We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Well it's been about a week since the last time I updated and not a whole lot has changed around here. Our homestudy had to get rescheduled for this Wednesday, so that gives me an extra couple of days to make sure we have as much done ahead of time as possible. I went through our dossier tonight and there are really very few things that we need to do with it besides completing the homestudy. Once that is done and approved we have to get everything notarized and then send it in to AWAA for approval. I feel like we could have this all done and a referral by Christmas...and then I read a post from a new friend who is adopting from Rwanda and I realize that is such a pipe dream. She just had her first meeting for her homestudy tonight and was reassured that the process through Rwanda takes 13-19 months from start to finish. As she said, "it's hurry up and wait". Since we officially started March 1st than that definitely puts us to next Easter and maybe not even until next summer, ugh! I feel a little discouraged right now, but I know I just need to stay focused.

To help my focus I am making some fun little bracelets to sell at the Grimes Home Extravaganza this Saturday at school. They are just plastic glow in the dark bracelets that say murakoze (thank you) or mugisha (blessing) that I'm going to sell for $5. Sure it won't be paying for our plane tickets or anything, but at least it will help and it makes me feel like I'm doing something for the adoption. It's also really nice because the boys are helping me make them and they are having fun with it. It also makes them feel like they are involved with the process. Dominic said something to me the other day that made it very clear to me that he sees this as something daddy and mommy are doing. There's definitely a disconnect between him and the adoption. I need to come up with some more ways to make them both feel more included in this and really get excited about it.

Another thing that is keeping me going are the new friendships that I have formed via facebook. We are all in similar stages of our adoptions and are all using AWAA with the same family coordinator so far. Since America World likes to send groups there is a very good chance that we will all get our kids at the same time. Last year there 9 families that all went together. Right now I am getting to know 3 other ladies and it's fun to chat about stuff that no one else gets.

I've got more bracelets to make and at the rate I'm going I may collapse before I get them done. Continue prayers for our boys that they may find the same joy in this adoption that we do and pray for speedy processes for all of the families adopting right now. Murakoze - thank you


Anonymous said...

I too love the new friendships that have come together via facebook. What a tremendous blessing in my life to have met you & Elizabeth & to be going through all these things together. It would be a wonderful testament to God's draw to community if we are all able to travel together to bring our children home from Rwanda and share in that most joyous occasion. Praying for your family...that the boys will be more involved & that you will have patience & peace with the process as it moves along.