Monday, August 27, 2012

Joy in the midst of grief

102 years ago, my sweet Grandma came into this world and never failed to bless every person that crossed her path.  This morning, she went to be with Jesus. She was escorted into heaven with beautiful singing from all of her children. 
Through my tears, I realized that there is nothing more beautiful than celebrating her and the legacy that she left behind for her entire family. She was widowed young and yet still managed to send all 7 of her children to college.  Her love and kindness towards people was a gift. Grandma was determined to live a life that was devoted and committed to God, her family and others. I want to follow after her example.  She was a woman that lived joyfully, never complained and was always the first to consider others before herself. 

I wish she would have been able to meet her 4 great grandchildren from Ghana, but I know she would be proud that during her last days on the hospital bed, our children's I-600s and visas were approved!!

Our children are FINALLY coming home!!

The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for our family.  From receiving the dreaded news of Grandma's massive stroke to celebrating our I-600 approvals and visas.  Nothing could be more emotional than grieving a loss of a loved one and celebrating the birth of 4 children.  As sad and excited as I am, my head hurts just trying to make sense of it all.

At the end of the day, all I can say is "God is good." 
Grandma is with Jesus now, rejoicing and celebrating on our behalf.  As much as I miss her tremendously, I know she wouldn't want me to cry too much.  Like her, she would want me to live joyfully and love well. 

We are thrilled that our children will finally be coming home.  Although some may say the adoption journey just begins when your children come home.... I tend to differ.  Ours began already. We have finally finished off one rough and challenging chapter and we are now embracing a new chapter in our adoption journey.

Psalm 30:11
 "For you turned my griefs into joy; you took off my sackcloth and you clothed me with joy!


  1. Praise the Lord for the soon to be arrival of your 4 children!

    And Praise the Lord your grandmother has gone to be with Jesus. I pray for your family's comfort.

  2. So happy to hear the news that your children are finally coming home. I have been watching your blog for a while now. Praise God for the love and life of your beautiful Grandma ... I miss my Grandma every day, but look forward to meeting her again in heaven one day. I look forward to seeing photos of your whole family home soon xx
    Michelle in Australia

  3. Thanks for sharing so beautifully about the strong Godly woman your Grandmother was...and is, in the presence of Jesus. God allowed her 102 years on this earth!! Amazing! The stories she was able to share must have been dear to your memories.
    Congratulations on the news of your pending travel!! Can't wait to follow the journey

  4. I'm so sorry about the loss of your grandma, but I'm sure there is a joyous reunion going on in Heaven now for all those she loved who went before her. Congratulations on your I600's. I can't wait until you land on US soil with your children.

  5. Christine ~ I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and WAITING to see this update. You have people in Florida who believe in you, in your family of 8 and in Christ in YOU, the Hope of Glory and watch to see your family ALL on US soil...hopefully without insulting US officers (sheesh). May Jesus steady your heart, friend. xxoo Esty Downes

  6. I am so sorry at the loss of your Grandmother, she sounded like a awesome worrior for Jesus......I miss my Grandma as losing her 5 years ago, she was my rock, always told it how it was and was always their for me........

    BUT I have to say that I am doing a Aussie Happy Dance over the news that your new Children are FINALLY comming home, PLEASE know your have people all over the world rejoicing at this news. Much love for all of our family, WILL be holding out breath here though till they are home on US soil ;o)

  7. I believe the welcome home that you are planning for your children is going to be only a small picture of the welcome home that your dear grandmother is experiencing right now. WOW! I can't wait for the welcome home when we reach eternity, and I also can't wait for the welcome home for your little ones that you have waited so long for!!! It will be a JOY like heaven is feeling now. Love, Tabitha

  8. So sorry to hear about your Grandma. Praying. Hope she gets to meet my Grandma. Praying. Now OH YIPPEE JESUS YOUR KIDS ARE COMING HOME!!!! God is so faithful! Janet

  9. Christine,
    Your grandmother will be interceding for you and celebrating your children's homecoming. Thank you for sharing your heart, and how you lean on God through every step of this very arduous adoption journey. Your honesty, humility, and prayerful heart is a blessing. Praying for your kids here, and the children to come to complete your family as God had planned.

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  11. So so so sooooo happy to hear this!

  12. So sorry to hear of the loss of a warrior of Christ.......there are no words that can help, but praying....

    So thrilled that you get to bring your children HOME SOON!!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!! VERY VERY EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Grandmother! What a wonderful life she had and now to be dancing with Jesus is just as awesome! Our God is good and he is all the time. He has blessed you so.

    And on a happier note: WOO HOO!! I'm so very excited for you - Praise God that your babies are COMING HOME!!!

  14. I'm really sorry for the loss of your Grandmother. Im sure in many ways you take after her and she was,is and will be so proud of you and your family.
    And I'm definitely rejoicing thru tears on the news of your children. The battle was intense, the road hard but you and your family did good. SO GOOD. Your light shone so bright in the darkest days and I just wish I would be like you when I grow up. Much prayer and love from a bloggy an international bloggy reader in Dayton

  15. I'm very sorry to hear about your grandmother. My grandmother died 2 days earlier on the 25th of Aug and she is sorely missed as well. But I'm so happy to hear about the children. I've been checking your blog regularly hoping to see the 'welcome home' post... in the meantime the children are in my prayers that they are safe and being loved/cared for until you can be together forever.

  16. Hi My name is Jenna
    Your kids are handsome prince’s, cute blessings, special earthly angels, and precious gifts and miracles. I wish you and all your kids the best. Congrats on adding to more precious little ones to your family. I know your grandma is smiling proud from heaven.
    I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays, and 14 other medical conditions.

    Here is a new poem I wrote, it’s called it takes courage:
    It Takes courage to love
    Like a dove
    It takes courage to fight,
    It takes courage to do what’s right
    It takes courage to stay strong,
    When things go wrong
    It takes courage to write a song
    It takes courage to live
    It takes courage to give
    It takes courage to fight this beast
    It takes courage to be brave
    It takes courage to smile and wave
    It takes courage to keep positive
    Keep on fighting!
    It takes courage to win!