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January 7th

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 16, 2008 by J-HY

So what is significant about January 7th?  Glad you asked…..

Relevance of this date in history is garnered by the following significant; to somebody I’m sure, events:

  • 1610 – Galileo Galilei observes the four largest moons of Jupiter for the first time. He named them and in turn the four are called the Galilean moons.
  • 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
  • 1785 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon.
  • 1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used.
  • 1894 – W.K. Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
  • 1927 – First transatlantic telephone call – New York City to London.
  • 1948 – Birth of Kenny Loggins, American singer
  • 1953 – President Harry Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb.
  • 1954 – Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • 1957 – Birth of Katie Couric, American television host
  • 1964 – Birth of Nicolas Cage, American actor
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation giving $1.5 billion in loans to bail out the Chrysler Corporation. **Can anyone say deja vu?
  • 1990 – The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public due to safety concerns.
  • 1999 – The impeachment of President Bill Clinton begins.

Relevance of this date could take new meaning in 2009 for us and anyone else swimming upstream through the adoption waters in Haiti.  The adoption law “officially” on the books in Haiti since 1974 says a lot, but this is the most significant for the majority:

  • If married, at least one parent must be 35 years old
  • If married, you must have been married for at least 10 years
  • If married, you may not have any biological children from the current marriage, children from a previous marriage are ok

I say “officially” because this law hasn’t been followed for some time.  There has been a law in the works, let’s call it the unofficial “working” law, for a couple years that basically states this:

  • If married, at least one parent must be 30 years old
  • If married, you must have been married for at least 5 years (some say 10)
  • If married, you may have no more than 2 biological children

Under the “official” law we are NOT eligible to adopt from Haiti, falling short on all accounts.  Under the “working” law we ARE eligible to adopt from Haiti, passing with flying colors.

So what does this have to do with January 7th, 2009?  The word is that come that date; the “official” law will once again be enforced.  The “working” law will not be utilized until such date it becomes the “official” law; should that ever happen.

This is not a post for me to comment about the fairness associated with requirements of the “official” law versus the “working” law.  This is a post for me to call your attention to the situation so you can be PRAYING.  Here is what we, and others (here and here), need you to be specifically praying about:

  • Pray that our paperwork makes it into IBESR (basically Haitian Social Services) BEFORE, state that again, BEFORE, January 7th, 2009.  If this happens, we are being told that we will be grandfathered in by the “working” law.
    • For us this means praying that those petitioning on our behalf in Haiti will be able to navigate the strong current and miraculously defy time requirements to get our paperwork through all the initial, and sometimes lengthy, stages before getting to IBESR
  • Pray that the “working” law becomes the “official” law so that other loving and well suited families like ours will be eligible to adopt orphans from Haiti.

Now, let me say this….laws change all the time in Haiti.  This is the situation as we know it today.  With prayer we are trusting that it will change “tomorrow”.  But have no doubt, whether or not we get in before the 7th, we are going to continue to trust God and move forward anyway we can, under the current restraints of the law, towards our adoption.

So, please join us in prayer.  Pray that our paperwork gets through the system and into IBESR before the 7th. Pray for wisdom and encouragement for all families that don’t make it in.  Pray for the “working” law to become the “official” law.  Pray that our faith would be strengthen as we choose to trust Him! Most importantly, just pray as God leads you…but PRAY!

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The rest of the story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 15, 2008 by J-HY

There is no doubt in our minds that God has led us down this path of adoption from Haiti….NO DOUBT.   He has faithfully affirmed our decision many points along the way.

I have never been one to believe that because God called you to something He will open all the doors, clear out all the obstacles, make every day sunny, put smiles and helpful hearts on everyone you encounter, and generally make the journey a walk in the park.  In fact, when I read the bible, I read stories of great men and women of faith that had to kick open closed doors, blaze trails of great trepidation, overcome obstacles around every corner, and basically risk their lives with each and every step they walked with God.  I absolutely believe that God makes his will known, but we often equate that to a path that is safe and easy.

Guess what, nothing about our journey is safe and easy.  When God told us to adopt from Haiti, it was basically that simple, follow Him on a life changing journey of adoption;  it was a calling to trust Him.  Let me say that I am much better at catching the big vision stuff my God lays before me….the details….I tend to develop those on my on in a way that I think best possible to achieve the end goal.

God’s call: Adopt from Haiti, trust Me.

My details: Adopt 2 children from Haiti.  Siblings.  One girl between the ages of 2-4 years old, weighing approximately 25-35lbs.  One boy between the ages of 0-2 years old, weighing approximately 7-25lbs.  Their names should be Audry and Abraham.  They should refer to me as King Jason and feed me grapes….oh sorry, that was part of the details I made when God told me to get married; I bet you can guess how that worked out for me.

Anyway, you get the idea.  None of those are bad things, actually, they are all great.  Just not exactly as God intended for us; but it does make me think about how many times God has put a calling in front of me, one that I accepted, one that I started walking down the path towards, but one that I didn’t quite achieve according to His original plan because I started filling out the details according to my on ability.  That is another topic for another day I suppose.

All that said to tell you that over the past few weeks God has gently stripped away our details,  showing us some of his and allowing us the opportunity once again to TRUST Him!

Several weeks ago we received our first referral from our orphanage, a two year old girl named Naomie.  We were filled with excitement but within hours we begin to try to figure out how this single referral of a 2 year old girl was going to fit into our plan for 2 children.  We sat on her referral for weeks, praying that God would show us how this was going to fit into our plan.  Begging God to tell us whether or not we should adopt her.

Then about a week and a half ago we got a call from our adoption counselor letting us know the word on the street in Haiti is that starting January 7th, 2009 adoption laws on the books from 1974 were going to be enforced.  The summary of that law is this: married couples wanting to adopt must both be 35 years of age, married for 10 years, and have no biological children.  One, Two, Three strikes….we’re out.

Everything was immediately called into question; well almost everything.  We never questioned whether or not we were supposed to be adopting from Haiti.  That’s the funny thing…that would be the logical question to ask but never for one minute did we question God’s calling.  We just questioned the DETAILS….and what we heard was our details were good but they weren’t PERFECT!  And God’s plan is perfect.

So after a lot of questioning and a lot of prayers we decided to forgo our details and accept His in order to continue in this journey of faith.  With that, with great joy we accepted Naomi’s referral.  As to how, or even if, our family will get from four 2 six….we will trust God and watch that unfold with everyone else.  The one thing we know for sure is there will definitely be MORE in store for us in the journey of faith.  There will without a doubt be more crossroads, more bends in the river, more opportunities for us to make it about us or about Him; all chances for God to be first and us to be second.

four (5) six….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 13, 2008 by J-HY

In preschool we learned you can’t get from four to six without first going through five.  So it is with our family….introducing number 5!

Naomi Hyatt

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Born into this world on October 26, 2006

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Accepted into our family on December 4, 2008

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The rest of the story soon to come…..

Ricky Bobby was wrong….

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 by J-HY

….when he said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

If you have never seen Talledaga Nights then that makes no sense. And yes, I realize admitting that I saw it probably dropped me a few places on your respected list…but come on, are you really surprised?

A friend shared this website with me today. It is worth your time to check out a few of the videos.

http://www.iamsecond.com/

No Ricky, you are wrong…..”If you ain’t SECOND, you’re last.”

Stuff

Posted in Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 by J-HY

Here are a few things that have been happening around here. Mainly just trying to give you something because I checked our site traffic stats tonight and about 4 people have checked our blog in the past week!

– Claire turned 6 a couple of weeks ago…she had a final final final birthday party this past Friday. The original plan was not to have a big birthday party this year that cost a lot of money….somehow that morphed into like 4 different small birthday parties that each cost just a small amount of money. Don’t ask me if we ended up saving money. Anyway, the big event was getting her ears pierced.

– We have been encouraged by our friends interest in our adoption.  We value every prayer lifted up on our behalf during this process.

– I was brought to the very feet of Jesus during a “church” service Saturday night. As I was trying to soak up the presence of my God as He filled the room, I almost forgot I was inside the razor wire walls of a prison. With raised hands, I joined men incarcerated for crimes here on earth, as we all cried out for mercy and grace for crimes committed at birth.

– Random fact about me…..I have serious sleeping issues; probably from the past 6 years of spending 150+ nights a year in hotels. Even under the influence of sleeping aids, conditions have to be just right for me to sleep well. Conditions I consider NOT just right…..complete silence, noisy environments, rattling fans, clocks ticking, hard beds, not enough pillows….the list goes on and on.

– We hope there will be more adoption updates soon. There is actually a lot of stuff going on just not a lot we can share with everyone right now. What we would cherish right now from you is your prayers. We have some BIG decisions to make and they are proving much more difficult than we ever expected. Hearing a definitive answer from God is imperative.

– I have had a blog on my mind lately about the right of Christians around the world to have the Freedom to Fast. I have been trying to incorporate this activity into my christian walk lately and have been thinking about how I don’t exercise this foundational christian discipline nearly enough. More so, I have been thinking about the fact that Christians all over this world have had this God given gift stripped from them by poverty. I have been hurting for my christian brothers and sisters all around this world knowing that they might never get the chance to deny their bodies food for the sake of hearing from their Lord because we (other Christians) have chosen to fill our trash cans rather than their stomachs. If I can pull together my thoughts on this subject I will try to assimilate a blog out of it if you are interested.