Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

We like to call this room in our new house "The Safari Room" for
obvious reasons, compliments of the previous homeowners. 
Right now it is completely and totally empty because we
don't have enough furniture to fill up our entire house.  That
should be changing within the next few months.
We specifically waited until Thanksgiving to share this post, because no other word could better describe the news we are about to share. 

Since my last post about waiting for adoption, in typical Pascual style, things have changed.  A few days after we had accepted the fact that it may be years before we bring our child home, we found out about a situation that required quick action.  There was an urgent need and no one stepped up to fill it.  So we took a week and a half to pray.  In that time, a lot of things happened: we bought a house, moved into a house, Jonathan went to Guatemala, and I broke my arm and had surgery.  But the biggest thing that happened is that we found our children.  That's right, children. Jonathan and I are pursuing and waiting on a referral for a set of sweet, adorable, precious three-and-a-half-year-old twin girls.  Yep, read it again: We're adopting twins!!!!!

We can't give a lot of information at this time, but we can say that we are are hoping to bring the girls home in the spring.  However, we also realize that there are many factors out of our control and that adoptions rarely go as planned.  Unplanned and unpredictable situations seem to go well for us, so we're not worried.  We're excited!

Seeing as how this is moving more quickly than we thought, we've been thrown into full-on "nesting" mode.  Adoption nesting is somewhat different from pregnancy nesting, in that for us to get ready, the main thing we can do is pray persistently and faithfully for our girls.  No amount of healthy eating or extra ultrasounds can help us on this journey, but Christ alone will be their caregiver.  Will you join us in prayer for them?

The other part of nesting is the tangible physical preparation.  And for us, that means diving head-first into the fundraising portion of our adventure to bring our girls home.   I'll do another post on the details of our fundraising, but until then check out the yellow button to the right that says "Donate".  That will be the primary way we will be collecting the almost $30,000 we need to bring not one, but two children home to their forever family.

Thanks for sharing this journey with us.  We are excited and not-so-patiently awaiting the day we get to see our girls face to face.  We love them and are devoted to them in the same ways expecting parents are devoted to their unborn children.  We realize this may be the hardest thing we will ever do, but the greatest challenges often produce the sweetest results.  It will be worth it.  Until the day when our family is all together, our hearts will be torn between two continents, but there is a new song being written and a new family being knit together even as I write this.  I couldn't imagine anything sweeter.

We are so very thankful.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

15 Months of Rory

Rory continues to delight us with her smiles, giggles, and playful spirit.



Rory's favorite activities continue to be reading books, singing, eating, and playing outside.  She mimics every single thing we do from brushing teeth to cleaning up to resting our chin on our hand.  She loves to play jokes and call her mommy "Rory" and vice versa.  We just adore our little light-giver!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Update

Here's a blogland update.  My posts have been sparse and will probably continue to be so.


1.  I started a new job in mid-October.  I am still working for Goodwill of North GA fulfilling their mission of putting people to work.  I was honored and blessed to receive a big promotion and am now a Regional Manager (aka. the Michael Scott of Goodwill).  I oversee two employment programs in two different locations.  I manage the staff that works with them, trains them, puts them to work, and supports them on the job.  There are definitely some new challenges, but so far, I love the job!





2.  We're, God-willing, closing on a house next week!  I know I said all this blah, blah, blah stuff about not buying a house.  What it comes down to for us is that our mortgage for our 4br house will be significantly less/month than our rent for a 2br apartment.  Plus, we're moving much closer to the international and refugee community and we're really excited to get involved there!  The location is perfect for my new job as well.

I know, isn't it full of great character?  The whole neighborhood is like this!


 3.  Our adoption has us in a LONG season of waiting.  We were originally told that it would take 6-9 months for a child to be assigned to us.  It's been 6 months, an it may be another year and a half (or more) before we have our child in our arms.  We know that adoption is a roller coaster.  We've been asked if we'll just switch countries or have another biological child instead, but it just doesn't work that way.  Adoption is not our back up plan.  Our child waiting for us cannot just be replaced by a biological child.  Nor are we willing to abandon a child or country because it's not going as planned or on our timeline.  There may  come a time when the country we are adopting from shuts its doors completely, and if that is the case, we will consider other options.  But for now, we will continue to pray for our child and ache for him or her on a daily basis.  God is good and we trust Him.
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