Sorry it has been a while since we posted last. We don't have much of an Isaac update other than Dane's vote for his middle name is Bisaac. Depending on how much sleep I have had, this middle name seems better than some of the others we have thought of!
Well I think the title of this post really captures the last few weeks in general.
We had hoped to get more information about Isaac and his health condition, his birthdate and then when we would be able to get his package off to him, but it seems like things are in a lurch. With the US and Ethiopia in the middle of changing policies, it seems to have put everything on hold. ;( We are Out of Control.
The meeting I attended basically ended up with the result of the process will change on the US side in the next 30 days. I have kept my eyes on the US State Department and USCIS websites and haven't seen anything yet. From what the government officials were saying, the problem with the process seems to be in the order that it happens on the US side. It's kind of complicated (understatement of the year), but what the US wants to do is start their embassy research at the same time Ethiopia does. Right now, (if I understand correctly) the US research starts after the Ethiopian research is done and that means the child falls out of citizenship in Ethiopia, but isn't quite a US Citizen yet, so not having a nationality, it really not a good place to be. This of course requires more coordination with the adoptive parents and adoption agencies, as the US currently doesn't know a child is being adopted by US Citizen(s) until after the Ethiopian government has put their stamp of approval on it.
Short version...It looks like we are going to be guinea pigs. At least on paper. Better than in the laboratory, right? We are completely Out of Control.
On the way for a work trip to Portland, right after all of the news about the traffic control personnel falling asleep, etc., we were on the runway getting ready for take off and all of a sudden, the plane moved extremely fast into a 180 and as we are moving off the runway, we can see a plane land right where we were at...Scary and you guessed it, Out of Control.
My meetings in Portland were extremely stressful and exhausting, I pulled one full overnighter and another almost overnighter, and at the end, it probably wasn't worth the loss of sleep, but again, Out of Control.
Then on the way home, in the Portland airport, I had just passed through security and they had a lock down. Well, I was so tired and for some reason didn't think this security lock down was real or something, so I kept getting my shoes on and my bags together (I know I wasn't doing anything malicious, so they should too, right?). After being pushed down and forced to stop moving around, they gave us our instructions and moved on. The scary part to me about this, is that they have the right to use lethal force if someone refuses to comply. I think I will pay a little more attention and make sure I get at least 4 hours of sleep each night in the future, but again Out of Control.
And the thing that is really blowing my mind is that with Dane, we are ever so careful about who watches him, what he does, his health, how clean his living quarters are, his food (all organic, right?), and with Isaac, we have no control. We are trusting complete strangers to care for his well being, and these strangers may not have access to enough food for him, they may not have the medical equipment or information they need, they may not have the time to care for him, and he may not have the best of everything that we want to give him. We are completely Out of Control.
But the thing is, if I did have control, I am not sure how I would control a situation half the world away, in a language I don't know, in a terrain I don't know. In other words, it's probably best I am not in control. And the thing we are both learning is how much God IS in control. He knows all of the details of how and when, in fact, he knew Isaac was part of our family before he was born. So until such a time as I know everything, I am going to be happy to be Out of Control and trust God to care for little Isaac and to submit my requests for his health and well being through prayer.
Please continue to pray for our little man too!