With Hannah, the waiting lasted 9 long and seemingly eternal months. There was times that my anxiety was so high that I was sure my heart would stop beating due to the tightness of my chest and neck. However, finally the call came and travel plans were made. Then we had to wait 2 of the longest weeks of my life for the date of our departure to Ecuador. We had only seen two picture of Hannah, but we were in love. Our trip to Riobamba, Ecuador was exhausting and a story of its own, and when we pulled inside the gates to our hotel at 7am, we had been traveling non-stop for 30 hours. The taxi driver named Patricio told us that due to arriving so much later than planned, we could get cleaned up and settled in, and he would take us on to the orphanage. We tried to not let our excitement show too much, but our luggage was inside and we were back in the taxi before Patricio had returned from the restroom! (We did look in the shower and decided that we were still cleaner than it was.) The drive to the orphanage seemed forever, but I timed it so I know it was actually 12 minutes....until our wait was over.
With David and Vanessa, the wait was 26 months. Words cannot describe how long those 26 months were! I was determined to follow Philippians 4:6, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I tried and I prayed. I REALLY tried and REALLY prayed, but my anxiousness to have my children with me was reducing my patience with others. Each month our children in the pictures grew. Each year that passed, their need for the loving stability of a family...our family....was more evident.
|Photos of the end of some of our waitings.|
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and without blame
before him in love: --Ephesians 1:4
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious
unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have
mercy upon you: for the LORD [is] a God of judgment: