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All immigration fees raised – and more!

I wasn’t sure if (or how long) it would take to raise the $2000 for Caleb’s immigration fees.  Since I’m not in regular contact anymore with all of you who so faithfully supported us in in Romania, I wasn’t sure if it would be hit or miss to raise the funds for the fees.  Turned out it was HIT and I was blown away by the response – not just financial, but encouragement and prayer.  Such a reminder of how God so clearly has His hand over Caleb’s life.

As you all knew, I already had $550 towards the fees.  This came from an insurance settlement on my car in Romania.  Those that bought my car from me split the settlement.  I only needed an additional $1450.  But, amazing!, you all gave an additional $1915.00!  I spoke with those who split the settlement with me and asked them to take the majority of it back since God provided more than I could have asked for through all of you.  So filled with praise!

Have I ever shared a story of what someone saw when they were praying for Caleb and I back in 2005?  It was a friend who was also living in Romania.  She was praying, along with many of us, on a day that was pretty emotional for me.  Caleb’s social worker had to track down his birth Mom to have her resign his abandonment papers (a process that had to be redone every 3-6 months).  She called me up and said that while she had been praying she saw a chess board.  Each piece on the chess board was someone involved with Caleb and the adoption process: Me, him, his birth Mom, the social workers etc…  Then she saw God’s hand moving every piece exactly into place where He wanted them to be.  

This vision is something that I have desperately held onto over these past 9 years.  This adoption was very much like chess – extremely long, with many different pieces.  Oftentimes what happened was not what I would have chosen or not what I would have expected.  But, the Lord knew what He was doing – He knew.

Thank you, again, for supporting us in this journey.  

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Only $160 remains!

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(Photo I attached to my September 05 Update.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for praying and journeying alongside Caleb and I all of these years.  Only $160 remains to be raised of the $2000.  Full of joy!

I found these e-mail snipits from way back when.  Oh how ignorant I was to both the length of the process and the process itself!  Ha!

January 05

Now we’re to January and January holds quite a bit of news!  Following God’s leading I spoke with my boss, Lars, about my time here in Romania and the future.  We both agree that May is too short of a time for me to leave and so I will be staying an additional 2 years starting in May!  God has burdened me for this team’s spiritual unity and communal pursual of Him and so I will be staying, for one,  to continue leading worship and Bible study on Monday nights as well as building team during the week.  AND, Attila is going to become my son!  I know without a doubt that this is God’s calling for my life and I am JOYFULLY accepting!  I will first become his foster mom and then when an adoption window comes I will take it.  (He turned 8 months old on January 10th).  In addition to these two things I would like to start doing craft and music with the children at Casa Alba a few times a week as well as, after discussion with Lars, hopefully participating in the building of worship and Bible study with the young people of Marghita.  They have built a hang out club for our teens and for the “Marghita teens” to converge and it’s our foundation’s heart to cross over racial and spiritual barriers with this place.  That is more just in the works right now but hopefully by next year will come to be.
 
September 05
Attila is growing and so is our relationship and love between each other.  I love him….just love him so much.  I know it’s hard for people to understand how this came about sometimes but I figure if God decided to use a donkey for his glory, allowed Philip to run as fast as a chariot and then disappear in mid air, and created the beauty of a flower….that He could do this too.
There is no possible way for me to foster care him “officially” or adopt him at this point so we are just going to keep going everyday and wait….okay with me! 

$1040 Raised! Only $410 left to go!

ImageImageWhew.  Can you believe it?  Oh so grateful.

If you haven’t had a chance to partner with my son’s immigration process, and would like to, you may give online here: http://www.mercy-ministries.com/

In the “message” section please specify “Caleb’s Immigration”

On another note, Caleb & I spent Labor Day weekend checking out a very remote area of Colorado.  We tented it and hit up a hidden hot spring, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls/South Zapata Falls Lake.  Or rather, I should note that we were about 3 miles up to the lake when a massive storm forced us to come down off the mountain.  It ended up pouring all night long and I am thankful for the high tech tent we had that only allowed about 2 drops in all night long.  It was Caleb’s first camping experience (outside of the summer Popesti camps) and neither of us showered, or changed clothes for 3 days straight.  Is it okay for me to say that we didn’t even notice?  Loved being with my son out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of such great beauty!