When our first two biological children were born there was a time when we dedicated them to the Lord privately and then publicly. Many of you have probably done the same. It is a special time to remember that your children belong to God. I felt when we did this that I opened my hands and released my children. As if they were mine and I was giving them to the Lord. This is not how it is suppose to be but it is honestly how I felt.
This child is different. He has never really been mine. He has been in the palm of God's hand forever. Jesus has been Levi's protector, his Father, his life. I prayed today that God would allow me to participate in his story. I am not handing him back, like my first two. Instead I am asking that God would give me a blessing... Levi.
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
"But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the LORD God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them." (Joshua 13:33)
Pictures of our wine store: WineStyles (www.winestyles.net/canyonpark)
MARK YOUR CALENDERS!!!!!!
Why: Fundraiser to bring baby "D" home
When: April 18th
What: Wine tasting
Where: WineStyles @ Canyon Park, Bothell, WA
Details to come. We will be doing a fundraiser probably most of the day and evening on April 18th. A portion (to be decided) or ALL sales, tastings and the sale of our privately labeled bottle will go directly to our travel expenses: roughly 8K. As the details get worked out I will put out a formal invite. Please set aside some time that day to stop by. Tell all your friends!
We just finished our medical review with Dr Chambers. She had no concerns or reservations. Baby "D" is in the 25% for head, 10% weight, 90% for height. He will fit right it with our family. TALL. Charlie our 21 month old was 36in at 18 months. He has always been off the chart. This one might be as well.
It was a dark and stormy night... No really it was a rainy cloudy Seattle day when my phone rang with a mysterious number. I was driving home from Target. It was Julie from AGCI. I think the first thing I said to her was, "Why are you calling me?" (in an accusatory voice). I didn't want to falsely get my hopes up. But it was what we had been praying for...our referral. Our little boy was born Jan 9th 2009 and has been at Hannah's hope since Feb 25th. He will be 10 weeks tomorrow. I can't show his picture or mention his name until he is legally ours because of rules in the Ethiopian government. My mom thinks he has Andrew's eyes and my dad's forehead. He will fit right in.
Emelia said: "Let's go get him... Mommy, when I grow up I will take Levi to be my baby and you can have Charlie."
Charlie said: "baby! baby! baby! brrrovver."
Sydney (my niece) said: "Now Emelia will have 2 brothers to bug her."
So what's next? (for all you not adoption savvy folks)
Tomorrow we will receive our official referral packet. Then we will need to consult with an International pediatrician. This will hopefully happen Saturday or Monday. Our social worker will sign off on our referral. We will have more papers notarized and send in more money. After AGCI receives all our paperwork they will apply for a court date. These have been scheduled 2-4 months out from referral. If we pass court the first time (we do not have to attend) we get to pick Levi up 3-4 weeks later. The birth mom will need to be present at this court date so start praying she shows up and that our judge rules favorably. If we don't pass, we get another court date, etc.
So he will be at Hannah's hope for awhile. My arms feel empty when I look at his picture. I wish I could go and hold him, kiss his bald head (they shaved his hair)and big cheeks and smell him. I love the smell of my kids. Even when they stink, I kind of like it. I am just praying for his health and that he would experience love from his special mothers at Hannah's hope.
We have been studying the book of numbers at BSF the past few weeks and today something dawned on me. When the Israelites first came out of Egypt they began to grumble to Moses and the Lord that they didn't have water (Exodus 15 and again in 17) or food (Exodus 16). God provided for them each time with sweet water, manna, quail and water from a rock. This generation had just seen the plagues against Egypt, the parting of the red sea in addition to the miracles above. Yet the story of the new Israelite unfolds they continue to grumble. At one point they lack faith in God and grumble again with the consequence of this generation not being able to enter the promised land (Numbers 13-14). God pronounces that the entire generation will die off before they enter Canaan. So....about 39 years later after almost all the generation who left Egypt is dead...the grumbling starts again. In Numbers 20 the people grumble against the Lord for water again. Our teaching leader called this generational grumbling. The parents taught their children (inadvertently) the art of grumbling.
I realized this adoption is the perfect storm for grumbling. Nothing is in our control. We are perpetually in a state of hurry up and wait. So much is unknown. I have been struggling with grumbling the past week weeks especially as our store have opened and I hardly see my hubby. It seems like we have been stuck at 3 on the boys list for awhile now. Instead of rejoicing in our blessings...I have been complaining. I really do not want to complain. I do not want to miss out on being thankful for what we have been blessed with. Even more than that, I really don't want our children to learn the art of grumbling and therefore miss out on their blessings.
"But the good news is that as soon as A gets up from his nap we are going to the post office to overnight AGCI a big packet of REFERRAL PHOTOS! So hopefully this week some of you at the top of the list will get some good news. Don't ask me what's inside, I haven't looked. But Almaz says its referrals. The internet was terrible all week, she tried and tried to e-mail them but no luck."
This message was posted by a AGCI mommy that just picked up her son in Ethiopia. Hoping Baby Weiseth's picture is in that big packet.
I decided to do some cooking today. My best friend and I work together on the weekends so we share the cooking responsibilities. I bring breakfast, lunch and diner on Saturday and She does the same for Sunday. That way we only have to cook once for the weekend of work. I hope she enjoys being my guinea pig.
Last month Neely and I went to a Ethiopian cooking class at PCC. The first picture is a recipe we got from that class called "sofiliya".
Okay I didn't make the injera but I bought it. I was driving home from the YMCA this morning and saw the word Injera on a dilapidated building. I decided to stop the car and go inside. It was a hole in the wall Ethiopian market. They had everything I could ever need to make Ethiopian food. It is only a mile from our house. They also make fresh injera daily. $6.00 for about 20 pieces. Equally as cool, there is a hair and braiding salon right next store that is run by an Ethiopian family. I feel like I hit the jack pot!
Since I could buy Berebere from the Ethiopian market I decided to try Doro Wat. I haven't tasted it yet but it looks yummy! I got the recipe from a book called "Recipes from Afar and Near". My mother-in-law picked it up at the Lucy exhibit and the Pacific Science Center.
I have discovered I am HORRIBLE at waiting. Daily I fluctuate between excitement, frustration and dissapointment. It is silly. I should have more faith than this. Even when I was a kid I would spend my afternoons searching all over the house for my Christmas presents. I even unwrapped a few and rewrapped them. So you can see, I have never been good at waiting.
Actually we are now unofficially 3 for boys (I think 15 for girls). Unfortunately we do not know who number 1 and 2 are. So we will not know when they get referrals. So we are 3 and that's it until we get "the call".