Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out My hand...
Exodus 7:5

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Two years ago...

It's finished! The quilt I started...a while back.
But the important thing is that it turned out so very cozy and it is complete.
Next project?
You guessed it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Independence Day

Feliz Día de Independencia, El Salvador!

Central American countries received their independence from Spain in 1821.

(pictures from

Monday, September 08, 2008

Orphan's Ticket Home

For those of you who supported the November 2007 fundraiser sale I participated in on behalf of orphan advocacy, this is where that money went. The first portion of this video shows what is being done in Ethiopia and what follows is a look at what is slowly taking place in El Salvador.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fingerprints, take III

Our fingerprints expired this month, so last week we headed to the new local USCIS office to get printed. These fingerprints are part of the documentation required by the US to give families permission to pursue adoption.
Just another part of the process.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

27, 28, 29...THIRTY

Any updates?
Well, there is travel and change coming up this month. Our agency's president is taking another trip to El Salvador at the end of August. (Possibly August 23rd-25th.)
And our new family coordinator's last day of work at our agency is tomorrow.

We can now log month 30 of our process.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Where can we go?

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.

You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me:
It is too high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I look up to the heavens, You are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,"
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day
Darkness and light are alike to You.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

May is where we are

I almost ran out of time!  May is almost over!  (I'm trying to at least post something every month so that each month will be included in the tally over there on the left.)

So, here we are.  It is May 2008.  This month marks 2 years that our dossier has been in the hands of the El Salvadoran government.  We are still without any kind of time frame or time line. Our agency's recent trip to El Salvador did not yield any specifics in that area.  However, they continue to express hopefulness as they have throughout the past two and a half years of our wait.  

This week two friends held a prayer time in their home just for our family's adoption.  Four families came to pray, along with 2 more families praying from their homes at the same time.  It was really wonderful.  We are so thankful for Community.  

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.  Luke 11:29-30


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

AWAA goes to ES

Brian Luwis, the CEO of our agency, is planning to travel to El Salvador next week.  He'll be meeting with officials and checking on the progress of the program. 
Without any more details to give, the best place I can direct you is the AWAA blog.  A post should be coming soon with information about the upcoming trip.   

"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God."
Isaiah 41

Monday, April 07, 2008


 The number twenty-seven:

-A perfect cube.
-The number of completed piano concertos by Mozart.  
-The age we were when we celebrated our 5th anniversary.
-The number of books in the New Testament.
-The number of words in the first stanza of "Tengo Una Munequita".  

Friday, March 14, 2008

James 1:2

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials...

James 1:2

Friday, March 07, 2008

26 months

This is just another time-marker post. 
Actually, some things have changed with our agency lately.  Our family coordinator is leaving AWAA to go work for a sister organization called Identity for Children.  We haven't heard from or talked to our new coordinator yet.  Also, the local office for our agency is closing its doors.  We'll still be served by them, but now those employees get to work from home.  (Which we think is awesome.)  The social worker we worked with for the past 2 years moved to Ethiopia back in February.  We haven't talked with our new social worker yet either.  It is strange that the people with whom we started our process are no longer around.
We're still here, though.    

In quietness and trust is your strength.
(from Isaiah 30:15)

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A picture is worth...

Back when we submitted our dossier, we were asked to send along a couple of pictures of our family and our home.  Specifically, we were to include one snapshot of our child's future room.  
This is that picture:  

However, twenty-one months later...
the scene looks a little different.  
Want a picture that answers the constant question:  "How's your adoption going?"   This is it!     

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

AWAA El Salvador program update

Last week our agency's program coordinator for El Salvador travelled to the country to meet and discuss and figure. Due to the continuously increasing wait time that has been present since the opening of the program in 2006, AWAA will no longer be accepting application for new families after February.

In one sense, this comes as somewhat of a relief and in another sense, as not much of a surprise. For our family it doesn't change much about our status. And at this point we feel right about continuing in our wait. For new families it is a definitive statement about the current uncertainty of the details of this program (details that will, Lord willing, change). For years we've been fielding questions from interested families referred to us because of our "test family" status. Each time I respond, not knowing how to encourage someone towards a country that I love, but one that is no different from other programs at this time- long in the wait and unclear in the reasons for frequent changes. The hard part is that this country's program has been that way from the start.

El Salvador is in big time need of prayer. The doors could be opened up for the sake of the children. They really are there. Children are waiting! The main obstruction is the legal process: lack of paperwork, lack of aid ...

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
or, whine, Israel, saying, "God has lost track of me.
He doesn't care what happens to me"?
Don't you know anything? Haven't you been listening?
God doesn't come and go. God lasts.
He's Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.

Isaiah 40:27-28

Thursday, January 17, 2008

La casa de mi Padre

This is yet another entry in the category "what to post when you have nothing about your personal process to post"...

Here's another organization working in El Salvador! -  La Casa De Mi Padre.
From the looks of it, this ministry seems to be functioning in some ways similar to La Providencia.  La Casa's website provides a little general information about El Salvador and has a video about the country, the ministry, and the children and families.  I recommend it; it was great to watch.  I guess I just love seeing the faces of the people there!

Matthew 25:40
The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Friday, January 11, 2008

Agency trip

Our agency coordinator will be taking a trip down to El Salvador the week after next.  She will be participating in conversations and meetings during her quick trip.  
We'll post an update, if any information is given to us.  We are definitely looking forward to any information that may come.  
Pray for productive meetings and good conversations and clear direction!  

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Advocacy for orphans in El Salvador

"One of the greatest challenges orphans face is they do not have the necessary paperwork in order to be adopted." 

"The most fundamental and important legal document in a child's life is a birth certificate....The child that is most at risk is the orphan, who has no chance of being adopted into a family without a birth certificate."

Below are two organizations advocating for orphans in El Salvador:  

Friday, January 04, 2008

Two Years

I was crying to the LORD with my voice,
And He answered me from His holy mountain.
Psalm 3:4