The new “normal”

December 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm | Posted in adoption process | 1 Comment
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we're home!

we're home!

Please forgive us for not posting earlier, but with Thanksgiving, jet lag, a head cold, vertigo, short nights of sleep, etc., it has taken us a while to get back to the blog.

Let’s rewind a few days and get everyone up to date…

When we planned this trip to Uganda, we tried to leave enough “margin” in our schedule to allow for contingencies, but at the same time we didn’t want to spend too much extra time in-country so as to help control costs etc.  We settled on a departure date of Nov. 25th which would put us landing in Minneapolis just after noon on the 26th (the day before Thanksgiving).   When we left Amani for the last time and stayed at the mission house, we still had not secured the visas on the boys’ passports.  As it turned out, we got their visas at 3 P.M. on the 25th and were able to catch our scheduled evening flight just 8 hours later!  Never doubting God’s plan (either as “scheduled” or a “delay”), we had a quiet confidence that we were exactly where He wanted us.

The 2 flights home were…well, long, with some fitful sleeping by both boys, a little moaning by Philip and some screaming by Zachery to boot.  We were all relieved to finally land in MSP and were met by the rest of our 7 kids, Lisa’s parents and a few friends.  We’ve collapsed at home for a few days and are trying to establish and adjust to our new “normal”.  We have even successfully run a couple short errands with the boys!

Our new “normal” includes going to bed way early to be ready for early get ups with one or the other of the boys (they like to alternate getting up at 4:45 AM!).  It also includes finding strategies to structure the day in ways that keep the boys on a schedule and gives us a couple of “islands” of free time to be together.

In some ways, we’ve come to the end of this journey.   The travel and the international paperwork are complete and the boys are finally in our home.   But in another way, we are just at the beginning.    Looking ahead to the years of parenting we feel rightly overwhelmed.   But if we’ve learned anything from the last year, it is that this effort was not our bright idea or some trendy ‘do-gooder’ plan.    Years ago, God began changing our affections and drawing us towards this journey.    He birthed this longing in our hearts and then gave us the direction, the confidence and the strong support of others in His body to enable us to move forward.    He has done this.   He chose these two boys for our family.   He put the travel details, the financial details, the immigration details and all the other details together.    He gave us favor at every turn.

So – in a world where there are no guarantees for the future, this much IS guaranteed –  He is incredibly faithful and we’re excited to watch the rest of the story unfold!    Pray for some good sleep and for the continuing adjustment we’re all going through.


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  1. I’m so excited for you guys! I cannot wait to meet them. They are precious. You two (and your family) are amazing people and I think the world of you guys. God bless you and your new journey! 7 kids…who knew. abigail

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