How blessed we feel! There are no words to describe the gratitude that Anthony and I are feeling. The outpouring of love and support we have received from so many of you about Hailee’s adoption is overwhelming. Your sweet comments totally blessed us. We have received a few mixed reactions, some are unsure of our decision to bring Hailee home (to them I say…take that up with the Almighty!). But you guys totally rock–you blessed us so much. We want you to know that we are so absolutely grateful that so many of you took time to encourage us, donate to our chip-in and post our story on your own blogs. How we love the Body of Christ.
Thank you bloggy friends!
What a busy time the last few days have been. Paperwork and more paperwork! Many of you know the story. Our Social Worker (who did our home study for Haven’s adoption) has been amazing. She is trying to get away with just doing an update on our old home study. That will speed things up significantly. And, she has been so touched by Hailee’s story that she is doing the home study for free! What usually costs $4000 (completely insane!) here in Colorado, is costing us nothing. How great is our God? How amazing are His ways? We take a step of obedience only to find that He has already gone before us and is paving the way for us to bring our new daughter home.
I am speechless at His amazing love for orphans. I tell you, He DOES move mountains to bring them home. There is no mountain, no obstacle that He cannot move to bring His precious children home.
Sure, I have moments when I wonder how in the world we are going to raise such a huge sum of money in such a short time. But the thoughts are fleeting. Because then I remember all He has done and all He promises He is yet to do. Then I remember that my Redeemer is so faithful…so awesome!
In the middle of crazy busy times with our paperwork, we’ve had time to spend precious family moments together. Like at a wedding last weekend when Anthony married sweet friends of ours. So much fun–especially when he asked the groom, “Ricki, do you take Jeni to be your lawful husband?” I just about died laughing (as did everyone else)–mainly because I know that my hubby can be such a goof, and I adore him that way.
So, when the kids are all dressed up–even if it only lasts for a few minutes before shoes are removed, or a spill happens, or hair falls out (of pony tails, that is), or shirts get unbuttoned, or food gets messed on a white shirt–we take pictures, just because it is a rare moment when all the kids look kinda decent.
I love these pics of my boys–how blessed I am that they are mine. Oh the little guy–can you tell that he is the one who is always up to mischief? Yes, he’s the ONE!
Little miss Haven. I love how small she looks in her pretty little red dress, surrounded by beauty.
A smile that melts Daddy’s heart every time. I bought a few of these Chinese dresses when we were in China 3 and a half years ago. I so wish I had bought more, they were cheap and are so adorable.
Thank you again, precious friends. We are so richly blessed. Thank you for your support, your encouragement and your prayers as we journey to bring Hailee home. Another little heart has found a home–yayee Jesus!