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!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Answered prayer

God answeres prayers in so many ways, but it is so exciting to see them answered in a tangible manner.  In a way that I can put my finger on and only thank God for it.

Tim and I started some time ago, really right after getting our court date, looking for child care for Sara.  Unfortunately, the school that the kids go to does not start until 3K.  Sara will not be old enough to go there with her brother and sister for awhile.  So, I made lists and phone calls.  Many places I crossed off my list right away - no chance my daughter was going to them.  But there were some (two) on the top of my wish list.  We placed our names on their wait lists.

Several weeks have passed since we got our court date.  I've put looking further into child care on the back burner to getting things ready for the kids to go back to school and things like that. 

On the way into work today, Tim and I were talking about it again.  It has been back on my mind.  When I got into work today and was starting up the computer, I saw Sara's sweet little face as the wallpaper on my computer.  It reminded me again just how much I wanted a great place for her to be while we have to be here at work.  As my computer was starting up and I was getting some work organized, I said a quick, very informal prayer.  I asked God to open the doors to a child care facility that would be good for our little girl - one where I would not have to worry about her care and one where she would be happy.  I want a happy little girl!  I thanked God for giving us Sara and then just went on with my day. 

We were studying prayer at church last Sunday.  God has everything planned.  I know and understand that.  I know also that God knew before I was born, that Sara would come to our family at exactly this time.  I also know that God knew my heart would be heavy today and I would pray for an answer to our child care options.  God planned for my answer today.

A couple hours after I asked God to open that door for us, I got a phone call.  It was from one of the two child care facilities that Tim and I were hoping would have an opening for our little girl!  They called and have a spot for our Sara Joy.  Tim and I will go next week to make all of the arrangements.  It is in a Christian environment so we are thrilled with that!  It is relatively convenient in terms of dropping her off and picking her up.  We are happy about that as well. 

I'm so thankful to have this burden lifted from us.  I'm also grateful for Sara having a great place to be when she can not be with us.

38 days until I have my little girl in my arms for the very first time!!!!

In Christ,