It’s early Monday morning and I’m writing in a dark hotel room as Russ and Dimples sleep. My sleep challenges are helping me quickly adjust to central time. As we prepared to travel yesterday, it hit me hard that we are doing something very significant and weighty.
Russ took a week off of work, we left eight children home, traveled 1400 miles, all in the hope that some amazing healing will come through the work of the therapists here in Omaha. It’s hard to express how huge this feels to me. It feels risky, and costly, and a little scary – not because I think it is dangerous in any way, but because it is vulnerable to open ourselves up to hoping and wanting something so much, that we would go to these lengths to find it.
We feel sure that God is directing our path. Will it go the way we hope it will? Probably not in the way we imagine, but in the way that is best. I know He hears our prayers and will answer them according to His will for all of us. We want to glorify God in this entire journey – not just Nebraska, but all of it.
We had a great day traveling with Dimples. I whispered to Russ that I think I have solved the entire predicament; she simply needs to be our only child. Of course, there is one big problem – well, actually 10 problems with that solution. I continually remind myself that God knew exactly what He was doing when he placed her in the midst of our family. He is not surprised by any of our struggles and I trust that Dimples is exactly where she was meant to be.
Food was a central part of our trip, from a smoothie on the way to Spokane, to a large sandwich at the airport, to snacks and soda on the planes, and a late dinner when we arrived in Lincoln. I took a funny picture of Dimples with a big package of cookies sitting open on the tray in front of her seat. I’ll post it on my FB page as soon as I get a card reader; the laptop I brought doesn’t have one built in.
At one point, Dimples curled up and slept with her head in my lap; it was very peaceful and sweet. She seems relaxed.
I’m working on a timeline of Dimples’ life this morning, hoping that it will help the therapists quickly grasp her history, leaving more time for actual therapy. We got a long email back from our friend in Addis which filled in some gaps in our knowledge of Dimples’ history. Of course, it also generated more questions, some of which I am sure will never be answered. She also sent along some recent photos of Dimples’ sister, cousins, and neighbors. What an amazing gift it is to have somebody care enough about Dimples to go find her family and talk with them.
Russ and Dimples are waking up. We’ll have breakfast here and then drive to Omaha. Coffee, I’m going to need coffee.
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Thank you, friends.
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