Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Insomnia, anxiety, and learning to trust in God's plan...

"On August 26, 2011, the Council on Accreditation temporarily suspended the accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc. for failing to maintain substantial compliance with the Hague accreditation standards. This agency operates in Ecuador. During this suspension, Joshua Tree Adoptions, Inc. must cease to provide all adoption services in connection with cases covered under the Hague Convention. If you have an open case with this agency, please contact the adoption service provider directly to find out how this will affect your case. This suspension does not prohibit the adoption service provider from providing adoption services in connection with cases involving non-Hague countries.
The suspension will begin on August 27, 2011 and conclude when the accrediting entity has determined that the adoption service provider has completed the necessary corrective actions. Updated information will be provided on the website."

This is the notice that is on the adoption government website...our agency had sent us a letter last Sunday night explaining the situation....since this suspension is here in the states and is separate from the government in Ecuador, our agency isn't really clear on how exactly things are going to transpire in the coming weeks....and that leaves this momma unsettled....very unsettled. =(

God is in this. God is in this. God is in this. He can do all things. We will get Sister home.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Phillipeans 4:6-7

According to our agency, a minor complaint was filed in 201 that caused the accreditation agency to look closed at all policies, procedures, and programs that Joshua Tree offers. Joshua Tree got the necessary documents to them and the complaint was resolved. However, since it cause the accreditation people to look very closely at all of Joshua Tree's policies and procedures, they have been asked to make some very specific changes to these policies and procedures, and then submit that to the accreditation until these new policies and procedures are approved and in place....everything is on hold....sigh....

I've been starting to deal with some insomnia...waking up in the night and can't fall back asleep and then the anxiety is causing some ugly traits to come out, specifically at my hubby...not cool....the devil is trying to work on both Zac and I...but he's not going to win this. God Is. He Will. He Can.

We are USCIS approved and are to be getting our "official referral" of Sister on Sept. 15th. There are also three other families that are to be getting their "official referral" in a different city in Ecuador this Thursday. Would you please join me in prayer this Thursday and next Thursday as we wait and see how this lovely story is going to play out?

"Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; He won't leave you" Deut. 31:6

We will get Sister home....not on my own timing, but God' matter when that is, we will be thankful. So. very. THANKFUL.


  1. I love your timeline on the left hand. Continuing to pray. Having "been there done that". I know.... Please dont let it all consume you. Your relationships. I KNOW its hard but do your best to reach out and live in the now......

  2. Hi Erin-

    My mother-in-law sent me the link to your story! My sister ( has a 7 month old that had a complete AV canal. I am so happy that you decided to adopt a child from Reese's Rainbow. I will be blogging and facebooking about you to help you build funds and passing your name on to a girl that really advocates for RR. Good Luck and God bless you in this venture. You are changing lives!

    Abbie Ballard

  3. I am Abbie and Annie's mom. I am praying for you and will facebook and donate. God has a plan and I know it is good. xo