Sunday, June 7, 2015

Prayers Needed!

A miracle has happened! We got word that a final interview and signatures that were needed happened! We're nearing the official referral and then soon after, the 15 day bonding trip. If you think of it would you please, please pray with us that this will come in great timing and soon? It's almost been a year since we've entered IBESR and although that isn't long compared to other friends who have been in IBESR for much longer, we've begun to feel the real ache in our hearts for the end to be near and for us to have our little one in our arms. Please pray also for more patience and trust in His perfect timing.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

season of waiting

Today marks another another holiday without our little one here with us. We aren't Irish so it isn't very significant, but I do have hopes that next St. Patty's Day we will share all together. We spent a Valentine's without her and are quickly approaching an Easter without her. I have such peace that she has a great purpose for her time in Haiti and will come here when that time ends, but it doesn't change the ache in my heart to have her here. So we pesevere and wait on His great timing. It's such a strange feeling to miss a person you don't really know and feel like there's a great space in your little life where she fits. In some ways, I feel like I've anticipated this adoption since I was a little girl and it feels so surreal that it could really be happening.

So many people ask about timeline and the answer is that it's unknown. It will be until she's home. It's not easy or ideal, but there it is.

With changes ahead for our family we greatly anticipate what Jesus has planned for this journey. We know the wait isn't easy, and waiting never really is, but we do know that there is joy in the waiting and a great deal of learning how to trust and let go.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Update

friends and loved ones,

there's not a ton to update on, as is so common in international adoptions, but there are always prayer requests. As much as I love to blog, I am nervous about how open this blog abyss is. If you'd like specific prayer requests and updates on what is happening, we would love for you to be on our mailing list. in the LEFT HAND COLUMN beneath the Facebook and instagram links is a Contact Us link. If you would just send us your email and name, we'd love to put you on a mailing list to give you regular updates.

I, of course, will post updates on the blog, but I really would love to share with you some specific ways to pray with us as we further this journey.

Also, I came across this article written by Sara Hagerty and it was so good!

Friday, September 12, 2014


We went to get our fingerprints done a couple of weeks ago. A step in the right direction to get our I-800A approved, which is the first step before we apply for the I-800 which is the US's approval of us to adopt. 

We went to Phoenix on Labor Day, celebrated with the fam and then left at 7am Tuesday morning to get to our 8am appointment. When we arrived to a mostly empty parking lot, my stomach settled a bit. You just never do know about stuff like that.

So we waited in one line and then another and directed to one more. It was all over by 8am and back to get the kiddos we went. Next step is to hopefully get our I-800A approved. THAT will be an exciting day!

We also have been praying about when to make trip to Haiti to visit the orphanage and see the country. We feel like the end of November/first of December will be best. A part of our hearts are already there and although its been a while since either of us have traveled internationally this will be our first international flight together. Will you pray with us?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

garage sale and ibesr

We've had some exciting things happening!
By God's grace we were able to SEND our dossier to Haiti with a friend who is also adopting from the same orphanage.
It was entered into IBESR (Haitian social services) a week ago. 
Now the wait truly begins, but thank You, Jesus. He's led us this far and every step John and I have wondered how on earth it could happen? So many things could have gone wrong, but haven't. (though some things definitely have.)

Please keep praying with us for the little one we believe God has for us as well as the GARAGE SALE this weekend! 
 (more to come on that :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sometimes when I drive, I sing this song as loud as I can.
This is the cry of my heart. The anthem that I sing in those moments of insecurity or unknown or fear or worry. This is the reminder of who Jesus is. 
And the build of the song, I just love it.

The orphanage received our dossier on Saturday and from there, the wait begins.

Now, we start filling out grant applications and we pray about when we could possibly make a trip to Haiti and ways to save up for the tickets. Though the wait is unknown, we feel so thankful to be done with that part of the process. 

Will you pray with us for the next step? Pray with us about when would be a good time to go to Haiti and how to afford those tickets? 

The unknown, for me, is strangely strength building. I know He knows and His timing is perfect.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

documents are finished!

We sent our dossier today! 

Truly could not have done it without a friend's help (until 12:30am last night. Thanks, Stacy!!!!) sorting through 5 copies of the same documents and making sure everything was accounted for. Such a blessing!

the last few weeks i have been feeling a little under water. like i kind of dropped off the planet for a little bit there, but it's been oh-so-worth it.
so thankful this step is done. only the beginning step towards many more, but one down!


so thankful to Jesus for Haitian stamped documents coming in quickly, gracious and reliable notaries, and friends who we were willing to watch our kiddos while I ran to Phoenix one morning, a friend who helps ship items and for grace from my husband during the chaos that was the last couple of weeks. it was worth it!

I can already see how God is transforming our hearts and drawing us closer to Him. He's stretching us and yet building our faith to trust that He is a loving Father who knows exactly what we need, when we need it.

thanks for praying and supporting us! please don't stop!

so i guess that means, what's next? 
we wait. and wait. but the wait doesn't start until they received those documents and Lord willing by Saturday, they will be in Haiti. 

already this song is playing and already i can see this is only the beginning of a long journey. it's so very true that during the waiting is when He does some of the most wonderful things.