We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

And then there were THREE!!! REFERRAL!!!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  I was sitting at work today, just having come back from a meeting.  I was on the phone with a co-worker when my work phone rang.  I saw it was a number I did not recognize.  Then, as I was still talking with her, my cell phone rang.  It was the same number.  Thinking it strange that someone would have my new cell phone number, it had to be someone that I knew, so I answered it.  It was our agency.  They had a referral for us!

I started shaking and crying immediately!  She told me she was a 14 month old little girl and that she was very cute.  She was forwarding me the referral information.  I called Tim (who I could not reach right away) and left him a message.  Then I waited.....and waited.... and waited....

Finally, the e-mail came thru!  In the meantime I had talked to Tim and told him.  He had to meet with his boss so he said it was fine if I opened it and sent it to him.  I opened it and immediately knew I was staring at the face of my daughter.  She is beautiful.  She is tiny, but she is beautiful!  We only have one small picture of her, but one is enough... for now!

She was born April 16th, 2009... so she is almost 14 months old.  We don't know yet the details of when we will be able to get a court date or when we will be able to go and get her, or truthfully even how that whole process will work.  We are just SO thankful and so happy!

I am so in LOVE with GOD for giving me the daughter he promised me.  I KNEW our Sara Joy was in Ethiopia.  He told me!  The road was long and it was not easy - but we are one step closer to our daughter.  I have not always demonstrated patience in this process - but I have always said "My feet are firmly planted in Ethiopia unless the doors close to adoption because God sent us here!"  And so he did!

I am a mom to THREE!!!!

I thought I would be anxious when we finally got our referral... but I'm not.  God will get us there and God will bring her home.  In HIS time!  I pray that it is soon, so I can love on my sweet little girl - but until then she is in God's hands.  He will deliver her to us!

I wish I had more than this one, tiny little picture of her.  She is so tiny in it.  I'm hoping we will be able to get more pictures of her.  But for now, one is enough.

Thank you God for our newest little girl!  I pray you keep her safe until we can bring her home!  Hold tight Sara Joy - your mom is coming!

Thankful to God who gave her to us,



Mommy to the Monsters said...


Paula said...

Charity, I haven't read your blog in awhile, because your site was bookmarked on my laptop and my laptop isn't working (okay, I'm getting on with it)... but for some reason, I felt a strong need to Google and find your blog address TONIGHT and then I read your post and saw your wonderful news! Wow! I am so happy for you and I love how your post rings with steadfastness. Congratulations to your whole family. I'm putting your blog on my bloglist so I don't lose track again... I want to follow as you make your way to Ethiopia.

Heather said...


Jennifer said...

Congrats on your referral...your new daughter!

Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

Congratulations from the "other" Charity. Can't wait to hear more & follow the rest of your journey. I love how you are giving all the praise & glory & honor where it belongs. His blessings ARE perfect.
Congrats again.
-Charity (mom to 3 boys, 1 princess from China & waiting on our blessing(s) from Ethiopia)

Anonymous said...

YAHOO!!! I had a feeling that your referral was coming soon - Congratulations on your new baby girl, and I pray that you will travel quickly and everything will go smoothly to bring her home ASAP!

Corinne said...

What exiting news !!! I am so exited for you!!! Looking forward to hearing more!! Congrats !!