Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Jwaye Nowel

Merry Christmas friends! Our family has been so blessed by your love & prayers over the last few months and I'm asking you to not stop now.

We have been given the opportunity to adopt an adorable little boy. I have to tell you we really had no intention of adopting a boy, but at the same time we want to be open to God's plan - not ours. We are taking some time to pray about what God wants us to do. I ask you to join with us in prayer that God would give us clear direction (think flashing neon sign telling us whether or not this is our child kind of clear). We are also praying that our hearts will be open to whatever plan God may have because we know His ways are better than our own.

Please also continue to pray for Anchise. We are still praying for a miracle that she would be returned to Three Angels. That would certainly be the best Christmas gift I could think of!

We are looking forward to celebrating Christ's birth and spending time together as a family over the next few days. I pray your holidays are filled with many blessings.

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:16-20

Yo prese ale, yo jwenn Mari ak Jozèf, ansanm ak tipitit la kouche kote yo bay bèt yo manje a. Lè yo wè l', yo tanmen rakonte sa zanj lan te di yo sou pitit la. Tout moun ki t'ap koute yo te sezi tande sa yo t'ap rakonte a. Mari menm te kenbe tout pawòl sa yo nan kè l', li t'ap repase yo nan tèt li. Apre sa, gadò mouton yo al fè wout yo; yo t'ap di jan Bondye gen pouvwa, yo t'ap fè lwanj li, paske tou sa yo te tande ak tou sa yo te wè a te dakò ak sa zanj lan te fè yo konnen.
Luke 2:16-20 (Haitian Creole)

22 comments:

Bill and Christina said...

How very exciting!!!!!
Christina

Kathy said...

Awesome news. And still praying for A's return.

Lisa said...

Wow!! Amazing how God has plans for you and they may not be plans that we want at that time but in the end they work out for the best,I will pray for you guys and for that special girl that your family loves so much..Merry Christmas..

stephanie garcia said...

What an exciting yet overwhelming decision you have to make ... may the Lord give you His perfect peace as you seek His will!

Tammie said...

Wow - what an exciting decision to make. I like how you posted the same verse in creole. Merry Christmas!

livingpurereligion said...

Stephanie-

Throughout this entire thing you have been a beacon of light! Sandy was telling me the other day, "Talk about women of faith... you don't have to go back to the Bible to find it... you just have to look at women like Stephanie. She is woman of great faith!" I couldn't agree more. I know it is so hard, even still. Our family is praying for yours and cheering you along all the way! Can't wait to see what God has in store!

Jwaye Noel!,
The Boones

Kathy Eden said...

Ditto to what Cara has already said! And...I've "already" been praying about this for you & your family...and will continue to pray that God clearly speaks to you about this. Merry Christmas!

blessedfamily said...

oh how exciting and nerve-wrecking! Praying for a clear sign from our Lord. He will lead the way!

God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
JG

Kristi said...

A little boy!!! This could be a Christmas blessing both for you and your family and for this little boy. I don't know all the details but with what little I know having this happen at this time is a neon flashing sign to me! In no way are you replacing your gorgeous girl but maybe just maybe it's time to allow your heart to heal a little bit and be excited about the future. You are the only one who can decide if your heart is ready for this. I'll be thinking of your and your family - this is a tough one! What is your heart telling you?

The Gang's All Here! said...

Merry Christmas. I will think of you all during our travels - I might even have to peek in to check and see your progress. How very exciting. And yes, I am still praying for Anchise - can't get those eyes or adorable cheeks out of my mind! Praying, praying. In the meantime, peace and joy to you all.

Lena Wright said...

Jwaye Noel, my dear friend. Praying for you and with you. When you know, you know. And you will know.

Merry CHRISTmas and much love,

Lena

Momto13 said...

Praying! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Love,
Me and My family :)

Bill and Christina said...

Merry Christmas!

Christina

Tereasa said...

Oh, you know you will be covered in prayers!

God bless and Merry Christmas!

Jodie said...

We're praying for you!! Merry Christmas!!

Brandy and Troy said...

Wow...what an amazing gift that would be. Keep us posted :)
Praying!!!!!

poseygirl said...

Wow! Huge, exciting decision! I will definitely pray!

Eric and Michelle said...

Oh Stephanie,

I will pray and look forward to hearing what is revealed. Merry Christmas sweet friend.

Kristina said...

praying my friend, praying!

Katy said...

Still praying to our Father that He gives you an answer, in HIS perfect timing alone....and lifting up precious Anchise. Thank you, my friend, for your reassurance to me during this time in my life as well. Merry Christmas!

"Faith is the substance of what we hope for, the evidence of things we do not see." Hebrews 11:1

Tracy said...

Hi Stephanie!
Sorry I didn't post sooner. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and I pray that you will have a clear answer from the Lord in regards to your situation. When we began our process, we were set on a little girl as well and then God opened our hearts to receiving a little boy into our family. I am so glad that He did! I am so in love with my little boy already! I know you will be a great family to whichever child God has in store for you. That child will be so blessed! I will continue to pray for Anchise.

Hugs,
Tracy

Amanda said...

I hope you had a very merry Christmas and I pray that the Lord will guide you in the right decision as you seek His will for your lives!