"I prayed for this child and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him" 1Samuel 1:27

Sunday, July 31, 2011

ALL PACKED.....well sorta

I wonder if Peter, Andrew, James and John ever felt alittle stressed after they left their nets, their security, and their family, to become fishers of men!!  Wow! this ole girl is feeling some stress right about now! Oh, but I wouldn't change a thing. What a blessing. What a journey thus far and I can hardly wait for the rest!

We leave for the airport in the morning, gonna make a couple stops on the way, and then fly out tomorrow afternoon. If all goes well, I should have that boy in my arms for just alittle while anyway in a couple days and then for good in a couple weeks. But in the mean time, I have a favor to ask of you who are on this journey with us.
First, would you please pray for safe travels for us. OMGosh, i hate to fly! And next and most important......our court date is Aug.5th at noon......that will be THURSDAY AUG. 4TH  8:00PM TEXAS TIME.  We have been told probably a min. of 2 hrs. court time but could be longer. Would you guys please pray for wisdom of words, emotional strength, and peace for us. Also, for our judge who will be hearing this. That her heart will be softened and she will see and feel the love we have for this child. And last but certainly not least, pray for Gabe. Pray that his little heart will connect with ours and he will feel safe and at peace for the journey home.

Well, thats about it for now. Think I'll see if I can get some sleep. Thanks again for your support and your prayers. We are blessed!


Monday, July 25, 2011


Not all understand this love we have for this special needs child that we never knew existed or had even met, until 4 months ago. How could we, or why would we, be willing to sacrifice so much to bring this child home to be a part of our family. It just doesn't make sense to many. Some would call this, a "crazy love." And as I thought about it......thats exactly what it is.  And probably only if you've been through or are going through an adoption like this, could you understand this "crazy love." Alot of the time, the process doesn't make sense. The amount of money doesn't make sense. And when you don't have it to spare......it sure doesn't make sense.  Leaving your family. Leaving your other children. Leaving your job. All for a little one you barely even know. CRAZY seems to be a pretty good word to fit this. But as I began to think about all this(something to do with actually getting the suitcases out to begin packing again I think!) and knowing exactly why we are doing this.......because of God and His love for us and Gabe.......I began to think about how God's love for me, for all of us, is really kinda "crazy" too.  He loves us so much, no matter what we do, what we say, where we go, even when we purposely push him away......He just has this CRAZY LOVE for us that we can't even fathom. I'm with Julia, I believe this love that drives us to willingly leave everything precious to us, and go into the unknown to give an orphaned child a home and family is this:  it's a window into the Love that God has, for us.  A crazy, sacrificial love.

Thankful, and praising His name for this "crazy love" He has for me, and for this "crazy love" He has put in me, for my soon to be son.  6 more days Gabe, and we're heading your way!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Tickets purchased- CHECK

Court documents- CHECK

Medicals- CHECK

Passports, Visas- CHECK

Leaving the orphanage clothes for Gabe-CHECK CHECK CHECK!!!

How sweet it is to type these words! Thank you Lord.

Monday, July 11, 2011


I saw this and it just really touched my heart, so I borrowed it to re-post. I hope it will touch yours too. We are getting things together and finalizing some things today so we can GO GET OUR BOY! August 5 can't come soon enough for me. Come back here tomorrow for more details!!! In the mean time, you gotta read this below. Blessings!

Written by Shelley Bedford

Almost 60 years ago, a baby was born on this, our nation's Independence Day. What an exciting moment to hear "It's a girl!" for parents who had a house full of boys. The rejoicing soon turned to something very different when the parents were told that something was very wrong. This day of celebration turned in to a day of sadness and confusion as the young parents were introduced to words like "mongoloid" and "retarded".

On this, the day that our country was celebrating our freedom and The Declaration that says:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." these parents were being told not to even hold their new born daughter.....to sign the paper work and lock her up in an institution.....to forget that she was ever born. They were told that holding her...that loving her....that including her as a member of their family would ruin their lives. They were told that her birth was a mistake....that her life was a mistake. They were told that she'd never do anything, never be anything. They were told that the best thing for them to do was to walk away and consider her dead. Some 40+ years later, that couple had tears in their eyes when they sat at their kitchen table and shared the happenings of that Independence Day with their teenaged grand daughter.

Thankfully, that couple did not take the advice of the doctors. They held their newborn daughter...they loved her....they took her home, to be a part of their family. 60 years ago the medical advances were not what they are today. The couple's baby girl had a heart condition that could not be repaired and they knew that their daughter's time on earth would most likely be very short. Still, they loved her dearly.

40+ years later, their granddaughter sat at their kitchen table and listened as their story from Independence Day turned from sadness to smiles as the couple talked about how very wrong those doctors were. They talked about their baby girl, who, though weak from her heart condition, learned to sit up, to follow directions, to communicate her wants and needs. They talked about how she "worked her magic" to get what she wanted. They talked about how much she gave to their family....how much happiness and laughter she brought into their lives. They shared stories about how no one but her mama could feed this little girl....and how later, they realized it was because mama was left handed and that if anyone else who wanted to feed her would hold the spoon in their left hand, then the little girl would happily let them feed her too. They talked about the time a traveling salesman stopped by selling a big toy that children could sit in and play with all the little toys that were attached to it. The little girl's daddy smiled when he talked about how he told that salesman that there was no way his little girl would sit in that thing without screaming......and how he ended up buying the crazy thing when the little girl sat in it and squealed in delight because she loved it. From the stories, it was very clear that she was a daddy's girl.

Though the couple's granddaughter knew what was coming next, she was not prepared for the level of sadness that gripped her heart as her grandparents story again came to a point for tears. Her grandmother spoke of when the days starting getting bad....when the little girl's heart began to fail. She talked about knowing that their time with their little girl was getting short and knowing that there was nothing that they could do. She told her granddaughter about realizing that it was just a matter of days...that somehow, God was preparing her for what was to come. She told the final story....of kissing her daughter good night one night and going to her bed the next morning to find that their little girl had went home to be with Jesus at the age of 5.

Those stories....shared with love about a daughter whoblessed their lives....made a profound impact on the heart of their granddaughter. She'd been told, many times in her young life, that she too had a special place in her granddaddy's heart.....because she was the first girl that had been born in this family (after more sons and grandsons) since the birth and death of her aunt.

A few years later, the granddaughter asked her grandmother if she could have a very special item out of her grandmother's hope chest. The stories from that kitchen table conversation several years back had been running through the granddaughter's mind. Though she didn't know why, at the time, she felt an overwhelming desire to have this item so that she always remembered the stories of that little girl. Her grandmother was surprised at the request, but agreed to give the granddaughter what she asked for....with a promise from the granddaughter that the item would always be well taken care of and that the memories behind it would be cherished and shared.

What the grandmother didn't know then, was how very profound of an impact that gift and memories behind it would have.... and how many lives would be touched because of the birth of her daughter on that Independence Day. Here is the item from the hope chest:


Because of you, I heard the stories of your birth, the prejudices of the doctors & how their words...their ignorance....hurt your parents that day.
Because of you, I looked into the eyes of parents who went against everything their society believed and took their daughter home.....and I saw the overwhelming love and heard how thankful that they were that they made that choice.
Because of you, when I learned that what your parents faced 60 years ago is STILL going on in this world, it broke my heart and radically changed my life.
Because of you, I was motivated to do more.....because you could have easily lived and died alone in an institution had your parents made society's choice.
You proved those doctors wrong.
You were loved, you were cherished.....and your life made an impact that reaches far beyond what those doctors, on that Independence Day many years ago, would have ever guessed in their wildest dreams.
Because of you, when asked to make the choice
to have a child with Down syndrome in our family,
I remembered the joy that you brought to my grandparents
and their words when they said that
they would make the same choice all over again if they could.
Because of you,
your great-nephews now live a life outside of an institution.

Your life mattered

.and they are living proof... 

Friday, July 8, 2011

YES WE DO!!!!!!!

WE HAVE A COURT DATE!!  THANK YOU JESUS.    AUGUST 5TH.  More details to come.
Thank you for your prayers. Please don't stop, and please particularly pray for our judge, that she will see and feel God's love in that courtroom. I know God's got this...... but i'm not sure she knows that yet. Thanks guys!    

"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

Thursday, July 7, 2011


"Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually
 see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of
them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost." Matthew 18:10-14
The last few days I have been down (like flat on my back...my back is OUT but slowly improving). So, not being able to do anything, I have lots of thinking time.....lots of WORRY time.  But, God being God and all, He sent this scripture to me this morning in my devotional.  Just a little REMINDER......  that He's got this.

Yes baby, our Father in heaven....right up there.....He says you are LOST NO MORE. He even knows how many hairs are on your head! He says, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, just like you are. And I believe Him.   Oh my.....how I believe Him.

Thank you Lord, for your promises, and for your REMINDERS.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Since we found out of Gabe's transfer, we have been pretty bummed around here to say the least.  Yes, we know it could be worse, we could of been told he is no longer available, no longer ours, or even the unspeakable.....deceased. Thank you Jesus, it was not one of these. But, our hearts are aching for him, more than ever.  My days seemed to be filled with nothing much more than thoughts and prayers for him.  And with the 4th of July coming(and now gone) I was constantly thinking about the word FREEDOM. More than ever before, this word, this priviledge we have.......well, its speaks volumes to me. I've always been grateful for the men and women who are and have, served our country and fought for our freedom. Many have given the ultimate price.....their life......so that others may live and live freely. Thinking about this made me think of John 15:13." Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." To do this, one must forget about themselves. They must become SELFLESS.

With us just celebrating 4th of July and our FREEDOM, I hope we remember not only the joys of having the freedom to do what WE (our own selves) want to do and the pleasures that we as Americans have but that we also see this and USE this freedom of ours not to serve us but to SERVE OTHERS.

"For you were called to freedom,

Only do not turn your freedom
into an opportunity for the flesh,

but through love
serve one another."  
Galations 5:13

My little guy and so many others will never know this "freedom" unless we become selfless, forget our own wants, and go get them.

FREEDOM.....it has a whole new meaning for me now.

What's it mean to you?

Please continue to pray for Gabe and all the others who so desperately need a family to come for them. Remember Reece's Rainbow and go see how you can help even if you can't adopt one of these treasures.

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."  Luke 12:48