Trials are not enemies of faith but are opportunities to prove
God's faithfulness. -- Author Unknown

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one
to say 'thank you?' -- William A. Ward

Thursday, August 12, 2010

All Is Well

I just wanted to post a little update.
Anthony is working nicely in school this year. We had a month of basic history and science. He is learning new words each week, reading through the Bible pretty well, and generally doing good. We added language arts to the mix last week. It was a rough start but I'm sure we will adjust in the next few weeks before we start his larger science curriculum.
Ananya and Prasun are doing well. Prasun loves going walking but it has been so stinking hot that we don't get it done nearly enough. We have had almost 21/2 months of >100 degree days. It is just too hot to get out and stand in the sun walking. Ananya is doing great with her walking. She is gaining lots of muscle which will help.
They are both just crazy and wide open most of the time. They love going places, reading books, and just playing around. I'm not looking forward to school starting back. I just don't want to have to deal with the take them and drop them off, then go back and switch kids. I like having everyone home. I know what I need to be doing. I'm not as scattered.
We are trying to finally get our homestudy finished. Its probably a little more than half done. I just mailed a bunch of papers today and have 3 more to fax and send. After this the homestudy should be done.
I'll soon have another blog and some extra links. We are working on an adoption now. I'm hoping to file our I-800 soon and start on the application and dossier with Dillon again. We have looked hard and finally found an adoption path that will work for our family. God definitely surprised us.
This adoption journey has been so long already. We went to an information meeting about foster care in May 2009. We did the foster care classes in August and September. Since about October of 2009 we have been down several paths and found no road to travel. We have been denied and refused our greatest desire, to be parents. I'll be truthful with you. It hurt. Alot. We have faced racism. I can't even begin to describe the frustration. It basically felt like people telling us we would never understand how a child could feel if they were discriminated against when that was exactly what was happening to us. It made me feel like people were saying I was worthy to be a parent and the child/children were better in foster care or in an orphanage in a third world country. Let me repeat that so you get the full hurt. These kids are better left in foster care or in an orphanage in a third world country than to be in our home.
Yep. A slap in the face. 2 of these boys are STILL in the same situation. Neither have a forever family. Both still have a place in my heart and our home if we can get the situation to work.
For now we are moving forward though. We are taking another path. We are hoping for an older daughter. We are going to pray and file our immigration information and then we will pray some more as we fill out the applications and paperwork, then we will pray while we wait and fundraise to bring her home.
Its all good. God has a plan. Its definitely not my plan. I'm sure it is much greater. I'll just keep going and eventually I'll see some of the picture.


Peter and Nancy said...

Your perseverance is so wonderful. It would be so easy to quit after being on the receiving end of those kinds of comments -- not to mention the pain of knowing those kids are still in the same bad situations instead of a loving family. You always inspire me, Amanda.

Julie & Patrick said...

No doubt a bumpy road...I am sorry for that and those poor kids. I am so glad you have found a new more prosperous road to travel that will hopefully lead to your next family member. Good luck in moving forward and it is so nice to hear that the rest of the children continue to grow and flourish.


The Labontes said...

We will be praying for a smooth path, and for doors to begin to open for you along this new path. It's perplexing to think of their reasoning. I cannot imagine any foster care situation that would be better than a permanent loving family!