Truly....I mean that!! No matter what happens this week....no matter what their reply is to our plea for Crew to be cleared for a visa.....I KNOW GOD WILL MAKE GOOD COME FROM THIS!! He already has!!
Already, we have fallen in love with a little boy that had no one. NO ONE! That is one less orphan in the world! Now he has us, no matter what!! That is good!!
Already, 2 other families that we know have chosen to adopt...not one, but TWO boys each!! That is 4 less orphans in the world. Both of those families have already passed court in Ethiopia and will bring those boys home to forever families soon!! That is good!!
Already, both my girls, college age, have decided to go on not just one....not just two....but THREE mission trips to show the love of Christ to children that do not have anything! My girls have seen how important it is to truly demonstrate the love of God to others; not by merely saying they do, but by showing they do! They have both said they do not want a penny from us for these trips. They know we have had many expenses with the adoption fees and the travel, etc. They are using their own money that they have saved, they are both working jobs to raise money, and they both are sending out support letters asking if anyone wants to partner with them in financial support and prayer. They want to share God's love in a tangible way! They know God will provide! That is good!!
Already, my 5 year old wants to teach Crew how to build legos, play ball and jump on the trampoline!! He already talks about "When Crew is here....". He already sees that color doesn't matter. It's the heart!! That is good!!
Already, all of my kids have said, "Mom, we do not need a big Christmas! We are fine! We have plenty!" Enough said! That is good!!
Already, we have made some lifetime friendships through the adoption community! Friends that we would have never met had we not taken this step of faith! Friends that I just cannot imagine not having in my life now. And even some of the friendships I had before have grown stronger through this bond we now share in our hearts!! That is good!!
Already, my faith is stronger!! Even when things have not gone the way I would want them to go....I trust God!! I believe satan is trying to stop adoption! It is the very picture of how Christ adopted us, so satan hates it! But God promises good will come! And it has!! And it will continue!! That is good!!
PLEASE PRAY!! We were given an RFE a few weeks ago. This means REQUEST FOR FURTHER EVIDENCE. We have to PROVE that Crew is an orphan! I know...seems ridiculous....but it is what it is and we just had to take more steps!! We have submitted our response to the USCIS. It should arrive in the morning (Rome time), which is about anytime now! We are asking for PRAYER for FAVOR..... For SOFTENED HEARTS.... That satan will NOT have his way.... That Crew will be allowed to get a visa from the US Government and COME HOME!!!
Did I ever think I would have to FIGHT for this orphan? Not in a million years!! Would I do it all over again? YES!!!! He is worth it to me!! Just like any one of my other 4 kids, I would do anything to save them!! Crew deserves a family!! I love that kid!! The shepherd left the 99 to go get the one....Crew is that one!!! We will not stop until he is home!!!
PLEASE, LORD!! LET IT BE NOW!!!!
It's all good!!! God sees us! God hears us!! God holds us!!!