No news yet..

30 04 2008

Thanks for all your prayers, comments, emails…

keep the prayers coming. No news yet. Still freaking out. Nervous, excited, scared of no news this month

And, we may have to consider our 3-year-old nephew’s name suggestion. (See Sue’s comment below, on the post
“Freaking Out”. Pretty funny…

Freaking out a little

29 04 2008

We’re waiting.. not passively. We have so much stuff to do, work-wise, home-wise, etc. I’m off to Grand Rapids this weekend for a Board of Benevolence meeting. But “matching” has begun with the CCAA (China Center for Adoption Affairs). Which means we could hear–soon– about a referral. Or not, which is more freaky. Could be us.. might not be us… could be this week… might not be this week. A little freaky. A little freaking out. A messy house, a baby’s/kid’s room mostly painted (walls painted, but now I have to do the design I’m trying), many piles of stuff, an hourly check of the computer to see if there’s any news on Rumor Queen ( Freaking out.

But excited.


21 04 2008

So behind… I know, most of us are. But I’m feeling a bit out-of-control, I’m so behind.

I’m working on the kid’s nursery. Gasp. Big step. HUGE step. Emotionally, I have not been able to even think about that room for so many years, that to actually work on it now feels good. And yet a little freaky, too. A little crazy. Not sure if I should take that step, and yet I kind of have to. We kind of have to.

Why? you may wonder… well, for those who only read this blog and get the rare email correspondence from me… it seems as though our referral could be coming soon! Maybe, MAYBE in May… That’s all I’m going to say about it, because that’s craziness as well.

So, if that happens, when that happens, we travel approximately 6-8 weeks after we accept the referral.

Things are getting into high gear.

Otherwise, life is life. The house is a disaster zone–we should just put that “Caution” tape in front to warn any would-be-visitors. Trying to organize, de-clutter to make room for kid stuff, moving the office downstairs and making a nursery, painting the kitchen… plastic bins full of items we’re taking to China with us… it’s crazy.

But again, feels good.

Last week Jim and I attended an adoption conference in Chicago. so we went a day early, and went to the Cubs game , with Jo Ann and Ken. FUN. Cubs won… Derrek Lee Bobble Head doll to the first 10,000 fans! So I made poor Jim and Jo Ann go to the game early–2 hours early, so we could be one of those first 10,000 fans.. but we got our Derrek Lee Bobble Head dolls! And we were there early enough, then, to enjoy batting practice. It was so fun. I love the Cubbies… I love Wrigley… I love beautiful days and good friends…

So, off to more craziness.

I hope all of you are surviving your various crazy situations.


3 04 2008

Today we drive down to Calumet Park, Illinois, (South of Chicago) for the funeral of a friend. Rev. Larry Griffin died last week at the too-young age of 55. Larry was a fun classmate, an active minister, and a huge supporter of women in ministry. Thank you, Larry. I cannot think of my first two years of seminary without thinking of Larry. He and his friend Ed were always together…. attending the same classes, lectures, etc. as others in that M.Div track (including Karen and me). Karen and I were frequently the recipients of Larry’s encouragement, laughter, stories, insight, and support. It’s so strange to think back to my first seminary years (1993, 1994…). I’d better not digress onto that topic now, but suffice it to say that so many people in my life have provided a realistic, servant-leadership model of faith in God. Larry is one of those.

I’m sorry to say that I have not known him as well in recent years, as I have only seen him at Midwinter and other clergy events. That often happens, doesn’t it? We don’t keep in as much contact with people we care about, until it’s too late. I am saddened by Larry’s death, and grateful that Jim and I are able to drive down to be at the funeral. And grateful that Karen will also be there, as I cannot think of my first two years of seminary without thinking of Karen, and Larry (and Ed). Clergy have been asked to wear their robes tonight, which Larry would like.
Peace be to Larry’s memory.

now you see them, now you don’t…

1 04 2008

Before visiting the ortho last Wednesday, March 26th:


and….. upon returning from the ortho, last week: