Friday, May 18, 2012

Court date set... Ghana here we come!

We FINALLY got the date... June 14th!!  
We leave for Ghana in less than 3 weeks!!!
It's been over 24 hours and I still feel like my head is spinning and my feet have yet to touch the ground.  Sol is still in shock... a very HAPPY shock.

The moment has finally come!!

I'm speechless...
Would you mind taking a moment to rejoice with us?

It has been one long journey of waiting, hoping and trusting.
Lessons of listening to God's voice and obeying it even when it didn't make sense has grown our faith in so many ways.... and yet we are still learning to trust HIM every step of the way.  I can't even begin to thank HIM enough for all the prayers He has answered so far.  HE didn't have to answer so specifically and go above and beyond for us, but HE did.  HE did it because HE loves us and HE cares for these children.

One of my dear friends cried with me over the phone yesterday and told me it was as if we found out we were pregnant with quadruplets.  Quadruplets that we have been praying and waiting for.  I can't explain the feeling, but I can tell you that just as pregnancy stretches a mother's belly to provide space for the growing baby, our hearts have stretched far more than enough to love and embrace these children whom we have never met. 

We are truly grateful and EXCITED for the upcoming journey that's ahead!  There is ALOT that needs to get done within these next few weeks, so PLEASE continue to pray for our family. 

1. Pray for visas to be processed quickly
2. Pray for our children as they receive this good news
3. Pray for God's continual provision for all that we need to do to prepare for our trip; One of our hopes is that we can also bring meaningful gifts for each child in our children's neighborhood.
4. Although we have not met our fundraising goal, we believe God will provide for us every step of the way. Please continue to join us in praying that He would provide enough funds for us during this first trip to Ghana.
5. Pray for all of us to stay healthy!!

We will keep you posted!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Praying for a Miracle

There is not a moment of my day where I am not thinking of our children in Ghana...

As I tuck in our boys to bed at night, I wonder and pray for them as they will soon wake up to begin their day of school. 

As I clean our dinner dishes and pack up leftovers and lunches for the next day, I wonder if their tummies are full and whether they had enough to eat that day. 

As I throw in each dirty load of laundry in our front load high efficiency washing machine, I think about their caretakers and our children hand washing their laundry in buckets of dirty well water. 

My heart is torn...

I received more pictures today and a sweet video of our children.  Today was one of those days where I didn't think I could wait one day longer.  We have been waiting exactly 1 month  for our court date.  Our agency has informed us that our wait for a court date could take from 1 month up to 6 months.

I know that I have no choice but to rest in the presence of God with the assurance that His hand is on our children. Whether they have enough food to eat and water to drink, I have to believe that He is providing for their needs.
Even though all 6 children aren't under one roof yet, this mama's heart never stops thinking about each one of them!!

So... I am asking you to pray for a miracle. (For those of you that know me, it isn't easy to put myself out there like this... but I figure it never hurts to invite more people to pray!)
We are asking those around us to pray that we miraculously get a court date by June.  Whether God chooses to answer the way we want, we feel that He has asked us to pray boldly.  (This seems to be a reoccuring theme throughout our adoption journey.)  We believe we can never ask too much from God.  He has never failed to answer us and we trust He will provide the perfect answers at the right time.  Our 4 children and their caretakers have been praying and waiting for answers.  There are so many other people involved in our adoption process just waiting for God to answer. 

Will you join all of us in prayer? 
Pray for God's favor on our court date and that it will happen in June.
 Pray for our papers to be transferred from the bottom of the pile to the top of the pile. 
Pray that all of us involved will be able to witness God's hand move in ways that we could have never imagined.