Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Super SPECIAL Day!

LOTS to celebrate at our house this week! And I LOVE it!! Jody had a great 33rd birthday yesterday! Can't wait to tell ya'll all about it! Thanks for all of the sweet birthday wishes!

Well, today, March 17th , is a super SPECIAL day at our house for several reasons...
Today is such a SPECIAL day is because...


Today marks exactly 6 MONTHS of being on the waitlist for Caroline Faith!!! It's so crazy to think that it has already been six months! In some ways, it seems like it has flown by, and then some days I feel like we've been on this waitlist forever!

Every month that goes by we fall more and more IN LOVE with this sweet baby girl! I guess this is just God's way of bonding us to her even though we've never seen her face! He has used this waiting time to draw us closer to Him and bond us to our daughter! I realized last week, with all the changes in the Ethiopia adoption process, just how emotionally attached that we are to Caroline Faith! And I LOVE that!!

And speaking of the waitlist, I will be posting our official March number tomorrow! So excited about it!!!

And today is also a SPECIAL day because of this huge milestone in our journey...


Today marks exactly ONE YEAR since Jody and I started praying TOGETHER about adopting a baby girl from Ethiopia! God had put it on my heart in November of 2009, so I had been praying about it for 4 months...but I had not told Jody.

Looking back, I realize that God wanted to me to be sure of His calling before I ever went to Jody about it. So, on the night of March 17th, I knew that God was telling me that I needed to tell Jody everything I had been praying about. And even though Jody had many questions about it, the important thing was, he agreed to start praying about it everyday with an open heart to God's calling.

And that night, my heart was filled with so much HOPE because I knew that my husband would truly seek God's will about adoption. And I also knew that if this was truly God's plan for our family, then He would be faithful to show Jody that too and unite our hearts in this. And over the next several weeks, that is exactly what God began to do!!!

Now, here we are exactly one year later, right in the middle of the long wait for our daughter in Ethiopia! And there is truly no where else we would want to be! We are confident that this is God's plan for us, and we are resting in His timing.

These are the verses God gave me this morning, and I think they are so perfect for us as we are celebrating these milestones on our journey to Caroline Faith!

"Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:4-5,7

7 comments:

Sarah Broadus said...

we both were stirred in November of 09! Thats neat. God had big plans that month!!

Hannah said...

Today IS a great day for your family :)

Happy birthday to your sister! Don't you guys have any ugly relatives your could post a few pictures of...it would really make me feel better ;) Cuteness!!

Lauren said...

well all sorts of exciting things happening on this date!! :) Happy anniversaries!!! ;)

Kelly Jo said...

Lots to celebrate!! Hope it's a great day!! :)

preacher wife lady said...

sweet post!!! happy bday to your hubby!! Praying for ya'll as you wait and praying for salvation for Caroline. Praying that even now God will begin to open her heart to hear and see Him. Love you much sister!!

Kelli said...

so sweet! what a great day!

Kate said...

Happy Birthday to Erin and Jody! And wow, lots of things happening!! And lots to celebrate!!