Thursday, May 27, 2010

Good News and Bad News
Today we got a tentative embassy date…… July 1! The good news: we have a tentative embassy date. The bad news: I will likely NOT get to travel with JT to pick up Tedi. I start my pediatric residency on July 1, of course. Plus, I have orientation the week and a half before I start. It is very very difficult to ask off during this time in a residency. I told the chief resident my “tentative” travel dates (June 26-July 4) today but have yet to hear anything. Again I do not expect to travel but I am praying to get some time off in the end of July/beginning of August.

The irony in this situation…. when we did our Target registry on Sunday, it asked for a “DELIVERY DATE” for the child. Guess what date I chose…. JULY 4th. Guess what date JT will probably bring Tedi home….. JULY 4th. God has a very sense of humor. I wish I could say I was taking this like a seasoned champ, but it really has hit me harder than I anticipated. Throughout the day today, tears were looming behind my eyes. Thankfully, I have understanding co-workers and there were not many patients. As the day has progressed, I have had several uplifting conversations that have put me at ease….as well as trying to re-focus in prayer.

What peace have I reached? God has called me to be both a Doctor, a doctor for children nonetheless, and an adoptive mother…..He would not bring me this far in both journeys to not have a plan for me in this detail of my life. I am clinging to this and praying for continued peace so that I can experience all the joy with getting Tedi home. I have been reading “The Mom I Want to Be” by T. Suzanne Eller, and in the book, there was a Bible verse in a translation I had never read. Because of my nature to worry about the details in my life, it really hit home. (I know it is not a traditional translation but sometimes we need a break from the routine to really get to us….)

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces the worry at the center of your life” Philippians 4:6-7


Tomorrow is my last day of work in Somerset. This is very bittersweet as I ecstatic to move but will truly miss the people I work with. Despite the drama that occurs in an office of mainly women, I have come to love each person I work with…. But after a day of goodbyes, we have so much to do….

Friday: I leave work and head to Louisville to drop off my car.

Saturday: 7am drive back to Somerset and pick up the moving truck
10:30/11am load the moving truck
3:30p meet another adoptive family at my dad's boat dock
6p Egyptian wedding reception for my boss’s son

Sunday: 8am leave for Louisville with the moving truck
1-2p lunch at Sake Blue with Jacqueline
Sometime in the after: load the items at JT’s parents and buy Tedi a mattress
6:30p Walk through at our new place
7:30-8:00 Start Moving in !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am tired just typing it but so excited for it to happen. I will take lots of pictures to post on here!
But that little guy below makes this all worth it....


  1. Yay, Tedi's coming home soon!
    Hugs, I wish it could be sooner. But he'll be in your arms in no time!

  2. cynthia lewellenJune 2, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Oh Natalie!! I have not checked in for so, so long - but WOW!! It's here - and how exciting. Please know that I will sure be praying for you during these days with reality of not getting to go get that little fella - (yet who knows what GOD CAN DO!!!) but boy what excitement will be in your heart - as you wait at that airport to see him face to face!!! I am so happy for all 3 of you!!