Next in Line!

At 6:30 this morning, I called our case manager, Tracy, who is in North Carolina. The one time it is nice having CWA in a different time zone is when I remember to call them early. Tracy is leaving for Ethiopia on Monday, so I wanted to check in with her before she left.

She told me that we are next in line for a referral of two children in the age group we’ve selected. They have children to refer, but are waiting for paperwork on them. She ended our conversation telling me not to sit by the phone, but not to get too far away either.

I am both encouraged and honestly, a little bit scared. It is a very vulnerable thing to know that somebody is going to be selecting children for us and then picking up the phone to give us the news. I can’t quite explain what it feels like, but I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it. All of this leads me to prayer. God has led us this far, surely He will be at the very heart of the referral process.

K’s adoption paperwork is in full swing. I’ve spent hours the last couple of days (and nights) typing up documents and letters, calling people to request letters of reference and police clearance letters, checking prices on passport photos (this time we need eight each), and more. The biggest hurdle today is having our doctor sign our medical forms, but they have to be notarized, so I have to try to arrange to have him and a notary in the same place at the same time.

We are also preparing for our fund raiser on Friday night. Last night “Rusty” and our friend Nathan prepared a slide show that will be running throughout the evening. I need to get photos printed of K. so people can see how absolutely adorable she is. In addition, both Russ and I need to prepare brief presentations (5 min. each). Russ is going to speak about Ethiopia and the AIDS orphan crisis, and I am going to speak about our journey of adoption. A friend and fellow adoptive father is going to speak about the process and costs of adoption.

In the midst of all this, life goes on! A. is ready for me to go over her third grade math and practice her spelling words.

I will try to keep my mind on this verse:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5

Please continue to pray for us.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Raskell Party of 8
    October 18, 2006

    Trust in God. The case worker is not “finding or picking” your children out, but God is. He already has them for you. We will be praying for Friday. I wish we could make it! I pray God will multiply the giving! Love, Sandra

  2. PastorMac's Ann
    October 18, 2006

    Wow, great news! God already knows the children He has for you, just as surely as He picked K.

    Praying for that call and that your fund-raiser would bless your socks off!

  3. Michael Plaza
    October 18, 2006

    W00t! Good news! I am glad to hear the adoption is well underway. I hope your family’s fund-raiser goes well! Still praying.

  4. darci
    October 18, 2006

    I am praying for you, Lisa, and for your family, including those new little ones soon to be in your arms. My own eyes tear up as I write that. I can only imagine the many feelings you guys must be experiencing right now. darci


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