"Sometimes I'd like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it...but I'm afraid God might ask me the same question."

Friday, March 11, 2011

Not much to say...maybe it's better that way...

Well...what to say? My heart is still heavy and my mind is swimming with concern for those in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. I am thinking about the kids who wait. I am praying for everyone who is involved. I have signed petitions and had planned on doing whatever I could do to help (in whatever small way I can ...)
This morning, I got an email from our adoption agency. The director had some advice that I think really sums up what we can do to help...
She simple asked everyone to pray and to point people in the right direction.
"...I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to have hope and courage during these uncertain times. I feel confident that the State Department and the Ethiopian Officials are doing everything possible to come to a quick solution and resolve. I would ask that you DO NOT send letters, photos, or petitions to them at this time. They are aware of the need of the orphan children and also the loving care and concern of the American families. We do not need to bombard them with anything that could be misconstrued as guilt or shame to the people or government of Ethiopia. I would ask rather that you be still and know that GOD is in control and is working on your behalf and behalf of the children of Ethiopia. Use your blogs, face book pages, and communications to point others to the one in whom we put our trust and hope..."
Good advice. I know that it is very important to be respectful whenever possible. I remember being VERY careful to say and do the right things when we were at the US Embassy in Ethiopia...I DID NOT want to screw anything up. I hadn't really considered that it might be seen as disrespectful to send emails and pictures of our beautiful kids to officials in Ethiopia in an effort to put pressure on them.
It has been a long week, but it has also been a good week for us. Here are a few photos from the past few days... Grace got new braids today. Once again, she can "whip her hair back and forth!"
When I picked the kids up from school, Drew said that Grace "looks like Randy Moss..." Nice.
More snow came our way...really???? I am so done with winter...

Grace got to play with a new friend.
It was "observation week" at dance. Grace is getting pretty good at her tapping- I seem to have no problem bragging about her- I think it is because I am not genetically connected to her and don't feel like I am bragging about myself at all ;)


  1. My heart is so heavy as well. Some friends of ours just accepted a referral for a 3 and 7 yr. old sibling group. They were so excited to travel in a few months. Now...who knows?? Trusting that the Lord has His hand on this.

    The thing you said about bragging about Grace made me laugh. I feel the same way, so much more comfortable bragging about Grace than my bio kids, and I think you're totally right!

    The dance pics are adorable. My Grace now really, really wants to take ballet. I was rooting for her to love gymnastics but this girl has a mind of her own!

  2. Praying for you and ALL the families and children this effects. So much hurt is happening all over the world right now. It is so hard to understand.

    I missed you guys on Thursday. :(

  3. She is so cute...I love her little braids and the pics of her in her tutu!! Praying here in Dallas that things will be resolved well and that adoptions may resume and go smoothly so that so many kiddos who need families will get to go home soon! It has been a hard couple weeks...

  4. totally with you on all accounts, deena!

    and that Grace... cuter with every picture!!!!!

  5. Your daughter has such a beautiful smile!!