Rewind back to Dec. 3, 2009, and you see 2 exceedingly joyful people who heard and accepted the call to adopt one or more children from somewhere, anywhere.
Fast forward through the paperwork, the questions, the funds, the seemingly never-ending wait, and you find us here today, with plane tickets and passports in hand and 1,000 emotions swirling.
Friends and family, you will never know the depth of our appreciation of love and support you've so willingly offered over the past 2 years. I've been in awe countless times with people who've showed up at our door with large sums of money and others who've offered such sweet words of encouragement that came unexpected. God is so good. Jason and I have had front row seats in this journey, and how we wish you all could see the affect this little 8-month-old orphan baby boy in a foreign land is having on complete strangers! God makes all things new and He brings life to where there was none.
Some have asked for a list of prayer requests. Here it is:
~Flight to DC tonight at 5:30 KC time
~Flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday at 10:15AM KC time
~Arrive in Addis 11:15PM KC time
~Meet Jude Friday, 2:00 AM KC time
~Court hearing Tuesday, 1:15AM KC time (Please pray that we pass this first time. We are ready to hear that judge say "He's all your's!")
~Flight to DC Thursday, the 27th, at 2:30PM KC time
~Flight to KC Friday, the 28th, at 3:57, KC time, arrive home at 6:34PM
2. Strength and general health.
Jason is currently fighting a cold and Evan seems to be on the edge of one as well. Our bodies will be tired and we need all the prayer for Divine strength and wellness.
Please pray that our time together is blessed with peace and joy. I pray that God shows Himself in those meetings we have together over the next week. Please pray for Jude's heart as he is going to be confused about the goings-on. This is only the beginning. Pray that God prepares his little heart to join our family. The heart-break for him will be when we go back in a few months to bring him home. Let's start praying now.
4. Jude's birth family
Please pray for their hearts. God sees their pain and their suffering and we want to lift them up to Him.
5. Jude's nanny
Please pray that she continues to show love to Jude. Pray that her heart, as well, can mend after he comes home in a few months.
Please pray that he will be able to take this trip in and keep it in his heart where he never forgets. We are praying that God uses this trip to impact Evan's life for Him.
7. Claire and Sophie
Please pray for health and general safety as they are away from us. We are praying that they feel comforted when they are confused about the length of this trip and those caring for them can cover them with love and grace.
Please pray that others will see the reflection of this worldly adoption as a metaphor for God's adoption of us.
We are carrying a spirit of thankfulness in the way God has been sovereign over this adoption. It doesn't look now what it looked like at the beginning, and we are thankful that He has brought it to this place.
We are going to do our best to keep you informed via facebook and/or the blog. Thank you for continuing to pray and email with support.