2011 has flown by faster than any year I can remember. I think in part that's because I spent so much time focused on our adoption- filling out paperwork, making phone calls, reading books, doing research, etc. This year will still be focused on our adoption, but hopefully I can do a better job of keeping focused on spending as much time as possible with Jayde, Alana, and Easton, too.
At this point in time we have been waiting for a referral for over 5 months. I would like to think that by next Christmas we will have 2 new children in our home. However, while watching other families from our agency go through the process this year, I have come to the conclusion that we may not have them home in the next year. Waiting stinks. But I also know that God has appointed certain children for our family, and we will not receive a referral until those children are available. It is hard to think, though, that our children are already born, because of the age we are requesting, but they may be alone right now or stuck in an orphanage somewhere at this point in time, we just don't know. We are not waiting for a baby to be born. We are waiting for a child to be abandoned. That is a horrible thought. To imagine the pain that they are going to have to go through to be a part of our forever family is difficult. But what a beautiful picture of God's grace!
I'd like to leave you in 2011 with a passage from the Bible that talks about what God wants from his people.
Isaiah 58:6-11 says, "Is not this the fast I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share our bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.' If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and our gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."