I feel as though I've been swamped lately and yet haven't gotten anything done. Do you ever feel that way? As if the list keeps getting longer and yet nothing is getting crossed off? I always get LESS done when Aaron is home because I neglect things to spend time with him. Wouldn't you do the same though? Usually when he's out of town my life either goes one of two ways. I either bust my butt and work the whole time on stuff, or become completely lazy and do nothing. This past weekend I was busy. 🙂
I have no time for an individual post for all I want to share, so I will do as my awesome friend Rachel (by the way tomorrow is her bday!) does and give it to you in bullets … Keep in mind these are in no particular order of importance!
- I have started doing a little volunteer work for a FABULOUS organization. These people are working very hard to get three children to the US for medical surgery that they can't get in the country where they live. I'm hoping to eventually get them some t-shirts to sell for fund raising and other stuff as well. This week I have spent a night emailing every pediatric cardiac surgeon in Mass and Maryland. I'm really hoping that I can help some more and get these kids here for surgery. The organization is called Remember International, Medical Advocacy Team. Please go to their blog, encourage them, spread the word, see how you can help. Look at two of the children we're trying to get here. Pray for them.
Alex in Haiti
Samuel in Ghana
Pray for these kids and for Martine too, she needs a heart surgery soon. If your or your church would like to sponsor these kids go check out the website to find out how you can.
- Aaron is still not talking. Tomorrow makes two weeks. Miserable is what this is. He is miserable with it. I am getting miserable with it. Imagine your spouse being in the same house with you, but not saying one word to you in TWO WEEKS! It SUCKS and these two weeks could not go any faster. I am hoping that we'll look back on this time and see how God grew us and challenged us, b/c this is the most disconnected in every way possible I have felt from the man that I am passionately in love with.
- We are still waiting to hear when we enter into IBESR. I'm not thinking it's going to be for another month, but hopefully sooner than that. A piece of our paperwork is still not there. Hopefully it will get there tomorrow. There have been a few mishaps that have been completely out of our control that have kept that paper from getting to Barb. Tomorrow it will be flying down there with a mom that is going to get her daughter. Pray it gets there, b/c this is the 3rd attempt to get it there.
Thanks for stopping by the blog! I bought the ingredients to your pot luck chicken dish, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I can’t believe you and Aaron have not been able to talk! Stephen and I dated long distance for 4 years and lately, I have been thankful for that time because it keeps me from taking him for granted now. I know God is using this time to bless your marriage, although it probably doesn’t feel like it now. My heart broke over the pictures you posted, I’ll have to check out the non-profit you are volunteering with. Will pray for your paperwork to land in the right hands safely!
Not talking would be hard, I’m sure when it is over you will see where God used it. Until then I guess you will have notes to save for your kids in the future!
Oh Jamie! I am so sorry about that paper! May it get there soon and may your file FLY through IBESR!
Oooooo I just want to cuddle your two kids in Haiti. I wish my husband would get on board with adopting. My heart is sooooo there.
Thank you for sharing your story. I’m concerned about Aaron not speaking for two weeks. This creates a really bad home environment, can be exceedingly painful for children (I know from experience), and could jeopardize your adoption if social workers find out about it. If the situation doesn’t resolve itself soon or is too painful for the two of you to discuss, please get help . If there’s nobody to turn to where you live, let me know. I might be able to get references. Silence can a power play, means of coping with deep feelings or both. Aaron needs to tell you the reasons for his slience. I wish you the best.
Doleta thanks for your concern, but if you would read a little back story he can’t speak b/c he is on vocal rest for 30 days! He is a singer and has an abrasion on one of his vocal chords. We are a very happy and healthy family and are getting by through this silence with lots of reading of lips, texting on our phones, emails and letters!
i bet it will make you stop and think next time you want to say, “would you just be quiet?”