Monday, January 7, 2008

Our bags are packed (I wish)...



Have you ever had those days where you just want to be anywhere but where you are?! That is what Chris and I are talking about doing tonight....running away to a deserted island (we will make a pit-stop in Guatemala to pick up Eliana, and since we are dreaming here....we'll pick up Xiomara too). Just when we think we we have made it through a day without discouragement.....there it is knocking at our door. Some of the things are little and some are big.....but today we just can't take it. The Lord promises that His mercies are new every morning.....Lord help the morning to come quickly! We are tired. We are weary. But, we are still hopeful. We wish every blogger friend could be sitting in our living room with us making us smile.

This picture makes me smile. For Chrismtas, my sweet hubby made me this homemade plane ticket to tell me I can go and see Eliana as soon as possible. He bought a map and travel book for me....isn't he the best??!!! I pray I will be there soon.

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. There is an AMAZING woman that is creating something very special for me and all the Guatemommas or anyone that loves Guatemala......and she is allowing it to be a fundraiser for our adoption. I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO SEE IT....be on the lookout!!! THIS WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY DAY!!!!!!!!

21 comments:

ManyBlessings said...

Aww...the ticket is so sweet. :)

And I can't wait to hear all about the surprise!

d:)

mica gunter said...

we have had a tough adoption process as well and one day when things were really rough for me I had 2 people in the very same day say" that just means God has something really Big for you, and now we know he does. So take this time to know That God just desires something even greater than just this adoption for you. I am sure though you already know this because I did all along. Don't give up because atleast this calling you see the darling little face at the end. I will pray for yall. Love Mica

demp5 said...

Lindsey,
I do not think that I have ever really understood a person's desire to sleep/hide away until something had passed, but I am beginning to get it with this adoption. We have had some great teaching lately on how Paul never asked for his circumstances to be taken away, only the strength to make it through them. That has been so poignant for me. I want to have a temper tantrum and say, "Lord, if you loved me, you would make this go away!". But, I have to tell myself that because He loves me, He is refining me. And believe me, I need lots of refinement! I did not mean for this to turn into a sermon. I just want to encourage you that you are not alone, your whole family is being lifted up, and you WILL get to see Eliana soon. ". . .Joy comes in the morning(!)"
Blessings~
Meghan

jennifer said...

I am finally catching up. So glad you had a good Christmas. I am praying that you will be united with your precious little one very soon.

Sig said...

I am assuming you have ridden (rode?) on a tuk tuk before?
If so, please EM me SA 3@ aol.com (no spaces) :)

Our Ethiopian Journey... said...

That is a really sweet present!!!!!!

Becca said...

Can't wait to see what she's making -and your husband is too sweet!

Becca
Momma to Ella

ali said...

continuing to pray for you guys and your sweet little girls.

emily said...

I was talking to my sis-in-law this morning and I was telling her how frustrated I am that I can have peace one day and then be so anxious the next. I told her that I wished my faith were stronger....she said "if you could do it all on your own, you wouldn't have a need for Jesus"! So lets cling to Jesus today, He is our hope, He is our redeemer and He will provide for us sweet friend. Hang in there- we are praying for you:)

Bobbi said...

Now you have me in suspense!

I am sorry that you are having a hard day(s). Still hoping for good news for you really soon.

Will you ever be able to bring Xiomara home? I hope someday both girls are in your arms.....

Jami said...

Chris and Lindsey - I'm so sorry this is so hard. I am praying for you...I think of you often.

I too can't wait to see what your friend is doing! :)

Trusting God for Good things for your family!!

Kristen Borland said...

can i hitch a ride on your flight?

in the same boat as you... hang in there!

can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve!

Amy said...

I don't know if I have been to your blog before! I just watched your video on the elliedub site.... precious-ness. You guys have a great story. Can't wait to follow your journey.

PS. My inlaws are on staff the FOTF institute...They started there in 2001 though, so maybe after you all were there.

Amy Bottomly
www.bottomlysandethiopia.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

You do have a sweet husband:) Are you going through an agency? I know some brothers in Guat, they seem to get things done...
Hoping your day gets better:)

Anonymous said...

Friends, I pray for you everyday and check the blog at least twice a day. Even though I'm not good at responding. I would like to post today to say, I'm always ready as a friend down the street ready to sit in your living room with you. Let me know when you need it.

Paige

Kristy said...

I know you know this already, but one day you're going to look back and see how God orchestrated everything to work out perfectly...better than you could ever imagine. I would have never imagined 3 beautiful girls from Guatemala! I can't remember if I told you before, but we lost our first referral back in 2005 after 3 months and I was so tired and weary (and just wanted a baby so badly and couldn't understand why God didn't want me to be a Mommy??!). However, God had great plans...as He always does! Our precious daughter, Kenna (who was actually older than our first referral but wasn't available b/c of surgeries) just happened (yeah right, totally GOD!) to become available the same week we lost our referral!! She was very sick, but God gave us eyes to see a beautiful baby girl! Today, she is as healthy as can be!! I share all of that to say...hang in there! You have lots of people praying and God is hearing our prayers!! He's plans are GREAT! I know that is hard to "feel" sometimes and I "hurt" with you as I read your post! Just know we're praying.

I'm looking forward to seeing what your friend is making!! :)

Kristy said...

To correct myself, I just noticed I used the word "He's" instead of "His"...sorry! It would have bothered me until I corrected it...hehe.

Amanda said...

Chris...(&Lindsey) I was just reading through your comments and saw that Emily wrote..."if you could do this all on your own, you wouldn't need Jesus". I don't know if you remember but you said something along those same lines the day that I met you guys.
Chris, you told me that God never promised things would be easy but that He promised He would bring us through. Just wanted to remind you of those words that you said to me a couple of weeks ago.
I love you both so much!!! Wish I was closer so I could be there with you guys. Please...lets talk soon about a time that I can come to Nashville and spend a long weekend with you guys.

Nicole said...

what a wonderful thing to have such a sweet man to be so gentle with your heart. I just made my flights to go to Rwanda in May to see sweet esther. It is so bittersweet and I have good and bad thoughts about my trip. Our
I600A expires in June and I am sad about this, but reading your blog really helps me feel like someone understands. You are both very wonderful human beings and I pray each day that things will work out. He has a plan, it just takes us to be patient to see it. I am thinking of you both so often. Keep your chin up and I can not wait to see what your friend is brewing up.

Steph said...

I am believing and praying you get that I171H S-O-O-N. Today would be good. ;-)

I think with all the talk of the registry getting up and running, people are feeling optimistic that the registration is only a minor bump. Not an insurmountable hurdle - but nothing is when God is handling the details!

You have a strong faith, girl. You're definitely being tested to the max - just know that there are many prayers being lifted up on your behalf - and on behalf of both your girls. What I can't wait to see if the video of you and Chris giving your testimony with your family all together - now THAT will be awesome! :0

Cyndi said...

Lindsey and Chris, I came across your blog and can't stop reading it. I have cried and laughed, especially at the beginning of the video when Chris was being silly. I love the Party City venture and everything I have read. I know God has great plans for you both. I can't wait to finish reading your blog. Have a great day