Deep Breaths Today

Today I had to breathe deeply a couple times for 2 very different reasons.

Breath #1 :: I shared my infertility journey with our high school ministry today. This weekend marks 5 years that I've been on staff at Newsong. Hooray!!! As I sat in front of Fusion students today, I realized that many of those students I've been with since I came to Newsong. Emotional moment for me. As I shared my pain over the past couple years, I felt like I was sharing with friends, loved ones, young leaders of this world. It was a beautiful moment for me to share my life - my deepest pain - with the students I've lead for 5 years. A Circle of Life...

Breath #2 :: We finished our dossier paperwork!!!!!!!!! Read that sentence again because it's a big one. It was my goal to complete it by the end of August, and I win! I finished putting everything together & the dossier is over 1 inch thick. That's been my life for the past 3 months. Quite an accomplishment.

So tomorrow the dossier draft heads to our case manager. Once he approves it, we get it authenticated by the state, then authenticated by the U.S, then authenticated by the Ethiopian embassy, then sent back to CWA. After all that authenticating finalizes...our dossier is headed to Ethiopia and we're on the wait list!!!! Of course, our financial balance has to be paid and parent training completed, but I'm sure it will happen. I'm just praying it all happens at once so we don't have to sit on the dossier before we get on the wait list.

Please continue to pray for the 3 grants we are applying for (one grant already denied us because they are only supporting Chicagoland families): Shaohannah's Hope, Lifesong for Orphans, and ABBA's Fund.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, sheโ€™s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.