Monday, September 9, 2013

Holding Pattern & An Opportunity For You to Be a Blessing

For you faithful readers (Hi Mom!:), you know that we are in a bit of a holding pattern at the moment.

To be honest, the timing couldn't be more perfect.

Imagine that, God's timing is perfect; hmm.

What I mean by that is this:

  • Courts are closed until early October.  For some reason, just knowing that courts are closed, allows me to be in a more relaxed, less anticipatory place (because, obviously, I can't do a darn thing about that).
  • Before courts closed, we were filed and logged in with the court system which means that we are avoiding the new PAIR process, which is such a relief.  I think the PAIR process will be a positive change but it will extend the length of time between court and Embassy.  Besides that, anytime you are the "guinea pigs" of a new program/procedure, there are kinks to be worked out.  I don't really like being a guinea pig.
  • Our Preliminary Hearing date was scheduled (see last post); so, right now, there is really nothing else that needs to be done or that could be happening.
Couple all of that with the fact that we have commitments every single weekend in September AND that we are MOVING in early all just worked out to be great timing in the sense that we are at peace with where we are at this moment.  As it stands now, we can get closed, moved in and somewhat settled in the new house before we travel for court.  And, by the time, Yenenesh is home, we will be completely settled and ready to focus on her and on our family.

In the meantime, as I am trying to be organized in our plan(s) for future travel, I wanted to share something with our local friends and family; a way that you can help make a difference in the life of an orphan.

On each of our two trips (one court trip, one Embassy/homecoming trip), we will take donations for our daughter's orphanage and for the Transition Home where she lives now.  We have been given a current list of the most needed items and I wanted to pass that along to you all.  If you have or would like to make and/or purchase and donate any of the following, we will pack it all up and take it over with us.

Gerber Cloth Diapers (LOTS needed)
Cloth Diaper Covers
Hand Sanitizer (large pump bottles)
Liquid Vitamins (for infants)
Liquid Vitamin D
Vitamins for Children
Baby Powder
Elocon cream
Anti-Fungal cream
4 large mosquito nets
Sterile Gauze
Sterile Gloves medium
Vicks Vapor Rub
Scrubs (for Nannies)

Thanks so much!