Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

If you have questions about adoption, our work in South Africa, or spina bifida, please email me at rbmattox@bellsouth.net

Friday, September 28, 2007

Many Prayers On Monday

We're going to be fingerprinted tomorrow, Saturday, morning. We're getting up at 4 a.m. to leave at 5 a.m. to go to Atlanta. We'll do a little shopping after being fingerprinted and come home very exhuasted Saturday night.

Monday's the day to be offering up many prayers. Our agency, along with both senators and our congressman, have requested that our new I797 be mailed Monday, October 1, to ensure we get it in our hands before we leave for China. Pray, pray, pray!!!!

And, tonight's a big football night in Pierce County. I'm going to yell and yell, let out some nervous energy, cheer on Caleb's best friend, Brandon, aka my blonde headed son.
Go Bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Praise and Prayers

Thank you, Jesus, for this trial as we await our fingeprints and our renewed 797.

For, without our TA, we would have not trial.

Thank you, Jesus, for our TA. Thank you that I can cast all my cares on you, for your care for me. Thank you for the peace that passes understanding. Thank you for the body of Christ, the saints who are praying. Thank you for those who have taken time to tell me their stories, the paths around a similar problem.

My Redeemer is Faithful and True!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

We need a miracle.

I'm so tired of Satan. After our record wait for TA and LOA, we're having problems with the ATlanta office of USCIS. Does anyone know how I might call the president?

Short story:Pray the LORD speaks to the heart of someone who has the power to intervene, that the power Chrsit gives us can tear down this stronghold.

Long Story:Our fingerprints expire Oct 1. We applied for re-fingerprinting many weeks ago. We finally received appointment for Septmeber 29, only 10 days before we leave for China. That's cutting it close to be able to process and receive our new 171/797 before travel.
In addition: We did not receive a fingerprint appt for our daughter, Whitney age 19.
OUr agency has called on our behalf. Our senator has called on our behalf. Our congressman has called on our behalf.We are told, the appointments have been scheduled, and the orhpan officer is out of the office this week....so no one else can reschedule them?Well, our appts are later than we need them, and, if they are scheduled, where is Whitney's? No one else can find out if Whitney's were scheduled? Was her appt mailed? Was it lost in the mail?
We've been on the phone and faxing congressman for over a week, talking with them everyday.
We need earlier appts, we need WHitney's appt, and we need our new 797!

Please help us pray. My God parted the Red Sea. Please pray he parts these troubled waters and we cross the other side on dry ground.

Thank you, all of you, for your prayers and support during the long, difficult journey to our precious Ellie!
May God receive all glory and honor!Robbie

Monday, September 17, 2007

TA!!!!!!!!!! TA!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the LORD!!!!!! TA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness, I didn't know how good it was going to feel to post those letters.

Just around lunch time our social worker called. We have TA. We leave on October 9th and return on October 25.

There's been so much to do today. We've been looking at flight schedules/plans/rates. OH my! May our Jesus provide.

Please pray, too, for our fingerprint appointments. Our fingerprints are expiring. We've been waiting on our appt to drive all the way to Atlanta. It finally came today. The appt is for Sep 29, only 10 days before we leave for China......After the appt, though, there must be time for the fingerprints to be processed, a new I797 to be issued and mailed to us. We've been on the phone and faxing congressman. We're praying for an earlier appt this weekend. Not to mention, we didn't receive an appt for Whitney. She has to be fingerprinted, too. We sent the requests for all 3 of us at the same time.

I know old Slew Foot wants my joy! Well, I'm going to sing and shout and praise the LORD!!! Please join me.

We're going to China, we're going to CHina, we're going to China!

Hip, hip, hooray!


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Still Waiting for TA

I have truly been resting in the goodness of God. We still wait for our TA, but I know it can't be much longer. It's been over 3 weeks since our LOA, and most TA's come in 4 weeks or less. Surely, it's coming soon.

I see that many of you are checking, and I can't thank you enough for your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement. Hey, my friend Debbie, thanks for that good old hug in the car line at BES!

We are hopeful for October travel. Others with our agency have been told our TA is expected soon and October travel is likely. It may cost more with holidays and the trade fair in Guangzhou, but we'll trust our MIGHTY GOD to meet our needs! We are ready to get our baby.

Blessings to all of you and goodnight!
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