Thursday, September 29, 2011

Can Somebody Give Me a Baby?

This week I have not been so patient. I am easily brought to tears over the ache of my empty arms and the empty crib upstairs. I have reorganized our nursery several times, and stared at my phone too many times.

Tuesday I convinced myself it was the perfect day for a referral.

And we didn't get one.

I don't know why I let myself think that way- but I just kept thinking how perfect it would be to have a referral now.

Next week I'll be making a quick trip to NC to babysit our niece, who lives where we moved from. I would love to share our referral news in person with the people who supported us so well through this adoption journey. Because of this, I have been aching for a referral before I go. Will and I are also going to be apart for 5 days, and I don't want our referral to happen during this time! So I have been praying for "perfect" timing of our referral (as in, YESTERDAY, Lord!).

I find myself begging God to bless us with a baby. Why not yet, Lord? When is it our turn?

I know, I know, I know.

I must continue to trust the Lord. To believe him that HE is faithful and He loves us and is working on our behalf for His glory.

Psalm 27:7- 8, 13-14
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
   be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, "Seek my face."My heart says to you,
   "Your face, LORD, do I seek."

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
   in the land of the living!
  Wait for the LORD;
   be strong, and let your heart take courage;
   wait for the LORD!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thirty One Fundraiser: Last Day to Order Online!

If you are interested in buying something from Thirty-One to help with our adoption, you can go online here. If you have questions, contact me :)

Thank you to those of you who have shopped ;)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Keeping Busy

The first week of being "referral ready" (homestudy stuff is done) went well. I definitely kept my phone charged and handy, and Will and I made a game plan for when we get a referral. He'll come home if he's at work, we're going to look at the pictures together, and we have our list of must-call people in case we're scattered at the time.

This week I was a bit antsier than before, and definitely stared at my phone willing it to ring a few times! :) But at the same time, I tried to keep myself busy so that I'm not thinking about our referral all the time. I certainly don't want to waste this time that the Lord has given us to get adjusted to our new town before being in a crazy emotional state knowing our child is in Africa!

It is also hard because we're so close to getting our referral, and our sweet friends are keeping in touch with me very regularly, wanting to know if we have gotten any news and to make sure I'm ok. I love it and hate it. I love that people care so much, and love that people are kind to ask- but I'm fighting with my heart all day to stay distracted and not overthink things too!

We have also been more intense in our prayers for our baby. We are praying for safety and comfort as he/she transitions and that our baby will know the love of the Lord more intensely than ever. We are praying for all of the stuff that is going on in Ethiopia right now with some families who are trusting the Lord that their children are safe and coming home to them. We are praying for the officials in MOWYCA and the Court Officials as court reopens next month, for cases to move forward quickly and ethically. We're praying for Almaz and the special mothers at Hannah's Hope who are loving the sweet children and fighting so hard for them to have moms and dads. There is a lot to pray for, and we are doing just that.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sigh of Relief!

Friday our homestudy was sent to AGCI for review!!! Our case manager emailed us Friday night saying "Go into this weekend with peace knowing that all that work you did has gotten you to the point where you should be just fine to be referred when that day comes!" 

Isn't that relieving?! So now we are back on track, ready to get a referral when that day comes. We know that it could be any day now OR we could end up waiting several months! We have a friend that waited nine weeks at the #1 spot- so we know that is possible. 

Just as a heads-up, when we DO get a referral we will not be posting any baby pictures online. We promise we will want to show them to you when the timing is right, but until the child is legally ours we can't post anything online. But I'm sure if you want to swing by Alabama I'll show them to you in person!

Also, we are going to keep our child's story between us. Not even grandparents or aunts and uncles are going to know the baby's story about why and how it came to be relinquished/orphaned. We feel that this is extremely personal information that our child should be the first to know. Please respect us by not asking questions about the child's history.

And I can't thank all of you enough for sharing in our excitement and encouraging us during this crazy season. It is so fun to have so many friends who are walking through this with us, that support us and are praying for this process.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Consignment Sale!

I went to a Consignment sale and really scored big! It is so fun having the nursery set up so I know what things we still need! I showed some self-control by staying away from the clothes racks, although I was very tempted!

For $41, I got a collapsible baby gate, a changing pad, two rubber placemats/ food catchers, a piggy bank,  crib mattress covers, hangers, and a giraffe ball popper.

I went back the next day and got a pack and play (not quite the one pictured but very similar pattern) for $75!!! The same one was listed online for $150 and it was in excellent condition! I wanted a pack- and play that could be good for multiple babies (hey, we're just getting started!) so this one was perfect.

We're feeling a lot more prepared each day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Need your advice: Diaper Bag?

So I need to ask you veteran mamas a question: what kind of diaper bag do you have/recommend? What are necessary functions of a diaper bag? Where did you order yours? Anything to steer clear of when picking one out? Do you like for it to be monogrammed, or is it best to get one that is good for multiple kids? Will a diaper bag last for more than one kid? Also, what is a fair price for a quality diaper bag?

I know that I want one that is very functional, that has a good organizational vibe to it, and is not so frilly that my husband won't want to hold it.

Ok - share away! Thanks :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thanks Jenny!

Yesterday I got a fun package in the mail from my friend Jenny (whom I have never met, we connected through blogs!):

Formula, Body Wash, and Coupons!

This package is so special because all of it is going to Ethiopia!

Ever since I posted about collecting formula to take to Ethiopian orphanages, I have had such positive response and some people have sent me MULTIPLE boxes of goods to take over (that is a lot of $$ for shipping too!).

There have been several people who have joined me in collecting formula/ coupons to get formula- and I have been so blessed by you Hope, Jenny, Allison, Meredith, Sarah... (I hope I didn't forget anyone!).

It means so much to me, not just because I didn't know these people before this process, but because other people care enough to support these kids who desperately need formula to survive. Thank you so much Jenny and others!

And if you would like to join in and send anything for Ethiopia, email me (yestoadoption @ gmail . com) and I'll send you our address! Things that would be good to take are formula, diapers, wipes and bath wash. They always need those!

We're praying that we will travel this winter- but still, check the dates on the formula to make them as far out as possible :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Official September Numbers!

Well it is official folks- we are #2 for a boy, and #9 for a girl!

We know that the #1 boy family wants an "older child" (older than 12 months) so we are actually #1 for an infant boy!

BUT as we all know- we cannot get a referral until our social worker sends our home study report to AGCI. I know that she is working on it so we are hoping it is finished ASAP!

One consistent theme with this adoption process is a realization that everything is out of our control. All I can do is pray. So much of adoption is relying on other people to do their jobs: be it get the paperwork done, submit things in a timely fashion, care for our baby across the world.... there are a lot of people involved in the process of us becoming parents, and the things that we can check off the list are pretty minimal.

Lately several people have done their best to reassure me of God's sovereignty, saying that if we DO get skipped over then that is just a means of the Lord's timing to get us the right baby. And we KNOW this but sometimes it is really frustrating too- to think that it is "our turn" and we will be skipped over. My selfishness is so gross, and I am so sorry if you have tried to encourage me and I've not been a gracious receiver. I'm a work in progress, people, and I promise that I appreciate your encouragement!

Earlier this week I was reading in Psalm 33 and Psalm 34- and felt very much like the Lord was just meeting me where I was. I needed a reminder that HE IS the one in control and that His hand is not only over us, but over our child in Ethiopia.

"For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." (Ps 33: 4-5)

"From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do." (Ps 33:13-14)

"I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." (Ps 34: 4)

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." (Ps 34: 8-10).

Join me in claiming these verses!
Love, Rebekah

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Ethiopian New Year!

Happy Ethiopian New Year! (Click here for more information on the Ethiopian New Year via Wikipedia!) Welcome to 2004, Ethiopia! :) For a new year's wish, we are hoping that this is a year of speedy (yet ethical) adoptions, and that the ET government continues to prioritize the needs of the orphans in the country. We pray every day for our little one in Ethiopia and for the people who are advocating for the families and orphans in ET. If this was not a fallen world, then there would be no orphan crisis. Thankfully, we cling to the hope that the Lord will come back and make all things right one day- and there will be no orphans or widows!

Speaking of hoping for the Lord's return, I don't know about you, but I've been glued to the TV today watching 9-11 footage and the memorial service. I have found myself in tears several times thinking about the tremendous losses and the people who died without knowing Christ as Savior. What a tragedy. What a blessing to live in America where there are so many people who daily sacrifice for our freedom. What a blessing that even if our daily freedoms were lost, we know that in Christ we are truly free from the bondage of sin.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Nursery Bookshelf!

Who is excited about another nursery update??!? A few weeks ago my mom and I met at IKEA where she bought the awesome Expedit bookshelf that I've been pinning in a million pictures on Pinterest. While there, we also picked up the orange bins and the blue hamper to the right of the bookshelf (currently holding stuffed animals).

ET Plaque is from my BFF Leigh, who got it from this etsy shop!

We are really excited that it is coming together- and is a fun distraction during the wait! We're still waiting for our social worker to send the homestudy draft to AGCI, and once she does that we will be able to stay on track for a referral.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Homestudy Visits Completed!

Today we had our final homestudy visit with our social worker. We still need to do our physicals (scheduled for Tuesday) and get Will's Mississippi background clearance in before all of our homestudy stuff is done. Thankfully, the Alabama clearance that was expected to take 4-5 months has already been returned after just a few weeks!

So now we are waiting for our social worker to send a draft of the homestudy to our placing agency, AGCI. There will probably be revisions needed, so after those are updated then we are ALL CLEAR on a referral and can move forward like normal. Phew! I am ready to be DONE with paperwork but I know that once we have a referral we will have even more paperwork to do!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thirty One Fundraiser!

I am once again humbled by the community that the Lord has provided through this little blog. Tara contacted me a few days ago asking if she could help us fundraise through Thirty One. Take a look:

Thirty One Gifts Fundrasier!!!
Time: September 1st - September 26th
20% of all Proceeds will go to McGee's Adoption Fund!! Shop now for Christmas and help us bring our little one home!
-- When placing your order, do not have the item shipped to the hostess!! If you would like your order to be shipped to Rebekah (in order to save you $4 for shipping) then please contact Rebekah to fill out an order form and to give her your money or contact Tara Whitaker with Thirty One @ If you order online, you will need to select shipping to your house and you will need to pay the extra $4 for shipping.)

- Our fundraiser will run from 1st of September and it will end on September 26th (Last Monday of the month). I will then place the order on that Wednesday night. Therefore, all credit cards and debit cards will not be processed until then. It takes about 10 days for orders to be processed/shipped.
-- Take advantage of the Customer Special for September:

Click to enlarge to see the September specials!
Thank you so much for your help!
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