Thursday, December 23, 2010

All I Really Want



Well I don’t know if you remember me or not
I’m one of the kids they brought in from the home
I was the red-haired boy in an old green flannel shirt
You may not have seen me – I was standing off alone
I didn’t come and talk to you, ‘cause that’s never worked before
And you’ll prob’ly never see this letter anyway
But just in case there’s something you can do to help me out
I’ll ask you one more time

All I really want for Christmas
Is someone to tuck me in
A shoulder to cry on if I lose
Shoulders to ride on if I win
There’s so much I could ask for
But there’s just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family

Well I guess I should go ahead and tell you now
If it’s really true about that list you have
Somehow I always seem to end up in a fight
But I’m really trying hard not to be bad
But maybe if I had a brother or a dad to wrestle with
Well, maybe they could teach me how to get along
And from everything I’ve heard
Sounds like the greatest gift on earth would be a mom

Is someone who’ll be there
To sing me “Happy Birthday”
For the next 100 years
And it’s OK if they’re not perfect
Well, even if they’re a little broken, that’s alright
‘Cause so am I

Well, I guess I should go
It’s almost time for bed
And maybe next time I write you
I’ll be at home

‘Cause all I really want for Christmas
Is someone to tuck me in
Tell me I’ll never be alone
Someone whose love will never end
Of all that I could ask for
Well, there’s just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas
All I really want for Christmas is a family

Just a family
That’s all I really need

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Warning: Tissues Needed!

There's a little girl trembling on a cold December morn
Crying for momma's arms
At an orphanage just outside a little China town
There the forgotten are

But half a world away I hang the stockings by the fire
And dream about the day when I can finally call you mine

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in his arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

As I hang the tinsel on the tree and watch the twinkling lights
I'm warmed by the fire's glow
Outside the children tumble in a wonderland of white,
Make angels in the snow

But half a world away you try your best to fight the tears
And hope that heaven's angels come to carry you here

It's Christmas time again but you're not home
Your family is here and yet you're somewhere else alone
And so tonight I pray that God will come and hold you in his arms
And tell you from my heart I wish you Merry Christmas

Christmas is a time to celebrate the holy child
And we celebrate his perfect gift of love
He came to earth to give his life
And prepare a place for us
So we could have a home with him above

It's Christmas time again and now you're home
Your family is here so you will never be alone
So tonight before you go to sleep, I'll hold you in my arms
And I'll tell you from my heart, and I'll you from my heart
I wish you Merry Christmas

Little Ones-Merry Christmas!!! We're preparing a place for you and rejoicing you'll be home next year for Christmas!

Monday, December 6, 2010

REFERRAL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land."
Proverbs 25:25

We are so grateful and excited to share with you all that we received our referral last Thursday, December 2nd! Little Boy M just turned 3 years old and Baby Girl H is not quite 4 months old. It has been a long wait and some days we wondered if we would ever hear those long awaited words, "we have your referral." We cannot begin to even describe the mixture of emotions that day held. Grief for these little ones and all they've lost and suffered and yet tremendous joy in knowing we get to play a part in God's plan of restoration for them! It is truly awesome!

Seeing their pictures was incredible! I would've never said I believed in love at first sight...until I saw them. I saw him first and my heart instantly melted. I felt such intense grief for him and all he'd lost and yet the joy of knowing he would be my SON filled me with such love and hope for him. When I looked in his eyes, it was like I'd always known him. He has captured our hearts!

When I saw her it was nothing but sweetness and joy. She's sleeping in our pictures so I still have yet to see her with her eyes open. I honestly never expected a little one so young, so that was a special blessing! I got such intense butterflies looking at her. She is such a sweetie!!! I feel like she's my song...when I think of her I can't help but want to sing!

Here are some common questions we've gotten and the answers to the best of our knowledge.

Are they related?
No, they are not biologically related. But, they'll be brother and sister in our family:)!

Can't you post pictures, names, etc?
Unfortunately because of legal rules we cannot post any pictures or personal info about the kids until our adoption is finalized which happens on our first trip. We do have pictures on us and can show those in person.

When can you travel?
We're hoping to maybe travel in March sometime. There are many variables that play into this, but that's our best guess at this point.

When will your second trip be?
Our second trip will be 4-6 weeks after the first trip. The first trip is our court date where we legally adopt them at the Ethiopian court. Our second trip is for our Embassy appointment where the kids will receive passports and visas.

What's next?
Next we wait for a second round of medical testing to be done. After that, our paperwork is submitted to court and we wait for a date.

Feel free to ask any other questions and we'll do our best to answer them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the prayer and support!!! You have all played such a vital part in the lives of our children already and we are grateful to the Lord for you all! Keep praying with us as we await their safe arrival into our arms.
Little Ones-The day has come and we've seen your faces! It was sweeter than we ever imagined it would be. The thought of holding you and bringing you home into this family brings joy unspeakable into our hearts! You are so treasured and special to us. We're so glad we found you both and anxiously await the day you are finally HOME! We love you!

Here are some photos that capture all the emotions wrapped up in seeing their faces.







ALL PRAISE AND GLORY BE TO GOD!