Wednesday, April 6, 2016

TRAVELING (and a bit of an update)

Things are going in hyper drive.  We have not only our Travel Approval, but our Consulate Appointment as well.

Lexi (my oldest daughter's best friend/like a niece) and I leave to go to a very special large Asian nation :-) to pick up Timothy on April 23rd.  We arrive on April 24th and get custody on April 25th.

It's actually happening.

There is just so much to do.

We had a lot going on anyway....

Caution: Now come the pictures.  There's more actual writing below.  I promise.  I can't resist pics of the kids though.

We had Max, Bekah, and Anna competing in different aspects of Leadership Training for Christ (LTC).
Bekah-Bible Bowl over Joshua, Judges, and Ruth

Max-Bible Bowl- Now, at 13, is officially taller than me.

Anna  (LTC Scrap booking) with girls that may as well be my nieces (Lexi's sisters).

Ya, no words needed.

The twins and their crazy mommy.

We sit, every year, in an alcove in the back of a huge banquet room where they have
Bible bowl.  There are always enough chairs, but being on the floor allows the littles to be a little wiggly.

Anna and a PRECIOUS senior, Megan (whom we LOVE).

This is our youth minister.  It's a fuzzy picture, but check out Gabe's face...chuckle.

This is another friend from Church, Chris.  The kids ADORE him.  We all do! (smile)

This is one of the few pics from the award ceremony that we took. 
LOVE these kids!!!

We also celebrated Bekah's birthday.  We happened to do it on Easter...the day of celebrating the resurrection of our Savior.   Oh how joy fills my spirit when I say "Easter".

We made things simple this year with a picked out dessert.  We 
just brought the candle.  She readily wanted to share it with everyone. 
She is now TEN!!! Amazing...

I had to throw in a picture of the sweet new Mommy and Daddy.  
(Did I mention we have seen the baby's heart beat? My Grandma heart MELTED!!!!  I'M A GRANDMA!)  We all happened to have been baptized on this day in different years as well!

We have also had the second to last fitting for Jael's new prosthetics!!! It's a new suspension system.  The old ones use a belt type system that keep things a tad less independent at times.  This new one is a pressurized belts!!! Jael is OVER THE MOON!!!

My goodness, how cute could one child be?!!!

Well, in less than three weeks we leave.  That is unbelievable to me, that prayers are coming fully to fruition.  I'm nervous, excited, and prayerful.  We have much ahead even after we get back (May 6th).
My husband is holding down the fort (working from home) with the help of friends and family.   

 Thank you so much for your continued prayers!

1. PLEASE pray (IF God Wills) that we have a year of peace and deliverance. That we may be able to use this year to minister to our children and others.
2. We pray for God to be glorified and magnified. That this adoption may move others hearts for HIM. That HE may use this journey to draw people into Him and spur people to adopt.
3. Please pray for all the paperwork to be correct, without mistake, in this adoption.
4. Please pray that Timothy is protected and prepared to attach easier than could ever be expected. That God implants us on Timothy's heart and that he is given dreams of us. That his fear is minimal when he meets us, but that it be because he KNOWS us.
5. Please pray our time in country is peaceful, without illness (which often happens), safe, but most importantly...may it be a time of ministering to others. May we have the opportunity to reach people for Jesus. Please also pray that those at home have a peaceful and safe time...and we all come back together quickly.
6. Please pray Lexi (my travel buddy/niece/fellow insane person) has NO issues with her diabetes while in country. That in no way she gets ill (can be really hard on blood sugar levels). Please pray that all her medicine (vital) stays safe and we ALWAYS know exactly where it is).
7. Please pray protection for our family, that the master of lies is blinded, deafened, and silenced. Please pray for the health of every member of our family (especially Thomas, that he is healed completely). 
8. Please pray for energy for Thomas and I. The stress of the last year has taken it's toll. We've stopped focusing on health and we need to be. We need to get weight off that was gained over this period (for our health and endurance). The recovered energy, from the battle of this last year, would be such a blessing.
9. Please pray for our daughter Sarah. Her health issues were huge and scary this last year. Celiac is not something to take lightly (especially when it causes Grand-Mal seizures). Please pray their baby and Sarah are strong and healthy...healthy baby, mommy, and birth...and our grandchild is passionate and driven for God, with beautiful humbleness.
10. Please pray for the house fix what we need to in the house (or for the fixes to be provided).  
11. Please pray we hear God clearly and obey Him promptly.
Thank you friends!!!

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