Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2 Great Updates!

I have 2 great updates for today!

1) The best news first! Our dossier has been delivered to our agency in-country staff (yesterday).  So hopefully today or tomorrow it will be taken to the Minister.  Then we wait for them to approve us.  There really isn't a timeline on this approval but I am thinking quick thoughts!

2) Our shirts are in!  We have gotten the first round printed. For those of you who have purchased shirts, they will be delivered or in the mail the next fews days. Thanks so much for your support! 

Here are some pics of the kids modeling their shirts (Cannon is multitasking-modeling AND watching TV.)  

3) If you would like to purchase a shirt, let me know the size and color (brown or pink).  They are $15 each.  The sizes are S-L adult then, XS-L child.  Please email me ashleysmith@brightok.net.

The back of the shirt says: I'm telling a story with my life, and you are telling a story with your life, and when we are telling our stories, we are setting the compasses of the people around us.  Stories are the most powerful way to teach, and we are learning how to live through the narratives of our stories. And God is saying "I want us to tell better stories."  -Donald Miller
Here is the design. If you would like to read the background behind the shirt, click here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's in Kigali!

Just checked our tracking and our dossier is at the "sort" facility in Kigali, Rwanda! I am not sure where it is being delivered to (have asked our family coordinator). So exciting!

I have received word from our family coordinator that our dossier will be delivered to AWAA's in-country staff who will then "take it immediately to the Minister of Gender for review."  Woo hoo!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Across the Pond

I tracked our dossier this morning and it has gone from Virginia to Indiana to Poyle GB.  Some of you may ask (as I did), where is Poyle GB?  So I went to my trusty Google and put in "Poyle GB." Nothing of worth was found! So I then went to Mapquest, which couldn't find it either.  So, my last resort was to call my trusty husband!  After explaining that it was "P"oyle not "C"oyle (which is a town close to Stillwater) he said that GB was Great Britain. So to make a long explanation even longer, our dossier is now in Great Britain!   The delivery date is March 31 so this may be a long Fedex journey to get to Rwanda.  I will keep you posted!

Monday, March 23, 2009

On it's Way...

We received notification today that our dossier was picked up from the Rwandan Embassy and was mailed to Rwanda today!  I have asked our family coordinator for the tracking number as she said that that would be available.  I want to keep track of the journey that our paperwork goes on.

This is what happens next:
1) Once our dossier arrives in Rwanda, the Minister of Gender & Family Promotion will need to approve it (yes, more approvals...) This could take a few short weeks!  We pray that it does.
2) Once we are approved, our dossier is sent to the approved orphanages to match us with a child
3) Once we accept the referral, a court date will be set (this is the date that we will travel around)
4) We travel to Rwanda to bring home our child!

My heart is overflowing today with this news.  We are so close to brining our little one home!


Yesterday in church the message was from Mark 11.15-25.  We are currently unpacking what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  This particular text dealt with Jesus in the temple and His anger with the people who were buying and selling.  Jesus knocked over tables and said "My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves."  Jim, our pastor, described how this was applicable to us.  The word thieves is us, you and me.  People who are living a "Christian" life but may not really be a disciple of Christ.   We think that we can live a worldly life and it is okay because we believe in Him.  This is not true.

 There are two types of followers:
1) people who are living a lie, they play church, say they are a Christian, but have a different life Monday through Saturday then how they act on Sunday morning. They are selfish with their money, don't help others, and are hooked on material possessions. 

2) people who are struggling with the truth, these are the people who genuinely yearn to be a devoted follower of Christ, believe they are, but may have struggles with their daily lives and how it can best glorify Him.  They give to those in need, see the worth in living sacrificially for the mission of Jesus Christ.

So which one are you?  I believe that I am a struggler.  My life has changed greatly in the last few years and it is because of Him, because I want to be a disciple to Him, because I love Him. 

There are some people in my life that are the first description...I hope that I can be a light for Him and show them that this world is not want we should long for.  It is not about houses, cars, purses, shoes, etc. This life should be about Him. What we can do for Him every day, every week, every moment. 

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dossier & Tshirt Update

So, it is still at the embassy at the "new guys" desk.  I talked to Terra yesterday and she said that ours (along with several other dossiers) are still at the embassy. She said that she doesn't expect it to be there more than another week.  The embassy will call AWAA when it is ready to be picked up then it will be shipped (that day if possible) to Rwanda.  Terra said that she would send us a tracking number once our dossier is shipped.  Not the news that I wanted when I talked to her but it will do. Our process really has gone so fast that I cannot complain one bit!  

Here is an update on our shirts:
Wow!  The response from our shirts has been great. I ordered around 50 shirts!  I placed the order on Tuesday morning and it will be printed next Wednesday (March 25).  So I hope to have them either that afternoon or on Thursday.  I have started taking orders for the next printing so let me know if you would like a shirt (see post below).  We are excited about our shirts and can't wait to see them in person!  Thanks to all of you who are helping us bring our child home!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Great Blog To See

Rande shared a blog with us today: http://wearetheparsons.blogspot.com/

Please take a few minutes to look at it. This couple is adopting from Rwanda. They have pictures on the site that are amazing.

I see the bunk beds and it makes me cry. The little bodies on what seems to be a huge bed. I know it is not as big as it seems. But seeing them there alone, so sad. I am saying to myself "we are coming, we are coming" as I see the little faces. Hope our trip is sooo soon!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Waiting for the call

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with Him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.                      2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

These verses were a part of my quite time reading this week.  Wow.  I read this yesterday while I was waiting to pick up C from school. After I read this, I just sat and thought.  I have thought a lot over the last several months, weeks, days, about God's call on my life.  I know that we were called to adopt our precious little one from Rwanda.  There have been other things that I also know that we were called to do.  

My thought now is, what is in the future? What will God give us as our path?  I do worry about this.  Where will He take us?  But, after reading these verses, I know that whatever He puts in front of us, He will give us the power to accomplish it.  It is all in His glory and it really doesn't matter how much I worry about it.  I want to live sacrificially for the mission. I want to love people the way Jesus loves me.  I want to be a better person.  

Friday, March 6, 2009

Dossier in Waiting

Our Dossier is still at the Rwandan Embassy.  I spoke with our family coordinator today. She said that there is a new officer at the embassy who is in charge of adoptions. They are being very thoroughly in their assessment of adoption dossiers.  So it will be there until early next week.   Adoptions are fairly new thing for the Rwandan government and they are still trying to figure out what works best for them.  

We are hard at work getting the house ready to welcome our new little one.  Cannon has moved into his new room so when we get the word I will start on the baby's room.  We have a few more big projects to finish before our house is totally updated.  Thank goodness for spring, warm weather, and longer days!