Wednesday, August 29, 2012

yuck...

The call that I didn't want to get came on Monday morning at 10:45am.  We have been delayed once again.  This is the 4th date change and 3rd ticket change for us: July 5, August 14, September 3, now September 27.  We started preparing for this trip in late May when we were preparing for a "late June" court date.  The good news is all of my bags are packed and I won't unpack just to repack them...  beside a few items in my carry-ons I am ready to go.

We were so close this time... just a little over 48 hours away from take off.  It is heartbreaking to think almost another month will pass and our son will still be without us.  I spent a lot of time being mad yesterday.  Today I am okay just frustrated.

I pray for our judge. I pray that he sees the importance of adoption and that this is just as, actually even more important than, the cases he is moving up and bumping us.   I pray that he doesn't choose to change our date again.  Every change is $900 in airline fees.  We have changed twice already.  I pray for our son as he continues to not us.  Pray with me....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

butterflies

The butterflies have found their permanent home. In. My. Stomach.  Our trip is oh so soon and I am getting a wee bit nervous.  It's not the 24 hour seat in the sky or the day long car ride that is doing this to me.  It's the hope and worry to how he will respond to us and how he will respond to me.

With Grace, I had the rose colored motherhood glasses on and just knew she would love me and want me and I could do all things motherly to her and for her instantly.  I had 2 older kids and that was just how it worked.  Well, she didn't get that memo from the nuns because instead of wanting me she cried when I tried to do anything for her. Holding her, feeding her, playing with her all resulted in her clinging to him.  She attached to Ryan at first sight.   I am so thankful that she did attach to him so quickly.  I am just hoping that maybe this time around will be different.

Our little guy is older than Grace by a year and a half at our first meeting. He will be more set in his ways and probably have more opinions than G did.   He will probably want Ryan like Grace did. I mean who wouldn't? He is handsome, tall, strong.  All things that can protect them and make them feel safe.   I will just keep the food and toys and hopefully those can be persuasion items!




Saturday, August 11, 2012

wow....

Last week, I decided to have a garage sale to help fundraise (those ticket change costs, ouch!).  We had about a week to get everything together. I put it on fb and sent an email to friends that we would love donations and wow, did our friends bless us!  Our sale was huge!  I was hoping that we would raise $1000....

A couple of great friends helped with getting things priced and setup.  We all sorted through boxes of other peoples used to be treasurers. We hung up clothes and paired shoes. We sorted toys and housewares.  We waited with anticipation of what would come of all this stuff.

Friday morning came and we were ready to roll!  Customers started about 7:30 and they didn't stop until 1pm.  Friday was a huge day!  Saturday morning came fast and we spent today with a steady stream of people!  With only one lull, we were busy until well after 1pm.

It was pretty neat to see the demeanor of people change we mentioned this was an adoption fundraiser. Some were curious who/where. Some where fellow adoptive parents or had adoption somewhere in their family.  Some gave more than their total.  We didn't have too many people try to ask for us to lower our prices.  That was neat....

This is the totally cool part.... yesterday a man and his friend came to buy some things. They came back about an hour later and said that he donates items to people in need. I told him to come back on Saturday after the sale and he could have what he wanted.  He came back today and he called a friend to come get some things.  The friend that came....wow!  A couple from Cameroon in Western Africa. This couple is working on a container load of items to send BACK TO Africa!  They are almost full and the items we have would help fill it.  They are shipping the container next week then will go meet it back in Cameroon in a couple of months and distribute it to people there. They were the sweetest people and I am so excited that God decided to have our paths cross.  Our friends who donated all of the items were trying to help us bring our son home from Africa and they are also helping other Africans in need.

The grand total of our garage sale was just over $2700.  HE exceeded my hopes and blessed us with so much more.  I love to see how HE works when we give HIM absolute control....

Here are some pictures from our day that Kaylee took.