Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We had a small dinner celebration with our teammates (the Riegers) - I made lasagna (haven't had that in nearly a year!!!) and chocolate cake with caramel topping and the Riegers brought LEMON cake from a MIX! Ah! the small pleasures in life!
Friday, May 25, 2012
After months of waiting for the “next step” and weeks of chasing paperwork and juggling schedules of the very busy local child-welfare official and our social worker (who is the administrator for ACTION Gulu AND the head social worker at Home of Love AND just finishing his last term of a degree program!)… it looks like tomorrow might be bring-Moses-home day! Praise God!
Our kids have been pretty good about “when Moses joins our family.” I was worried that the constant waiting and unknown might be difficult. But they’re missionary kids. All the younger two have ever known is the uncertainty of being missionaries – when will we go to Uganda? When will we go to the USA? When will we see Mimi again?
Our concern also extends to the other children at Home of Love. Moses is the first adoption at Home of Love. The children have seen other children reunited with extended family members when the home situation became stable enough. But they have never seen one of their own be taken into the family of a missionaries that they all know and love. They have never seen one of their own be singled out in such a dramatic way.
So, tonight, in a tiny attempt to show them our love for ALL of them, I’m baking cookies for all of them. Tomorrow, when we show up as a family at Home of Love, we’ll give them cookies and take Moses away from them into our family forever. Sounds trivial, but it's one small attempt to show them that this is reason for all of them to celebrate for their "brother!"
Will you pray for everyone? Pray for the Home of Love children who will be processing this event. Pray for Moses as he is so excited to join our family but may not realize the full implications of being in a family. Pray for the rest of our children as they make room in so many ways for another four year old. Pray for all of us as we continue to spend time with the Home of Love children and staff in just the same way, except now Moses will show up with us as a Rattin and not a “Home of Love child.”
Josh got the privilege of sitting Moses down with the Matron (Lucy) and assistant social worker (Ruth) this week. As he held Moses on his lap, he watched Moses’ tiny smile grow and grow as Moses started to understand that his dream of being part of our family is becoming reality. I think this is a memory that Josh will always cherish!
I won’t wax eloquent in this post about adoption. There are so many excellently written books, articles, and blogs about adoption. All I will say is that we are so privileged and humbled to make it part of our lives and to be adopted by God as FULL HEIRS to the kingdom with Jesus Christ!
We’re eager to start this new season of life with Moses!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Life in ministry tends to be chaotic… we’re dealing with human nature, after all!
So, we have a constant quest for organizing our household to minimize chaos in at least one realm of life. We have had bookshelves made, with custom measurements to help us get more organized. We try to learn from everyone’s household, especially households with lots of family members. The children constantly thwart my efforts as I make systems to complicated for the 20 month old to follow. He’s not quite ready to sort items into the appropriately labeled bin… maybe next month. :)
So this month, I bought a huge basket in the market from the basket man, Alex. It’s really a pretty basket and it’s huge… so on impulse, I emptied all my not-nicely-sorted-bins of toys into this one huge basket. And it’s working! The children are all able to comprehend “throw ALL the toys into the basket.” Even the big trucks and balls fit into the basket. I keep art supplies separate (another eternal quest – Ana is QUITE the artist and goes through SO much paper – right now it’s all in bins – ideas welcome!); books, puzzles, blocks, and toys in sets are separate in our homeschooling closet in bins with lids (which we brought from the USA) and the children have to ask to get those activities and clean them up before they go on to another one.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Well, there's almost always an answer... but don't expect the answer to make sense to a Westerner either! ;-P