Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Anna has been begging us to let her pierce her ears. Our mantra has been that she had to be old enough and mature enough to take care of them herself. On Saturday at her 6th birthday party, she found out that we thought she met the mark. She had them done on Monday and has been thrilled to show off her newly jeweled ear lobes (and to let everyone know that she did NOT cry...). She is so excited and has done a great job keeping them clean.
She also decided that she was no longer needing her training wheels. Daddy took them off and she has been peddling like crazy since. She is so proud of herself and it so fun to watch her excited about her new accomplishments. It is like in a blink (or a week) our little princess has been transformed into a growing young lady. Who would have thought that her 6th Birthday would be such a big one!
Friday, April 20, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Dear America World Families,
In recent years, our agency has asked our community to fast and pray on certain occasions-in hope and expectation that God would change the hearts of adoption officials for the best interest of orphans. We are writing to ask you to join us again as we fast and pray from April 23-25, 2007; if you cannot join us on these dates, please see if another time works with your schedule.
In the past we have seen God work mightily as we have fasted, prayed and sought His direction and guidance. We greatly appreciate your prayers for our staff, prospective adoptive parents, adoption officials in the U.S. and abroad, and, most importantly, for the many waiting children in need of a family.
Just as Esther and the Jewish people prayed and fasted and had a ruling overturned, our prayer is that the policies preventing orphans from entering families will be changes (Esther 8:5-8).
Another passage that has been an encouragement to our agency is from the prophet Isaiah-showing us the hope that God can do new things-and providing a way through terrain that seems impossible:
"This is what the LORD says-He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters...See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." -Isaiah 43:16&19
Specific Issues in Need of Prayer:
*To decrease the wait time for referrals from China and El Salvador;
*To allow more orphans in China to be listed and available for adoption;
*For paper chasing China adoptive families who need to reach their May 1 deadline;
*For adoption agencies to be accredited in Russia;
*For the hearts of leaders in the field of adoption to make decisions in the best interest of children-and not to be motivated by personal greed, ambition,or national pride.
We are praying boldly and in faith -as Jesus taught us in Mark Chapter 11:
"Have faith in God,"Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."-Mark 11:22-24
This would be a great time to ask your church community, fellowship groups and Bible studies to pray together for orphans waiting to be adopted. For those who can join us in prayer and fasting from April 23-25, we appreciate your support, prayers and faithfulness.
America World Staff
Monday, April 16, 2007
Let the waiting begin......
Thursday, April 12, 2007
*Tuesday morning, before we ever even got the call, a neighbor who knew we were adopting again, brought us a baby boy gift. Yep, a baby gift out of the blue from someone I'd call an acquaintance (very sweet).
*Our hs was lost for almost 3 weeks and was received a second time on Monday. We got our 171 on Saturday.
*For the first time in 15 years, we over paid our taxes (not easy to do when you're self employed). Found that out on Wednesday.
*Caleb is from the same province as our friends the Bentons' little guy who they are waiting for as well. They are only 1 month apart in age and their clefts are even on the same side :)
*I received an email on Wednesday from a friend about cleft - she had no idea that we had received the call the night before.
* Peace. I can't explain it and those of you who have experienced it know what I'm talking about. We knew that despite our misgivings, this little guy was ours.
So there it is . God always answers our prayers (sometimes not the way we like but He does always answer them) and sometimes He uses neon signs to help us.
Now I must admit that I"m a bit nervous. I've told everyone that we are done after Caleb and that they only way we'd add to our family is if God dropped the kiddo on our front porch with a note signed by Him saying that the child was ours. I guess I better be careful what I say.....
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
The people at the Secretary of State are always so nice and efficient - I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.
Tomorrow is the long day. We'll do the State Dept, then the Chinese Embassy, lunch, back to the Chinese Embassy and then to our agency. Ken is taking the day off to do this with me. It will be nice to not have to fight the parking restrictions around the State Dept (he can just drop me off and then make a couple block circle back to me) and to have company during the long waits at the Chinese Visa Office. I've always said that the experience at the Chinese Visa Office is a good tutorial for your China trip. You're one of the few non Asians in the room, everything is in both Chinese and English and you have to do things their way. It's too bad everyone paperchasing doesn't get this experience! We'll have to go back there to get our Visas once we have our TA (Travel Approval) but that doesn't usually take as long.
I can't wait to be done - it is always such a good feeling to leave the agency knowing that all you have to do now is wait (did I just say that?).
Our annual "We hate to sit on the sofa and take this picture in the clothes that we don't like (the boys) and aren't we so sweet in our matching dresses (the girls)" picture. I've given up on getting a good picture of all the kids simultaneously so this is the best we can do....
It was sooo cold (in the low 40's) most of the day. It felt like Christmas, not Easter. We had to bundle everyone up in coats to head to church and for Easter Egg hunting. At least it didn't snow today!
We were joined by my family and the Stacks' family as has become a tradition. We did manage to get in an egg hunt but had to find the coats for it! The grown ups all huddled on the porch and as soon as everyone had their eggs we all dashed inside. I love cold weather but not for Easter!
This is the crew ready to go... Notice the absence of the adults!
Does Anna look cold? She was so proud of her Little Pony basket!
Well, most of my kids wore coats - Jacob always seems impervious to the weather... At least he wasn't wearing a tank top and shorts!
Sarah really got into the egg thing this year - she is a junk food junkie so plastic eggs full of chocolate is a dream to this 3 year old!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
On to bigger and better things..... WE HAVE OUR 171!!!! It came today and that means I'll do the 2 day authentication run and we should be dtc on Friday. YEAH!!!
Which brings us to our next big news.....We are currently reviewing the file of a little guy who is 19 months old with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate. We've requested more medical information and have been praying over this since Tuesday but all signs right now point to us accepting his referral! He is such a sweet little peanut - his big brown eyes are to die for. We'll post pictures once we've officially accepted his referral. Until then, please pray for us as we make this decision. We want what is best for this little guy and for our family.
So, lots happening at the Weikel house. Not to mention that tomorrow is the day that we get to celebrate our Savior conquering death - HE IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!
Easter blessings to your family,
Melissa for all the Weikels