Sunday, February 10, 2013

Adoption Updates

We have had lots going on 'round these parts over the past couple of weeks. Our family should come with a disclaimer: "Never a dull moment".  I actually saw the following quote (taken from Lord of the Rings) and after a couple of reads I realized how much I loved it:
'Adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. 
But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually — their paths were laid that way, as you put it.'

Yes, some may say that Diplofam looks for adventures because we want them.  No friends, I am afraid we haven't just landed here by our own choosing--this was the way our path was laid. 
 International moving and living, Margaret's Hope Chest and International Special Needs adoption are not things we are doing to make dull lives more exciting or bring attention to ourselves If that were the goal we would have skipped the kids (or maybe just had one) bought a big beautiful home and a fancy sports car.  Those things get the attention and admiration in this world.

And so, we take the paths that are shown to us {at times with slow and plodding footsteps I must admit}.
Speaking of slow paths, 
let's talk about Tulip.

Our paperwork made it to China and was logged into the system there on January 29.  Now we wait for a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) which is the GOLDEN TICKET.  Lots of great things begin happening as soon as that LOA is in our hot little hands.
 I have refused to look at agency time lines or a calendar to calculate when we 'should' or 'could' expect this to happen.  I am waiting on the Lord to bring it at just the right time.