Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Baby

Today we send birthday wishes to our sweet girl in Africa...Baby turns three today! It's hard to believe.

This adoption journey has been so long. It is one thing to go through the process of paperwork, home studies, interviews, etc. and then wait for a baby to be born. It is an entirely different thing to KNOW your baby and then wait those same years. In the meantime, she is growing, bonding with her family that cares for her and the world turns...we wait.

We would have loved to have had these last three years. I would have loved to hug her, cuddle her, bathe her, diaper her and sing lullabies to her. (I'm pretty sure I could still do that...she just will take up a bit more space in my arms.)
What I know is this...the Lord placed this little girl in our hearts. We love her in a way that is indescribable.
We continue to wait.
We have no idea what the Lord is up to. These things we do know...
-He is in control.
-He knows what is going on.
-We need to walk out in all the things He has called us to do...mentoring young leaders, lead a YWAM work, raise our children in the ways of God, etc.
-He who called us is faithful.
-He will complete what He started.
-We will continue to serve, with JOY, no matter the outcome.
-He is trustworthy.
These days we pray for a resolution. We also ask for the Lord to continue to guard all hearts involved. Yes. We are still pursuing Baby. We covet your prayers.
Please join with us, as we celebrate this beautiful life and all that God has in store.
"Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you."
-Jeremiah 1:5 (The Message)

Happy Birthday Baby!


Anna said...

She is so absolutely beautiful! We continue to pray for you all on this journey and can't wait until the day you get to bring her home!

Amy Spahr said...

Happy Birthday, baby!!!!

standing with you. xoxox

Karyn said...

Shoot! I meant to say happy birthday to you today when I saw you, and completely forgot! Happy Birthday Baby, we prayed for you this evening before bedtime! We can't wait to meet you and celebrate your birthdays together!

Teri said...

Praying for you all and for Baby too. Happy Birthday Baby!

I was trying to remember the country she is in. Is it Liberia? There is a family in our homeschool group who have four children of their own, but are trying to adopt 3 beautiful sisters from their. They felt the Lord led them to start a letter campaing to President Shirleaf. They've asked others to write letters on their behalf and they will Fedex them to the president. They gave us the guidelines, letter outline, and a sample letter. If your interested in looking at it I can email you a copy. Just let me know. IN the meantime, know that we are praying for you guys. Ray and I were just talking about you, and Sofi has been asking about Ashley and Amanda. We may just need to come visit again! Blessings.

Sharon said...

Happy Birthay sweet Baby!! I am so glad to hear this update..I have wondered if you were still pursuing her or if things had come to a standstill...praying she is in you arms so very soon!!! The wait is so hard and yours is becoming a marathon!