how things change. by jamieivey | Dec 31, 2008 | My Story | 10 comments It is amazing how quickly life can change. 10 Comments debraparker on December 31, 2008 at 11:47 am PRAYING!! Jamie. I read all of your pages yesterday. I had not realized you added them until then. Your dreams inspire! I have no doubt that you will do the task God has set before you. I could visualize your Austin land and home. I saw your beautiful smile as you greeted women and children that walked through your gates. God birthed this dream. He is the finisher of it. You know I have a heart for young women. I think that is why I started reading your blog. If I remember correctly Aaron told me of how you have this huge heart for women and children. I remember being so excited to read about your dreams. On days like today when God seems hard to understand just rest in him. He is the finisher of even your dreams. He is the God of Bear and Fedna. How I love you dear Friend. emily ward on December 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm UGH. Sister, I’m praying. I’m praying for these sweet children, for complete protection from their Creator. I’m praying for you and your heart that you would continue to believe God’s plan and His timing. It’s usually those curve balls that radically change our hearts to look more like Jesus’. I’m praying for that for all of you. Sara on December 31, 2008 at 12:15 pm I’ve been following your blog for a while now. We’ve both been in process with our adoptions for roughly the same period of time. I think I started reading when you were in Haiti with your kids and I was in Panama with my little girl, away from my boys at home in the States, just like you were. Anyway, I totally related and I’ve been reading your blog ever since… I can also completely relate to your sentiments above. Not understanding God’s timing, but still being firm in my faith and trust in Him have been like the great theme of my life lately! 🙂 Wish I could help with the Hatian visas, as that seems to be the real and important issue here. Can’t do that… seems no one can at the moment, but I could help with your search for a doll. 🙂 I’m a little embarrassed to offer this, so please don’t think of it as a shameless self promotion… I’ve been making dolls as an adoption fundraiser. I have an Etsy shop set up and would be happy to send you a link if you’d like. I’d be glad to make one for you free of charge. You are doing a great thing, loving Fedna in this way. It would be my pleasure to be able to make something for Fedna to love while she is here. dreamingBIGdreams on December 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm Sara – thanks so much for your comment. I think adoption always leads people to trust in God’s timing even when we don’t understand. That has been our theme for about the past 4 years through all of our adoptions! I would love a doll. Oh my goodness. Yes please send me the link to your store. I’d be glad to spread the word too about your fundraiser. I know that Fedna will love it and I’m happy to give her something to love on here that she can continue to love on when she goes home. Thanks! geralyn laurie on December 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm I am sorry for this setback. Only God knows what is in store and all we can do is hope and pray that we can handle it. I’ll keep you all in my thoughts. Kristen on December 31, 2008 at 4:45 pm I don’t get it either. 🙁 Praying. Jenn on January 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm I just found your blog as I was looking for information on Haitian adoptions. It’s so hard to get real answers…but that is Haiti! 🙂 We’ve adopted a little boy, Jeremy, from Haiti and have been waiting to get his visa. Unfortunately the birth father cannot be located. They’ve been looking for two months and so far…nothing. We are trying to get answers about how long they look before they stop, but as of now the only response we’ve gotten is: “the USCIS doesn’t back down on these issues.” Isn’t that discouraging?! But we trust in God. We know that He has known all along that this is the way it would go. We do not know when we’ll bring our boy home but we are thankful that it will happen some day. We were first matched with Jeremy back in December of ’06. I can hardly believe it’s been two years. We were given a 9-16 month time frame when we started, so it’s been difficult planning family trips and remaining actively doing what God has called us to do here where we are when we are thinking that we’re traveling in a couple months…oh, no. a couple more months….no, there’s a hold up here too….okay, a couple MORE months! 🙂 Sounds like your little guy really needs to get home for medical care. How hard to be given the wonderful news of homecoming and then have it taken away. I can’t imagine the heartbreak. I will mark my calendar for Jan. 8th and be thinking about you all! I will pray for your family…peace through trusting. -Jenn Alice on January 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm I feel kind of like a stalker since I only know you through the Mercy Ministry class but I love reading your blog and I have to keep up to date on Amos and Story. 🙂 Just wanted to let you know I’m praying for the current situation with Bear and Fedna. Alice dreamingBIGdreams on January 2, 2009 at 10:47 am Alice – THanks so much!!! dreamingBIGdreams on January 2, 2009 at 10:49 am Thanks for finding the blog Jenn! I can’t believe your wait for a visa. UGH! The little guy we’re trying to get here is coming for medical treatment. We’re not adopting him or Fedna, just trying to help them get here! BUT yes he needs to get here soon …. like yesterday soon! 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