the waiting room

Ben —  November 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

world-adoption-day-1I know.
Whatever’s on your mind, whoever’s just stumbled upon this collection of published thoughts and realized the 4 month gap between this and the last post, and even longer for anything adoption related.
I know.

There’s something quite unsettling about publishing anything these days. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I do know fear has taken a hold and it is completely unwelcome. So I’ll hit publish now, and think about it later.

Our adoption process is slow. It’s been slow, and long, and unnerving at times but Kim and I hold on to the thought of not worrying about our timeline, but praying to understand His timing. It feels like we’ve gone to the doctor but we got there right when they went to lunch. So we wait, because today was the day we needed to refill our prescriptions. Nothing more, but something crucial. Or maybe I’ll relate it more to waiting at the DMV

…nah, the DMV is much worse. Continue Reading…

Unexpected

Ben —  July 26, 2016 — 1 Comment

I’m about 3 days removed from my 8th trip with globalX, second trip with InsideOut and some of the 429tribe. We wrote sparingly but posted a ton of pictures over on the other blog. One of the guys in our group, and on the trip put an incredible highlight video I want to share.

With 59 total people on the trip, we had to split in half for the work days at the schools, then at night we had to break it up in smaller groups of 8 and 9 people. Each night we met in those small groups to debrief a little and then break up into pairs to share our stories. On the last night, I posed the question: Continue Reading…

A do-si-dossier

Ben —  May 19, 2016

NunesQuestForSixIt was lunch time, and I sat there with a good friend of mine in Cinco ready to order some chips and queso. Kim was with her friends but they had just all left to go back to work.

I know – I get to work with my wife, and she gets to work with her bff’s. We’re living the dream.

I digress.

As Kim’s leaving, she’s probably about 10 seconds out the door when I receive an email, notifying me of one of the largest contributions I have ever seen in my life. Continue Reading…

Home Study – Complete!

Kim —  March 29, 2016 — 1 Comment

I’ve been working on this post for the past few weeks – written, re-written, deleted, stopped, started, all of the above. For some reason I’ve felt like it had to be up-beat and positive. But for me, it just has to be honest. I am so excited to let you all know we have finally finished our home study and have a signed, sealed and delivered OFFICIAL home study. I might frame the cover letter just because it is REALLY good. We worked hard for it and I’m so glad it’s done.

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Now we are on to putting together the dossier. Continue Reading…

Team Orange!

Ben —  February 9, 2016 — Leave a comment

This July, about 50’ish rising seniors plus 7 adult leaders will be heading off to Costa Rica for a short term mission trip, and I will once again be joining them. Last year Kim and I decided it would be best to pull out of the Costa Rica mission trip due to the uncertainty around our adoption process, but since we’re pretty sure we won’t be receiving a referral before the summer, I’ve decided to go with the rising senior group. Also, this year we were able to recruit 11 of the #429tribe members, making this our last summer together before they graduate *sigh* – So yeah, this is something of great significance.

Much like we did a few years ago, we’ve made things a little easier by splitting into small groups, and I think this idea is so great because it allows for such a huge trip with a lot of people become a little more intimate.

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Meet Team Orange!

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