It has been a while since my last post and there are many reasons for that. For one, my computer has been down and I really didn't want to type a blog post on my phone. Now I am using a tablet though, so it is not much better. Please pardon my typos.
Another reason for the lack of blogging has to do with all the changes my family is experiencing at this time. You see, back in October we were surprised to find out that we are expecting another little Shipp. While this wasn't exactly in our plan and timing, it clearly was in the Lord's plan. We are very excited for this new little bundle of joy and all the changes she will bring. While this is not necessarily a deterrent to adoption at this point, it certainly was something to ponder.
The biggest kink in our plans though is that Andrew has had to go out of state for work. He has always had his hand in many pots of the legal realm, but his biggest contract with the Attorney General's office was not renewed after October 31st. The state/government decided not to keep paying for that position despite the need to get the work done. So after a month of searching and searching, Andrew took a job as a landman in New Mexico. While this once again was not our plan, we are grateful for the Lord's provision. Unfortunately this means that Andrew is away from home for weeks at a time. There is great potential with this job and our initial hope was that this would lead to a landman position in Texas much closer to home. With gas prices as low as they are though, many many landmen and oil field workers are currently without a job. All of this changes things for us.
After much prayer and speaking with our case worker, we have decided that it is best to put things on hold for now. We will still do everything to maintain our license, but we will not be submitting our home study on any more children for the time being. Lord willing, we will be able to go back active as soon as Andrew has stable work back home.
In the mean time we are continuing to find ways to minister and serve those in need. We are constantly praying for the children in foster care, orphans world wide, and those in direct ministry to these children. Our hope is that many more Christians will answer the call to adoption and foster care and that one day soon He will re-open the door for us. Clearly He is in perfect control of our family.
If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask here or send me a message. Thank you for your support and prayers. I hope that soon we will be able to give more updates with pending adoption news.
I am happy to report that Andrew has had the privilege to help in the consummation of several adoptions recently and has a few more coming up. It is such a joy for him to be a part of these special days.