Thursday, August 28, 2008

Shoes for Orphan Souls....

Well I'm very excited about this new service project I've taken on on behalf of our Young Adults Ministry at our church. I'm collecting new shoes for orphans at various locations around Aledo. I started small thinking that I'd just involve the church community, and then the organization that this project is through sent me a great "kit" with signs, a DVD, posters, etc. and I started thinking BIG! So I got Brookshires, 2 local schools, and the library to agree to be drop off locations! YEA! Once I pick my exact dates I'm going to send press releases to the local paper and another to the town next to us, and hopefully rouse some interest. Prayerfully, this will be very fruitful and will help orphans both here and abroad! It's super easy and I would recommend it to anyone interested. You can go to to find out more and maybe start up your own shoe drive! This has been a really good way for me to take my mind off of "the wait" for our baby boy.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Feeling down in the dumps.....

Well I have to admit that I'm feeling really down today. I thought for sure when I woke up that there would be some referral action but nothing so far. It's almost September and still no news!!! That just means that we definitly won't be traveling until December :( Also one family that got a referral for a baby girl in July found out that she was taken to the hospital for pneumonia but died overnight. SO SAD! So now I'm trying to get antibiotics together to take to the transition home in the hopes that a tragedy like this may be prevented in the future. Please keep the Joner family in your prayers.
I started fasting last week and plan to continue until we get a referral. I keep having to remind myself that it's nothing compared to the sacrafice that Jesus made for us but it's HARD! I'm committed to doing all that I possibly can to get our baby boy! I'm also starting a shoe drive at our church to save "orphan soles" :) You should be able to read about it on my other blog for Holy Redeemer's young adults ministry
Prayerfully my spirits will be lifted this week with some movement up the boy line.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Some referrals came today!

Well at least 2 different families got referrals today for 2 children each! Great news for our group but it doesn't really help us to move up in line :( I am THRILLED for these families though as they've been waiting longer then us for our referral and any good news is greatly appreciated! Hopefully referral calls will keep rolling in and we'll be one of them!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Monday...

Well so far there's no news of any referrals. It's now 6 months 11 days that we've been waiting for our referral - bummer! We're getting awful close to the 7 month mark. I spent all weekend at a conference for starting up a young adults ministry at our church. I created a blog site and yahoo group for that yesterday so at least I feel like I'm doing something beneficial with my time. The blog is if anyone is interested in checking that out. It's really raw and hopefully at our next "get together" I'll be able to post more photos. The weather is very dreary as is my attitude today :( A bit batch of referrals is just what I need!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Yet ANOTHER weekend to wait...

So obviously no news of referrals or I would have let EVERYONE know. I actually am going to a Catholic conference this weekend so hopefully that will keep my mind off of the wait. YUCK!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

No referrals but some good news...

So like I mentioned above, still no referrals yet this week - BUMMER! But one of the traveling families did say that there will be about 50 kids in the transition home soon and only 25 are spoken for that we know of so hopefully 26 people will be getting referrals w/in the next month or so. So even though I'm still SUPER sad that I may not make it in the August referral group, at least I feel pretty confident to be in the September group. Still praying fervently for August though. Also I got good news today. It's my birthday and my girlfriend Mary Katherine called to tell me that she's PREGNANT!!! YEA! Baby Bertrand number 2 is on the way!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Another weekend to wait...

Well it's Friday afternoon so the chance of there being any referrals this late in the day are VERY slim. Bummer. Also there were 4 families waiting for court today and none of them passed b/c of some reason or another. This was their SEVENTH time going to court. So now they have to wait until October 8th for another chance at passing. :( Please keep them and all waiting families in your prayers. My birthday is next week, YEA!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Donation Day

Well I've spent most of my day off getting all of our donations organized into little "goodie bags". My big order from Oriental Trading came in so I've been having fun imagining the kids faces when they see their little surprises! I can't wait! There was another referral for a sibling group but no new boy referrals :( Knowing we're so close is super exciting but now the anxiety is at an all time high! I just can't wait for OUR phone to ring!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Yea!! I did it!!

Well I FINALLY figured out how to post photos to this blog but I'm doing it at work sooooooo I'm sure my boss isn't too happy about me taking time out to do that. But other GREAT news is that the Juvinall family got a referral for a 2 month old baby girl today!! YEA! They've been waiting over NINE months for their baby girl. Hopefully the referrals will continue to roll on in! I'm going to continue to think that THIS is our month! Stay tuned for lots more photos in the future! Hopefully not too long from now I'll be posting a photo of baby Ezra.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Getting a hang of this!

Well I think my blogging skills are improving, I actually figured out how to add a little tape ticker thingy w/ our time waiting for Ezra! YEA! Last night Michael and I discussed possible middle names for what felt like HOURS, so please so and VOTE for your favorite so we can put the debate to an end! I'll try to get some pictures up as soon as I can figure that part out. I've been dreaming of Africa and baby boys a lot lately so hopefully that's a good sign!

Friday, August 1, 2008

First time blogger

Okay well I have NO idea what I'm doing making this blog so I appologize for the elementary quality. I am determined to figure out how to post photos, etc. Today is August 1st!!! Yea! I am hoping and praying that we get a referral (a match with a child in Ethiopia) this month. Since things seem to be moving more quickly I can only pray that we are one of the lucky August families that will hear good news. :)

On another note, I recently returned from a veterinary conference in New Orleans and let me just say it was good to be home. I'm really encouraged by how good the city looked just since the last time I was there. I was able to see Stephen, Meena, Maile, and my dad which was just great! I have to get back to work but I will try to post regularly and create at least a middle school worthy blog :)