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, October 20, 2010

We're getting close

We are down to just nine days.  Nine days have to pass and Tim and I will be back on our way to Ethiopia.  Imagine that!!!  Only nine more days.  We have waited so long for this dream to come to fruition, and now, here it is.  The little seed planted so long ago is about to burst into this wonderful, beautiful flower - our new family member!  Technically, she is already ours, but I can't wait to have her in our home with us, truly part of our family.  Getting to know her mom and dad and her brother and sister!

So, for those who have wanted to help with the orphanage donation, I need your donations quickly.  We will pack up the totes next week Friday (29th) and will call it quits at that point.  Whatever we have on Friday will go over with us.  If we don't have it by Friday, and we get it later, we will attempt to send it over with another family.  We are hoping to get as much as we can over this time though.

Last weekend we went shopping and I think picked up the final things we needed for Ms. Sara.  We got her some more clothes and shoes, a stroller, carseat... all those fun things.  Her room has been ready for her for so long - thankfully we didn't have to worry about getting that ready as well.  I can't wait to see her tucked into her bed all snuggled up in a pair of jammies, smelling baby fresh from her bath! 

It'll also be nice not to have to think about adoption related anything (for awhile :)  Over the past three and 1/2 years, I have grown tired of paperwork and waiting, fingerprints and waiting, Dr. letters and waiting, homestudy and waiting, reference letters and waiting, waiting and waiting, waiting and waiting and more waiting and waiting.  I think you get the point that I'm tired of waiting.  Well, I'm waiting one last time.... nine more days.  Nine days until I'm back with my little girl. Then I'll just have to wait a bit to come home with her.  And then.... then we go through life together!  It's going to be great!!!

In Christ,


Paula said...

I am SO HAPPY for you! I hope it works out for me to see you all in Addis.

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Corinne said...

I am counting down with you !!So happy that this journey is winding down for both of us. I will be looking for updates from you while we our in Russia. Safe travels and God bless!