Monday, December 8, 2014

Let the Journey Begin (…or end…)

The adoption journey is coming to an end, but the journey to bring our son home is about to begin!

As hard as it is to believe, Lee and I board a big ole’ plane and head across the ocean in just a few short days!  We will spend 2 weeks in China and are scheduled to arrive home on Christmas Eve!

Needless to say, it’s been a crazy two weeks since we found out our travel dates.

We are excited, hopeful, nervous, anxious, giddy, apprehensive and every other emotion in between…

As we’ve said before, not only does it take a village to raise children, it also takes a village to bring them home to their forever family!!  Because of that, we’re asking that you join us on the journey!

I am listing some of the prayer requests we have as we begin this adventure and pursuit of our son! I am also attaching it as a PDF for you.  Would you please print this out and place it somewhere so that you’re able to pray with us and for us each day?  

And one more request - a selfish request, I admit!  Would you please let me know that you will do this?  That you are praying for us? 

:: Prayer Requests ::
:: Safety, health and protection while we travel ::

:: Elijah’s heart to be prepared for the transition ::
o   I truly believe that the Creator of the universe can plant our faces and voices in Elijah’s mind so that we are “familiar” to him.

:: Elijah’s Health ::
o   We are still a little unsure of all the medical needs our little man will have, so please be in prayer for his health and that we’ll know exactly how to care for him!

:: Addie, Ellee and Sam while we’re away ::
o   They are apprehensive about being away from their Daddy and Mommy for such a long time.  We pray that they’ll be comforted by the One true Comforter until we return.

:: Mindy’s precious mother as she takes care of the kiddos ::
o   She’ll be the daddy, mommy, grandmother, chef, taxi driver and nurse for two weeks…and two very busy weeks full of Christmas activities! 

:: Ease of transition from one city to the next in China ::
o   By the time we arrive home, we will have been in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.  The majority of this travel will be done with Elijah who has never experienced anything like this before.

:: Timely flights! ::
o   We are schedule to arrive home around 5:30 pm on Christmas Eve.  We are praying for the Lord to pour out His grace and allow us to be reunited as a family on time so we can enjoy Christmas together!!

:: The transition to a family of six ::

:: For the Gospel to be displayed ::
o   Praise God that He has adopted us into His family and called us His own.  He relentlessly pursues His children and we pray others see a glimpse of that as we go rescue our son and bring him home.  The love of the Father is so far greater than any love we can offer our children, but we do pray that the Gospel is displayed!!

In a desire to be transparent, I admit that I am anxious about this trip.  I trust the Lord and His perfect plan, but my flesh can be so weak!  My heart finds comfort in knowing that people are interceding on our behalf so that’s why I selfishly ask you to let me know you are praying!

Thank you for doing this.  And thank you for loving us so good.

Our plan is to keep the blog updated as we go, so come along and join us in “the birthing room” …


  1. Praying for you and your sweet family, my friend. I have your requests printed and will pray daily! Love you!

  2. Praying for you all! ! Request printed !! Congratulations on this amazing journey! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it:) love you all!!

  3. Definitely praying for all of you! Can't wait to see your whole family together!! :)

  4. praying for you all

    look forward to meeting your new son

  5. Sending prayers with you on your journey to bring home your new baby boy.

  6. Praying every day for you and your family! I have the requests right here by my computer so I see them every time I look up... Congratulations! Much love to you all...

  7. Praying for you all. I started praying this am as soon as I read this. Congratulations and I love you all!

  8. Printing the pdf right now and praying for all of you! This is such an exciting time and a precious picture of God's grace!