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Friday, February 25, 2011

.Praying for Clearance.*UPDATED*

To say that I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love we have received from people is a gross understatement. I am so thankful for the love and support that has been given to us in sharing our attachment plan. The responses were remarkable. I have honestly been very nervous to share, because a few months ago we sent out an email to our closest friends and family and got two positive, encouraging responses and a whole lot of silence. {Cue the Crickets} I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I wasn't sure if we would feel much support at all in our decision to cocoon so intensely.

However, this week I have received phone calls and emails and facebook messages from numerous families telling us they are praying and asking how they can get tangibly involved in helping us. People are freezing meals for us, two friends are planning to do my grocery shopping, people have offered to stock our fridge upon our arrival home, a few friends and family members have offered to take Cadi and Scotty for a few hours as needed, and the promises of prayers have just brought me to my knees. I am forever grateful for this journey for so many reasons. God has brought some very deep, intimate friendships from this. Friendships that I did not go searching for or even know that I needed. Many of these friends sought me out and demanded to walk every part of this with me - not letting me journey this alone. It was exactly what I needed. It brings me to tears knowing the emotional roller coaster that these friends sat next to me on. This journey has allowed me to really open up and be vulnerable with sisters and brothers in Christ. I did not know how much I needed this journey. I did not know how much I would be changed. I am so thankful for the body of Christ, and for those that have embraced us during the past ten months. I pray that the blessings you all have poured out on us will be returned to you ten-fold. Thank you.

We were contacted today by our agency. We were told that the US Embassy was requesting an updated document for our case. However, that document is being quickly rewritten (or already has been), and will be submitted shortly. After that it looks like we will be cleared very quickly, and that we could be leaving for Ethiopia and Jamesy next Saturday, March 5th!! I am trying really hard not to put too many expectations on this date. I have learned that things do not always happen like they should. However, I am packing our bags and preparing. If God leads you, please pray for our clearance that it would come swiftly, that we can book tickets (we have a friend traveling with us this time!), and that God provides the finances and all of the last baby necessities that we are still lacking. We serve an on-time God. I cannot wait to see how this all falls into place.

And I cannot wait to have my brown-eyed boy in my arms again and bring him home!


We need prayer for discernment as we decide whether to book flights on faith that we will be cleared by US Embassy (and leave this THURSDAY), or wait until we are cleared and pay a lot more (money we do not really have) for tickets to fly out the next available flight, or wait until clearance and book tickets a week out missing Jamesy's pediatric opthamology appointment. We could also book flights for two separate dates and buy travel insurance, but we will be out $400 a ticket to cancel one of the flights. Please, please pray.


Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for you and your family! I'm still praying!

The Thomas Family, Artesia, NM said...

I'm so glad that you will have people freezing meals for you. We didn't cocoon as intently as you did but we were the only ones to provide for Ella our first five weeks home. We had church family and home groups bringing us meals for the first two weeks which was an absolute God send. That was the biggest blessing we received from others during our transition period. Praying you are on that plane next week! Soon, very soon friend!

BARBIE said...

I am so excited for you! Continuing to pray for you all.

Kristina said...

Jim and Tiffany,
We are so excited for you and your family and esp. for little Jamesy. We are praying for you and your family through out this whole thing.
Thank you so much for all of the updates. I check everyday to see how it is all going for you.
Blessings to you all,
Ray and Kristina Visser

Patti said...

I have been reading your blog for many months now and have never commented. I think your ways of handling the transition is wonderful. You are very thoughtful and truly an inspiration.
There is an on-line site that someone might set up for you called Lotsa Helping Hands. It allows those who want to help and can, be able to schedule in the needs that your family has.
A very secure site where no one can enter unless they have been approved by you.
Blessings to your family...

Heather said...

check out:

Trent Hendrickson

Velocity Tours & Travel
845 South Main St | Bountiful, UT 84010
Tel. 801.296.8687
Toll Free 877.608.3704

i saw a recent post within the agency we are using that they had great deals for travel during march!

A Joyful Chaos said...

Joining in prayer.

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