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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Moving along

My agency finally got the paperwork (our referral) from Colombia today, so they are reviewing it and said they'd send it our way asap.  Our next step--send it to immigration, along with more paperwork that I've been filling out.  We're definitely in the final stage here, but still more waiting time stands before us.

 I suppose it's good to not have to be leaving my class for so long during the school year.  I suppose it's good to not have to interrupt David's favorite school year of all.  I suppose there are a lot of positives here.  Yet I remind myself that he's already fifteen years old.  Precious time is just slipping away.

Still, I'm grateful that it's progressing and moving along--because last time, it didn't. (Read From the Mountain...to the Valley...and back! for that whole story.)

Speaking of moving along, our Bible study on James is coming to a close tomorrow night.  It's been a great study.  The Biblical history that I learned about James fascinated me.  The message of the book was pretty clear--live out your faith!  I also memorized quite a bit of the book--almost half.  According to Beth, it should take about five months to really learn it well,averaging a chapter a month, so that gives me another two months at least to finish it (if I can stay committed to the task).

My three favorite verses from James come from the first chapter.  Verses two and three--Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  And verse twenty-seven--Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

I loved being part of the group, but I missed teaching.  I just wasn't near as passionate about being there or about the study as I am when I am teaching it.  I didn't teach in the spring because I thought this adoption would have moved a bit faster, taking me to Colombia around now.  So, now that we're moving along to our summer session, I signed up to teach and asked my friend to take over for me if I'm gone.  Our next study?  Falling in Love with Jesus, by Kathy Troccoli and Dee Brestin.  If you're local, I hope you'll consider joining us!

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