It seems I've failed in promising to blog more. Things have been so hectic in our lives during the past few weeks.
Our good news is, we've been chosen as sponsored families for Ten For Orphans for the month of September and also for the Hidden Treasures auction for October. I'm praying that these fundraisers will help our efforts. We really need the help at this point. We're sadly underfunded. Anyone who would like to help with the Hidden Treasures auction, please read this post to find out how!!
Another bit of good news is that our dossier is in country! A wonderful mom named Aimee took it with her on her own adoption trip and hand delivered it to our lawyer. Christiana's country had a national holiday in July/August, so the ministry is just getting back to work. Hopefully they'll get to our dossier soon and give us a travel date in October. Although we don't have the funds right now... we're really hoping for a travel date soon. We hope God will keep speeding us along in our adoption the way that he has since the beginning and provide good travel dates and the funds to buy our tickets and pay our fees.
Did any of you see that another orphan from Christiana's orphanage has found a home? "Tommy" has been chosen by Katie's family! I am so happy for them. I can only imagine how he will grow and thrive in such a loving and wonderful family. If you haven't checked out their blog, or don't know who Katie is... you should take a look.
The Musser family has been such an inspiration for me and Susanna has been such a kind, and wonderful friend.
Now for the sad news. Many of you know that my mother has been with hospice for the last 9 months. After healing from NPH (hydrocephalus), she was diagnosed with cancer again. After 7 years, her breast cancer had returned. Unfortunately, it had returned in her spine, chest, brain, and other areas. Due to her age, health, and the placement of the cancer... treatment wasn't an option. For 9 months she enjoyed good spirits and a wonderful life.
But a month ago, she began a sudden decline. She is now very near the end of her journey. It has been so hard to watch her deny her condition and make plans for the future. It has been harder to see the cancer in her brain cause dementia, pain and anger. My mother is one of the sweetest, kindest ladies on earth and seeing her suffer is heartbreaking.
It has been even harder for my father. He's 89 years old and has been married to my mother for 65 years. His greatest fear has always been losing my mother.
So please pray for our family. For my mother, father, and sisters. They all need it so much.