Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Well, I haven't really blogged lately.  Obviously.  Why?  Well, ever hear the saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all", yep it was better for me to remain silent than to give voice to the negativity filling my brain.  These last 6 months have been hard.  And when I say hard, I mean gut wrenching, sobbing, losing my mind kind of hard.  There have been so many things out of our control, and the fact that Isabel should have been home for at least six months already still makes my stomach hurt.

HOWEVER, we currently have tentative dates to go before the Thailand Dept of Social Welfare November fifth.  That means in 5 weeks 5 days we will finally be with our daughter.  So everything that has happened in between can just fade into the background.  I'm holding onto the fact that despite everything, this is the time appointed by God for our daughter to come into our family.  Despite how I have felt, despite everything being out of control, despite the fact that nothing has happened according to time lines we were given, it is now His timing and His plans that are coming into being.  I want to look back on all of this and remember that there was some pain, sadness, and frustration but for that to be overshadowed by the fact that He is always on time and He carried us through this very rough period.  About 6 months ago we challenged our young peoples group to enter into a deeper prayer walk with God, by praying the Tabernacle Prayer.  During one part of the prayer we encouraged them to pray the word, if they didn't know where to turn to simply open the bible and begin prayerfully reading wherever it opened.  Here is what mine opened up to. Isaiah 60:4&5 Lift up your eyes all around and see; they all gather together they come to you; your sons shall come from afar and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.  Then shall you see and become radiant and your heart shall swell with joy.  As a word of encouragement to anyone reading this who is in the trenches of waiting.  Hold on.  In the end we will see and joy shall replace the sadness.  Since that prayer, I've had to hold onto that promise, that no matter how long it takes or what hoops we have to jump through she is coming home, and the radiance of that moment will fill the darkness with joy.  I'm SO excited that it is finally happening that some days I feel like I'm going to burst.

So here is just a few pictures of the past few months including our latest pics of Isabel.

                                                     A little family time in Minnesota                  


Growing so beautiful. She weighs 28 lbs and is 34 inches tall, this is an 18 month outfit from us
.  She turns three in November. Holding onto the book we had translated into Thai
Wherever You Are

First Day of School

Hoping they fit

Yes, we are also building a house...hoping to move in before we go to Thailand
Swim Days

Doing a little camping with man's best friends

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