Saturday, May 4, 2013

Thank You and a Little Narnia

Weeks ago (sometimes it seems like it was yesterday...and sometimes years...as time crept by slowly), our son Jonathan passed away.  So many people sent cards, often hand drawn by their precious children, and cherished notes that we have tucked away.  Everything, during those days, ran together like ink mixing with water.  I didn't ever get a chance to just say thank you.  EACH note was an ointment to our hurting hearts.  Please hug your kids (and have them hug you) and tell them just how much they meant to us.   I wish I could give you all a hug in person.

Things didn't stop there though.  Many have stood up beside us as we continued this journey.

The time before our first trip to the Eastern Europe was a blur.  Preparing our house and our children to keep things running (with the help of wonderful adults) was time consuming.  Preparing ourselves for every eventuality, was almost equally as time consuming.   I think you can honestly say I may have lost my mind just a little (my friends are laughing...again...and you all know what they are saying).

Donation after donation came into PayPal to aid us getting over the "needed funds" wall.  Yes, we may be trying to climb over the wall again, but we couldn't have done this first trip without you.  Please know, though you may not have received a personal "thank you" from us, we are forever grateful.  To those who gave through Reece's Rainbow, again...beyond grateful. 

 I've felt so guilty, as life accelerates, for not getting AT LEAST a personal email out to you.  We are so grateful.  I kept up with notes to a point... and then the hours in the day we had "left over" went to zero.  I couldn't get enough sleep or stay of top of replies.  Prayerfully this next trip will be much easier.

Even upon coming back to the States, awaiting our second trip, we have been gifted by sweet friends.  Actually (which is a reminder to ALL of us that we don't know how many are covering us in prayer) a friend from college (that I haven't talked to physically or seen in twenty years) took care of a very YUMMY dinner for our family last week.  It came at a perfect time.  I was still recovering (almost there) and exhausted from the trip.  They had been praying for us and it was a wonderful special treat!


Anyway, we needed to say thank you.  It means so much.  My ideal would be to get "thank you" cards in the mail.  I've had to realize, time just isn't allowing for it. 

As I was contemplating this post, we were able to have a little break with friends (family really).  Their precious daughters...actually twins....were in a "Narnia" play with a local home school co-op.  Looking very comfortable on stage, they gave us a MUCH needed time to relax and enjoy ourselves.

Farrah played as Mrs. Macready and the dwarf.  Hannah played as Lucy.

 

 
 
Gabe was just mesmerized.
 

 

These little respites while we prepare for...
* Prom (tonight)
* Tom's graduation (two weeks from today)
* Two more weeks of home school before travel
* Preparing for an extended trip to Eastern Europe
* Around two weeks before returning to the Eastern Europe.
* Planning for our newest child and a house that needs adjustments.
....are welcome and celebrated.
Hannah and Farrah, you did wonderful.  Thank you for letting us join you on this special night.
 
Please continue to pray for our family and son across the world.
 
"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 us...in 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.  Also, please pray that financially the funds come together quickly.
 
*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 hiccup...is 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.
*PLEASE PRAY GOD'S WILL IS DONE*
 
 



1 comment:

  1. We gave Benjamin a little bit of blog love :-) I hope it helps!

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