That I get to write before traveling to bring our boy home. What an amazing journey this has been. From loosing our daughter 17 months ago to leaving on Friday to pick up our son. With another baby in my belly. (One that is bound and determined that I will be awake no later than 6am, no matter what day it is!) God has been ever faithful to us during our first three years of marriage. I will not sugar-coat it. Marriage is tough! Marriage with job changes, lost babies, adoption, etc is very tough! But I know with every ounce of who I am that He is faithful, and His grace is enough, even for a sinner like me.
We've been told numerous times over the past year that we are "good" people for choosing to adopt a child with special needs. Let me tell you something: No We Are Not! We are just people who fell in love with a serious face in a photograph. Then we met him....and now we are in love with a precious laugh, and infectious smile. He's a mimic, and 100% will throw anything you put in his hands boy! And we can't wait to see him one week from tomorrow!
Our house is not completely ready for him, and at this point probably won't be by the time we leave. But we are ready for him. There is no doubt about that. His bag is packed...ours are not. All he's done the past four years is wait. All we've done since we first saw his photo is pray for him and love him and count the days until we could be with him. And now we are here! If you haven't prayed with or for us before I am going to very humbly beg you to do so this week. It will not be easy, adjusting to life with three, one of whom has no idea what family is. Here are this week's (and maybe the next few week's) requests:
1. Colton Daniel: that he is as ready as ever to come home with us. Our prayer is that Baba Mila and the orphanage staff have prepared him as much as possible to live in a family and that he recognizes our faces from our photos, and feels immediately comfortable with us. Pray that his first trips to the doctor are easy, and that there are no surprises medically speaking.
2. Baba Mila: what do you say to the woman who has probably kept your son alive for 4 years?!?!? Thank you is just not enough. There is no gift in the world that seems adequate. (But I do really hope she likes the necklace we got her.) Please pray for Mila's heart and soul. I do not know where she stands in faith, but I pray with every part of me that she follows and loves God. I pray that she will not be saddened by his leaving, but joyful for him and us as we begin our lives together.
3. US! I feel like I've asked for thousands of prayers the past year or so....but please. Pray for our marriage, our jobs, our families, our friends, our sons (both!), our lives. We know it will take massive amounts of faith and prayers to get through the first few months of having our son home with us. Please pray we have only kind words for one another. Pray that we are on the same page as far as parenting goes from day 1. Pray that we don't get so wrapped up in being a mom and dad that we forget to be a wife and husband.
Thank you all so very much for following along this far. This adventure is only beginning!