This is it. This will be my last blog post until we are home from China! Can you believe it?!
We are waiting on our Travel Approval (TA) right now (it’s crazy to be saying this…just a short time ago I thought TA was forever away…). For security purposes (and also because I doubt we will have time to update more than 1 social media site), we set up a secret group on Facebook that we will use to update everyone on our travel dates and to share pictures and our experience while we are in China. If you would like to be part of the group, just click on the “f” Facebook link on the right hand side of this blog (on the Home page) to get connected with me on Facebook, let me know you’d like to be included and I’ll add you to the group. 🙂
I have about a thousand thoughts in my mind right now. I wish I had the time to sit down and write them all out. 🙂
I’ll just share 2 of my 1,000 thoughts. 😉 I was going through my journal from late September 2013. It was around this time that God really started laying the burden on my heart that we needed to do more with all we’ve been given. I was reading Isaiah 58 at the time and one of the verses I wrote down was this (verse 10):
“…spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness…”
Our Pastor also gave a sermon on Romans 12:9-21 (Love in Action) that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One thing he said that summed up the passage was “love is generous in ways that are both costly and visible.”
I didn’t know what God was trying to tell me at the time, but I could feel Him digging deeper and deeper into my heart. I knew that we were called to love more, and to put that love into action. I never would have imagined that one year later, we would be getting on a plane to China to bring our daughter home. Wow. I’m speechless.
Thought number 2 is also a request. I know so many of you are praying for Josie. Thank you! And please continue! I can’t even begin to imagine all her little heart has been through in just 2 short years. Once again, her world is going to change…but this time, the change will be even more dramatic. She will be taken from all she knows by people that don’t look like her, sound like her or even smell like her. We tell our boys to be prepared that Josie isn’t going to want to be with us the way we want to be with her. She will be heartbroken. So please, please pray for her heart in this transition.
I could go on for days 😉 but I’ve got to start working on our list of to-do’s now. Thank you for being on this journey with us! Next time I write a post, it will include pictures of us with our little girl. Eeeek!!! 🙂