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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Exciting Week

There are all sorts of happenings going on here, in the states.  I repeat here in the states...  No news from Haiti on our paperwork.  So we are still caught up in "red tape".  We are perfectly patient and continue to cry out to God for His timing to be sooner than later.  We did send our I600 forms off yesterday.   We decided if we were in red tape in Haiti we might as well be in red tape in the US too!

Amanda Carlie Colson - Amanda is now a Senior.  She completed and passed all her finals last week! Yeah!!!  She has a phenomenal GPA of 3.87 and even has 3 college credits under her belt.  (That was not even an option 25 years ago!) Amanda has decided to take two classes this summer so her senior year will be dedicated to French II and dual enrollment classes.  Amanda decided to major in pre-medicine and hopes to minor in both music and French.  We  will start visiting colleges in just 2 weeks.  Wow, where has the time gone? We are so proud of her and her accomplishments Figure Skating, Music and school.
Joshua Aaron Colson - We are excited Joshua has his 8th Grade banquet Tuesday night...  Joshua will be a 9th grader as of Tuesday May 24th at noon. WOW!!  Joshua has his track banquet this evening where he and his team mates will be celebrated for breaking the school record in the 4x400 relay, twice.  The second time was on his birthday.  The first beat the record by 11 seconds and then beat their own record by 5!  We are so proud of him!

Today and tonight!! We get to meet Ruth's mom today, YEAH!!!  I am super excited about that!  We will be picking up Laurie at the airport and then heading to the BGM fundraiser.  So excited about this event!!

Dr. Bernard will be speaking at the event as well as one of my favorite artists - Lady Antebellum.  We will be meeting all our fellow adoptive parents, those in the process and those already through.  So many are able to come and it is with such delight we will be able to finally meet.

We are also sending an additional $8,500.00 to the orphanage leaving our balance at $20,500.00 we are a little more than 1/3 of the way there. Thank you to all of you who have donated and continue to support on a monthly basis.  We are also going to have another fund raising event through the 1 Seed Planted organization on June 5th.  Mark your calendars, come out to volunteer or to enjoy the awesome food!  We promise either way you will be blessed!!

We decided on names but aren't sure we really told anyone...

Monique Alana
Junior Emanuel
Frantz Isaiah

Even though we cannot wait to bring our precious Heaven Sent Haitians home we sit today in a peace that surpasses all understanding.  There is no other way to explain how we can just sit and wait.  We are the perfectly impatient family. We are so grateful to serve a God who can give us peace in a situation we have absolutely no control over yet it is a situation that breaks our hearts just as it breaks His.  Stay to true to yourself and who God has called you to be.  He will get you there, wherever and whatever there is.

In Him,
Steve and Melanie

Proverbs 31:8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."
Matthew 18:5 "Whoever receives a child in My name, receives Me." 

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