Monday, December 15, 2008

REFERRAL!

When we were least expecting it... the call came. Monday I was praying that God would bring someone to reach out to into our lives that day. We are so blessed and I know that there are so many hurting people, even in our community. In my prayer I added that God would help me recognize this person as sometimes his plans are not ours. I then went to check our messages and had one from our social worker.. odd.. they usually email. When we connected she said that she wanted to see if we wanted a child up to 24 mo or if we really wanted to stay under 12 (we were approved for 0-24 but had preference as 0-12) . Kevin and I had actually recently discussed this and I told her that we were open for up to 24 mo. She said she was just checking and hung up. She then called back 20 min later and had Kevin on the phone. Wow.. we had been waiting 5 mo so we had not even begun to think that we might be getting a call soon. Then things took a different route. She told us about this little guy... found by police, abandoned near a church, they said his birthday was march 27th 2007.. obviously a guess. However, b/c of some concerning info on his Dr. eval she did not want us to see pictures until we had consulted a adoption Dr. This was not really at all what I had expected. Our minds went to worst case scenarios.. the difficulties that could show up from starvation, neglect. We waited anxiously for the report from the Dr (Dr. Keck / Riley) at the same time wondering what we were waiting for, would we actually say no? During the week I can look back and see how Satan loves to work.... messing with communication.. Kevin and I are almost always on the same page but suddenly we were misreading and misunderstanding each other. Fear.. the longer we waited the more I thought about the needs he could have and worried whether we would be able to meet those deep needs. Pride..the kids are so great (so far:)) what if this totally messed up our family. God is so good and the waiting time was not wasted. He clearly spoke to Kevin and I that this is his plan for our family, his grace is sufficient, and all things are for his glory. Finally on Sat Kevin and I were able to talk openly to one another and realized we were on the same page all along. We had received a partial report from the Dr. on Fri. She had some of the same concerns that we did and wanted more info. While we are still getting that info so that we will be better prepared, we called and left a msg that we wanted to move forward with the referral and were dying to see pictures. We received the pics this morning.. amazing! He is beautiful!!! We are praying that God will lead us each step of the way and are so excited.

We have changed our original name plans and decided to chose and Ethiopian name since names are very important in their culture. The name we have chosen for our precious boy is Taye Kevin (Taye meaning --you have been seen).

Wow, what a day :)
laura

15 comments:

Janell said...

Nooo way!!!! I can't believe it. Congratulations!!! Soooo exicted for you. :) So glad you got back into blogging so I can share in your joy. I want to see this little guy!! Love the name. Can't wait to hear more!!!

S & L Gutwein said...

Congratulations!! No wonder, I haven't seen/talked to you in forever!! Can't wait to hear more!

Abby said...

Yeah!!! So thrilled for you guys! Praying for you each step of the way-and welcome back to blogland!
os- and LOVE the name-darling.

Emily said...

Congratulations! I'm so, so happy for you and your family! And just think, Taye will be old enough for BSF soon!

Love,
The Jarvis'

Gretchen Magruder said...

Congratulations!! How wonderful for your family!!

L & J Gutwein said...

Woohoo!!! I cannot wait to see a pic... I like the name! Love, J

L & J Gutwein said...

Oh, I had to add that now Luca has a Gutwein cousin that he may relate to a bit more that is only one month difference in age... pretty unreal huh? Love, J

Alesa said...

Hey Laura! We are so excited for you guys!

Kevin & Laura said...

Jen,
I had not even thought about how close in age the boys are! The kids were debating whether he or "baby luca" was cuter. The fact that Taye is wearing a pink sweatshirt kind of threw them off:)

Minders said...

Congratulations Kevin & Laura! I just saw a comment Janell had made that you had gotten your referral and jumped over here to check it out! We're so happy for you and your little guy! I can't wait to see his picture! I love his name too! :)

Erin said...

Oh you guys...I am so thrilled for you. I wish I could find your phone number!!! So awesome...and I love his name too. Can't wait to watch your journey unfold even more. Will be prayerful too! :)

angie said...

WOW...what a HUGE suprise!! i am so very excited for you all...and i just LOVE the name :)

Luke & Andria said...

Wooooooo! =o) So happy for you guys! Like others have said, the name is so sweet and I hope things move along for you through court...can't wait to see him. =o)

Ann

Daveana said...

I'm so happy for you guys! Can't wait to meet the little guy! I'll be praying for you through the rest of your journey.

God's Blessings and Love
Daveana

Renee said...

Congratulations!!!