Friday, February 28, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
That was my word for 2014. Never would I imagine that I would see that hope fulfilled so quickly. I cannot stop smiling. And I cannot stop thanking God for His goodness. Tuesday was my 27thbirthday. On my 24th birthday, we mailed off our first piece of paperwork that started us on this journey.
It has been long and hard-fought, but when I got the call on Friday, all of it seemed to disappear. It’s no longer the thought in the forefront of my mind. It’s a distant memory (even though it’s not really that distant).
God never let us down. He was there with us through it all. He was with Bertie through it all.
And guys, this girl is radiant. There’s something about her, like her spark hasn’t been dimmed by all the hurt and loss she has experienced. And if that isn’t the Gospel, I don’t know what is. I wish I could show you her smile. The big shining smile. I wish I could show you her eyes. The glint that’s still there. She just glows!
KC sent me a message on Monday. Someone at work said “What is up! You are like glowing!” – haha! I guess it’s contagious. KC, the boys, and I are all so full of joy and excitement. I’m just warning you, we will likely be unbearable to be around the next few weeks! Though it’s still a bit surreal. I see her. I know she’s mine, but it’s like it hasn’t quite set in yet. Each day is better and it becomes more of a reality – I just still can’t believe she’s ours!
I said all this to say, trust Him. He knows what He’s doing. He won’t let you go – He has you in His hands. You may be in a dark and difficult place right now, and whatever it is, know it’s just for a time. It will not last forever. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t moved on to someone else and left you stranded. He’s right there.
Sometimes we’re so caught up in what’s going wrong, that we miss Him standing right next to us. Stay strong friend. Whatever battle your facing, whatever trial you’re enduring – there is light just over the horizon. Keep your heart full of joy and your eyes on Him. You’ll make it through.
In the words of Nacho Libre – “[You’ll] have your glory day in the hot sun.” I promise. <3
Sunday, February 9, 2014
First of all, we could use prayers. We are still a bit shy of what we need financially. We know God will provide.
Secondly, we've had a few people ask about helping financially. Please do not feel pressured to donate. But, if you do feel led, we've added a Paypal button on the left side of the blog. This will go directly to our adoption account. (You do not have to have a Paypal account to donate)
The Lifebook fees (all the information they have about her life and the region where she grew up) went up at the end of last year, and I was unaware that the post-placement fees were due at referral. So we're looking to be about 3500 short. We're hoping our checks next week will be big enough to reduce some of that, but we'll be a little shy.
Again, please do not feel obligated or pressured to help out financially. We need prayer just as much as anything - prayer that everything goes smoothly from here on out.
And thank you all SO MUCH for your prayers and help these last few years. I'm sure I sound like a broken record, but you have been the best village in helping bring Bertie home. <3
KC and I cannot thank you all enough for EVERYTHING you guys have done. We owe so much to you for helping us bring this beautiful gift home. <3