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The stale blog comes alive again…with news from a foreign land


From our college ministry's Thrifty Prom event.

From our college ministry

I won’t waste too much time saying this: sorry. It has been too long.


I know you guys who do read the blog do so because you want to know the 411 on what is happening in all things of the Clayton adoption journey. And I know that many of you pray along with us, and reading the blog helps you do that. So, once and for all, I am sorry we have not been present in the blogosphere recently.

There really hasn’t been a lot happening, to be honest. And what little things have, sometimes we hesitate to tell people too much because we have found that things change often, even things that we thought were over. So we don’t want to tell things and then have them turn around. It’s just a hassle, and a letdown. And when things are hard, even when it is just a little hard, it’s just hard to get motivated to write on a blog. That much I will be transparent about. For more insights into my personal feelings, you will have to give me money, lots of it.

The real news
Ok, I  know you don’t come here to listen to me babble, so on with it. We have been waiting for some time to get a few last documents updated and added to our dossier so it could be finally sent off to Kstan. After several long months, we are super happy to report that our dossier is in Kazakhstan.

It arrived there on Tuesday and should be going to the ministry of foreign affairs. We are not sure how long that will take (we are guessing around a month, but guesses and even estimates have proven to be a waste of time), but after it finishes there it will go to the ministry of education. Same story there. Then it will be assigned and sent to a specific region in country. Once it gets to the region they will process and do some things with it, and if all goes well we will be notified that there are children that match our requests in that region and invited to travel. We don’t have a good timetable for that, but it could be a few months to many, who knows.

We are excited once again, and also cautiously optimistic. We have heard a few horror stories recently about how some things have gone for other families who are at this point or even farther along, so we are definitely not in the clear at all. We have always looked to this day as a day that would bring relief, but that is just not the case. There are a bunch of things that could change or go badly in these next few steps, so it will still be a waiting game and a point of much prayer and fasting. It’s funny how it has worked out that way, but it really keeps us in a place where we need to be: totally dependent on God and keenly aware that all of our steps, adoption and otherwise, are in his hands.

Along with all of these possibilities there was one thing about our dossier that the embassy was a little concerned about, and they made a note of that when they sent it to country. So please continue to pray that we and our dossier would find favor with every single person who comes into contact with it and that God would put the right people in place to receive and move it along. We believe him for big things. He started this whole deal, and he is the one who has done everything to this point. So we wait patiently.

I’ll leave you with a quick thought that has guarded my heart these last several weeks.

Psalm 27 says, 
“I am confident that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be courageous and let your heart be strong.
Wait for the Lord.”

That is what we are learning to do.


News. Good news. Let’s just go with it.

We heard something today. Finally an update with actual progress. I can’t remember when our last real update in a positive direction was. And being very transparent, I think I am jaded by most of this now, too. I am skeptical and sort of disengaged, mostly as a defense mechanism, I think. But today, my friends, we got news.

We heard from our case worker saying that our dossier is being finalized in translation to be sent to the embassy, which is a big step. This is the farthest we have gotten so far, delays and redos included. It was like getting some cool, fresh air on one of these Texas summer days. You are not really sure where it came from or what to make of it, and you don’t ask. You just go with it.

I am excited and skeptical at the same time because I think my attitude toward this process and this government has become “I’ll believe it when I see it.” I am extremely excited to get good news, but my excitement is tempered because the good news has not always gone as good as it was supposed to. So while I am excited to hear this, I will wait for it to actually happen before I get giddy. And to be honest, I don’t really want to feel that way. It’s just how it has become.

The other factor playing in here is that our dossier has been gone for a while but has not yet made it to the embassy, so there is the possibly that some of our documents have expired in the waiting. We are praying through it, and they tell us that if it was the case they would say something, which they have not. So we could be good to go, but…”I’ll believe it when I see it.” Another thing impacting this is that the “guy” at the embassy that we need is out and will not be back until the 28th. Pray for our sanity.

So, all things considered, we have been hopeful and have never doubted that this is all very good timing, whether we see the big picture clearly or not, and today was affirming in that. Today we are encouraged.

On to a new chapter

Hello faithful blog people. Thank you for staying up with us, and sorry it has been so long since we posted. There has been some news, good news.

We did finally get our whole dossier turned in to our agency. We turned it in, then had to redo 2 documents, but now all that is off and to our agency. It is being processed and translated to be sent to the embassy in Washington. That should take around 4-6 weeks. Then it will be processed there, which should be around 30 days. Then it goes to one of the government offices in country, then it moves to a second government office where they match with kids and all the fun stuff.

All that to say, most of our part of this chapter is over. It’s on to the next phase, which is mostly other people. We are just working hard to continue to get money together and waiting to hear anything they will tell us. We try not to email or call too much, but it’s hard. We are so excited to be done with our part mostly.

Please continue to pray that God would generously give us the money we need. He has already shown us his faithfulness to the tune of over $30,000! What an amazing thing to be able to say, so we are confident he will finish it. Also pray with us that we would be patient but expectant and hopeful, even if it gets long or we don’t hear anything for a while.

We love you and are so grateful to have people walking this road with us. It’s crazy, but it’s exciting, draining, lifegiving, surprising, refining, difficult, long, and joyous all at the same time. He is such a big God. He is great, and his name is greatly to be praised. Much love to all of you.

Aaron & Charity

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