Thursday, April 4, 2013

The roller coaster

We leave for China in 6 more sleeps! 

Even as I say that, I am really questioning if I am dreaming. 

Two years ago, Matt & I agreed that God was telling us to jump on the adoption roller coaster again. 
As I was laying awake one night thinking of all that entailed, I thought of a title for the new blog I was planning on creating to chronicle the ride.  Hand in Hand.  Heart in Heart.  Didn't know where that came from, but I went with it. 

A year later, we saw a picture of a little boy on an e-mail from our agency.  They were calling him Simon.  I don't know how, but Matt & I knew that he was ours.  It's unexplainable.  We just knew.  He was on their special focus list.  Why?  He has a serious congenital heart defect.  He also has a malformed hand.  I honestly didn't connect those conditions with the name of our blog until much later.  So you don't think God is in the details?

So now, we are so close to traveling and there are so many details.  I will not bore you with my to do list, but I will excitedly tell you that it's dwindling.  No, Samuel's room is not ready yet.   But it will be.  Are there things that I'll forget to do?  Yep, but I trust God won't let me forget anything truly important. 

I am trying hard to take deep breaths often and remember that He is in the details.  I'm trying to relax and enjoy the ride.  I need to let go of the handle, throw my hands up in the air, and scream with delight.  By nature, I'm more the hold on tight, close my eyes, groan, and wait for the ride to stop kind of person.  But I AM TRYING!

We can't express enough our thanks for every prayer said on our behalf, every dollar of hard earned money that has been given to us, every time someone asked how it's going, every word of encouragement.  Knowing that those prayers will continue as we travel and as we come home ready to address Samuel's medical needs is more comforting than you will ever know.  God has brought us here.  There is NO DOUBT about that.  He'll stick around for the next chapters too.

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Philippians 1:6

Now, back to that to do list.....



  1. Replies
    1. Kim, Much love for you too, lady! You are one of those encouragers I am SO thankful for!

  2. Martha I'm so excited for you guys! I love the heart and hand story. God is so good to continually be giving us those encouragements that we are following His plan. What a great place to be. Love you guys and let us know the arrival date and time so we can welcome Samuel.