There was something exciting to see the US flag waving in Colombia & something even more exciting to hear 5 Colombian voices shouting out, “La bandera de Estados Unidos!” As we entered the Embassy we were taken to a large waiting area outside, luckily the weather was nice & the area was large enough that the kids could play without bothering anyone, once again we were thankful for the matchbox cars!
We arrived a little before 1pm & I went to the window around 1:30 & signed off on our kids paperwork. The consulate was very kind & said wonderful things about our kids, he was from TX…ahh just like coming home! He then said that we can hang around & they will have the visas ready by 3pm. So that´s just what we did, the kids had a snack, played with cars & ended the day with an ice cream treat from the “Crepes & Waffles” shop on the Embassy premises. And at 3pm we heard that wonderful call on the loud-speaker, “Will Elizabeth or Justin come to the window…your visas are ready!” Whoo hoo!!! We can come home & bring all 5 of the kids with us :)!
As we were waiting for the visas to be processed Lucy pointed out a young girl to me who was working at the coffee shop & said that she saw her crying one day when Lucy was here with another family getting their visas & Lucy asked her what was wrong. The girl replied, “I grew up in an orphanage in Bogota & never got adopted, all I know how to do is pour coffee, I never had anyone to love me or take care of me, or teach me anything, I wish that I had one of your families.” Friends we are bringing home 5 children, they are no longer orphans but there are still so many out there…
I pray that more people are called to adoption, it is very difficult & it should be. You are being entrusted to take care of another life: there is no promise that it will be easy, that they will take care of you when you are older, that they will come to know the Lord, that they will be kind to you, that you will like them every day, that they will be healthy, that they won´t destroy your house & everything in it, that they will strain your marriage, that they won´t strain your family. Like everything in life there is no guarantees but there is a promise that you will be honoring God, loving His child, & learning more about the gift of salvation every single day.
My children´s job was to accept the possibility of family, they had to say, “yes we want a Papi & Mami.” We had to fill out the paperwork, save for years, change our spending lifestyle, live in a foreign land, go to court, be scrutinized in EVERY aspect of our lives. People like to remind us what a blessing we will be for these children & how generous of us to take in 5 orphans. Oh friends we are greedy pigs, we wanted a family, we wanted children & God so lovingly provided these children, our children.
Oh friends, adoption is ready, children are waiting, step up!
There were no flights with room enough for 8 tomorrow…but on Wednesday we will be headed HOME!!! On a side note, we owe our landlord nothing!! To God be the glory!
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
blessed is the one who trusts in you.
At the dinnermesa,