade.  What a blessing those 2 weeks were.  I think we all learned something and grew closer to God in the process.  I also had those 2 weeks off from work and thoroughly enjoyed being home with Garek during that time.  Now we have the rest of the summer to look forward to before school starts again in August and we do it all over again!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Long Road to Guatemala

 Well, here we are again.  For those of you who don't know, we adopted our son from Guatemala almost 5 years ago.  This post is about that journey.  It began in the fall of 2004.  Adoption is something that had crossed my mind in the past, quickly passing through as just a fleeting thought.  Perhaps God was slowly planting that seed at the time so that when the time came I would be receptive to it.  That time came at a concert when adoption was the topic discussed.  I came home from the concert with an open heart and mind, wondering, was this what God had planned for us?  I brought the subject up to Brian and, long story short, we determined that this was exactly what God had planned for us.  A new and exciting journey to embark on.
After much research, talking, praying, more research, and more praying, we decided to adopt from Guatemala.  There were several reasons, but one of the main ones was that it was supposed to be a relatively short wait for a referral and travel to bring a child home.  The key phrase in that sentence is "supposed to be".  It was not.  We had bumps in the road, setbacks, and a lot of frustration, however we knew that this was what God wanted.  We were willing to endure whatever came, knowing that the end result would be truly wonderful.  
One of the most frustrating things for us was the long wait.  We received our referral of a beautiful baby boy in early March of 2006!  He had been born the end of January and was only about 6 weeks old!  We were sooo excited and couldn't wait to tell everyone.  We hoped that we would be able to travel in late summer of that year, early fall at the latest.  Unfortunately, that was not to be.  For some reason, we were stuck in the PGN.  (The Guatemalan Court processing out adoption.)  We never found out the reason, but we waited over a year for our case to be processed and approved. 
By early 2007, we were having to renew our fingerprints.  (Perhaps they had changed in the last year?? :-)  They were to be wired to the embassy in Guatemala City but for some reason the embassy said they didn't get them.  Emails were exchanged, phone calls made to the agency and in the end it was decided the best course of action at this time was for us to fly to Guatemala and show the embassy our approved fingerprint papers.  By this time it was mid-April 2007.
We flew down April 29, 2007 and on April 30 we were able to see our son for the first time in person!!  He was as beautiful as we had dreamed!!  Later when we went to the embassy and showed them our papers, they stamped them and things started rolling.  We were in Guatemala just over 2 weeks and flew home May 15, 2007.   It had been 15 1/2 months since our son was born and just over 14 months since we had received our referral for him.
It was a long journey, but in the end we had our son.  As frustrating as things got we knew that God was in control.  And in the end, it was worth it and we wouldn't change anything.

  The first picture we received of our son!!!!  So adorable!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Life Journeys

Wow.  It took me what seemed like forever to figure this out.  I think the hardest part for me was coming up with a blog name.  (I know, how dumb it that!!)  I started this so anyone who reads it can keep up with what is going on with our adoption, but I decided I didn't want it to be just about that.  Therefore, I needed something to reflect that thought.  I came up with Journeys in Life.  The word journey has several definitions, two of which ring true with me:  1. a period of travel; 2. passage or progress from one stage to another.   
We are on a journey in this life.  It's a journey from the day we are born to the day we arrive in our Father's home.  During this period of travel, we progress from one stage in life to the next.  What we choose to make of each of these smaller journeys is up to us.  We can choose to follow God and the journey He has for us, knowing that we may not always understand or like it.  Or, we can make our own way.  As appealing as that may sound to many people, that journey is filled with disaster and regret.  When that life journey comes to an end, as all life journeys do, and they arrive in front of our Father the end result will not be happiness.
But, I digress.  This blog is ultimately about the journey that God has for us. The journey He has set us on and that we have chosen to follow for the second time now.  So, for anyone who reads this, I hope you enjoy reading about our journey!!