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!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

thanksgiving is approaching

As the holidays are quickly approaching I was telling myself that it will make this part of the wait go by so much faster.  Think about how busy we are around the holidays so that means we wouldn't really be thinking about the wait until next year and two months will have already passed.  Awesome!  Ok so why doesn't it work out the way I plan?  (btw sorry for the randomness of this paragraph but this is the way my mind works)  We went to a planning meeting for the Perspectives class that will be happening at Great River Christian school and met a couple who has done missionary work in Ethiopia.  She friended me on facebook so I watched a video she had posted and glanced at some of her pics.  Of course that made me think of our little one waiting for us.  Thanksgiving is next week and all of Dustin's family will be home.  All the cousins will be there, all but one.  This is another Thanksgiving that our little girl will spend without a family.  It will soon be another Christmas that she will spend in the orphanage.  It makes me sick that we won't have her home with our family.  I was also thinking about this in relation to being pregnant during the holidays and I think it so much different.  When you are pregnant through the holidays you just have this great excitement and anticipation of the new baby that will be there next year.  When you are waiting for your adopted child she is not warm and safe in your belly still absorbing all the sounds and foods of the holidays.  She is waiting in line for food at the orphanage, scrambling to get some sort of attention and soothing herself to sleep because she knows that no one is there to answer her cry.  Imagine if it was one of your children on the other side of the world in those conditions during the holidays...how would you feel?

Last week was a big week for "on deck" notices from our agency.  On deck means that you could be getting your referral call anytime although they still say 1-3 months.  There were no referrals given out last week but with all of the "on deck" announcements there should be a lot of referrals coming soon.  As selfish as it is I am really excited about other people getting referrals because now that we are officially waiting that means we get moved a little closer to the top of the list.  I am genuinely happy and excited for other parents getting their referrals, but secretly am selfish also.

Well this actually a fairly short post from me, don't expect it too often ;)  Be blessed and keep praying


Jen said...

Just want to give a shout-out for Perspectives!! WooHoo!! Have you guys taken it yet or jumping in to help plan? Either way, I am super excited. Jason will be, too. I love how God is working in your lives!

However, I hate that your little girl will still be in an orphanage during the holidays. Great job helping people catch a glimpse of her reality.

jkseevers said...

I soo hear you, Megan. I can totally relate to the pregnancy perspective vs. our babies on the other side of the world. However, we are sooo much closer than we were 6 months ago. Keep moving forward. Keep your eyes on Jesus. And remember, He's there taking care of our sweet children until we can scoop them up in our arms and hold them close, keep them warm and care for them.

Kelli said...

Praying for you during the holidays.