Jerry Garcia said it best…

What a long, strange trip it’s been!!

Ok, I know, most over-quoted song lyric in history…but that’s only because of the genius of those few words!  We’ve been traveling down the road of adoption for 2 years now.  Two whole years.  I’d say that qualifies as LONG.  During that time, we’ve had a country program we were pursuing close on us, we’ve switched agencies, and we’ve seen all sorts of unprecedented events unfold within the Ghana adoption community.   We’ve traveled to Africa and held our children…and painfully returned home without them.  We’ve seen one delay after another turn into one amazing miracle after another!  We’ve experienced emotional highs (hearing an unprompted “I love you mommy” for the first time from our son) and devastating lows (learning the orphanage suffered major flooding, leaving our children displaced for an entire week).   It’s been a blessed journey…but STRANGE would certainly describe it too at times!

We’re nearing the end of this chapter in our story.  Our son & daughter WILL be coming home soon.  When?  I don’t know exactly yet, but it will be soon.  Possibly within the next few weeks!  Oh what a glorious experience it will be if we are able to celebrate the birth of our Savior as a family of 6, TOGETHER!  God sure seems to be paving the way for that to happen…but if it doesn’t, we’re okay with that too.  He has a perfect plan that we can’t see…so we continue to trust Him fully and just ask Him to bless us with the opportunity to be united as a family sooner rather than later.  No matter when they come home, their presence in our lives is already and will always be a beacon of God’s glory!  That doesn’t mean our daily life will always be peachy keen…but it does mean that we will choose to give Him the glory even in the tough times…for it is only by His faithfulness that we are able to be a family at all.

In less than 27 hours, our in-country coordinator, P, will be representing us at the US Embassy for our children’s visa interview.  Because of the time difference, most of you reading this will be sound asleep at that hour…but I ask that before then, if you would, please pray for favor to be shown to our children and a prompt visa issuance date to be assigned.  The visas are the final piece of the puzzle…once they are issued, we can bring our children home…FOREVER!

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.  ~Psalm 9:10

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