First, a riddle for my dear blog readers:
What goes like this?
*Sound of a mama walking, turning toward the stairs with small child in arms*
“Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!”
*more silence as the reality of a familiar pain comes sinking in*
Oh my goodness.
This did not just happen.
“Laura, please come get Verity! Quick!”
“I can’t believe this!”
*Sound of hopping*
*Sound of mama laughing her head off, which sound continued for some time*
The answer is this photo~
The song of praise!
What? A song of praise when I sprained my ankle 42 hours before I leave for Tommy’s country? Well, I laughed a lot this afternoon! What else could I do? It’s funny!
But that wasn’t the real song of praise! Just wait until you get a tiny glimpse of how perfectly God has crafted every detail! He is meeting our needs almost before we realize we have them!
~I had just come home from my very last errand when I felt and heard the *rip,* and all the work I have left to do can be done with my foot in ice water or elevated and immobilized.
~A large number of friends were notified and praying for healing within a short period of time. One close friend is a nurse, one is a doctor, and I am following their strict instructions. My pain has already greatly subsided! [Joe is taking Katie to her DEXA scan tomorrow, dear E!]
~Good friends who live five minutes from us had an ankle brace and adjustable crutches to loan.
~I am traveling during the very earliest cleared space on our schedule. This is ideal for so many reasons.
~Joseph, our oldest son, can drive the rest of our children fifteen minutes to the home of our friends every weekday morning while I’m gone, and drive them back home at suppertime. He works right there for the father of this wonderful family where our children are so thoroughly welcome and feel so much at home!
~Some other friends, who “just happen” to live right along the route our children will be taking each morning and evening, have volunteered to do all our family’s laundry for the week! Oh my goodness! What a huge blessing!
~Four meals have already been dropped off or promised and a good friend is organizing more meals to help over the next two weeks!
~Two other good friends donated all the clothing I can fit into my luggage for the children in the orphanage, and a few of you have sent much-appreciated funds to donate as well!
~God has so abundantly provided for Tommy’s adoption costs through your open hearts and hands. We are moved and humbled to see so many of you give freely and lovingly to bring this one small fatherless boy into our family.
We found out tonight that counting the airfare promised for the second trip and one more promised large donation, TOMMY’S ADOPTION IS NOW FULLY FUNDED! Yes, FULLY FUNDED!!!
Praise GOD our Provider!!!
Signing off for now, grateful for all your prayers, and eager for Monday afternoon, when Tommy can feel the arms of a mother around him for the first time in almost sixteen years.
“I delivered the poor who cried out, the fatherless and the one who had no helper.”