It’s a few months old, but I love this one

September 27, 2008 at 8:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
one of my favorites

one of my favorites

calling all faith warriors….

September 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

There are so many details in this journey.   And so many of them still don’t have any solid underpinings yet.   We’re trying to ‘preach to ourselves’ but truth is, it’s hard to have confidence when there are obstacles at every turn.   I feel like the situation is “Gideon-like’.    Ridiculous odds, ridiculous resources, and ridiculous man power.     Going up against a foe that out-does them in every category.    Sometimes I think that either this thing is going to completely go up in flames or else God is just setting the stage to really show off with just how amazing He is wiling to be.

anybody have some stories that would speak well into this?  Anyone want to pass on some encouragement or verses to (hopefully) strengthen our faith?

the impact of a song

September 21, 2008 at 4:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tonight as we sang in church, a particular line grabbed my heart and squeezed it tight.    The phrase in the song was:

“From life’s first cry, to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny….”

In a few weeks there will be two new children in our home and in our lives.    We weren’t there for their ‘first cry’.  We weren’t there for first teeth or first steps.   We’ve not been there for thousands of tears or giggles either.    That pretty much stinks.

The second part of the song’s phrase talks about ‘final breaths’.   Today Kelsey left the house to run a quick errand.   Ten minutes after leaving, she called home audibly shaken and alarmed.   “Mom!   I’ve been in a car accident!!”    Thankfully, she is completely fine  – better than the car – and we are enjoying the sweet mercy of Kelsey’s safety tonight.     But it’s sparklingly clear to me tonight that instead of just dealing with a little crunched metal, we could be in an intensive care unit, painfully aware of ‘final breaths’.    That’s reality.   There are no guarantees that things will go easily or painlessly – Not at the beginning, not in the middle, not at the end.

What IS certain is that Jesus commands my destiny.   He has spoken worlds into being.  He controls the hearts of kings.   He sets the timing of the sunrise.   He controls all things – including the lives of two little boys and the moment of their first cries deep in the slums of Kampala.    He also controls the collision of two Fords in Lakeville.

I have a long way to go to get my spiritual life all worked out.   But God continues to write these things ‘in pen’ in my soul.

  • He is good.
  • He is for us and not against us.
  • And King Jesus is commander.

COURT DATE!!

September 19, 2008 at 2:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
We got the email from Africa this morning:  (see post below)
Our court date is scheduled for October. 16th!   That’s three weeks from today that Tague will, Lord willing, be standing in front of the high court in Kampala, Uganda receiving an oral ruling on custody!
We’ve been watching other adoptions from Amani Baby Cottage over the months and have seen some people bring their children home in as little as three weeks after the court date.   Others have waited about 6 weeks.   Either way – the ball is rolling!!
As you can imagine, about a thousand details need to fall into place!    From little things like:
  • finishing up the nursery
  • getting other necessary baby items
  • taking an agency required class on bonding

to big things like:

  • still needing the funding to satisfy the rest of this process.
  • creating a working (flexible) itinerary to carry Tague through this first leg of the journey.
  • coordinating his transportation and lodging for when he’s in Kampala
  • gathering all the legal paperwork on this side
  • interviewing with ‘the Lydia Fund’, an organization that assists Christian families in the international adoption process
  • trying to remember how to ‘do the toddler thing’!
We are excited and a little terrified too.   But God’s favor has been visible and faithful throughout this journey so far.    We’re counting on Him to finish what He started in a way that only He could.
Would you pray for us?
Pray for the staff at Amani as they care for our boys
Pray for Phillip and Zach to have their hearts continually knit to us
Pray for the legal hurdles we must overcome
Pray for the timing to be sweet and perfect
Pray for our judge and for all the people that will be ‘gate keepers’ of papers and passports and visas,etc.
Pray that the resources needed will become available
Pray for our faith to be unwavering
Pray for God’s glory to blaze in this process
with a trembling eagerness –

COURT DATE!

September 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

An email from our lawyer today:

Hello,
Hope your day is moving well.

As regards your earlier inquiry, the hearing of the applications in
respect of Phillip and Zachery has been fixed for the 16th October
2008 at 10:00am before Justice —–.

Please do make your travel arrangements,

Kind regards

Looks like Tague is off for Kampala in a month! Praise God! Please continue to pray that this goes smoothly.  Pray for Justice Oguli and for Phillip and Zach and anything else you can think of.

More later…..

September 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

the latest

September 6, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

It turned cool in Minnesota this weekend! Just like that! One day it was hot – the next day, it was chilly. I sat at Joseph’s soccer game last night wearing a heavy coat, snapping pictures with stiff cold fingers. I know we’ll have a few more days that are warm again before the REAL cold gets here, but this weekend has felt like a test-drive of fall anyway. I had hoped to have Phillip and Zach here by now. If for nothing else, just to spare them the harsh weather transition! These two have never seen snow or mittens or felt that sting of cold in your face when you walk outside. But – looks like that’s how it’s going to be.

The VERY GOOD news is that Tague was able to speak with our Ugandan lawyer, Sam, yesterday and he tells us that our papers have been completed and will be turned over to the court system on Tuesday. They will then assign a court date to us. So, it could be anytime that one of us heads out for that appointment in Kampala! We know others who were given as little as one week to get their tickets and pack their bags before appearing before a judge! Even if it’s not that speedy, the reality is that the court system is truly the next step and it may be soon!

Pray that the paperwork that the judge has, is in fact, ‘complete’. We have discovered that ‘complete’ is the kind of word we Americans sometimes define differently than other people. Other adoptive parents have had to go running all over the country to produce documents that weren’t originally asked for. (Side note: It looks like that there’s very little standardization in Uganda. Each office seemingly works independently from others and there doesn’t appear to be a great deal of coordination between divisions in this process. The type “A” in me longs for a single, reliable checklist!)

The bottom line is that God holds all things in His hands. These offices and the paperwork and the climate changes and the timing — all things are His. So we trust.

It’s a beautiful Saturday….. we may just put together the crib that Tague got out of the attic the other day!

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