Holding hands in the dusky darkness, we speak quietly, hesitatingly, out of full and awestruck hearts.
Can you believe it?
How much God has blessed us?
He’s had so much mercy on us.
He hasn’t given us what our sins deserve.
Just think of all He has lavished on us.
He has drawn us to Himself, and continues to work in our hearts.
He has showered us liberally with friends. Friends of the very best kind.
He has helped us to be true friends with each other…
…visibly strengthening a marriage which has not been the easiest journey ever!
He has allowed ten children to be born from this body.
He has let us experience the joy of having twins!
The joy of having a child with Down syndrome!
And now…?! Is He really giving us the privilege of bringing this precious Katie into our family and caring for her?! Truly?!
Can you believe it?
He has always been so faithful to give us all–all–we need, so that we can do what He’s asked us to do.
Yes, even parent strong-willed children, and teenagers. *smile*
How can we ever thank Him for what He has done for us? There is so much that we could not speak it all in a lifetime.
And that was before…
Travel agency: How in the world was I supposed to sift through all the possible airlines to find the right one? The task loomed large for this home-educating mom of ten who does not have a lot of phone time, especially during business hours. The travel agent from my first trip told us that our situation was far outside her area of expertise, and good luck! I thanked her for her time and prayed that God would guide me deftly past all the time-wasting rabbit trails and make the way clear. Then several people reminded us of the Golden Rule Travel agency. I gratefully report that we could not possibly have asked for more interested and helpful service! Answer to prayer!
Airline: So far, it sounds as though Lufthansa is willing to work with our situation! Answer to prayer!
Airline-approved car seat: Same family who gave to open Katie’s account wants to pay for the carseat! Our missionary friends in Katie’s country have offered to use the funds we send to purchase the seat there, then take it to Katie’s baba for us before we get there. At that time, they can also deliver a few other items we plan to send–small “lovey” cloths with our scents and recordings of our voices singing to her (both for her baba to use as comforts), and instructions to help prepare her to leave the orphanage. These missionaries also want us to travel to their country a couple of days early, so that we can stay with them. This will help cut down on the amount we need to pack, since we can purchase some of the orphanage gifts there. Answers to prayer!
Experienced advice: I was warmly welcomed into an online group of adoptive moms. They have already given me a wealth of incalculably valuable advice! Answer to prayer!
Extra expenses for Katie: After reading about the anonymous family who sent $200 to open a bank account for Katie, with a commitment to send $50 a month as they are able, a close friend wrote, “I’d like to match this gift, which I think I can commit to for up to 5 years.” Every time I tried to tell the rest of the family about this gift, I got choked up and couldn’t finish, for many reasons. Answer to prayer before it was prayed!
Hospital logistics: God has even set help in place for me at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). This help is in the form of a mom who is right now adopting from Katie’s country, and works in Admissions at CHOP! She has already given me loads of very specific and practical advice regarding my stay there, and has said she will arrange the best room she can for Katie and me! Answer to prayer before it was prayed!
Possible need for a nurse escort for the flight home: An adoptive dad of ten children, ICU nurse in another Philly hospital, and former NICU and pediatric ER nurse, has offered to accompany us as we fly Katie home! “[We] will figure out the fundraising for travel expenses if this comes to be. You do not need one more thing to complicate life right now. God is so faithful! We have proceeded with our last two adoptions without a clue as to how we would fund the ransom, and God has left us in awe with the way He provided. The travel would be pocket change in comparison to full adoption fees!” Answer to prayer before it was prayed!
Other children in Katie’s orphanage: We need to keep laboring diligently in prayer for the other children with special needs at this orphanage. Some of them still need God to cut red tape on their behalf, so they can be made available for adoption. Some of them need God to send families for them. A path must be cleared in front of each family through agency and governmental red tape. Finances need to be provided. We can pray with great hope and confidence, because guess what? God can give and give and give, and at the end of the day, He still has just as much left to give. He moves hearts; He changes minds. And He is stronger than [the unprintable enemy]. We believed it; now we have seen it.
Want more evidence? I have heard some good news about a few more of the other children waiting with Katie, but I cannot give specific details yet.
One of the little boys (not “Tony”) has had several families consider him!
Another little girl has a family poised to commit to her; we know this family, and we will be so thrilled if God gives them the final green light!
And one more little girl has a family moving forward to adopt her!
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.