Dw usually asks me each night to read him the comments that y'all have posted and he gets all teary-eyed hearing them (as you can well imagine that man of mine has a gigantic tender heart!). I have attempted to stop by and "visit" each of you, but some don't have a blog or an email address listed on your profile and so without a blog or email address - it's impossible! =/ But we sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing our journey with us! We have found that life is just so much sweeter when we get to share it with precious friends (both new and old and near and far). My heart smiles all day long as I think of you my sweet friends (and even our testosterone-toting blog friends - Frank, K-man, and Mr. Daddy) - thank you all for joining us in this journey we call life!
So back to the story of God's miraculous faithfulness in our lives.... We knew that we had to get Jubilee home and so while there in Uganda Dw signed the papers to begin the process, but told them he would be back to get Elizabeth and Elijah in about 8 months. They said that on their end - Elizabeth and Elijah to be ready to travel in about THREE months....which was killing us since they desperately NEED mommy and daddy and brothers and sisters NOW.
We began to try to figure a way to get them home as quick as possible. We even thought maybe we would fly to Ch*na when it came time to bring Jubilee home, have Dw sign the necessary papers in Ch*na and fly straight to Uganda, get the little ones and meet me back in the States with all three. =) Yes, we are indeed crazy!!
Dwight's last hug good-bye with Elizabeth
When it came time for Dw and Emmy to come home it was heart-wrenching to leave our two babies in Uganda. It is nearly humanly impossible to explain to a little 17 month old and 26 month old that you will be returning to get them. Dw couldn't even talk about them without crying and neither could I.
Although I have never held them, I had fallen in love with both in an instant and just think, God had even showed me what Elijah looked like days before I was able to get a picture!
Dw said he was sobbing when that plane took off, knowing they were there, desperately needing us, but unable to bring them home yet. Knowing what an average day is like in the life of an orphan makes it even a zillion more times difficult to leave any behind - but how much more so when we know two are our children.
We fasted. We prayed. As I lay awake at night praying, I became convinced that God was doing something and that He even seemed to impress on me that other words of the song "Days of Elijah and Year of Jubilee" were significant. I told Dw, "I am feeling the Lord saying that Elijah and Elizabeth are going to come home before Jubilee because of the words days of Elijah and year of Jubilee - days come before years" My sweet hubby thought I was nuts. =) (Bless his heart - LOL)
We continued to pray. My prayer partner, Chelsea, knew the situation and was praying with me - praying that God would make a way to bring Elizabeth and Elijah home as soon as possible. We had not told anyone else, other than most of our kids, that we had two little ones coming. We were concerned that if too many people knew that could jeopardize Jubilee's adoption.
I began to feel that I needed a few other people praying with us. I didn't want 'opinions'....I wanted some friends to truly pray and ask God to give us wisdom. So I prayed about it and asked two bloggy friends (Lori and Amy) to pray. They live States (Kansas and Connecticut) away and neither knew anything about Elizabeth and Elijah but they both understand the power of prayer. I told them that Dw and I had a situation that needed divine wisdom and would they be willing to pray for us? I loved how these two sweet friends didn't ask me any questions, they just went to prayer. Every now and then I would get an email reminding me that they were each praying and they knew that God was answering!
I continued to sense that the Lord wanted us to move forward and just bring Elizabeth and Elijah home - but how? Oh how I love God-surprises!! Yippeee Jesus!! Toward the end of August we went to Denver for our last parenting class that is required by the State of Colorado. **For the record, having completed all the necessary classes the State of Colorado now concedes that we are qualified to be parents - Aren't you relieved?** Anyway, while in the class and during a break I turned to talk to the couple behind me. Out of the blue the lady mentioned something about her babies....I said, "What?" Well it turns out that she was pregnant with twins in the midst of her Ch*nese adoption. I questioned her if Ch*na was requiring her to stop the adoption??!?
She said, "You can do simultaneous adoptions while adopting from Ch*na?" I said, "What?" Which really, in retrospect was a weird thing to say because she wasn't doing a second adoption, she was pregnant!! I could hardly wait for Dw to come sit down and nearly shook his arm off when I told him what she had said.
We prayed about it and decided to open up to Ch*nese Children (as they are so personable and helpful) and they are the ones who had given us hope and encouragement when Ch*na said "No" after pre-approval during Isaiah's adoption. We are 100% confident that God allowed us to have them doing our homestudy for Isaiah so that they could give our agency the understanding that a "no" from Ch*na could be appealed. There is no doubt that Ch*nese Children are advocates for children - passionately working daily to get kids in homes as soon as possible! We cannot say enough wonderful things about how helpful each person there has been. If we could be open with anyone - it was them! And although that dear lady was not quite accurate about what Ch*na will allow, Ch*nese Children said that it was their understanding that if we are not adopting in Uganda, but bringing the little ones home under our guardianship (as our foster children) then Ch*na should not have a problem with it. Oh Yippeee Jesus!! WOOT! WOOT!
Hang on little ones - we're coming for you! May Almighty God's perfect peace and protection rest on you as you wait! On Uganda's end - they do not allow them to be adopted in their country, but will release them to us as their guardians. Once they are at home in the states then we petition the US to adopt them. If we don't petition to adopt them within 6 months they become illegal aliens.
We were ecstatic!!
Consistent with God's love for the orphan and commitment to 'place the lonely in families' our Supernatural God moved and allowed us to understand that it was His plan to proceed. Now we just needed our home study updated and our I-171H done, complete with fingerprinting. We could not get the paperwork done quickly enough!!