Good morning! Ever since we learned about the little guy we hope to adopt, we've kicked things into high gear. We thought we might be traveling to meet him in January, so we've hurried up to finish documents for registration. We're almost there, just waiting on our slightly amended home study to come in the mail. Then we'll be off with a slew of documents to be apostilled. Well, we found out last night that the little guy's legal paperwork won't be ready until late April. That basically means that we won't be able to visit him until then. So, we're bummed.
Thankfully, we've learned to wait. Our last adoption gave us a wonderful lesson in patience from the Lord. It was a 2 1/2 year journey from start to finish. He truly blesses those who wait on Him. Our two wonderful boys are living proof of that. We know all this, and yet, we are still weak and have our moments of impatience and frustration. Forgive us, Lord! Despite all the waiting, things still seem to be moving much faster than they did last time. We keep trying to remember that as well. The Lord's timing is good, whatever it may be.
We ask for your prayers as we complete registration paperwork and wait for a few months yet to travel. In the meantime, it's fun to share the joy of other families who are at different stages in their adoptions. Our prayers are with you as well. The Lord bless you all as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord!
Joel, Clarion, Slav & Sergei
Signing papers for registration!