Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yes, we are still here on the planet...and still waiting..

Hi everybody!

I am truly sorry that it has been so long since I have posted--a LOT has happened in the past few weeks, and I will try to cut through all the fluff and bring you up to speed.

First, adoption news: Tula is a no-go. MOE there is basically dragging their heels, and told S that it might be a year before they referred anyone. Agency decided to "unregister" us and pull our dossier. Right now, with the Moscow MOE on vacation for the next couple of weeks, we're in "holding" pattern again to see what might happen there, and what, perhaps, our other options are. So, we wait. Some more.

The trip to Maine was really fun--but there was not much of what I expected, which was relaxing and sitting on the beach. It was more "let's show you as much as we can while we're here" so we were walking, shopping, touring, and driving (and eating) a LOT. Oh, and yes, Joy, the trees were amazingly tall. The whole place just has an "old" look to it--like the trees have been there forever. It was a blast, but I was wiped out when I headed home.

All last week, we were at church camp. As always, it was just pretty darn amazing. 70 + kids (jr and sr high) all focused on breaking down the barriers between ourselves and each other, and also between ourselves and God. I won't kid you--they can be pretty squirrely at times, but when they put themselves out there and really talked about their relationships with God, it made all the dealing with squirrely stuff worthwhile. It also helped make all of the "waiting" bearable--and helped me remember that God is good, and His timing is far more wiser than my own.
There you have it folks--I've tried to be short, sweet, and to the point on this one. I'll write more later when my laundry is caught up and I don't feel like I'm so scattered. Hope that all of you are having a great and blessed summer


Joy said...

I hate to say "I told you so but man are they tall!" I am so glad that you had a good time on your vacation.

Kristine said...

I am so glad to hear from you. Will keep praying for some answers for you on the adoption and hopefully a referral soon!

Amy said...

I've never been to Maine and I'd really like to. Sounds amazing.

Sorry to hear about Tula hopefully you'll get better news from Moscow!!

Settle Family said...

Don't lose hope! I know right now it seems like it is taking forever but it is all on his timing. You will look back on all of this when you get home with your little one and say it was all worth it!

Nicole(fellow CSS family!)


Jackie said...

I am so sorry to hear about Tula... and the waiting. That just stinks. If you need to talk, email me... I am here to listen and hopefully encourage.

As to Maine- I have a friend up there for the summer. They have a home on the lake, and oh it sounds heavenly! Just to have that weather for the summer and get out of the heat and humidity here would be divine!

Troy and Rachel said...

Ugh-so sorry to hear about Tula, but that just tells me God is working to find your child somewhere else. Hard to wait, but hang in there. Were all hoping you get news soon!

www.russiansweetbaby.blogspot.com said...

Why won't regions just be honest? Sheesh! They could probably have told you this a while back! :( Anyway, we adopted from Moscow. So much easier because everything is done right there. No traveling all over the place, which saves some money, too! :) I hope you hear something as soon as they get back from their "beach" vacation!


Amy, Joe and Hannah! said...

So sorry that you have hit another "wall"...just pull yourself right over it and keep in pushing through till you find your child!! I know it is terribly hard..when "the process" becomes just part of the daily grind of life. But one day the door will open. you will see. Your little one must still not be ready to come home yet :0)