Sunday evening, on the way to Delaware with my pretty Bulgarian princess…
…I pulled over to capture this photo.
We’ve enjoyed a terrific and unforgettable summer in spite of the many necessary medical appointments.
My heart is so happy to be your mama, Katie-girl.
Just waking up from sedation after receiving some ear tubes and tear duct stents. And an auditory brainstem response test which revealed normal hearing, thank the Lord.
Thank you again, M, for keeping us company and taking the next two photos. What a special moment to discover that all three of us women were adoptive moms.
Walking the halls as the sedation wears off. Sweet girl did fabulously well and I’m so proud of her.
These three months have been extravagantly full of outings and time spent with some good friends.
As we begin our new academic year this week, our household is ready, our children are ready, our school materials are ready. God has even provided no less than four mother’s helpers to lend a helping hand at regular times this year.
By late last Saturday night, everything was ready…except for the teacher.
I wrote to a circle of friends…
*Glug, glug* I am totally swamped and almost drowning in writing projects, and we’re starting school next week. I’d hoped to be caught up and even gotten ahead, but alas, it has not happened. Could someone pray for me? Thank you, sisters!
Here’s how it is.
My writing time has shrunk to a couple of hours each week…unless I write in place of sleeping. Writing instead of sleeping has been manageable for relaxed summer days. But it won’t work for a school year that will necessarily be as tightly scheduled as the year we had a 3 year old boy, twin 2 year old boys, and a newborn, in addition to five school-aged children.
Our children, late summer 2008~
Newborn treasure, autumn of 2008~
Weighing on me is a list of over a dozen known writing assignments, numerous photos and some videos to share, and photo troubles all throughout this blog that should be put right. The blog layout is desperate for an overhaul.
I am hoping to finish these tasks in order of priority, the promised Help For Our Friends at the top of the list. [I received a wonderful response and am so grateful to all who are allowing me this privilege! I must beg your patience, as it's taking much more time to put together than I had anticipated.]
Both a new story from Pleven and the Frequently Asked Questions post will be next on the priority list.
Even if this writing work was my full-time job, it would take considerable time to finish it all.
And there will be additional news from Pleven, more children who need families, more families who will find them, occasional updates about our little girls.
But next to no time to write. And to teach these little ones properly, I need a brain that’s not chronically sleep-deprived.
Stephen, 4, Katie, 10
We have been seeing such fruit from the time I have spent blogging and emailing that I went to my heavenly Father for reassurance that He would not allow any little waiting children to suffer as a result of my time restrictions.
He did reassure me.
From Psalm 37~
“Trust in the LORD, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the LORD,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.
Do not fret, it only causes harm.”
Lord willing, I will keep taking every opportunity to write, but from now on, my blog posts will necessarily be fewer and further between.
As we throw ourselves wholeheartedly into this new year of teaching and learning together, I am grateful beyond words to have been allowed to so closely witness the marvelous work that God is doing to give parents to desperately needy and vulnerable little ones.
I’m grateful for the glimpse of countless hearts being moved and countless minds being changed, both toward God and toward the children He is rescuing.
I’m grateful that He is the one in charge of the work.
We are praying and trusting Him to raise up more and more families for the children. More and more helpers to passionately advocate for the waiting children who are least likely to be chosen.
The waiting children…
Five year old Adam has been starved of all he needs most. ”I look at this child suffering for want of a surgery and see the face of Jesus on the cross. I wonder how this can exist in our world.” ~Nina Thompson email@example.com
Has anyone considered adopting little Payton, who is eight years old and weighs only 17 lbs? Eight years is way too long to wait in Pleven. Email Shelley Bedford at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Carpenter at email@example.com.
Read Amy Joss’s blog post about 12 year old Penny here. Email Shelley Bedford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Stephanie Carpenter at email@example.com to inquire about adopting this small and shining girl who only weighs 21 lbs.
Read Andrea Low’s blog post about Owen here. Email Andrea Roberts to ask about adopting this sweet four-year-old boy, who looks out of those eyes just like any other four-year-old boy does, asking, “Do you love me? firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy is a tiny, gentle fifteen-year-old boy whose entire childhood was spent lying alone and hungry in a crib. Should he be imprisoned until death in an adult mental institution because he was thus criminally deprived of the opportunity to grow strong and able? Right now, an agency has requested his file from his government, and there is an unconscionable delay. Friends, please don’t stop pleading with the Lord to move for Tommy. If any of you has an idea that God may be sending you for Tommy, please email Shelley Bedford as soon as possible! email@example.com
We’re believing that God will finish the good work that He began.
Praying that He would continue to break the hearts of His people.
Depending on His goodness to sustain our family, and to sustain the little waiting children.
Feeding on His faithfulness.