Monday, March 19, 2012

Adoption Update

Adoption update:  
We continue to be so appreciative of your thoughts and prayers throughout this journey. We are approaching the one-year mark. What a ride this has been! One of the biggest surprises has been how much you can truly love someone you have never met. To be honest, I feel the same way I did when Kathy was pregnant with the girls. Constantly wondering what he is doing, what he’s like and of course whom he will looks like. In this journey to bring those little hands and feet home, we have seen our Creators’ hands everywhere. God has shown Himself in so many unique ways, reassuring us of our decisions and His timing. Status update: 

We understand E-man is feeling better, after suffering from Malaria. Our assigned judge was moved to a higher court. So, our advocate has withdrawn our paperwork and re-filed with the higher courts. We have no idea what this means for timing, but I can honestly tell you that learning to truly trust in God's timing has been life changing. Don't get me wrong, there are rough days, but His Sovereign plan is perfect. Preparing to bring another child into our lives has also challenged me to look at the man in the mirror. I am so thankful for a God who believes in forgiveness and restoration. 

Confronting sin is ugly, holding onto to grace is freeing. I have spent my whole life growing and running from God in a variety of different ways. However, recently I have been studying about the fear of God. The study of this topic has been transforming. Too many times, we tend to rationalize this truth away. Reality is fear drives us to our knees where we learn the character of God, which causes us to see His Sovereignty. Please continue to pray for Emmanuel, his birth mother, and Percy as he intercedes on our behalf to give our son a forever family. We are praying we have him in our arms before summer and we know that our God works through the prayers of the righteous, therefore, we ask that you join us in that prayer.

The video below is from a recent project with Both Hands to help bring Eman home.  We are so thankful for our amazing family and friends!  Volunteers, I hope you enjoy the video and thank you for the being the hands and feet go God. Click to learn more about Both Hands





Monday, March 5, 2012

Big Week!


Perhaps, this is the biggest in adoption journey.  We praying these little feet start to find their way home!
   
First, our Ghana social worker has reportedly asked Emmanuel’s mother to appear in court this week.  If she does, we will be awarded custody and provided dates to appear before the judge.  Admittedly, this is where it all feels weird and a hundred questions come to mind.  In the end, this is also where we must trust in a sovereign God who is leading us down this path.
     
Secondly, we will be participating in a Both Hands project this weekend (March 10th). If you live in or near Birmingham.  We would love to see you!!   This is an amazing organization.   Both Hands Foundation is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2008. The Nashville-based foundation has a two-fold mission of serving widows in a very practical way in local communities nationwide, while raising funds to help willing families adopt through a partnership with Lifesong for Orphans.

Each project starts with an adoptive family. The family recruits a team of friends to work on a widow’s house. In advance of doing light repairs, painting, de-cluttering, cleaning, and landscaping, team members ask family members and friends to sponsor them for the day while they work on the house. Volunteers will be sponsored for a day of labor much in the same way that a 5k marathon runner or golfer earns funds for a local charity. All sponsorship funds raised goes to help offset the high cost of adoption. Private donors cover administrative costs of Both Hands. To date, Both Hands has raised over $1,400,000, helped 148 widows, affected 169 orphans, and enabled over 3700 people to serve a widow in need in their community.

Volunteers on the project will not only be helping a dear friend and widow, but also raising funds to offset the costs of bringing our three year old little boy home from Ghana. Volunteers are sponsored for a day of labor much in the same way that a 5k marathon runner or golfer earns funds for a local charity.

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