Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Christ the Lord is Risen! He is Risen INDEED! Praise God! I don't know, well, I know that I won't ever be able to wrap my human brain around what God has done for us through His son, Jesus. My sins, ALL of our sins, are washed away by the blood of the perfect lamb of Christ. NOTHING stands in the way of us going to the Father anymore - the veil has been torn! How do we ever thank Him or repay Him? I don't think we can ever truly repay Him, but we should never stop trying. We can try and live out His commandments and love like He does here on this earth. Just love everyone no matter what.
Family. We were able to spend Easter with some of my family in Piedmont. We had lots of eggs to hunt (yay- more candy!) and more food to eat (forget about those 10 lbs. I lost). Again, Avery had a little trouble with the grass, but she now knows what awaits her in those eggs! Conner was in charge of 'the golden egg' and he buried it in the ground (NO FAIR!).
We hope everyone had a blessed Easter. Rejoice in the fact EVERY day that Jesus conquered death!
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history