Emotional state of post-stress weakness
Physical state of post-stomach-bug weakness
Feeling like I’d been in an auto accident due to jet lag and carrying nearly a hundred pounds of luggage
Five pounds lighter and lots of money saved, ahem
Milk supply slowed to a trickle and needing rehabilitation
Great need for sleep, rest, food
Children needing hugs and time to tell about their week, including days spent with a wonderful family who even took them to Gettysburg
Little gifts to exchange, including a fascinating journal Laura kept during our time apart
Flurry of unpacking and settling back in
Household must be brought back into order, although all reported that things ran smoothly while I was absent
Off School Monday, Reading Day Tuesday, School in Full Wednesday
Fever running through the family
Eight haircuts to give
Verity’s routine hearing test, thyroid bloodwork re-drawn, next round of immunizations
Verity’s two therapy visits
Must take Verity’s Specs4Us frames and prescription, and get her glasses
Adoption second stage paperwork must be processed urgently–signed and notarized, apostilled and sent to Katie’s country
Appeals for medical expedition, which have so far been granted! Praise God!
Psychiatrist’s exam for adoption was more than six months ago; must make arrangements to update those documents
Attorney’s next fee installment must be processed through Lifesong and sent to Lifeline
International adoption clinic applied to and brought up to date, as they must coordinate admission plans with the children’s hospital
Thank you notes for all the financial gifts that have been given since we received our Lifesong report for August
Contacting other sites which must remove links to and copies of our blog
So many emails stretching back to a week ago still waiting for time to be properly answered; more coming in all the time
All [something which must remain unnamed] breaks loose.
In response to our attorney’s urgent request, and not for any other reason, I spent the day making certain posts private, and editing others. She didn’t, however, request the heavy, sick feeling inside or the tears that flowed as I thought that I had endangered the adoptions of other little children.
A guest post by an expert on the whole matter is in the works.
It needs to be said that I was told later in the day yesterday that I had absolutely not done anything inappropriate, and that despite threats coming from some non-authoritative directions, there is no actual danger to the special-needs adoption program in Katie’s country, or to the individual adoptions taking place. It is simply making our attorney’s life a [something which must remain unnamed], keeping her from the immense amount of vital work that she must do for many children.
We want to make something perfectly clear. Anything–anything!–can be mocked, no matter what it is. The fact that something can be mocked or even criticized does not make it wrong. There is no possible way to live a mock-proof life, and it is not possible to attempt to do so and follow Jesus at the same time.
In time, I plan to write a simple recap of my week with Katie, and add pictures and videos that our attorney has okayed. And plan to continue to tell the story as God writes it, minus the parts that must wait for a later time.
Dear friends, please know that our hearts are full after your inpouring of calls and emails and comments. If you emailed, you will eventually receive a reply!
Yesterday, I came closer to being completely defeated and seeing through the eyes of [someone who must remain unnamed] than I ever have before, and it is a very bad place to be. Thank you, every one of you who are doing the hard work of praying for us, our attorney, and the children. God is answering your prayers in real time. He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble!
…now off to Harrisburg to do a little apostilling…