We learned last week that his passport and birth certificate are taken care of.
Now we are waiting on a date to be arranged for a visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg. Praying this happens soon. Once that date has been arranged, we will be notified. Then we will plan ourtravel!
Praying, hoping (deeply aching and trying not to worry) that we hear of a date this week.
Every minute of this wait feels excruciatingly long.
(This is NOT a post to encourage others to take kids on "gotcha" trips. That would be me being stupid (which happens.) This IS a post to continue sharing our story, my transparent and imperfect thoughts and maybe an encouragement to others who have it in their heart to take risks that they prayerfully believe are right.
What is in your heart?)
God melted my heart again.
From the beginning of our decision to adopt from Africa, traveling as a family when the time came to bring our next children home was important. (Our children's step of faith got this ball rolling.)
Traveling with all of our children is not advisable- financially nor practically.
We've been encouraged more than a few times to avoid using debt (loans). But we are in the process of applying for that loan. The first try was turned down so we are trying again. We've been told that the extra $25K we expect this decision to cost us could be used towards investments or our mortgage or college, charity, or something far more practical.
We've been lovingly reminded that it will be hard to travel with all of our children and warned that it will wear me out. We've been reminded it is not safe and that with more people to worry about, more could potentially go wrong. Loved ones, though supportive, are concerned. And because I traveled often before we had children, we understand the warnings.
The Bible encourages us to consider the counsel of many.
There's another story being written.
|(Favorite tank from r+r)|
If circumstances prevent this step, we will at least know we tried.
We strongly desire for them to see Mohale's country, those who love him and where he is coming from.
We want them all to be able share these memories with him.
We believe it will be powerful for them to see their prayers answered
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We believe this is an investment into the lives of each of our seven children.
Adoption is like a marriage of two families and cultures.
When Mohale becomes part of our family, his heritage will become ours.
Here we go again- stepping out- and don't think I'm not really scared.
Out of the mouths of...
One daughter reminded me this
"'Brave' is when we are scared and do what we think is right anyway! That's when we get to learn not to be afraid."
|Life is hard anyway, why not be intentional about it?|
|Brave does not mean fearless|
She has cried, prayed and laughed along with us.
Last week Emma and her parents came to dinner. Emma deeply desires to serve in an orphanage. But for now, she still wants to travel with us to bring Mohale home.
She wants to be there for our children again. This time so we can extend extra nurturing on precious Mohale- especially in those early days of grief, adjustment and attachment.
We are humbled beyond words and rejoicing to have Emma prepare to travel with us.