Friday, July 09, 2010


I need reminders as to why I am working. And sometimes, I look at my kids, and realize that they are the reason. It's not money, it's not 'glory', it's not even self-fulfillment (though I do receive some self-fulfillment even if I get no money or glory LOL). It is, most definitely, because of the knowledge that kids like Emma and Micah are coming home to families.

And nights like tonight when I'm tired and it's been a week full of unimaginable issues with paperwork and different families with difficulties that I've had to step in on more than normal, I sometimes need the reminder.

But then, getting on to a blog or facebook or another avenue where people openly vent their frustrations with different areas of their own lives including their perceived status of our available help... it can knock a person right back to the "why do I do this?" question pretty quickly.

I think, more than anything else, that if you are going to serve in ministry, if you are going to help people who aren't going to necessarily like everything that you have to say (such as when their documents are wrong... again...), or if you are going to openly share about your life, family, or beliefs... that you have to know that you know that you know that you are following Christ first and that no one's opinion of you or your activities or family can be more important than that. Otherwise, it could be downright discouraging sometimes.

PS- a Patrick update- he's doing great, is a sweetheart, and we're enjoying him! He had several 'potty accidents' overnight for a few nights but tonight successfully deposited it in the proper porcelain commode, so I am hopeful that he's now adjusted a little more and is settling in! He's also sharing his "true colors" and is trying new tactics with us and in trying to find ways to make trouble. It's almost like he's just a typical 6 yr old boy. Oh, wait, he IS! :) His family is doing well, and you can read an update at if you'd like to follow their journey!


  1. When I got the email with all the check-lists tonight, I thought it was extremely helpful!! I love it and appreciate all that you put into it. It is so helpful to know exactly what to look for. Of course it's no fun to fine-tooth comb everything, but I am so thankful that everything will hopefully be "perfect" before sending our dossier. You and everyone at RR are so very appreciated and I am so thankful for all that you guys have done to help us on our journey to bring Darya home!

  2. We are thankful for you Meredith! You've helped many families and many, many children. Thank you.

  3. It's a hard job. Sometimes it's a thankless job. In the end, most times it's a rewarding job. Hang in there.

    Man I remember the time something went wrong in country on our Ethiopian adoption. The weekly update calls from our agency would be people's venue for venting. They were so rude. I almost could not stand being on those calls. In the end, it all worked out and everyone got to ET and rec'd placement on their child. And in the end, that's all anyone wanted. (the agency, the social workers, the PAPS) BUT the in between is sometimes not so pretty. Peoples emotions rule them and sometimes they lose sight of the big picture.

    You guys do a great job. Keep up the good work!


  4. Meredith,
    Now that I am on the "other side" of the rainbow with my precious little ones home in my arms all I can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I know it isn't fun to deliver news that someone doesn't want to hear, but I so appreciate all that you did to get Luke and Irina home! They were worth all the work, frustration, and delays! I wish you were here so we could all give you hugs:)

  5. You are awesome Meredith. I have appreciated all that you have done for us over the last 7 months. This ministry has grown so fast that I'm sure it takes your breath away!! When we get through the next 7 weeks and get Aaron home I honestly hope I can help more!