Folding clothes, clothes that a precious girl will fill soon. Toiletries put in a basket in the bathroom. The kitchen fully stocked with sour cream, yogurt, rye bread, sausages and the ingredients to make borscht. A kindergartener’s bedroom turned into a teen room. Getting everything just right.
I feel a lot like we are getting ready for a new baby. The emotions are raw. In one second I am so excited to throw my arms around L’s neck and then the next minute I’m so nervous and can’t believe she’s already almost here. It was the same way during the weeks leading up to the birth of my girls. You know you can’t take it back, and deep down you don’t want to, but gosh it’s scary! I’m so excited and so nervous, although as each day passes the nervousness is starting to cease.
We’ve gone through a lot of trials this past month, some that I thought might stop hosting all together, not by choice but by the circumstances that were seeming to present themselves. Through each trial we prayed, “Lord, please don’t let this be as bad as we think it i,” and each time it wasn’t. God has been so faithful to show us time and time again that THIS is exactly what He has for us. I haven’t felt this sure of God’s plan for us since Dirk and I got married over 7 1/2 years ago.
L will be here in TWO days! On paper we’re as prepared as we could be. We’ve gone to training, read the parent manual, had our home visit, and read a handful of books. Despite being “ready” I know that nothing can prepare us for this journey ahead. I am ready and prepared to live moment to moment following the Holy Spirit’s guiding. I don’t know what’s in store for us but one thing I do know is that God has a plan for these next four weeks and I am most excited to see Him working through us and in us. Thank you to each of you have come alongside us in this journey. Through helping us become fully funded, to donating items for our garage sale, or donating items for L, to your prayers and words of encouragment. We are so thankful to have so much support. Please keep praying for us as we finish up our final preparations and pray for the 171 orphans who will be flying to America in just a couple days!
I will be keep you all updated as often as I can without disrupting our time with our THREE girls. Eeee! So exciting. Until next time…