Monday, July 17, 2017

When Grace Came Home (Day 9)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

I'm not even sure how to write this.  My heart feels like it's exploding.  

Two years...TWO YEARS I have longed for this day.  There won't be as many words in this post.  I just can't.  This is too real and precious.  It makes me think of the verse that said Mary treasured up these things in her heart.

At two o'clock we met our guide in the lobby.  Truthfully, it seemed like just another day and not real.  This day that we had waited for so long took on a dreamlike quality.

In the van on the way to meet Grace~Victory.

We arrived knowing it would be a few minutes before we met Thomas and I's newest daughter and  we needed to organize and sign some papers first.



Our guide Ying (pronouced "Ing")

Three other families were there, two having met their children already.  We watched and witnessed one daddy and his two teen sons meet their new little girl.  There's nothing like it.

Within minutes we were told to get ready.  (Prepare for an ugly cry.)

It was time.  

(I can't describe this moment and will let the pictures speak for themselves.)

TWO YEARS....






Hope and Grace weren't interested in each other at first. (I finally stopped crying for a bit at this point.)


 That quickly changed.




Wait, there were more tears in there.



We finally headed back to the hotel.  My heart was raw and I'm sure it could be seen on the outside of my body.

Our girls!!! I HAD OUR GIRLS!!!!

She wasn't sad, but very very tired.  We received
custody during her nap time (and Hope's).

Hope,is the precious little sister.
She is
such a character and a gift.


She couldn't stop looking at the picture of her Daddy.



Sisters!!!


Hope fell sound asleep on the floor next to me at around 6:00 pm (after no real nap).

Grace fell asleep about a half an hour later.


Finally our two cribs are filled...with gifts from our Heavenly Father.


During these last two years some really rough stuff happened.  Yet God reiterated again and again that we were not look to the right or left, but follow Him.  Sometimes following Him doesn't have instant results.  It's not always easy.  Let me tell you this though, it is blessed.

BLESSED MORE THAN ANYONE (including us) COULD EVER IMAGINE!!!

This victory is not ours.  THIS VICTORY IS GOD'S.




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Please pray friends...

Immanent:
*THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED THROUGH OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS.
*For Grace to feel comfortable and show us her beautiful self.
*For Hope to learn to suck/drink quickly.
*For my eyes, they started itching and when that went away they started feeling swollen (and are a bit bloodshot).  Part of my inner eye on one eye actually looks wrinkled (but doesn't hurt) Please pray for complete healing NOW.
*That Hope starts sleeping better and longer. That she relaxes into sleep without tears of fear.
*That Hope's heart condition shows NO issues.
*For Hope and Grace's health.... and my and Amy's health too.  
*For Hope~Glory and Grace~Victory: Their lives have been rocked.  WE know it's a beautiful thing and blessing, but everything is unfamiliar.  We don't look, smell, or sound like her.  (Picture being handed to someone you don't know, have never seen before, and told they are your new family and to go with them.)
*Please pray there are no hiccups, paperwork or otherwise during this entire trip across the world. 
*That Amy and I's bodies are strong and there is no pain and we feel AWAKE and ALERT.   Please also pray there are NO health issues period during our trip...NONE AND WE GET SOME SLEEP.
*Please pray the weather is unseasonably cool in both regions we will be in.  It's not the most important prayer, very possibly the least, but we appreciate it.  Please pray no matter what the weather it doesn't effect us negatively. (When I say "hot", I mean sticky, sweaty, steam bath, sauna, dripping wet, fogged up sunglasses hot.)
*Please pray for our kids and families hearts (ours too) and safety.  This is the hard part, leaving them.  Peace that passes understanding is a good thing.
*Please pray that there is NO lost luggage during any of our trip.  Though we pack a set of clothing in carryons, this is something we hope we don't have to face. (smile).
*Please pray for Tom, Elizabeth, and Alessandra that they find joy, new friends, and a beautiful rhythm in their new duty station.


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 are good sleepers.  I know that may sound trivial, but knowing what can happen (we've had it both ways) we know if they can sleep (both in country and at home), transition will go much smoother.

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.

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 PAPERWORK ISSUES IN COUNTRY AND EVERYTHING GOES FLAWLESSLY.  This is my current worry...pffttt.

7. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

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

9. That our families are safe while we are apart and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

10. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

1 comment:

  1. Prayers answered! Praise the Lord! <3 <3 <3

    ReplyDelete

In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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