Category Archives: Adoption

Together

It is 3 am in L@tvi@ and I can’t get back to sleep. A good time for a blog update. We’re snuggled into a little apartment with extra blankets. It’s cold here. And we’re sick. A 14 hour plane trip is miserable when you have a cold. But we’re glad to be here nonetheless. L@tvi@ is quite beautiful. There were many many trees and meadows, with splashes of fall colors as we travelled 2 and a half hours by car from northern L@tvi@, to Dz’s home town, and the location of our orphan court, in southern L@tvi@.

 
Yesterday was our first court date. Dz met us there, came up behind me and surprised me in the parking lot as we arrived. It was so good to hug him again, and see his smile. Orphan court was very small. Nothing like the courtroom I anticipated. There were 9 of us sitting at small tables in a room of an office building. We met his orphanage director and it was good to see how much she truly loves him. She cried as she said good-bye to him. I know it was an emotional day for Dz as well, but as we sat on the couch talking together last night he said “I am very happy”. Me too Dz! Very very happy. 

Life seems very casual here, moving at a slower pace. I like it. There are many beautiful time-worn buildings, cobblestone streets, and dirt roads. But the best part of L@tvi@ is spending this time with Dz in his childhood home. Colds or not, we’re hoping to make the most of our time here and see as much as we can!

How He Loves Us!!

The sun is rising. My heart is reflecting on the past year as we make our way through morning traffic to the airport. My joy is overflowing at the reality that we will see Dz again soon. At the other end of this day’s long flight is a boy still wondering if we will come through; uncertain what his future holds, full of excitement and anticipation, yet a slight hesitation to believe it all, just in case. How I’ve wanted to reach across the miles and reassure him time and again… Believe it Dz, this journey is already set in motion! We are coming! And we have prepared a place for you!

I love the beautiful picture of God’s story found in adoption…
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:2-3
The love and joy I’m feeling over our reunion with Dz, gives me a small glimpse of the love and Joy God feels for you and me! Oh, how He loves us!!!

More Than Papers

blogger-image-380412727Well here it is friends… A stack of papers worth countless hours and thousands of dollars, cried over, ached over, prayed over, rejoiced over, and drenched with love beyond words, on their way to L@tvi@. I know it may seem a strange request, but can you all please pray for God’s protection over these papers? Because they really are more than just papers… They are restored life, and love, and hope…

 

This is Why

blogger-image-955214381Sunshine peeking through the blinds this morning offering a hint of hope to this cold season.

“Mom, how do you spell believe?”

I look down at his journal and my heart melts with joy, because right there on his paper is hope found in his words, and the answer to “why?”…
Why we desire to keep walking the adoption road, enduring the spiritual battles, sacrificing worldly gain, and pouring love out for God’s little ones. This!