Redeeming the Time
Happy Easter! We had a lovely time celebrating the Resurrection on Sunday beginning with an awesome worship service at TMC. We cooked brunch at home (I attempted hot cross buns – good, but slightly burnt). We then went to a nearby nursing home to spread some love to the residents there. We had a great time getting to know them and praying for them. The day ended with a fabulous dinner with friends. Over the weekend, we read the four accounts of the passion and resurrection, went to Good Friday service and watched The Passion of the Christ. It was helpful for me to keep in mind the real reason we celebrate – Jesus lives! ( I did eat my fair share of jelly beans as well.)
Things keep on moving with the adoption. It’s fun to be out of the long wait period and into a shorter wait. First off, we got new pictures last week. The kids are definitely getting older! Freddy’s not such a little guys anymore; he’s definitely changing the most. Looking more and more like a little boy and less like a toddler. We got to see a nice smile from our oldest girl as well and see that she enjoys holding the babies. Carolyn looks as sweet as ever of course. We also watched an amazing video shot by a family recently returned from DRC. They documented their whole week of travel, and we learned a lot. It was encouraging to see how quickly their little girl (5 years old) bonded with them. It was also eye-opening to see what the trip was like. Best part was that we saw Carolyn for a few seconds! It’s such a difference to see live footage compared to a still photo.
We finished all the rest of the visa paperwork from Carolyn and Freddy, so as soon as we get the I600 approval, we can request embassy appointments and send in the applications. Yesterday, we got the updated home study. We were advised by our agency that the court process has already started, so we will supplement with the home study. We also have to amend our I600A approval for three kids, so that request went out today. Moving right along!
In other news, we found our bunk beds. They are white and wood, and the best part is that they are $125. DH found them on Craigslist, and we are picking them up on Saturday. They may even have some used mattresses we can have as well. I’m hunting now for discount bedding.
We also finished a photo book for the kiddos, and a family who is traveling in May is going to take it for us. DH had a fabulous idea that we blow up the pics of the kids, cut them out and take photos of them in everyday situations. Then, he wrote a little rhyming story to go along with it. It’s adorable and hilarious. We call them “Flat Kids.” Tonight, I will write the text in Lingala, and we will send it off to our messengers.
It’s a crazy time in our house. We are on edge, nervous, anxious, cranky, and overwhelmed. So much change is coming, but it’s not here yet. The verse we studied this week in small group says:
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
The days are evil! Around every corner I can feel it. The Devil is pushing at me so hard to veer off the path. I am constantly giving in to my own worries and selfishness. We are praying that the Lord protects us and our marriage from the evil and from our own sin. We pray that we will understand what God’s will is during this challenging time, and that we will redeem the time for good.