Hands and house

Hands and house

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Keeping that chin up.....

I just got an email from our agency. They found out that there was a mess up with the US Consulate in processing our paperwork and when they told our agency that it had been processed, it had not. There is a slim chance that China will be able to process our TA this week but most likely not, seems like it would take a miracle for us to travel this week. I do not know when the next group leaves but I do know that this means we will miss Georgia's 2nd birthday, be in China for Parker's 4 th birthday (without him) and that I will miss Ravenna's first day of kindergarten because I will still be in Seattle while Georgia recovers...also that I will most likely be away from the kids for about 3 weeks. I do not know how to walk this road and could use a lot of prayer...

12 comments:

Randy and Staci said...

Shannon,
I am sorry that this is a tough situation, no matter how you look at it. Maybe this is potentially happening to give you time to reflect on how to handle these upcoming events. I am by no means full of wisdom and am not trying to be. How far do you live from Seattle? Just from your writing it seems you have a wonderful family and church with lots of support. Maybe a mom or best friend can stay with Georgia while you take "a day off" for the first day of kindergarten. Birthdays can be celebrated anytime... Maybe this year Parker gets a "pre-birthday" party before China, and a "post-birthday" with Georgia once your family is all together. The events can be just as special, they just have to be different this year. My youngest starts kindergarten on Sept.8 this year, and my oldest starts high school. Days I don't want to miss! The Lord knows your heart, and your travel will happen and your family will be blessed whatever time it takes place! I know it is hard. Trust me on that one! Continually praying for us all! Staci

Jolene and Dan Powell said...

I am so sorry. It sure seems like I'm hearing of more stories of mistakes than people actually getting through this process. Our paperwork actually was mailed from the consulate and then sat in the wrong dept at C2A2 for two weeks. I am so sorry this is happening to you. I am not too happy with my timing either, it could have been a lot better. But God knows the timing. I believe he is lining everything up for our trip. My friend uses the term "deliberate devine delay". Hang in there, and I'll be praying that your situation is worked out soon.

The Richerts said...

Oh Shannon..........I have no words........just an aching heart for you and the knowledge that our Lord will not leave you or forsake you.

Miller Moments said...

Oh Shannon, I'm so sorry! I can't imagine how you are feeling today. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers today.

Wife of the Pres. said...

Shannon, God does not call the equipped but equips those whom He calls. (Mother Theresa)

He will equip you. You don't feel able to walk the road today, but you are walking the steps He has planned for this day, maybe you are just breathing and watching the children. I PROMISE you He will give you the strength you need when you need it, though He made not give it to you UNTIL you need it. You can do this in Christ who alone gives you strength.

Leslie

TanyaLea said...

Oh Shannon~ This is such a difficult situation, I know. I can feel the pain that you wear on your sleeve from here. But I agree with what Staci said...and God does hear your call and cares about the hurt in your heart. Let Him comfort you with his abundant love and grace during this time...and in the meantime, we will continue to lift you up and pray for a MIRACLE! This is what real faith is all about. And remember, that w/out faith, it is impossible to please God...so continue to delight yourself in Him, and I truly believe He will make it happen! Time for some mountain-dissolving prayer time...and never forget how very ABLE our God is!! <><

love ya,
Tanya

Lerah said...

Shannon,

I am so sorry, tears fill my eyes as I think of what you are going through. I have passed your prayer request on to my Bible Study prayer chain, as well as some other friends. Know that you, and baby Georgia, are being lifted before the throne of our Great God and King, who knows EVERY detail and who will NOT be thwarted. Keep clinging, even if that is all you can do. Love, Lerah

The Vinyards said...

Shannon-
I started tearing up before I even finished reading your post. Praying for you girl. Hoping you receive your TA soon.

Jolene and Dan Powell said...

Yes, if TA comes this week, we're flying out the 12th from Sea Tac, assuming we get our CA. That would be awesome to travel with you guys.

Ginny Henderson said...

Shannon I am so sorry. Have you talked to them about letting you go apart from a group like as soon as your TA comes? I have heard that they can do that for special situations and yours sure seems special. Praying for you
G

Anonymous said...

Shannon,
Thank you for keeping us updated on things. I'm so delighted that your lost paperwork was found.. thank you Lord for that miracle! Now I pray that Jesus will sustain you and give you His peace that passes all understanding as you wait anxiously for your sweet baby. Blessings, Amy

Aunt Deb said...

Shannon, Doug, Ravenna and Parker,
Thinking of all of you and wanted to share this little prayer: "Little heartaches, little sorrows, little griefs from day to day...little trials and tribulations--how they throng around our way. But all life is made of small things...little leaves make up the trees...many tiny drops of water, blending, form the mighty seas. Let us not then, by impatience, mar the beauty of the whole but for love of Jesus bear all in the silence of our soul. Asking HIM for grace sufficient to sustain us through each loss--and to treasure each small offering as a splinter from HIS cross."
I LOVE YOU ALL !!!
Aunt Deb

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