This morning in my prayer journal I wrote:-in regards to our adoption:
Lord, we have no idea what we are getting ourselves into, really, how a small child will completely alter our life as we know it, but, we are willing to be fluid with the changes you place in our hands and work them like art best we can with all the resources and creativity we can muster. Please Lord! Let our adoption go forward in the messy state of political affairs. We are eager and ready for what ever changes it will bring to us. Please Lord move in a mighty way.
Later in the afternoon we received an email stating that the Ugandan government has agreed to change the wording to satisfy our US embassy, stating we take custody of the children with intention to adopt. Long ago, children to be adopted from Uganda needed to be cared for in Uganda by the adopting parents for three years! To get around this law without the burden of changing it, Uganda gives custody to adopting parents, and we come here to America and do the formal adoption. But, we, the US were insisting they recognize we are taking custody with intent to adopt. This has been the hold up. Finally they are willing to alter the wording, though in essence the practice won’t change one bit. The great bit of happy change is she will be able to have dual citizenship here in the US and with Uganda.
This is what I want for her. I am so pleased. I want our lives to be forever connected with Uganda.
Currently there is a family in Uganda now on a mission trip who’s adoption is going to go through the courts with this new ruling for the first time. This will demonstrate how well the new ruling will work.
Needless to say, we are so excited. We hope this means 2010 will be the year for our little girl to come home. We have no idea how to predict timing. God has clearly demonstrated to us that this timing is not in our hands. We must exercise our faith muscles. And put into use the patience he provides us on a daily basis.
For my birthday Jack gave me a charm in the shape of Africa, it is the only gold charm I have. Instead of putting it on my bracelet I put it on a chain around my neck. I don’t usually wear necklaces like this. It’s there and sometimes it bothers me, but that’s the point. I want to remember to pray for our little girl every time my fingers find it. I kiss it instead of kissing my girl. When we have her in our arms I will take it off and have it put on my bracelet. Today I found myself kissing that silly map of Africa repeatedly.
This feels like a rainbow over a gentle summer ocean rolling onto the beach. We’ve only been on hold for about six weeks and yet it has seemed like enough time to sink down low to a place where we must recognize we are not one bit in control of this endeavor. God has the plan. He has the timing. He has chosen the girl for us. We need to be ready and willing. WE ARE!!!