Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"YOU HAVE A TRAVEL DATE."  Words I have LONGED to hear since we started this crazy ride!!!  We got a call at 6:04 this morning from our stateside facilitator telling us of our travel date!!  I'm not going to put our dates on our blog, as it is public, but you can email/txt me if you want to know.

Suffice it to say that we will be able to go have our appointment with the DAP in country, then go to Sam's region and meet him just a couple of days afterwards!!  We DO still need prayers for a miracle court date.  We need to be able to have our court date before we have to come home to re-group or it could significantly delay things and possibly cause a 3rd trip.  That's not seeming like a good option at this point (hello????? or at any point hereafter!!!), so please pray with us that we'll have the Lord's hand on ALL these details and that things will go CRAZY fast and flawless as we head over to this place where EVERYTHING is foreign to us and being out of control here only LOOKED like we weren't in control!!  There, we will merely be puppets at the mercy of translators and team members!!!

Ok, so I just had another miracle in our long list of miracles, which have not been plentious lately, but appear to be picking back up today!! (I just realized that this word that I made up a number of years ago "plentious" has become part of my vocabulary, but the rest of the world has not yet caught on, which is why spell check just got me, but I like it, so I'm leaving it!):

We are supposed to take a photo album of some kind with us to have to show the people we will be meeting with then leave with Sam when we have to come home after our first visit.  I have been working on this bugger on Shutterfly off and on for a week.  I was JUST finishing the back cover (which means that everything from the front cover to the back page was done!!!) and tried to import a picture of Sam onto it and the whole dad-gummed thing disappeared.  Well, as any good Shutterbug, I had been saving my project.  But I logged back in and it was NOT THERE.  I wanted to throw up. I began praying and pleading with the Lord to help me find it.  I searched everywhere I could think to search.  I then spotted the customer service number and dialed.  This poor, unsuspecting customer service GENIUS answered the phone and I, with a slightly shaky voice, told him my plight.  He logged into my account and could not find the book. He looked everywhere.  He was VERY sorry.  I was in tears.  He offered me a free book for the inconvenience.  I told him I didn't have time!!!  He continued to look and as we were talking through things and he suddenly suggested that I might have a second account somewhere.  I'm telling you this man is a GENIUS!!!  I quickly gave him the other email address he might find it under and IT WAS THERE!!!!!!  Almost in it's entirety -- just missing the last 2 pages...which I was quickly able to reproduce!!

I told this GENIUS that if I'd been anywhere near him, I'd have given him a full-on-the-mouth kiss, but instead to find the hottest girl he works with and have her do it.  He was so happy that I was so happy.  I am SO grateful to the Lord b/c I believe that HE prompted the GENIUS to think of an additional account b/c I was clearly NOT thinking about that!!!

I'm SO VERY EXCITED to stand back and WATCH the Lord move mountains for us to get to our son.  I know that He OWNS this situation and He keeps proving to me that I, um, well...don't own it.  Glad to be a spectator on this -- it's way too big for me and my feeble brain!!!

More soon, I'm sure!!!


  1. You already know how overjoyed I am for yall and Sam! Cracking up at the conversation between you amd the Shutterfly genius! Lol

  2. Congratulations on an appointment date!! :-D A HUGE relief now that you can be ready to roll. Yay!!

    Plenteous is quite an accepted word (it's just spelled "eous"):

    "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy." Psalm 103:8(NJKV)


  3. Congratulations!

    I'm so excited that you are one step closer to bringing Sam home.

    I can't wait until he finds out that he has a family coming for him. His family!

  4. Congrats!!! I am so happy for you and I'm so glad the book was made!!

  5. Plenteous grace with thee is found,
    grace to cover all my sin;
    let the healing streams abound,
    make and keep me pure within.
    Thou of life the fountain art,
    freely let me take of thee;
    spring thou up within my heart;
    rise to all eternity.

    From one of my favorite hymns: Jesus, Lover of my Soul.

    I've never met you, but I've been following your blog since the Mortons had to give up their pursuit of Sam. I felt like Sam could have been a member of our family since the moment I saw his picture, a few days too late. If I were being scrupulously honest, I'd tell you I'm just a bit jealous, but God's will be done!! As this is CLEARLY his will, I'm rejoicing for Sam and you. Maybe I'll meet him one day.

    If you don't mind sending your travel dates to a total stranger, I'd love to know. I promise I'll pray. My email is cddupee at gmail dot com.