Time to Un-Pause

Sometimes I love technology.  I love the modern convenience of being able to pause ‘live’ television while I address more urgent needs, all the while being able to return to my seat & resume the show right where I left off.  Conversely, I have felt like I’ve been living in that very television for the last 6 months or so…paused in a state of suspended animation.  While the world moved on all around me, I was stuck until someone pressed the button on the remote control, permitting me to continue progression…at least in regards to this adoption.

When the Rwandan government decided to suspend their international adoption placements on August 31, 2010, I was in disbelief.  The program was still relatively new, so there was always the expectation of road bumps…but closure?!  Sam & I didn’t know what that meant for our family.  Some families we had met transferred to Ethiopian programs almost immediately after Rwanda closed.  We didn’t feel peace with doing that, so we began researching once again…seeking the country program that best fit our family’s needs as well as the agency that was best suited to bring everything to fruition.  It has not been an easy course.  There are dozens of country programs, whose criteria vary as much as their cultures, and hundreds of agencies that work in international adoption placements.

We have examined all the information at least a dozen times and have decided that the best fit for our family at this time, is to pursue the adoption of a sibling group from Ghana.  We are excited as we begin this adventure anew with Hopscotch Adoptions, a small agency out of NC that has been tremendously informative and helpful to this point.  We were officially accepted into their Ghana program today!!!  WOOHOO!!!  Now to write that first big check to submit with our contract paperwork and we will officially be back on our way to bringing our children home from Africa!

We are eager to begin this next chapter and ask that you please continue to join us in prayer that (1) God will continue to provide for our needs as we strive to fulfill His call on our lives, and (2) He will protect the children he has planned for our family…that they would be healthy & free from harm until they are safely in our arms forever.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  ~Jeremiah 29:11

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