Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Our agency just called.
John has to leave next Friday instead of this Friday.
JJ's provinicial office is now apparently closed all of next week for adoptions.

Beyond upset.
JJ has to wait an entire extra week.
We just lost a tremendous amount of money in airfare.
I have no words.

Tears, tears, tears.


  1. Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time ~Oswald Chambers
    Oswald says it much better than your 1/2 point friend in Texas. Praying for "deliberate confidence" and not too many tears.

  2. My heart just hurts for you! I pray that God will comfort you as you wait and provided for the lost funds from the change in air fares.

  3. Oh my word, I am so sorry Sonia


    Proverbs 21:1, "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases." As you well know, this change of plans on China's side had to be OK-ed with God first. There is a reason.

    Trusting alongside of you in a Sovereign, Good, Caring, and perfectly Loving God.

    I will pray the airlines will be gracious and merciful and allow the tickets to be changed without penalty. Praying right now....

  5. Oh, Sonia...sorry. Love the first comment--faith. There may be many purposes for John and/or JJ to wait a week that we will never know.

  6. I'm so sorry, Sonia. Praying for peace
    and comfort.

  7. Oh sweet, sweet friend, I am so sorry for more waiting . . . for your tears . . . . . for the money lost (although I am confident that the Lord will restore it). Praying for your heart today, and for John's heart, and always for JJ's.

    "For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late." Habakkuk2:3

    Love you,


  8. wow...speechless...hang in there. Praying for you, Lisa M.

  9. Sweetie, His Timing is always Perfect...even when it hurts our hearts. Soon, very soon, you'll be holding your sweet boy. Hugs ~ Jo

  10. Sonia,

    I am so, so sorry.

    I think about what Abraham must have felt as he labored up Mt. Moriah with Isaac before knowing there would be a ram in the thicket or what Joseph must have thought as his own flesh and blood left him to die in the well with all those dreams of his left unfulfilled. What exactly was God doing?

    Right now, His purposes in all this are unclear and the heartbreak and uncertainty are real.

    But He remains sovereign.
    He remains loving.
    He remains wise.

    And He will work ALL things out according to the pleasure and purpose of His will.

    Praying for you as we all watch and wait for His strong arm to be revealed once again.

    Love you friend.

  11. Have you already changed your tickets? I wonder if John would be able to go as planned, with hope that he would be able to spend that extra week visiting JJ? It is cheap to stay and eat in China, would you save money on tickets if he went as scheduled?
    We went 3 weeks in total with the first week visiting our son.

  12. oh i am so sorry, sonia!

    i was just thinking what Krista already wrote about...maybe John could still go and stay really cheap but i don't know if that makes any sense financially.

  13. I'm certain no humanly possible words will console you right now, but may I recommend a Steven Curtis Chapman song? I know this next week may seem more like a month or longer to you, so try taking it 5 minutes at a time:

    "I can reminisce about the already
    I can worry and fret about the not yet
    But when it all comes down I know it really
    Really all comes down to the right now
    So right now

    I'm living the next 5 minutes
    Like these are my last 5 minutes
    'cause I know the next 5 minutes
    May be all I have
    And after the next 5 minutes
    Turn into the last 5 minutes
    I'm taking the next 5 minutes
    And starting all over again
    Starting all over again

    Every moment God is giving is precious
    Every heartbeat every breath I take
    We'll never have them back once they've left us
    There will never be another right now
    So right now

    This is the day this is the hour
    This is the moment the lord has made"

  14. Praying & send a virtual hug. I agree that possibly John can go ahead of time and visit JJ. May God put his hand over your heart & guide you!

  15. Hugs. Praying for you and JJ. Have you called the airline and explained the situation? Some airlines are helpful in certain situations, some aren't. Good luck!

  16. Love you girl and sorry to hear this. I know how disappointing this is but take hope in the fact that God is the God of right on time. Praying that everything gets straightened out with the airlines.

    On another note...we got our Claire at the civil affairs building in Hangzhou! Our kiddos are from the same province it looks like! We found out that Hangzhou is the playground for people of Shanghai. West lake is very pretty.


  17. I am so sorry to hear this. I know there are no words to ease your heart, but please know I'm thinking about you and praying for you guys.

  18. Oh, Sonia, I am so sorry. Feeling your sorrow and frustration right now. Many friends have given you wonderful words of encouragement and good advice. Praying now that He will give you His peace that passes understanding...that it will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.

  19. Sending hugs and lots of love to you my dear! There HAS to be a higher reason for this delay. God is in this and has been all over it. :) He's still there. Hang in there sweetie!!!

  20. Oh Sonia! I am so sorry but His timing is always perfect, even when we can't see it!!! I will be praying! I love the suggestion of going and just staying an extra week. Would that be cheaper than loosing the airfare?

  21. OUCH!!! That hurts to even read!!!

    Sorry friend!

  22. I am so sorry. You have been given so many wonderful responses. Know that I am praying for you and your family also.
    Hugs and prayers. Cindy