Sunday, September 30, 2007

Believe in Top 10 Rankings

So let's take a break from the adoption stagnation to relish in a rare opportunity for me. The last time the Kentucky football team was ranked in the Top 10 was 1977...the same year my parents were married...two years before I was born. This afternoon I find that my Wildcats are ranked #8 in the nation.

Now, to appreciate this, you have to understand the long-suffering life of the UK football fan. The first game I ever listened to on the radio, Florida scored with :28 left to beat the Cats 24-20. (The last time Kentucky beat Florida I was ten.) Amy and I were present at a game where LSU scored with :08 left to win and the next year we watched on TV as LSU scored on a 70-yard hail mary as time expired to win again. The next year we were present again when Kentucky blew a 21-3 Fourth Quarter lead against Florida, who we still have not beaten since I was ten. In college I went in to take a standardized test with UK leading Tennessee 21-0 only to come out an find that we had lost 35-31. (UK hasn't beaten Tennessee since I was five.) I have sworn for years that Commonwealth Stadium is built on an Indian burial ground. In the 1993 Peach Bowl UK's top defensive player made an interception at the goal line to win the game, only to fumble it as he tried to run it back...Clemson scored and we lost 14-13. (Until last year Kentucky hadn't won a bowl game since I was five.)

When Kentucky hired Rich Brooks, I was skeptical, but after a couple of years, even though UK fans were hollering for him to be fired ("Ditch Rich" bumper stickers), I was starting to believe. Then last year we won the Music City Bowl, and now we have won 10 of the last 11, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Georgia and a 4-year losing streak to Louisville in the process. We have a record-breaking Heisman trophy candidate at quarterback in Andre' Woodson. And we're 5-0 and ranked #8 in the nation.

So you can see why I'm taking time to relish in my team's good fortune. However, the season is far from over...we have a murderer's row coming up against South Carolina (Kentucky has never beaten a Spurrier-coached team), LSU (#1 in the nation), and Florida (who we still haven't beaten since I was ten). Then we finish the season with Georgia and Tennessee (who we still haven't beaten since I was five). But this is a year for breaking streaks. And I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Adoption Update: On Hold

So, the word we're getting from Uganda is that things are on hold right now. Basically, it has to do with wording. The Ugandan courts want the adoption orders to read one way, but the U.S. Embassy wants the orders to read another way.

Here is what we have been told: the Ugandan government does want the children to be adopted to the U.S. There are meetings going on between judiciaries, embassies, government ministers, and passport officials, to iron out the differences and come up with a policy concerning adoption rulings.

Here is what you can pray for: pray for the five families (adopting from the same home we are) who are currently waiting - they know their children, have met them, and are unable to bring them home until these things are worked out; pray that the talks among all involved parties will be resolved quickly and efficiently; pray for our son, whoever he may be; pray for patience for the families waiting for their rulings, the families waiting for their court dates, and the families waiting for their referrals (that would be us); pray for all the children who are waiting for homes and loving families, in Uganda and around the world.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Matt in Concert

Matt did his first solo concert on Sunday night at New Hope Community Church in New Washington, Indiana. This little country church is where New Hope International Ministries began, and they have faithfully supported Matt financially and prayerfully while he has worked for NHIM. It was a great time for us as both sets of our parents were able to be there as well. Matt's dad contributed some piano, and the night went really well. Matt was a little nervous (okay, more than a little), but his voice held up and we all made it through. It was especially good for us to be able to thank the congregation in person for all their support. Here's hoping that this is the first of many such opportunities.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Crazy Video

I didn't see anything like this when I was in Africa. This may be the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Stick with it to the end...it's a happy ending I promise.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Ahhh! A Month Between Posts!

Yeah...sooooo...it's been a while. That's primarily because nothing of interest has been happening in our lives other than jumping back into the daily grind of work. Asbury College is back in session, the students are on campus again, and Wilmore is bustling again.

We are excited that Amy's cousin D.J. is a freshman this year at Asbury. We've never had relatives in state other than Matt's parents and sister, so it's fun having other kinfolk around.

Matt is going to be doing his first solo concert next Sunday night at a church in southern Indiana - the church where New Hope International, the ministry he works for, got its start. The church has supported Matt's ministry financially for a couple of years, and we are excited to visit with them and show our appreciation for their support.

No news on the adoption front. We are still waiting to be matched with a child. Sometimes it's hard to remember that we're actually doing this, because there has been so much waiting with no visible result. But God knows better than we do, and we are content.