The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Moses-Pence Connection

(Hey Tarah--How 'bout a twofer?!)

I was just catching up on my blog-reading after catching up on my blog-writing and I was totally inspired by a friend's entry about her devotional reflection on the mother of Moses. Here's what she said:

Last night, I read a devotion in a Women's Devotional Bible. It talked about Jochebed, the mother of Moses. It talked about her faith in action and how her obedience cost her so much but "undaunted, this mother waited in expectation of deliverance for her son." I read, "God had a plan for this boy- and his plan called for the cooperation of a mother who would dare to go against the edict of a mighty, godless ruler. The same Lord has a plan for your son or daughter." I began to dream about what kind of plans God might have for our son. I believe strongly that God does have a special plan for our son. I finished the devotion, reading "The same Lord has a plan for your son or daughter. he will take note of our efforts to deliver our own children. 'Nursing them' with the Word of God; 'bathing them' in prayer, who knows? We may be entrusted with a Moses."
When we were at the very beginning of this process, we watched a video about Liberian adoption at a friend's house. In the video, a Liberian made the statement that they hoped that the children who were adopted out would someday come back and make a positive difference in their home county. This was a totally new idea to me and I had a very visceral reaction to it. I was not about to let Pence go back!

A few nights later, we were at a Bible study and the topic was missions. The speaker said that her grandmother had prayed that there would be missionaries in each succeeding generation of her family. Well, that smacked me upside the heart: would I pray for my kids to be missionaries? It was (and is) my fondest hope and my deepest fear wrapped into one! I deeply desire that my children will follow God with abandon into wild adventures he has set forth for them, but I want so badly to keep them safe and close! I asked the speaker to pray with me afterwards and felt some freedom and release, but it is still something I struggle with.

Since we first decided to adopt Pence specifically, I have strongly felt that this boy had a "big" destiny. Since the hospital decided not to let him go, I have felt strongly that this "big" destiny is why the Enemy wants to hold Pence captive. And, I have felt completely incompetent to raise a man of such destiny. Actually, I started feeling that way before Punk was born and there was a prophesy over him that he would be a prophet ("How can I raise a prophet?!"). I gained a lot of inspiration from Mary--the mother of a boy with a BIG destiny. And, now, I'll have to look over the life of Moses' mama for another shot of confidence. Of course, only God can teach me how to raise all three of these precious people of destiny. (It's worthwhile, perhaps, to note some similarities between Pence and Moses: both adopted by "foreign" families, Pence may be called to return to his homeland and lead them into spiritual freedom...)

This morning at Bible study, one mom in my small group prayed for another mom and talked about how we have a special annointing to parent these kids that God has given us. How blessed are we!


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My Man and Me

My Man and Me
married 7/7/2001


ours through biology, born 7/25/2004, home 8/1/2004


ours through adoption from Liberia, West Africa, born 7/15/2005, home 10/25/2007


ours through domestic adoption, born 1/15/2011, home 2/10/2011, final 8/3/2011

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Round Two Timeline

  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued