Thursday, July 24, 2008

the long awaited update.....

Hello everyone. Boy, it's been awhile. It's been 2 months since we've been back from Cambodia and Taiwan. So much has happened and changed. Boy, I never would have imagined where we're at. So, here it goes.

We've decided to start the paper work for Ecuador! Can you believe the change in direction? Wow! It's nothing less than a miracle that we're both on board with this. Adopting from Ecuador is quite different than adopting from Taiwan. Obviously it's clear across the other side of the world, in South America! Wow, if someone would have told me last year, that in 1 years time we will be opening a second country in South American...I would have told them that's just crazy talk! So, we're starting the paper work, medicals, criminal checks etc. Our paper work for Taiwan is expiring soon...so we're having to do this stuff all over again. What fun! (not!) But, you know....I've become a very patient person through this whole process. We're finally out of the "fog" and really seeing God's hand on us and his guideance in our lives. We went through a difficult time, no doubt. But, we always trusted that God would lead us and that we would be ok with whatever he wanted for our family. I never knew that he would take us to Ecuador. We will be requesting a girl aged 2-3. Now, you can only request a girl...but no guarantees. So, we may end up with another boy! Wouldn't that just be crazy fun! :-) I kind of laugh at the full circle we've come. I laugh about the possibility of having yet another boy! We're really ok with that, to our surprise! I know it's only because of God that we're at peace about all of us. Thank you all for your support and prayers! We can feel them! Don't stop either...cause we still have a long bumpy road a head of us. And, at the end of it.....we do get to travel to Ecuador and spend 2 months there! Isn't that so exciting! We will take our boys with us too. Others have done it and reccommend it! It's a safe country and it's a great time for them to bond with their new sibbling. You get your child within a few days of arriving in Ecuador and then they are with you until the final paperwork has gone through at the end of about 8 weeks. So, we'll get a chance to get to know our new child before we bring them back to Canada. How neat! I'm looking forward to that!

I want to keep this semi short. Thank you all for caring so much. Our hearts are healing and we feel we are getting more and more excited about where our lives are headed! We will still keep our file active with Taiwan. There's no point in cancelling it. So, if a miracle happens and things really start happening with Taiwan, great. If not, we have Ecuador and we're so happy about that! God is good! He really knows what's best for us, and I'm glad we realize that and are so happy about where we're at. It's really God's peace and assurance that keeps us going. I guess our child isn't ready to come yet...so we wait patiently for the day they are ready for us!

We appreciate all of you soooo much! It's what keeps us going day in and day out. Gotta love this crazy adoption process!!! I'm glad I can laugh about it, most days. There's just nothing to explain how crazy it is. So, you just go with it and be excited that one day you will get your child home that God has picked out for you. :-)

.....Carala

Thursday, July 3, 2008

My little boy is 4 today!

Well, it's Happy 4th Birthday to my little boy. Or should I say BIG boy! :-) It's hard to believe 4 years ago today Ryden came into our lives. What a great addition to our family. He has made us smile, laugh, and giggle til you can't see, cause the tears are clouding your vision. His smile lights up a room and he has the greatest belly laugh! I love him with all my heart.

The past 4 years have flown by. We've made so many incredible memories with both Ryden and Trennon. We just know though, that our family isn't complete. Our boys talk so much about their little sister. We've been in a difficult place lately with our adoption. But, we're coming out of the valley and beginning to climb up the mountain again. Struggles in life aren't meant to be easy. We know we will get through this and begin to start the process of a new country in the coming weeks. We all have that special place in our hearts that hasn't been filled yet...we know she/he is out there. I pray that our next step will lead us to him/her.

I think of the struggles we had with Ryden the first week of his life...and look at him now. We will make it through these struggles with adoption and in the end we will know we made the right decision. God has been our strength and been patient with us when we didn't always want to listen to him or just didn't know what he was trying to say. We feel his constant hand of guidance in our lives and we're excited to keep walking forward through this process. Please keep us in your prayers as we make some key decisions over the next few weeks. Pray also that our hearts will mend, over the decision to take a step away from Taiwan and onto move towards another country ( To be determined soon). It's been tough on us and but we know we are making the right decision for our family.

....Carala