Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The clock is ticking...(and this one is for you...you know who you are)

We are still praying that our magic phone call comes this week. My heart has started to race every time the phone rings, even though I know the call will probably come toward the end of the week, if it comes at all this week...

Our DTE buddy (DTE = dossier to Ethiopia, this means their paperwork was sent to Ethiopia in the same package as ours), Alisa posted a bit about why we have to wait longer for our referall and why fees are going up. She explains the situation so well, so visit her blog if you are interested.

And...some families met their children for the first time yesterday. Get ready for chills and tears. Reading about and watching what we are about to experience is crazy! I am so thankful and so happy for these families. The Lusse family was full of encouragement for those of us still waiting. These are the other families picking up their sweet ones: the Redfern, Schmidt, VenWetten, and Wempe families.

I have been reading Romans in the morning when I come to work, before the girls come out from their rooms. Some of it is pretty heavy reading at 6:30am, but I press on. Last week I read this passage:

Romans 8:24-28 "For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. "

...and it could not have been more timely...yes, I know, when Paul was writing Romans, he wasn't writing about the Reno family 2000 (?) years in the future waiting for their referral call, but regardless, the Holy Spirit used these truths to comfort my heart and mind. God is good!


teambrownlee said...

Emma says" dear Anna and Chris, I could help you with the baby if you want me to and so I would be very glad to help. We pray for you I guess every night and I prayed for you at school cuz you're going to Ethiopia. I love you!" Anna, you are right, those updates from other families have me in tears. Beautiful. Love, Hope and the Team
p.s. Cooper says "dim dopt zer baby an keep it safe fum mountain lion"

Kate said...

Praying you hear GOOD NEWS soon!

Ivanna said...

I keep praying for you. I can't wait to meet little baby Reno. :) Nice post by the way.

shana bartlett said...

Dear Renos,
Romans 8 has also encouraged us through difficult times. " ..we KNOW He works ALL things together for good..." May you both continue to hold on to these truths in His Word. We love you!

God Bless,
The Bartletts

Thankfulmom said...

I didn't know you are friends with Theresa V. She is a wonderful woman and has been a great encouragement to me.
I hope you hear good news soon.


Casey said...

You guys are incredible and your little one is going to be so amazed one day to know how you've both fought and perservered for them!!!!! Wow, thanks for your Words of encouragement Reno's!

faithsalutes said...

Now I am crying at work!

Loves you!

CatPed said...

I am praying you get the call soon also! I will be following your blog now for good news! Amy has got me hooked on these.

alisafmartin@yahoo.com said...

I'm am sooo with you....dazed...numb....surely, by next week...something...this ol' dog needs a bone!!! :)