Tuesday, July 23, 2013

5 months later: While I'm Waiting

  Our family has had lots of excitement this month.  We just returned last night from a 4 day trip to St. Louis, MO and Holland, MI.  It was amazing to see Anna Faith on her first road trip behave with the patience of Job.  She never cried, only whimpered when it was near midnight and she wanted a bed since we were late getting to our destination.  To hear her singing to herself and teaching herself her ABC's and numbers with a toy was precious.  She took in every sight with amazement as we walked along the Mississippi River, went up the Gateway Arch of St. Louis and looked down 600 feet, watched huge windmills in Illinois to Dutch Dancers at Dutch Village in Holland, Michigan where I was born, and practiced climbing stairs for 30 minutes at her great aunt and uncles house at midnight because they were so much fun.  She danced to educational exhibits at the St. Louis Science Center and stared at a realistic T-Rex that was mechanically moving.  She napped without protest on a blanket on the floor in strange homes when told to. With a room full of extended family she played comfortably as if loud, crowded spaces didn't bother her at all anymore.  What a transformation our daughter has undergone in such a short time!
With her Great Grandpa Breuker
With her Great Grandma VanKampen


On the swings at Dutch Village

loving on bunnies 
On the Mississippi River in St. Louis
Looking down from the St. Louis Arch


Fun in bubbles!

Seeing her first 4th of July fireworks

She has learned what beaters are for!



First day to try out a bow in her growing hair

4th of July with her brothers
playing in a big playground with friends

With her Great Grandma Breuker.  She slept in her lap.
Sleeping happily on her first road trip





The next few weeks are those of waiting.  While we wait for her first surgery, we have so much going on.  Her social worker comes for a second post adoption visit tomorrow.  Her brother is having a big sleepover for his birthday this weekend.  We will have a house filled with as many as 10 noisy little boys!   In two weeks her grandparents will be coming to visit us, and shortly after they leave, we will be celebrating her 2nd birthday, reception style at our church.  We are so excited about this special time, because not only will we celebrate her 1st AND 2nd birthday, we will celebrate the gift of adoption.  In honor of our daughter, we are asking our guests who would want to give her a gift to instead give a gift in her honor to Show Hope, an organization that aids families who need financial assistance with adoption fees, helps orphans get life saving surgeries while waiting to be adopted, and gives assistance to orphanages to bless children waiting for their forever families.  What a joy it will be to share with Anna Faith when she is older that children around the world and their families were blessed because of the celebration of her life! 

 Here is a link to her page on Show Hope: http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/TR/Events/ShowHopeRe-Brandw;jsessionid=069CD86B64FF3E89BA903443FFE99971.app273b?pg=fund&fr_id=1020&pxfid=2810

Anna Faith's first of at least 4 surgeries will be in just 19 days.  It is hard to imagine her with about a foot of stitches across her little head with drains and dressings all over them.  I can't imagine how hard it will be to watch her be wheeled away to an OR knowing I can't be there to hold her hand.  I don't know how I will react when she wakes up and cries because she is in pain or discomfort and doesn't understand why.  
This song was sung at a church service we attended this past Sunday, the first church I attended as a baby before our family moved south.  There has been so much waiting in my life.  We all have seasons of our life when we wait for a change, an answer, a person, an opportunity, a cure, a blessing.  Waiting is a time when God can become more real to us than any other time in our lives, because we are desperate for His timing to come to fruition and for our waiting to be over.  I hope these lyrics will minister to you like they have for me.  May we worship, serve, and soar with wings like eagles as we wait on the Lord.




I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I'm waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race even while I wait

I'm waiting, I'm waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I'm waiting on You Lord
Though it's not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint
I'll be running the race even while I wait

I will move ahead bold and confident
I'll be taking every step in obedience, yeah

While I'm waiting I will serve You
While I'm waiting I will worship
While I'm waiting I will not faint

And I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You Lord

I will be posting frequently around the time of Anna Faith's surgery on August 12th to help others going through similar situations know what to expect and help keep in touch about how you can be praying for her and our family during this experience.