Even though our bags are packed and ready to be placed in the car, this just doesn't seem real. Even though I have our passports and plane tickets sitting by my side, this just doesn't seem real.
Even though everything on my four page "to do" list has been crossed off, this just doesn't seem real. Even though our bank account has been drained, this just doesn't seem real. Even though we have known this day was coming for months now, even though I have been praying for this day for years, I feel like any minute now I am going to wake up and this will have all been a dream. (Similar to the one I had two nights ago, when I dreamed I gave birth to a kangaroo.)
Am I really leaving for Africa today? Will I really be holding William and Melissa in my arms in less than 48 hours?
"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:3
The Lord has indeed done great things for us. First and foremost in our salvation. The fact that I am a child of The Most High, is humbling and breathtaking to me. If He had stopped blessing me there, it truly would have been enough. He has poured out mercy and grace upon our family in rich abundance. To think He is giving this opportunity of adoption as well is unimaginable. Less than seven months ago we had no idea where this would take us, and no way to carry it out. Just a small grain of faith, that our God was indeed big enough to do the impossible. He has. Of course He always has, and He always will, He is God. There have been so many steps of faith along the way, and He has granted both the faith and the grace to keep us moving forward. He has made straight our paths, and opened closed doors. He has provided us with a literal community of people praying for and supporting us.
To those of you (you know who you are:) I love dearly, and have stood by us for years now. Your prayers, coupled with the grace of God (what a mystery that is) is what brought us here. Your friendship, love, encouragement, and the way you always point me back to the Savior, mean the world to me. Thank you.
To my wonderful children, I love you so much. I thank God everyday that He chose to bless me with the three of you. Each of you, made in the image of God, formed to bring Him glory, placed in our lives to love and train. WOW! Thank you so much for the sacrifices you have made over the last 6 months. You have given much of your time so I could "paper chase" and research. You have given up material goods so that you could have a new brother and sister. I know this whole process has been just as crazy for all of you. Thank you for enduring with joy. I praise our Lord and Savior who has done, and will continue to do a great work in you. I see the evidences of Grace in all of your lives each day. I look forward to watching you grow in the love and faith, of Him who adopted you. It won't be long now, and all those prayers you have prayed for siblings, will be answered. Not just in pictures, but with two sweet smiling faces, ready to join your world. I know they are going to love, how could they not?
We leave at 8:00 tonight and will arrive in Uganda on Friday (Thursday night here) Please continue to be faithful in your prayers for us all.
- For safe travel
- For Kaleb, Noah, and Grace here at home
- For our court date June 2
- For quick and accurate court rulings
- For quick and accurate passports
- For a quick turn around of visas
- For favor with all the governing officials who will handle our case
- For the health of us as well as all the children
- For quick bonding between us
- Pray everything is done, so we can return as scheduled with William and Melissa
- Pray for those running our business while we are away
I'm outta here.