This morning I checked email as usual... hoping for a photo or something about our little man. Today I got more than a photo (though no photos for a long time ): We got an email from our case worker saying that we were ready for the embassy and that we could travel for a DECEMBER 29th Embassy date. As you read this many thoughts are filling your heads. You are deciding right now if you were us what you would do... when I tell you what we did, your mind will want to pass judgment on us. I pray that you will recognize our deep prayer and wisdom that went into this decision.
Immediately we sprang into action with phone calls to the guest house, travel agency, parents etc. We heard first from the travel agent and it was still possible to book tickets for Sunday! We then heard from the guest house, and sadly they didn't have room for us for our entire stay. We prayed that God would make our decision very clear, and He did!
We choose to wait for the next embassy date and will travel in just couple of weeks!!!!! This is the best option for us as we will get to see our families, have baby showers, buy what is needed, take down Christmas decos, clean, call Dr's, start taking elevation meds, and so much more. Even though we KNOW it is the best decision, it is hard to be super excited about it at the moment... though hopefully those emotions will come soon! Our time before we head to ET will be VERY FULL so it will fly by!
The January embassy date is the one we have been praying for so please join us now in PRAISING GOD for opening the door for us to bring M home! He is always faithful!
Other good news:
We received a grant from Gift of Adoption for 2500. This is VERY exciting, though we are not sure if we will really be able to use it! It saddens me deeply that we applied for this grant in MARCH and updated our info every month faithfully. Now, after we passed court and paid our final agency fee they are offering us money to go to the agency. Please join us in praying that this money could be used for our airfare! It would be a HUGE help for us!
So it is almost Christmas. It is easy to feel blue if you are waiting for a child this Christmas. Praise God we don't have to wait for THE child! I was reminded recently by a fellow blogger (thanks Heather) that Christmas IS NOT about family! It is almost a novel concept to reflect on, but it is true! Christmas isn't about gifts, about food, about travel, about carols, about cards, about decorations, about classic movies, about cider and cocoa in front of the fire, about snow on the ground, about good health, about wealth, OR FAMILY! No, I am not a grinch... far from it! I actually enjoy many of the things I listed. The thing is... Christmas is about God becoming FLESH in Jesus! God sent His Son to earth... to die... for us! This is amazing! This is the Gospel! This makes every Christmas "awe"some! You see, we can never has a "bad Christmas" because the joy of Jesus coming to earth is so great that our momentary "blueness" pales in comparison so the company of angels proclaiming the birth of the long awaited Messiah!
Happy Birthday King Jesus!
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