Tuesday, January 25, 2011

twenty something

this past week has been filled with ups and downs for our adoption process. not really downs...but just new parts and regulations...and that always makes me feel a little confused and overwhelmed. everything is still great...it's just that international adoption seems to always be changing and evolving and we just have to try and stay on top of understanding it all.
the happy news is that at least 7 referrals were given out last week! so that means we are AT LEAST number 27....and I think we are less. our agency has decided to no longer give out actual wait list numbers. the reason behind this is that they don't really go in order to match children with families. they match the children based on what child they feel will be the best fit for each specific family. they are giving us time lines and keeping us updated, and so we still feel like we know where we are in the line up. I think I am still going to make up numbers and take pictures of them...just for fun! who doesn't like a count down?!
SO. good, happy things are happening for holt families and we are so thankful to see children being matched with families.  it has been so slow going the last few months and a big batch of referrals was very encouraging.
also.  I've been meaning to post pictures of this special Christmas present since I received it...


my best friend natalie painted this for me.  I found the quote on another blog and LOVED it.  it is from story people.  we both cried a little when she gave it to me (along with the books E is for Ethiopia and the colors of us!!).  whenever I am feeling a little down or missing the baby boy I don't even know...this beautiful piece of art always cheers me up.
thanks natty.
and thanks to all of you commenters and readers...I so appreciate your prayers and encouragement and words and love.

10 comments:

Joanna said...

7 in 1 week?!!! Hooray!

Jamie said...

I recognized that writing as soon as I saw the first pic! Beautiful gift. I'll pray for you and the family as you await your child. I know how exciting it is, and I can truly tell that your anticipation is no different than the one your sister and I are currently experiencing. What a blessing!

The Del Angel Family said...

I'm in love with that painting...seriously it's so beautiful. So glad y'alls count down is going so quickly (though I'm sure it feels like an eternity to you!) I pray it goes even faster!

SaraLyons said...

I'm with you and still going to do my own countdown. Its nice to "see" when we move down the list. Here is hoping to more referrals this week:)

Shane said...

I hope God totally rocks your fun count down! Of course count downs are fun but a new boy around the house would be more fun. Thanks for being faithful and pursuing adoption!

alicia said...

That is just beautiful- Way to go natalie!!! Prayers for you & your sweet family! Gosh I adore you!!!!!

Rebekah said...

Such a beautiful gift!

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erin said...

what a wonderful gift. the painting and your friend. and soon a son. all in perfect timing.

Melissa said...

awesome for ya'll! and i love the painting!