Friday, April 6, 2012

One year ago, Easter weekend was the time we made public our decision to adopt internationally from china. In fact, Good Friday was the day we drove home to tell our parents face-to-face the news. We were somewhat nervous about it, because we had consulted no one for an opinion while praying over this decision. We really wanted it to be between us and God. While very surprised, our parents have been gracious through this process, and I KNOW they can't WAIT to see this face in a few weeks:

I love LOVE the fact that our story/Lane's story unfolded over Easter. What a perfect and beautiful time for God to present a picture of renewal and restoration He renewed my own hope in His promises and restored to me joy I had lost in years of grieving over not being able to have another child. He restored to my daughter a family and renewed hope for her future. More importantly, through his death and resurrection, He renewed hope for mankind....taking up our own punishment on the cross....and provided the way for a future for us with Him.

Jesus adopted us as his own sons and daughters....

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17 NIV)

In other news....WE HAVE OUR TRAVEL CALL (TA)........and will be traveling to china to get our sweet baby girl in a few weeks!!!!!! We are soooo excited...and yes, a little nervous too ;). We appreciate your prayers as we make final preparations.

I'm planning on updating this blog very regularly as we get close to leaving and hopefully....while we are there as well. Maybe someone who is thinking/praying over the decision to adopt will stumble across this blog. Goodness KNOWS I stalked sooo many blogs of adopting families while we were discussing adoption between ourselves.

Thanks for checking in on us :)