2 years ago, Jordan and my kids gave me the best Mother's Day present I could have asked for. 2 years ago, we were taking the first step of our adoption journey by filling out our application to work with CWA, our wonderful agency that has led us through our entire process. Now, we are leaving in just 3 days! In 3 days Jordan and I will be stepping onto a plane that will be heading to Frankfurt, Germany, and then to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to go and meet our son. My head is still spinning and everything still feels so surreal!
We have greatly appreciated everyone's prayers, support, encouraging messages and words. It's as if every single word that has come our way, came at just the perfect moment when we needed to hear it! Jordan and I were discussing the other day comments that have been made about us "doing a good job" or "us deserving this." Here is the thing, we didn't do any of this and we definitely don't deserve any of it. There is nothing that we have "done" to qualify us to embark on this journey. We are completely unworthy of being able to live this story out that God has written for our lives and the only way that we got through this entire process and the only way we are living out God's plan for us is with Him leading us every single solitary step of the way. Apart from Him, we have nothing. We bring nothing to the table. But with Him, we have everything that we need. Hallelujah, that we don't have to be qualified to live out His plan. Praise God, that He uses ordinary people to live out his extraordinary ways. Thank you, God, that I am made whole and made righteous through YOU and what you sent your son to do for me. And, that is the only qualification that is needed. This whole thing has truly been as simple as, we felt the call from God to embark on this journey and we said YES. We have clung to His promise of Him being with us always, giving us what we need, and never leaving us, and that is why we are where we are today. It hasn't been an easy road. It has probably been the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. But, He has kept His promise through it all. And, by saying yes and walking with Him daily, He is getting all the glory and we are getting this amazing blessing in the form of a little one-year-old boy that has the biggest brown eyes I have ever seen.
To all my prayer warriors that want specific things to pray about, we need you to rise up and intervene for us!
-Pray that God protects us and provides for us the rest of the way.
-Pray for our health. Satan has been at work in that department the last 2 weeks!
-Pray for our safe travel and that we have a smooth trip with no hold ups.
-Pray for Stella and Max and my in-laws, since they will be staying with them while we are gone!
-Pray for our court dates, May 14 and May 22.
-Pray for the judge and all the other people involved with our case.
-Pray for our sweet baby boy. Pray for his health and his heart as he is about to meet his momma and daddy and has no clue who we are! (Scary for a little one)
We truly appreciate and feel all of your prayers.
We made our boy a little book of pictures of our home and family so that he will be able to look at them and get familiar with us. Here a couple of pictures from the book. :)