First, let me say thank you for all of your prayers, your gifts and incredible LOVE. God is FAITHFUL.
As we approach the one year anniversary of our adoption journey we long to hold Daniel and Leah in our arms. We pray Philippians 4:11 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
We must learn to be content in all things including the wait.
So you may be wondering where we are in this wait?
We are currently waiting on something abbreviated as LOA ( Letter of Acceptance) This is in the hands of our dear Chinese friends. Once we are accepted ( Lord willing ), we will gain some information on travel arrangements and when we will be invited to China to meet our children. Our hearts swell with prayer and Hope that they are both surrounded by caring and Jesus filled people that Love them everyday. We pray in Faith as God showed us His great Faithfulness in this same prayer while waiting for our Samuel, during our first adoption from Russia. Will you pray with us? This is our greatest desire.
We have celebrated so many family events while waiting! Samuel's three year adoption anniversary, Our seven year wedding anniversary, incredible fundraisers, weddings and home schooling masterpieces! God has moved mountains in resources to bring them home! What a mighty God we serve!
As we attempt to live out Romans 12:8-13
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit,[g]serve the Lord.12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
....we have neglected blogging and some other social events and pressed into each other as a family during the wait. There will be a great many changes so this is a great time to pray,serve, read God's word and listen. Please forgive us/me for the lack of updates. Social media is a bear and noise sometimes in my own spirit and I pull back and draw into Christ when peace escapes me. Please know we also as a family have not forgotten you in prayer and are so amazed by your affection and sacrifice for our family. God has truly shone brightly through you! You know who you are! For those of you in the process of adopting, here is the number one bit of wisdom I have been given in waiting....are you ready? Spend as many dates and mini prayer dates with your spouse as possible. Lean on God and each other.