The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

We're Leavin' On a Jet Plane (or three)

So, we leave bright and early tomorrow (9/4) morning for Liberia! We're dropping Punk off at his friends' house tonight and calling a cab for 6:15 tomorrow morning (the airport is a good, oh, 10 minutes from our house!) I can still barely believe it! We're still throwing things in bags, doing laundry, etc. We're going TOMORROW!!! 16 hours til the cab comes. Wild!

I'll do my best to hijack a computer while we're there so I can fill you all in, but we might be so wildly busy (hence, tired) that I don't have an opportunity. I just want you all to be prepared so that you aren't too disappointed.

We'd be so honored if you would join us in praying the following (and whatever else):
--safety and efficiency in travel and safety in-country
--ability to communicate with locals (they speak English with a STRONG accent) and connection with the Liberian staff members with whom we'll be working
--good connection with Pea and Pence
--wisdom in caring for Pea's and Pence's emotional needs as we will not be able to bring them home at this time (especially Pence since his case is so different and he seems to be languishing a bit as he waits for "his turn")
--that God would break the chains that are holding Pence in the hospital and free him for adoption; for us to be cunning as serpents and gentle as doves in our role in effecting his release from the hospital
--comfort for Punk while we're away and he is staying with our friends

We will return late in the evening on Thursday (9/13). Thank you so much for covering us during this time. :)

5 comments:

DeniseinSC said...

I will be praying for you and the Mr. every, every day! I am also going to specifically pray your words for Spencer... --that God would break the chains that are holding Spencer in the hospital and free him for adoption; for us to be cunning as serpents and gentle as doves in our role in effecting his release from the hospital. Have a wonderful, wonderful time! Love ,Denise

Scott and Katy said...

We join Denise in daily prayer for you. We are praying for all of your kiddos during this next 10 days. We are so excited about your new ministry! We're stoked we get to be a part of it!
Love,
Katy

Leslie said...

I'm praying for you guys, for God to break the chains that are holding Spencer, for your time together and with Siah & Spencer, and for God to guide you as you get started in this ministry.

kwinings@gmail.com said...

Hi Rae, I will be praying for God's continued Peace for you and for deliverence, bonding and salt sprinkling in ALL of your business.

I will also anxiously await news of arrival times for you and your family's "layover stop" with us and the farm animals here in the outskirts of Eau Claire.

Plan for relaxation, fun and no agenda! Consider it a little break of rest in the midst of your crazy adventures.

God Bless, Kristi (and Dan) Winings

Jen said...

Rae! We are certainly praying for you guys and these amazing times. Can't wait to hear about your trip.
Love jen

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  • 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