Trying to Find the Ground
I would have liked to title this blog entry something more like “Hitting the Ground Running” or “All the Ducks are in a Row”, but that just wouldn’t be the truth!
The last entry indicated that we were discharged from the NICU and were able to start heading back to Wisconsin with Maddie. Even though we could leave the hospital, we were still required to stay in the state until we were given clearance to come back to Wisconsin. There is a lot of red-tape and bureaucracy that slows down the process. Fortunately we were able to make a connection with some very gracious people at a camp on the edge of the state. We stayed with them for several nights and as soon as we got the OK, we put the pedal to the floor and headed back home.
It was a joyous reunion when the rest of the kids returned from Minnesota on Saturday morning, December 14th. I’m pretty sure they had all grown at least six inches during the three weeks we were gone. It took Andy a few minutes to remember who we were, but once he did, he wouldn’t let us put him down. The other three kids were just thrilled to be back with us. At one point Jack was crying, and said that he was just too happy. As a dad, I’m pretty sure that it solidified the idea in my mind that family is supposed to be TOGETHER.
Now that we are a few weeks out from all the excitement and confusion, April and I are trying to sort out what life is like with 5 kids age 6 and under. It’s a wonderful thing, no doubt. It’s a noisy, crazy, convoluted, exciting, busy thing!
Watching God tenderly guide, provide, protect, and care for us over the past two months has been truly breathtaking. I could list story after story of how things “just came together”... we know those are indications of how much He loves us, not just circumstances. If we’ve ever doubted that He is mighty to provide, this experience of adoption has been a bold reminder that He is strong. The way that He brought in the funds that we needed, right as we needed them is a testimony.
Since returning, we’ve made it to Christmas in Minnesota with the entire Schutt family (man, that’s a lot of people in one house!), Wintertainment (Camp’s weeklong High School camp during Christmas Break - Take a look at some of the media we produced for Wintertainment here and here), and a good visit with April’s parents over New Year’s.
Anyhow, we are back home. It’s good to be together. It’s good to be serving at Camp.
Thank you for your role in our story!
PS: In case we were wondering if God has a sense of humor… Our chocolate lab delivered 10 puppies two days ago! (She was bred before we knew anything about the adoption!)