Going to See About a Baby

It’s here, it’s here, the day is finally here!

2014-04-25 00.30.15 (1024x683)[2]About five years ago, God reached into my life and shook things up. He opened my eyes and made me see what following Jesus was really about, and set my life on a totally new path, in a completely new direction. Over time he did the same thing to my husband.

Two and a half years ago we decided to take a huge leap of faith and pursue adoption of a child from Haiti. Part of us really knew we were crazy, but it was pretty clear that this was something we were called to do. We also knew it would be a long time of waiting. We prayed a lot.

Over a year ago we got the name and picture of a scared and sick little girl, not even a year old. Our friends in Haiti had saved her life and were nursing her back to health but she needed a family to love her. We said yes. We prayed some more.

In February we traveled to Haiti to meet Miss Rosenaicha, and loved on her for a few days. We did all the governmental procedure stuff we had to do, and then we kissed her goodbye as she cried and promised we would be back for her. We prayed it would not be long.

Now finally, here in August, we are at the end of the beginning. Everything is done and her case has been approved by all the powers that be. All we need is a printed visa to fly home with her. We are leaving NEXT SUNDAY to go snatch her up into our arms forever.

I’m not excited or anything. (that’s sarcasm, in case you missed it) I can hardly believe it. There is also much fear and trepidation. She’s about to have her world turned upside. My life is about to get a whole lot busier.

In the meantime my friends have been awesome, showering me with much needed gifts and prayer and even donations for the orphanage! My boys and I have been having fun learning Creole via CD in the car. They are catching on quick.

So many things are falling into place. We need to pray that the US visa printing system, which has been not working right, will get us our visa in time for our flight home on the 20th. We also will pray that 3 hours is enough time to clear immigration in Miami. But most of all, we need prayers for our hearts. And by “we”, I most especially mean sweet Rose.

So thank you for your support and prayers to get us this far in the journey.

Our Orphan Sunday Video

Yes, today is election day in our great nation. We’ve been waiting a long time for this. I, for one, cannot ¬†wait till it’s over. Regardless of who wins, I can’t wait to get back to some semblance of normal conversation among friends, especially in social media.

But today I don’t want to talk about the election. I want to share with you our awesome video that my friend John Cordes shot for our Orphan Sunday celebration this past weekend. I have been thinking about and planning for this past Sunday for a long time.

Please watch. I’m so proud to call these people MY people, my friends, my brothers and sisters, my tribe. You’ll see my family included as well.

Orphan Sunday @ The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch from The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch on Vimeo.

Orphan Sunday is an international event, started a few years ago by a little church in Zambia. Now it is celebrated by thousands of churches across the US and the world each November in order to bring attention to the global orphan crisis, and once again challenge Christians to answer the call.

The Bible could not be more clear on this…every believer is commanded by God to care for the fatherless. For some that looks like adoption. For others it means other forms of support.

How are you caring for orphans? You don’t have to answer here, but if you love Jesus you have to ask yourself the question.