Monday, February 8, 2010

REFERRAL TODAY! Valentine's Day a Little Early!


I laid in bed last night writing a blog in my head. It was funny and oh so true (think snow and spray paint), but today something happened that TRUMPED every goofy thing I had been writing in my head. Today reminded me of my true blessings.

On February 14th, 2007 our sweet little girl was placed at Horizon House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She was relinquished before that, but placed at our orphanage on February 14th. I don't relish the pain and loss that brought her to that point, but I know that if she hadn't been placed there, well, she would never be smiling up at me saying, "Mommy, your a good hamster" each day. I would never have heard that laugh that is like music to my mommy heart. God placed her in our family...I have no doubt. It's a story so unique, like no other...her story is like her fingerprint.

Today, on February 8th, 2010 I sat down at my computer and glanced at my emails. It took a minute to register...it took a minute to realize what I was seeing. I was seeing an email from our agency with "Referral" on the subject line.

I'm not sure it would qualify as a memory, but today we saw our children for the first time. Today two little faces were born into our hearts forever. Today we saw pictures of our twins, Gabriel and Rachel.

You want to know about the best Valentines Day ever...our THREE Ethiopian children that will all share a Valentine's memory.

I am forever grateful that God has honored us, has blessed us, has favored us to allow us to raise two more precious children.

The gift of His Son is a greater gift than I could ever deserve, fathom, or comprehend. Ask me about Jesus and I'll share with you the greatest gift ever!

Yet this Valentine's Day, early, God showed us again (in an amazing way)that He loves us. Thank you my Lord and my Savior for loving me. Thank you for your Son. And thank you for a Valentine's Memory that I will never forget...a son and a daughter straight from you.

Happy Early Valentine's Day....

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Prayer Requests and Praises!!!

PRAISES!!!
*Our AMAZING God has blessed us with two more little ones! He has blessed us financially and physically...Our Heavenly Father is beyond words!

PRAYER REQUESTS
*That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing and that GOD BLESSES US WITH THE FUNDS WE NEED!!!!
*That God’s hand is on the remaining paperwork and that they proceed with not a glitch, quickly and correctly. These are the papers we will need to accept this referral of our sweet little blessings, the papers to pass court, and the papers to bring them home.
*PLEASE PRAY WE GET A COURT DATE QUICKLY AND THAT WE PASS THE FIRST TIME...AND FINALLY TRAVEL QUICKLY!! There will be no travel in May (elections in Ethiopia) andmany are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel. The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.
*That our twins may be gathered into our family and arms with a quickness blessed by God.
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for THEIR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH.
*FOR THEIR BIOLOGICAL FAMILY…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face and have faced. Also, please pray that THEY COME TO KNOW CHRIST AND THE PEACE ONLY HE CAN GIVE.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing.
* That we have peace and not stress, trusting God in every step.

We also pray that hearts are convicted daily to open their families and lives to orphans around the world.

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Also, please join us in prayers for three beautiful Christian families and five sweet children who are facing obstacles above and beyond what a adoption process usually looks like. This used to be four families, but God brought sweet Jubilee home from China just about a week ago. Governments will literally have to move for these older and special needs children to come home. Families are waiting for them and we are SO excited to see God work in these lives and these governments to bring these adoptive blessings home!

Olivia Mame (Ethiopia)-I would like to ask your prayers for a little sweet young girl in Ethiopia named Olivia Mame. There are some very immense road blocks, serious ones, that have to be conquered in order to finish the adoption of this precious young lady.

Daniel (Liberia)-A little one with hydrocephaly awaits his family. Please pray that Daniel does not deteriorate farther and that people in authority to move this case feel the passion to see this through quickly. There are also two more beautiful sweet blessings this family is trying to bring home as well. Update: Daniel's case is moving! He still needs these prayers though, they're not done yet!!!

Ronaldo and Julia (Guatemala)-For years this family has been trying to get their beautiful future children out of Guatemala. Every time it seems close there is another glitch. Please pray with us. Please pray that EVERY problem is resolved and every piece of paper has the perfection only God can give.

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9 comments:

  1. Congrats...can you give details..how old are they?? so excited for you, kristi

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  3. I can't give a ton of details (and I want to SOOO bad!!!) When we pass court we can share SO much more! They are PRECIOUS and still infants...that's about all I can share right now.

    God is just so good and we are so thankful for the privilege of raising them!

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  4. Praising, praising, praising God with you!!!!! :D :D :D

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  5. Congratulations! So happy for your family!

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  6. Congratulations! So happy for you all! Prayers for God to bless your babies as they wait.

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  7. Wow...what an amazing Valentine's day for you! Contrats on your referral of twins...so amazing I have tears in my eyes. God is so wonderful! I am praying for you that you don't hit any bumps along the way and that the road is smoothe. And most certainly praying that the funds come pouring in!
    God Bless you and your beautiful family,
    Deanna

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  8. Your growing family will be in my prayers. Congratulations on the twins.... may God richly bless you and your ministry...

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  9. Congratulations on the twins! God is so good and is the ultimate example of love!

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