Friday, May 6, 2011

APPROVED!


It's kind of fun to be able to finally do this post...one year late! Haha! :)

I couldn't post this last year because we had not told everyone about our adoption yet! One year ago today, on May 6, 2010, we were officially approved with AGCI to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia! YAY!!! We were rejoicing at our house on that day!

Then we knew we could finally share our BIG NEWS with the world! :) We had decided not to tell anyone when we started praying about adoption. Even then, we said that we would not tell anyone (even our family) until our adoption application was in the mail!

We did end up telling our mentor couple at our church in late April 2010, and they were very supportive and encouraging of our adoption plans! And I ended up telling my parents on the night before we mailed off our application. We had a 2 1/2 hour phone call where I cried the entire time! I had both of my parents get on the phone, and it was such a sweet conversation! It was such a JOY to finally be able to tell them of our plans to bring our baby girl home!

On May 5, 2010, we told Jody's parents about our adoption plans, and it was an equally sweet conversation! We told a few close friends that week too. But our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT was to come on May 7, 2010! Check back tomorrow to see how we told everyone one year ago!

Oh, and I just have to share theses verses that God showed me yesterday morning. I was reading James 1 in the New American Standard version. The first verse was one I was very familiar with...

"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance." James 1:2-3

I love that passage because it's so encouraging and such a great reminder to CHOOSE JOY even in the midst of the hard times. But yesterday morning, this next verse just really spoke to me...

"And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." James 1:4

God has been teaching me SO MUCH about this lately in regard to our wait time until we get Caroline Faith home. I truly feel like this is a special time in our lives where He wants to teach us and grow our faith like never before. I want to come out of this wait time with a heart that is changed...a heart that is more like His.

God has a perfect result if we will faithfully endure the journey that He has set before us. He will complete this journey in His perfect timing...and we will lack nothing.

5 comments:

Melissa said...

I love it! I love hearing how God is speaking to your heart and molding you during this waiting time through reflecting on your milestones- thank you so much for sharing!!

Go and Tell said...

I met your friend Polly Bice last night at a Lifeline Women's event. She is so sweet and beautiful!!
Oh, and I love that you got "feathered"!!! So cute!

Future Mama said...

YAY! We are telling our family THIS WEEKEND :-) I can't even tell you how excited I am. Sounds like I better grab the tissues!

Much love,
Future Mama
http://expectingablessing.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

Amazing! We were a couple weeks ahead of you. We just brought home our sweet boy six weeks agao, and I cannot imagine life without him. God is so, so good!

You have a beautiful blog.
Be Blessed.
~Tiffany

Joyce said...

God put it on my heart that this wait will help you to better parent Caroline Faith when she finally comes home. And of course your children will be that much more excited to finally meet their sister!