Wednesday, May 30, 2012
We are waiting for some good news and our official referral! Received an email from our agency about a child who is on the waiting child list. Needless to say we are already in love with this beautiful child and in awe of how God arranged this whole story. I can't wait to share how God worked in bringing this child into our family. Do you ever have a moment where you can actually see God's plan coming together?! I had an ooooohhhh that's why..moment!!!! We thought we would be getting a baby but this child is one year younger then Keane! We couldn't be more excited! Waiting for the official referral so I can actually say more about it. These boys can't wait to have "K" home!!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Keegan kept talking to me last night for 4 hours about heaven and when you die. Some very serious questions for a 4 yr old. This has always been Keegan though, he's the deep thinker. I also think what sparked this conversation about death and heaven is that our family has said goodbye to loved ones recently. In March we got the most horrible phone call that our son, Marc, had died of malaria in the Congo. Our hearts were broken and Scott and I both cried and cried. Scott cried like I've never seen before. I went for a run a couple hours after I heard the news because that's what I needed to be by myself to think and pray. I couldn't help but think of Marc at 9 months old in an African hospital as an orphan with no mommy of daddy to comfort him through his pain and sickness. Then I remembered that Marc was with a foster family. I was comforted that his foster mom was most likely with him, and my heart ached for her loss of Marc as well. That night as I was doing my bible study it talked about how God, our Father, has ADOPTED us as his sons and daughters. Therefore we are His heirs. I knew God was with me that night comforting me and I felt such a peace about Marc going home to be with Jesus and maybe he was now even with his birth mom and dad. What a great reuniting party that must have been! For my birthday a few days later after we heard he went home, my husband hand made this beautiful wooden teak frame with an 8x10 picture of Marc in it. It was the most beautiful present I have ever received. We hung his picture in our home next to pictures of his brothers. We will always remember our sweet little Marc and he will always be in our hearts. I can say with 100% truth and joy that Marc is finally at home. Our true home where we were all destined to be. Living with God our Father. Before Keegan fell asleep last night he told me when you get to heaven you're alive. Keegan has never been more then right about that! The scripture I read during my bible study that night: So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead you received God's spirit as He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him "Abba, Father." For His spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share His glory, we must also share His suffering. Romans 8:15-17
Monday, May 7, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I decided it's time to start blogging again. I took a good break from it for a while. This blog is dedicated to our to our son or daughter who is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). For all of our family and friends who live so far away...and also those friends that are near. This is a way for you to follow along and see where we are in the process of bringing our baby home from the DRC. It's been a long and crazy journey so far! One that is so so worth it! To update you all...we have received our home study completed, notarized, certified in hand today!!!! Scott and I still couldn't believe it was done. After 6 months of frustration, confusion, impatience, lot's of prayer, and crying phone calls to friends and family (sorry!) we are finished with that home study...phew...did I mention adopting from Puerto Rico makes things slightly more difficult? :) Our home study went from being translated in Spanish, to English, and now to French as soon as we send it off to our adoption agency (A Love Beyond Borders). We also have every item completed for our dossier! Off to the military lawyer tomorrow to get those last 3 items notarized and then (since we are military it is already state certified through notarization) we are sending everything to our agency in a big envelope and celebrating the send off! We were told we will be receiving a referral for our child in 2 weeks...4 at max. Our child is already identified for us but the initial paperwork on the Congo side is being done. We are so very excited to receive that email or phone call so we can finally see a photo and know who are child is! We don't have any idea if it's a boy or a girl but I can assure you we have a K name picked out for either :)