Only one more visit for us and one more night for Sam in the baby house. It’s all getting very real and surprisingly a little sad. We are mostly very excited, but there is sort of a sadness to all of the change that Sam is about to go through. There is also some of that on our part, too. We have spent 7 weeks seeing these kids almost everyday, and we feel connected to them. It is going to be hard to leave this season of our lives and hard to leave them behind when there is so much to be done for them. We trust God’s leadership and his hand in it all, but it is hard just the same.
It’s really just the result of a broken system that is doing the best it can. They take pretty good care of these guys, and they do all they can for them. The sitation is just such that there is only so much they can do. Because of who we are at our core, broken, there are certain things like this that are inevitable in life. They are the natural results of our imperfection, weakness, selfishness, and need for Jesus. But Jesus is the overcomer, and he has overcome the world. We just pray for these little guys left behind that Jesus will make a way for them to families, to parents, to intense love and attention, and to the gospel.
We did have a “party” today in Sam’s class. We took juice, a cake, cookies, and a cake, which we asked about beforehand, but then they said it was not a good time for a snack, so we just left the snacks for later and basically played with balloons for 45 minutes. It was still sweet time with Sam and his friends. Sam actually got a bit restless nad jealous after a while. We’ve never stayed with him in his class and played with him and all the otehr kids. It was a reminder to us of how difficult all this change is going to be for him and for us. But we are excited to get him here and then to get him home.
Some of you have asked about our visa situation, too. We had to pay about $205 in fines and fees, and they re-registered us. They renewed our visa immediately after, so we should be good there. We are good until June 3rd, and hopefully we’ll be home way before that.
Thanks for praying. Keep it up. We need wisdom as new parents of a two-year old. Please pray that our paperwork would be processed quickly and effeciently. Please pray that we would get home with no more problems by mid-May.
Thanks for holding us while we walk down a hard road. We are excited to be turning the page to a new chapter in it.