Thursday, April 12, 2007
Well, Russ left yesterday morning. I've gotten a few emails saying things like, "how are you now that Russ is gone?" or "I prayed for you all day, knowing Russ was leaving." So, how am I? Well, frankly, it sucks that he left. However, one thing I've learned in being the only care-giver to my child is that a cranky mom creates a cranky baby. So, my choices are to wallow in my self-pity and deal w/ Senor Fussypants or take on a new perspective. So, here's the new perspective: I'm over-the-top blessed. How freaking great is my husband? How amazing was it that he got to come down here for another week? How awesome was it for he and for Eliot? I'm (we're) so blessed! Am I tempted to get caught up in the self-pity, absolutely. That's where I realize that all those prayers, the ones I know about and the ones that are kept private, have come into play. A couple people have mentioned, whether they were supposed to or not, that they have a "shift" covered of when to pray for me. Apparently there was a sign-up sheet of some sort passed around by a certain Marge Marge asking people to take shifts of each day to commit to pray for us. Some people are even committed to fasting! What an amazing cloud of blessings surrounding us each day! We are being prayed for around the clock, day in and day out. On top of that miracle, I keep getting random emails that all start the same, "you don't know me but ___ has been keeping me updated on what's going on and I just wanted you to know that I've been praying for you and so has my..." It really hasn't stopped flowing! I can honestly say I've NEVER been lifted in prayer this much ever before.
Some Eliot updates: During the week that Russ was here, Eliot made some great strides. He seemed to develop a little bit more each day. He learned to high-five, how to say "yep" and nod his head yes, how to pull himself up all by himself, and he even finally cut his first tooth. While these may seem small and non-monumental to you, they're a big deal for a little guy who hasn't really been doing anything new in weeks. It just makes me wonder how fast he'll develop once we're together all as a family for real, not just visits. I think that's why he won't crawl, he's protesting until we're a family unit!
Some Case Updates: We're now at the 6 week mark of being back in PGN. Most cases get approved w/in 6-8 weeks of being back in, so we could hear any day now. They're a little behind because of Holy Week, but it's getting close. Once we get that approval, Eliot is ours as far as Guatemala is concerned. After that, it's just a matter of weeks while we take care of all the immigration stuff for the US Embassy in order to bring him home w/ out climbing a wall from Mexico.
Sorry if this ended up being on the heavy side of "God is so good", I kinda can't help it.