Thursday, May 9, 2013


Today I had planned on posting a video.  A video where you could hear Ben's laugh...where you could see him walk.  Yet we made a hard decision.  Since court is still a couple of weeks away, we made the decision to publish the video at the point of passing court. (Please pray everything goes amazingly smooth.)

This government has been nothing but kind to us.  We have felt very blessed.  Though we don't know of laws saying we can't do this, we still don't publish Benjamin's cultural name on our blog (or even his nickname). We want to be very respectful.  They deserve it.  It is a privilege to adopt Benjamin.

This country is just beautiful and we are forever thankful to them.

You may wonder at the word, "Humbled". 

God's provisions just humble us.   Last night we picked up a twin size bed that was EXACTLY what we needed for Benjamin.  We awoke this morning and found we already needed to say "thank you", as one of the two car seats we need have been provided by a really sweet person. 

It's getting hard to respond immediately to the generosity, NOT because of a lack of thankfulness.  It took me awhile to place my finger on it. 

I feel humbled...blown away...a feeling of reverence for what God continues to do.

Thank you friends for allowing God to work through you and bless our family. 

Thank you Heavenly Father, we do not deserve this and are forever grateful for your gifts to us.

"About Benjamin He said:
'Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him,
 for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.'
Deuteronomy 33:12

Prayer Requests

*Please pray that God sustains Benjamin.  Please pray that He continues to prepare his heart while we are apart and Ben dreams of us...knowing ways that wouldn't make sense to the world.  Please pray he attaches and learns to love (and learns what family is) quicker than we can fathom.  Please also pray that God calms him.  This will be scary for him and we pray that God calms his spirit.

*PLEASE pray that satan's hands are tied.  He does not want us (or anyone) to enter that village. 

*Please pray that the village gates are “figuratively” thrown down and God’s love floods the streets.

*Please pray our children at home are safe...physically/emotionally/and spiritually.  Attacks on the kids happened last time we were gone on the trip to bring Jael home.  PLEASE cover them.  Also, please pray for safety specifically for our oldest (Tom) as he will be on a senior trip for a week part of our second trip to Eastern Europe. 

*Please also pray as our children at home try to stay organized in our absence, that things go smoothly for them and time passes quickly.
*Please pray for my husband and I, for our SAFETY and that we remain WELL.  We are going somewhere VERY rural with no one that speaks English most of the time.  

*Please pray for my mom, brother, and friends as they care for our children (safety, smoothness, etc.)

*NEW~ Please pray that the next trip is as short as possible, while successfully completing Benjamin's adoption.  Please pray that the trips have a speed that can only be explained as a blessing of God. 

*Please pray that our trip home with Ben is peaceful and uneventful.  Please pray that calm (beyond understanding) reigns for our sweet Benjamin and that we see what we need to do to help him.

*That ALL paperwork needed is sped (by God's Will) in country (with NO hiccups).

*Please pray that court goes EXTREMELY easy and quick.  It doesn't always.
*Please pray for comfort as we continue to mourn Jonathan.
*Please pray for us to have a connection with the head of the institution. God has given us a love for the head of the institution and the caregivers.  Also, please pray for our connection to those in the village.
*NEW~ Please pray that the head of this institution shows us where Benjamin has resided these last two years...and around the institution and laying rooms.  Our intent IS just to see, and we pray she understands that.

 *Please pray the trip  itself is smooth.  There are NO issues.  That every blip, every ironed out before us.

*Please pray that our lines of communication with our children are successful (Skype, Magic Jack, international texting).  We will be in a very rural region.


1 comment:

  1. I know EXACTLY what you mean about being blown away by God's provisions. My husband and I are just at the start of our adoption journey, and already God has completely overwhelmed us with the generosity of our friends, family, and church community. We have no words to express just how incredible God's workings are, no words to express how grateful we are for the obedience of our friends who have answered God's call to help. I'm right there with you. In the midst of all the paperwork and the waiting and the red-tape, adoption is above all a humbling process. Over and over again, God tells us He's in control.

    Praying for the rest of your needs to be met soon -- I know they will be! :)

    - Jennifer @


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