We have a lot of exciting news to share! First, is that Jim and I are going to be grandparents! That’s right! God has blessed Andrew and Crista with a honeymoon baby! We’ve known for a couple of weeks, but now have permission to publicize the news. I think we sort of dragged it out of them while visiting via Skype, but they were acting so suspicious! They dropped too many comments about Crista feeling tired. Then they kept mouthing words to each other that we interpreted as, “Should we tell?” When I asked if they had something to tell us, their sheepish looks just confirmed what I had already suspected. Everyone here erupted with shouts of joy! Babies are so welcome in this house. Josiah was okay with the idea of a baby, but he was adamant that he was NOT going to be an uncle! Too bad, Josiah, you don’t have much choice! “Uncle Josiah” sounds nice, don’t you think?
Since Andrew and Crista were going to her parents’ home for Thanksgiving, we decided to drive to Virginia and see them on Sunday. We met them at their church and spent the whole day with them. They meet for worship in their pastor’s home which made attending an unfamiliar church more comfortable. We arrived somewhat in disarray as we had a slight accident a few minutes before we arrived. Since the church usually eats lunch together and we were bringing quite a crew, we brought along some chips and homemade applesauce to add to the meal. The bowl of applesauce sat obediently through the whole trip until the very last turn, at which point it lost its balance and dumped its contents right at the side door of the van. As Alyssa reached to grab the bowl, her Bible fell off her lap right into the pile of applesauce. Her beautiful, full, black skirt also made its way into the mess. We stopped the van and attempted to rescue what was left of the applesauce and clean off the steps so that everyone would be able to exit the van in a graceful manner. We found out that a snow scraper and brush comes in handy for things other than snow. We arrived at the Walkers’ with sticky hands and messy clothes. I didn’t realize until the service started and I was ready to sit down that the side of my skirt was also covered in applesauce. Ah, well, so much for good impressions! If anyone noticed the mess, they never said anything, for which I will be eternally grateful! The service and fellowship that followed were very encouraging. A visiting pastor spoke with us for quite awhile and also prayed publically for us regarding our adoption journey. We left there feeling quite blessed.
The rest of the afternoon was spent at Andrew and Crista’s apartment. It was fun to see it looking so homey after having been there to paint when it was empty. I think our family overwhelmed it a little as it is only big enough for 2, not 15. This was the first time we had seen Andrew and Crista since the wedding, so it was nice to have time to sit and talk. We keep in contact with them through email and Skype, but it is just not the same as being together. We didn’t leave until almost 8:00 p.m. We were reminded again at how blessed we are. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter wife for Andrew. We love Crista. And, Crista, I’m not saying this just because I know you will be reading it. I mean it.
Is this post getting too long? I hope you are not too tired reading this because there is more news. No, we don’t have a travel date yet. We have not even received news that we are submitted. But, after much prayer and a leap of faith, we have decided to add two more girls to our family. I know. You’re going to say, “What? Are you crazy?” Well, maybe we are, but these girls need a family. Before we committed to Anastasia and Soleil, we were also considering Delta and Brandi. It made the most sense to commit to Brandi because she has a large grant, but we didn’t want to be dictated by money. Jim thought Brandi had more chance of getting a family because she is younger and it wouldn’t cost a family so much to commit to her. My feeling was that if God wanted her for us no one else would step up. And guess what? No one has. God is filling my heart with love for these girls. I can’t wait to see them. I am not expecting an easy road ahead. On the contrary, I know it will be hard, but I am convinced that God will give us everything we need to do the job He has called us to do. If I was being realistic rather than living by faith, I wouldn’t have started the whole process in the first place. Receiving USCIS approval looked impossible at the outset, but we have it. And so, we are again stepping out and trusting God to provide in EVERY way. Will you pray for us?
(Delta on the left, Brandi on the right–Not their real names.)