Friday, October 27, 2006

God At Work

I would be remiss not to share this - with those that pray for us - and for those that may follow our adoption journey #2!! As many of you know - we've been praying about this whole fingerprinting thing - lost papers for almost three months - an appointment that they tried to reschedule and we begged them not to, etc., etc. Well - when we went for our appointment we shared with the fingerprinting lady that if we could get these prints and I171H back in a week we may still qualify for a grant we had applied for - after that, they would basically scratch our family since we had waited so long on the fingerprints and then give the grant money out to other families waiting in line - (don't get me wrong, we totally understood why the grant group would have to do this - they had waited on us for quite some time) but we explained this to her and asked how long she thought it might take (mind you, this time frame gave them basically one day less than a week to process us). She said she wasn't sure - SO we left there and started praying. We just prayed that God would expedite everything so that this might be possible for us to still get our paperwork in for this grant. The following morning after our fingerprints - I emailed the Des Moines headquarters for fingerprinting and just asked that if our papers would come back from Sioux Falls by that following Tuesday, could she email me and let me know so I could run to our agency and get a copy for this grant meeting?? Des Moines emailed me back almost immediately and said that we had been cleared and our I171H was faxed to Bethany that same day. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING - only those who have gone through an adoption would understand that NEVER, NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS would you get clearance and your I171H processed OVERNIGHT - It could only be God!! I had talked with others that said it would be more like 2-3 weeks to get that paper. Wow God - you did it again and we praise you for that!! SO - we still don't know if we got the grant or not, but we have the paper we need AND it was the last step in our Dossier prep. so now we are basically ready to send it all to Bethany in Grand Rapids and from there it heads to China!! A little longer than I had thought it would take, but God still amazes me again and again and shows me His plan and how He is listening when we pray. We stand in amazement - this is so good for our boys too - they had been praying with us for this paper and when I showed it to them today they were so surprised - it's a good lesson - NEVER be surprised at God!!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so glad to hear this!!!


Joannah said...

Yeah, God!!!

Anonymous said...

Becky (in case you don't see my follow-up reply to your comment on my blog):

Rhonda Vincent is a very prominent professional bluegrass singer and mandolin picker who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry numerous times. Bluegrass doesn't really get any commercial airplay on the radio so folks who aren't already bluegrass fans, aren't likely to know her. A few bluegrassers have crossed over somewhat into the country music arena (like Alison Kraus & Union Station) and still remained mostly bluegrass...but that is a rarity. Most of the bluegrassers who cross over just become country performers and leave their bluegrass roots behind in order to be more Ricky Skaggs (who has since returned to his roots), Vince Gill, Chris Hillman (founding member of the Byrds), Marty Stewart, Joe Diffy, etc.

Jerry Garcia dabbled in bluegrass. (Two of the Dixie Chics started out in bluegrass--in fact, my husband has home video footage of Rhonda Vincent singing with those two long before they ever became well known or had recording contracts. We liked their singing before we were disappointed by their politics and their behavior.)

People you have probably heard of who are fans of bluegrass themselves are Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Martin (he's an excellent banjo picker), Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley was a fan of Bill Monroe's music (Bill being the "Father of Bluegrass"), etc.

You may have heard songs by "Nickel Creek" on the radio. They began (while still children) as hard-core bluegrassers, but they have gotten way off the path of bluegrass in recent years.

As far as Rhonda Vincent goes...she grew up performing in a family bluegrass group called "The Sally Mountain Show" which was very well known regionally. They were based out of Kirksville, Missouri. Rhonda records on the Rounder label these days.

Verna said...

Wow Becky, overnight i171!!! God is so good!!

Stefanie said...

I am so happy for you! God does work in mysterious ways! :) Can't wait for the big DTC announcement!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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