Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Connecting the Dots....

It's no secret that our journey to get our referral was long and exhausting! There were some big heart breaks during the last few months of waiting that made me, at times, seriously doubt that our journey would end with a new son home with us. In August, after 10 months of waiting, I started asking more questions about our wait. (I really did not want to be THAT family, but I think we are! :) ) Well, at the beginning of August we found out that we had already lost 5 matches, but they were already working on #6. And then September came and I was starting to feel like we were getting "close" to this 6 match being ready. But, near the end of September we get the call that our 6th match fell through, BUT they have, yet again, matched up with another boy. (Seriously, I was just about at the end of my rope-- why us?? Yes, quite the pity party). And then in October, I think, we get another call--UGH!-- at this point I was not enjoying the emails that said, "can we schedule a time for a phone call"! This particular phone call was to let us know that they had more background on match #7 and his birth date would put him and Grace under a year apart, and would we be OK with this?? Seriously--- like we would say NO?!?!? But, really, when we started the process, we were requesting a 4-5 year old boy because Jacob had just turned 6 when we got on the waitlist. We were hoping that the boys would be a year apart. But after waiting a year, Jacob turned a year older, but our referral parameters didn't change. So, we find out that our boy was brought to an orphanage in mid-September, and a week later, he was at the Gladney Care Center being matched with us!!! I started thinking..... we lost our 6th match in September. Our boy turned 4 in September. We would have never been matched with him if he wasn't already 4. Yes. God had this all worked out this entire time. He's the most PERFECT little boy for us! And, as I like to say... "I always wanted twins! At least this way I don't have to go through the baby and toddler stage with twins!" Win-win!

Even through my wavering faith and strength through this whole process, God had ever detail worked out. Deep down, I knew that. I was just having a terrible time being patient in finding out the details. :)


Debi Jenkins said...

I'll be so excited to follow the rest of your journey! Maybe the little boy we get will be friends with yours at the care center in Ethiopia!


Murphy Momma said...

Suzi, I LOVE to hear the ways God works His perfect will. I have had similar "fingerprints" of God's handiwork and I marvel everytime I see the precision to His work. Can't wait to see the end of this chapter and the beginning of the next.

Eryn said...

isn't it just amazing the details God has worked out?? We felt the same way, upon reflection. It's not always easy to see in the moment...but he is SO good ALL the time.

Jamie said...

This is beautiful.. God is beautiful in how He perfectly orchestrates each moment of our lives! Oh and before I forget... select Target stores now carry Miss Jessie's Hair Pudding and some of their other products!!!!


Ellen Enright said...

God has formed your perfect family. Thanks for including us on this journey!

Amy Bottomly said...

WHERE are your blog posts? I am trying to get back into blogging and reading blogs... and you have nothing new for me to read! :)

Jamie said...

How did you do it... we're about to hit 12 months of waiting and I feel like I am loosing my mind... Would you be okay with emailing me... I value your insight and faithful patience in the wait and feel the need for some outside perspective - if you have time my email is j_gumieny@yahoo.com

Jen said...

Love it when we get to see His fingerprints:)


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