Yesterday we heard from our adoption agency that we were accepted! Well actually the email arrived the afternoon before but we didn't see it until the next morning. It's really amazing that we heard back so quickly - we only mailed our application in 6 business days before we got our answer - so can't help but be reminded that God's hand is all over this. And I can't begin to describe how that one little word made us feel.
I am beginning to understand that we find Jesus in the faces of these orphans and I am so excited about our journey. One of the verses that God pointed out to me was Isaiah 45:3 that says "And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness-secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name." Going to Kazakhstan and opening my heart up even now to the awareness of the plight of these precious children is such a scary thing...truly heartbreaking...but I know that God has hidden treasures in that darkness, and if we humble ourselves and are faithful and get involved our God will do amazing things.
It's funny, as the acceptance letters come in and things happen so fast we have moments of fear about how fast its going...and then moments later we are so upset that it is going so slow. What a crazy roller coaster ride! We pray that we will remember the One who is really carrying us through this whole thing.
We are a relatively normal family of four who love God, each other... and ice cream! We just finished the adoption of our youngest son from Kazakhstan and are busy living the roller-coaster ride of life with a teenager and a pre-schooler, but we are also praying that God will bless us with more. We aren't sure exactly what is in store for us next, but we have a feeling things will be a little crazy. But then again, if it wasn't, things would just be plain boring. Life is sweet!
- Lauren, Clint, Matthew & Nathan
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6
"God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful." - 1 Thessalonians 5:24