Monday, March 30, 2009
I interrupt the regular adoptoin blogging, to bring this important message:
Join thousands of Americans in speaking up for the babies who are murdered by abortion.
Today is the day to pick up a pack of red envelopes at Office Depot (or anywhere else for that matter), address them to President Obama, attach your return address and a stamp, and mail them tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31st).
Each red envelope will represent a child whose life was taken through abortion. As red envelopes flood his mailbox, may President Obama come to his senses and miraculously have a change of heart concerning laws that can protect babies.
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington , D.C. 20500
Write this on the back:
This envelope represents one child who died in abortion.
It is empty because that life was unable to offer anything to the world.
Responsibility begins with conception.
Friday, March 27, 2009
March 25th 2008:
Email from Grace: hey give me a call when you get a chance
Sandee Reply: I have a 30 minute meeting right now, but will call when I am done. :)
Phone call - Grace: There is this little 6 year old girl I want to tell you about.........
Next email from Grace: Here she is! (Pictures attached)
A photo of a precious a precious little girl with a scared, tentative smile and deer-in-the-headlight almond shaped eyes, in a pink and purple stripped sweater standing in front of a corrugated tin wall. Mame....
March 27, 2008
More emails, more pictures, hunting through the yahoo groups snapfish account to see more pictures (Praise the Lord for Julia M, who took lots of photos!)
Email from Grace : Here is a new picture of Mame. She is gorgeous!!
Reply Sandee: It is funny, yesterday, even though I did not know if she was mine yet, I bought her a shirt that says gorgeous on it! LOL!
Reply Grace: Thats funny! I see nothing that would stand in the way on this one!!
March 27th 2008 I accepted my referral for my precious daughter to be...Olivia Mame ...
I don't think a day goes by that I do not think about her. I pray for her often, relook at all her pictures, try to learn more about all I will need to know, to be a better mommy to her and her brothers and sister waiting here for her. God has her and the timing of her joining our family all in His plans.
I guess today is my referral anniversary! :)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
96 pages, over 400 photos (yes) and a year of waiting.
I have Mame's scrapbook all done!
Whew! It feels like an accomplishment.
My first photos are from Feb 2008 and my most recent from Feb 2009.
Something accomplished while I wait.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I am not here to replace that. No ME momma possessiveness over her heart. Sounds silly. Selfish, but with my other daughter, I struggled with that at first. God has grown in my heart and emotions.
I see now, it is about her life. About love and nuturing and being a second momma to love her her whole life long. I pray her first momma knew Jesus. I want to dance at the day in heaven I would be able to hold her hand and smile over her daughter, who become my daughter, too.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Let's widen the scope a bit. Reading the blogs of some other families adopting from Ethiopia, I came across this video from Courtney's blog: http://ericksonpartyofsix.blogspot.com/
It is just what the title claims: A glimmer of hope. http://www.aglimmerofhope.org/ It got me thinking about projects....and giving back to the countries that gave me my children. Perhaps something that my family can do to give back to China, to Ethiopia, to America. I want to pray about it and think about it...what would God have us do, to make a difference. One thing that Courtney said, that I love is:
I know, in the back of my mind, I think the news could even be, you passed court today.... more like, news that this is what is happening, and here is your next date.
It is so unnerving to not only not know anything, but to not have any clue when I could know something. Will I know anything one day this week, or will it be 10 weeks from now before I know anything? That is wearisome.
I can tell my heart is withdrawing. Not from Mame, but from the anticipation and the excitement of the wait. You can only have so many cliffhangers before you are no longer on the edge of your seat, biting your nails to find out what is next. That heightened tension is wearing.
It kind of makes me sad. For both my sons, coming to my family biologically, I kind of knew within a month, when the excitement would happen. With Mary and China, I had a date and knew that is when I would go and bring her home.
With Mame, I have had three dates, each two months apart, each failed and now, I know nothing. I know this too will pass.