Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I have felt such love and support this past week from friends and family who have called, e-mailed, gave a donation, made amazing things happen in the visa department, and prayed with us and for us. There are so many people I have wanted to call and talk to before I left, but time has gotten away from me. If you have not been personally thanked (YET), please forgive me. If you encouraged us in any way I just want to say a heartfelt thank you. I am feeling very blessed.
It is very, very hard to leave my family here. My heart is divided, but I look forward to the day when we will all be together. If this trip is a means to the end then so be it.
I look forward to seeing my daughter's birth country first hand. I look forward to the people I will meet along the way. I pray that somehow I can be a light for Christ on my travels and pray God will put people in my path that I can share His good news with.
Thank you Lord for the amazing way that you made this trip come together.
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the LORD always before me.Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Still no visa. Please keep praying.
Update: Visa is on it's way. I tracked it one last time before bed and it's in the mail. Thank you JESUS!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Lord willing, I am outta here on Friday! There is just the minor detail of needing my visa/passport returned to me. Saying lots of prayers for that to come through.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We have a travel plan in place and arrangements have been made for the kids. The surest sign for me is the peace I feel about this trip. I felt all along that I was meant to go to Ghana and the judge requesting my visit confirmed that.
In just one week I will be holding Mercy. What a glorious day that will be! Thank you to everyone who has e-mailed, called, contributed and continues to pray. We are feeling very blessed!
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,so my ways are higher than your ways andmy thoughts higher than your thoughts.Isaiah 55:8-9
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
My mind is spinning right now with details of how to get to Ghana next week, what to do with the kids, etc. Last minute tickets are coming in around $2,000 plus in-country expenses. I overnighted my application for an expedited visa tonight.
It's not that I don't want to go and see Mercy. I do. We have been saving for a while now hoping and praying we will have enough money for the pick up trip. We do not have credit cards to fall back on. Our choices are basically to go or walk away. Walking away is not an option so we pretty much need a miracle.
This is not what we were expecting, but thankfully it is not a surprise to God. We are putting our trust in Him to make our path straight. Please pray...
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The last few days I've gotten several reports from someone spending a little time with Miss Mercy. Here are a couple of things she's sent me that make me grin from ear to ear:
I have never seen a kid SOOOO interested in her family picture book. She CONSTANTLY has it in her hands and goes through every picture telling me who is who.
Mercy is beyond wonderful and SO MUCH FUN! Definitely the life of the party! The way she talks is just hilarious! And you can clearly tell just how much she loves you guys! I asked her about her grandmother and she said that she lives around here and her name is .... (I couldn't understand). And then I asked her about her mother and where she lived and she said "She lives in America." When really I was asking about her birth mother:) I think you guys are in for an AMAZING treat with Mercy and she is definitely worth every bit of your struggle to get her home!
Sweet words for this momma's heart indeed!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Our dossier was fortunate enough to make it to Ghana at a time when the adoption process was beginning to be scrutinized more closely. Of course it is difficult to find fault with that. If I was sending a child off to another country I would want to be sure they were going to be well cared for and loved also.
So where are we at? Waiting for court. Our case cannot go to court until the social welfare report is received and that is not done yet. Another mom I've become friends with is in Ghana right now and had the opportunity to sit in on a meeting with our attorney. He is saying that at this point they are not requiring parents to travel to Ghana for court, but that it couldn't hurt and would most likely be beneficial in the long run. We are praying about when/if I will travel to Ghana and how we will find the resources to do that. We are trying to discern if this is what I am meant to do.
After I started this post I was able to talk with Mercy on Skype. It was such a blessing to hear her bossy little voice (she has no problem saying what's on her mind). She asked when she could come to America and got very sad when it was time to say goodbye. She did have a special request for when I come to Ghana - she wants a pink mesh scrubby for the bath. I think I can handle that one.
Thank you Lord for my praying friends. Thank you Lord for sustaining me during these difficult days of waiting. Thank you Lord for letting me talk to our sweet girl. You are worthy of my praise.
Praise the LORD.Praise God in his sanctuary;praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with tambourine and dancing,praise him with the strings and flute,praise him with the clash of cymbals,praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.Praise the LORD.Psalm 150:1-6
Monday, August 3, 2009
This past weekend I was looking at our updated I-171H for Ghana and noticed the fingerprint expiration date said 10/29/10 instead of the previous 10/29/09. At first I was thrilled at the thought of not having to travel 4 hours to have our fingerprints re-done in October. Reality did set in and trying to avoid any problems down the road I let them know of this potential error via e-mail.
Of course, being the prompt and efficient office that they are I quickly received an e-mail this morning stating: The error in your fingerprint data (10/29/2010 instead of the correct expiration of 10/29/2009) has been amended.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,who gives generously to all without finding fault,and it will be given to him.But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea,blown and tossed by the wind.James 1:5-6