Friday, March 14, 2008

Be Still

I'm feeling better today. Thanks for all your prayers. I truly never experienced anything like that. I'm still in pain but not nearly as bad. It was weird it didn't itch at all, it just felt like thousands of red fire ants were biting me all over my body every second. It was excruciating. I cried for about 8 hours straight. I'm normally a really tough girl. Okay enough of my pity party, I'm moving on.

We got our Visas to go to Ethiopia two days ago. That was exciting. We purchased our tickets two days ago as well. I was continuing to cross things off my list to do before we go and it felt good. I feel like I came to a stand still though yesterday. And then today our agency called to say the courts lost our adoption decree so we could either keep our original tickets flying out March 22nd and return March 31 in hopes all the paperwork comes together or change it all together and stay until April 6th. I would love to stay longer of course, but I need to think about our kids at home. That's 16 days without mom and dad. Under normal circumstances I don't think it would be a problem, but their dad has been gone already for the greater part of 5 months. I know they'll be well cared for when we're gone. The plan is the first 3-4 days they will stay at Grandma and grandpa's house. Then Aunt Leah will fly from Texas to do an amazing job for 7 days and finally Cousin Candace graciously offered to drive two days from Texas with her two year old daughter to stay until we get back. We are so blessed to have them all. So by the time we get back Adam will be able to stay home for a week before he fly's back to Los Angeles. I have been working incredibly hard on not focusing too much on the details of it all, but to take each day as it comes. It kind of makes me thankful that I have suffered these past two days with the full body rash ( I do mean full body, like everywhere:) It made me slow down and focus on the moment. I think sometimes I get so obsessed with the next moment, the next step, the next detail that I blow past right now and right here. I meditated on BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. So as of right now the plan is we are still leaving in 7 days!!!! and we will either be home on March 31st or April 6th.


13 comments:

G Sheller said...

That rash sounds so very bad. I am glad it is getting better. It is wonderful that you have family to take care of your kids so you can travel. I hope you have a wonderful trip and a great Easter in Ethiopia!

Major Mom said...

arrrghhhh....that is frustrating. trusting it will all come together.

Christine said...

I'm sure every detail will be in place when it is time for you to travel. Blessings.

Leah Dooley said...

Stef-I'm so glad that God doesn't call the equipped, but equips the called. That's so chessy but so true. He'll equip you and Adam to do this work He's called you to do. Just know that whatever we need to do to pull together and make this work....we'll do. I love you! Hang in there spotty legs.

Fantastic Four said...

I so wish that this was going on when school was out and we could stay to help you get sorted especially with Adam leaving. You are so amazing, I know that you can get 'er done with 6 kids and still have time to blog with the best of them. I am here to do anything I can! It will all work out perfectly...let HIM sort it out and you'll just be able to go along with THE plan. BIG HUGS girlie!

Lisa said...

Praying for peace and clear direction in your decisions. God has you all in the palm of His hand and He will make your paths straight. Praying for your healing as well.

Brandi said...

I'm so glad you are finally going to Africa. . .will you please journal? Journal your thoughts on the plane and when you land on African soil. . .or, just post my thoughts since we think the same. I'm so excited for that moment for you. It just feels like you can breathe in and deep and feel God's pleasure and thank HIM. . .it's amazing. . well, it was for me and I know it will be for you!

Love you! We need to talk this week!

Bran

crispy said...

God is in control of every detail. Sounds like you are coping with the bump in the road very well.

I will continue to pray for the details, timing and God's grace in all.

Feel better soon.

So excited for you.

Lyndsay said...

I obsess over details too and the next step. I am constantly forgetting the "be still..." aspect of life. I am so excited for you and I agree with Christine, it will all be in place. Much love and prayers out to you guys!!! ::hugs::

Johnson said...

I'm glad that you are feeling better. We are praying for your safe travels in a week! YEAHOOOO!

Thanks so much for your prayers!!

Sister Kami

Kathy said...

Safe journey!

Stepping Out of the Boat said...

Be Still and Know that I AM GOD! You know how precious that verse has been to me. Praise Jesus that it ministered to your soul during all of this.

God is a God of the details...He knows all of this. I love how He has enveloped you in His peace about the details of travel dates. I continue to pray, Sweetie!

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