Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hong Kong, Intense Prayer, and a Request

Amy and I made it to Hong Kong.  The girls crashed hard and (for now) are sound asleep.

 Yesterday night Grace broke the record for most times she woke up in a night.  Yup, we are a bit tired.   The girls seem a bit "off" today, but between the lack of sleep, packing suitcases, driving a long distance, and being in a new place (AND they don't really know what's going on)...that's to be expected.



I need to ask you, my friends, to be in prayer for Jack's family (Amy and John Wood and their sons, Nick and Sam) as Sunday passes.  We aren't able to fly out early enough to be at the visitation that day.

This is the Jack that we remember.  I have other pictures, but not across the world. 


This is from Jack's graduation.  
He IS so loved by so many.

Monday is the Memorial Service.  Several of our kids and I will be there.

This is a journey that no parent ever wants to walk.  Being able to take a breath at this point must completely be up to God.   I ask all of you to pray for their family.  We love them so much and they have a place in our heart that no one else can ever fill.

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A Request:
For those meeting us at the airport on Sunday, we ask that pictures are not posted on social media.  Please send them to us via email (if you have a moment) or through Facebook messenger.  This story has taken so long to come to fruition.  It's finally time!!!!

For those that are friends with the Wood family, go love on them for us please. You will have plenty of time to meet the girls.  We wish we could be there with you.

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"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort..."
2 Corinthians 1:3

Please pray friends...

Immanent:
*THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED THROUGH OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS.
*Please pray for John and Amy, Jack's parents.  Please also pray for Nick and Sam (his brothers).  This is beyond painful.  They are broken and shattered.
*Please pray Grace and Hope sleep well on the plane (and we are able to as well).  Please pray this 15 hour flight goes quickly and the girls have no issues.  PLEASE PRAY THERE ARE NO TRAVEL ISSUES OR WITH OUR HOTEL.
PLEASE PRAY GRACE AND HOPE SLEEP CONSISTENTLY with NO FEAR.  We REALLY need sleep!
*For Hope to learn to suck/drink quickly.
*For my eyes, they started itching and when that went away they started feeling swollen (and 
*That Hope's heart condition shows NO issues. 
*For Hope~Glory and Grace~Victory: Their lives have been rocked.  
*Please pray there is no lost luggage or issues with luggage (and IF possible, my one missing piece of clothing is found.  The laundry may have lost it and I brought very little in the way of MY clothes).
*  Please also pray there are NO health issues period during our trip...NONE AND WE GET SOME SLEEP.
*Please pray for our kids and families hearts (ours too) and safety (we all come back together safely).  This is the hard part, leaving them.  Peace that passes understanding is a good thing.
*Please pray for Tom, Elizabeth, and Alessandra that they find joy, new friends, and a beautiful rhythm in their new duty station.
*Please pray blessing on Ivan's new job (my son-in-love) and that they find a new normal in this.  It's a gift from God.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING TWELVE PRAYER REQUESTS AS WELL.

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION (MOST IMPORTANT TODAY AND EVERY DAY).

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

3.  We ask for prayers also that Grace and Hope become good sleepers.  Sleep deprivation is kicking us right now.

4. PLEASE pray protection against ALL of satan's schemes.  He's been messing with our family and with Amy and her family.  PLEASE pray a strong concrete, cement, gold, silver (smile) wall between our lives and his schemes.  Please pray for "more than enough" in every aspect of our lives right now, that we may take a breath.

5. Please pray for Thomas and I's anxiety/stress.  Life is keeping us going a million miles an hour and peace that passes understanding would be very very welcome!  (Prayers for physical strength as well for both of us)

6. PLEASE PRAY THERE ARE NO ISSUES IN TRAVEL OR HOTEL.

 7. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

8. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal AND that he doesn't need a LONG trip to Philly like they are talking about in September.


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