Update and repost

Thank you for following along. We are humbled by the notes, emails and posts we receive. We are also excited about the number of people who are following our blog. We have had visits from 11 different countries.

We are so excited about our new addition to our family, but saddened by a recent Facebook post. Which was from an orphanage in Africa, which stated, “We are registering over 2000 orphans living in the Eastern Region this December. More sponsors will be needed to care for these innocent orphans. It is truly difficult to identify orphans in Ghana. Please pray with us." Each one of us can impact the world one life at a time.

Adoption update: Department of Homeland Security has approved our right to adopt and have forwarded the approval to our adoptive country. We have been informed the African side is also working on our file. We are trying to temper our emotions with realistic expectations, but feel like we will be traveling in within the next 6 to 8 weeks.

I personally have been thinking about Emmanuel’s mom and her willingness to allow her son to be adopted. I wonder what she was thinking then and now. We may have the opportunity to meet her during one of our trips. What will that moment be like, what will we say to each other? As far as his father goes, he wanted nothing to do with him. So, at this point society would classify him as an orphan. Since we have added so many new faces, I thought I would repost an earlier post.

Emmanuel,

I am thankful for the opportunity I have through technology to write and tell you a little of your life story. Admittedly, as you can imagine I spend a lot of time thinking about you and wondering what your life will be like. I have spent time reading and studying your social report. The reality is people will try to label you and even now call you orphan. However, labels don’t tell the real story behind who you are and who you will be. No one else has your eyes, nose, smile or even your laughter. No one will be able to hug, hold my hand or call me daddy just like you. No one will be able to play, laugh and cry with your sisters just like you. No one will be able to look at your mommy and tell her you love her just like you.

Emmanuel you were never fatherless. The creator of all things formed you and molded you into his image in such a unique way, there is only ONE you. I pray over the years we become very close, and I can be the Father you need me to be. Most importantly, I pray that I lead you to the cross. I pray I disciple you in such a way you know and love the authority of God’s perfect written word. Whose authority should never be questioned but worshiped. I pray as I teach you to fish, he teaches you to be fishers of men. I pray as I teach you to follow through on your jump shot, he teaches you to follow him in every step of your life even when it doesn’t make sense.

You see Emmanuel you were never orphaned or fatherless. God has been unmistakably weaving this masterpiece together for thousands of years just so we can be together so I can call you son, and you can call me Daddy. My heart beats and yearns to meet you, but I also know with each passing day our bond grows stronger and stronger. Some call you orphan…I call you my son. I love you!

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