Wow, what a day!! We were heading to the shower this morning when we got the call from Alex, “the kids that did not go to camp today are being moved from our rooms upstairs to the smaller sleeping room downstairs and there is not room for us, we need to come to DCU to be with you.” Wheeee!! Good news…we were more than tired of the trip to the orphanage each day and even more weary of saying goodbye but expecting to have only him accompany us home today it was definitely a change in plans. We started making phone calls and as is always the case, our angels at DCU flew in to the rescue. We had the extra bedding we needed, a ride home in the DCU van with all their belongings, Jim Parlow making our dinner and everything lined out before we left for the day. God is so good!!
Our court decree and birth certificates are in hand and passports are ordered and should arrive either Friday or Tuesday. Their date of arrival will determine when we can have our US Embassy appointment and travel home.
We made cards and decorated gift bags for the workers in their group and sorted nearly a decade worth of belongings to come home.
Here are a few photos of their last day as orphans and first day with a family of their very own…
We are so grateful for your prayers. The paperwork is behind us and we are officially family, and so amazed at God making the way each step of the journey. There were many long days and even weeks that we thought we would go home alone. It has been the most intense faith walk we’ve ever experienced. We believe with all our hearts that our prayer from day one, “God’s will be done” has been accomplished. We are in awe of His provision and timing in every detail.
We cherish your prayers in the coming days as we become a family of 7…the winter season of survival in the cold and dark season of the freeing is past and we are moving into spring where we will plant the seeds, water, fertilize, prune, weed and watch God give the increase. It is our most earnest prayer that these four children will come to love Jesus with all their hearts. For now we will be about the work of earning their trust and respect and giving limitless unconditional love as we strive to show the love of Christ to each of them. We would especially appreciate your prayers for wisdom and opportunities to spend time alone with each of them every day. It is critical that we develop a bond and relationship with each of them individually and that they know how special and treasured they are to us and to the Lord.