Monday, January 22, 2007

Cena de El Salvador

This past Saturday, we had an El Salvadoran dinner party. I attempted to make some authentic food. It all turned out to be pretty tasty!

This is the beginning stage of the semita. The recipe called for making "worms" to go on top of the dessert. (I've gotten pretty good at this skill from teaching preschool.)


Friends...with clean plates!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Dossier Approval

Our dossier has made it all the way through the approval process in El Salvador. We just got a call yesterday from our coordinator informing us of this milestone. There are several "gates" each dossier must pass through until it is finally approved. Once approved, it gets passed on to the office that assigns referrals to families. That's where we are! It's SO exciting!

(<- These are our "We're so excited! What are we doing!" faces from yesterday.)

What does this mean?
We have NO idea! Being a test family, we are one of the first 2 or 3 families our agency has ever brought this far, and so there is no history to compare our process against. There are no guarantees; there are no norms.
So...we wait. We wait some more, but with a new excitement and more wonder at God's timing and control. He speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets (Psalm 50:1) and...
He picks out our child.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Un ano

1 year ago today we were approved for our adoption through AWAA!
We were talking this morning about how it has really gone by quickly. It's easy to think: "We've been waiting for ONE whole year and what do have to show for it?" But it has been such a good waiting time for us, so far. And so we were quick to remember how gracious God has been to build our family as HE wills.

And now, Lord, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
Psalm 39:7