Christmas is wonderful. I love everything about it….the decorating, the food, the craziness…..most especially I enjoy the time with friends and family. 2 years ago our Christmas took an unexpected turn. 2 years ago we were in Guatemala…..God led us to start an adoption the WEEK BEFORE GUATEMALAN ADOPTIONS CLOSED. Yeah. God likes to do that to me sometimes. Talk about operating on faith……We didn’t know where in the world we would get the huge amount of money it takes to complete an international adoption having just finished one 5 months prior. They told us as soon as we got down there that they couldn’t guarantee that we could complete this adoption. Things were sketchy between our 2 governments, and everyone was wondering what country would honor which statements….Everyone else was wondering, but do you know what? I NEVER worried ONE minute about any of those things. I KNEW without a doubt that this was God’s plan, and I KNEW He wouldn’t let government mess stand in His way. It’s amazing that he chose Essie to save at that last hour and even more amazing that He trusted us to go fight for her and be her parents. It’s humbling and reminds me that with God on our side we can accomplish anything. You just have to take that first step on faith. Trust Him that He will keep his promises to you. Believe in yourself enough to let Him work through you… Be prepared that His way is most of the time not YOUR way. I have learned that if I just let go and let God He gives me the biggest blessings you can ever imagine. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and the gift He was to this world. 2 years ago God showed me that He loves every little child just like He loves Jesus. Every child is precious to Him, and He moved mountains, governments, and paperwork to bring one of His children home….. Remember how I stated how everyone was so worried?? Some of those adoptions are STILL IN PROCESS. There are still hundreds of children grandfathered in like Essie whose parents are still fighting to bring them home. I pray for these children and their families….this ordeal needs to be over for them all. During Essie’s adoption Guatemalan courts shut down and refused to release cases…..They added time onto EVERY step making the process take months longer…..and my Essie?? She flew through every step in record time. Her adoption took a total of 7 months, and we started with NO PAPERWORK at all done. If I wrote down EVERY miracle He gave we would be here all day. They were too numerous to count….We trusted God, and He brought her home. If you’ve read this entire story thank you….. I hope it touches and blesses you and maybe leads you to do something you were scared to do before. We were scared to death, but the reward is worth every single thing we had to do to get that precious child home. Take that leap. Take that first step on faith. You never know how God is going to bless YOU.
Two years ago at the very beginning of the journey:
The miracles themselves:
love and hugs,