But nevertheless, our agency has given us permission to share the news here on our blog!
So here goes:
Felix is a seven year old boy, with a BIG smile and a sweet spirit.
Betty is his sweet chubby cheeked four year old sister who is pouting or sad in literally every picture we have of her.
We can't show pictures here on our blog, though we wish we could show you their sweet faces so you could treasure this moment more fully with us.
We are overwhelmed with love and anticipation for these children to join our family.
Already it seems the Lord has been orchestrating perfectly every detail of this match. Even in some fun little ways.
My favorite Ugandan adoption Blog, literally the only one of all the sweet blogs I have found in this process that I follow weekly.(I just don't have much free time, I can't read them all.)
Unknown by me all this last year, this Blog just so happens to be a mama who adopted from the very same children's home as us, through our SAME agency.
A few weeks ago I was given her contact info by my agency, because she also has a large family and adopted her 6th child....
Anyway, as we were talking, I discovered not only was her blog the blog I had been following for over a year, but she HAD PICTURES of our kiddos on her fridge that her family had been praying over for a year. Praying For our Betty and Felix to find a loving family.
Totally awesome how Our God sets up these little appointments so that as we walk through the doors he opens for us, we receive confirmation and strength. It boosts our faith. And we need that.
Because I am SO LIKE Peter.
Even as I speak of His faithfulness, it is easy for me to look at the waves.
And start to sink.
Felix is about a year older than we had originally agreed upon. There is some fear there.
It took us a few weeks after we received their info, as much as we wanted to jump out of the boat and try, we were scared. We prayed, we pondered. We waited.
Then Mike, my wise husband said,
"Babe, God led us to our agency, We have prayed for a brother and sister pair for over a YEAR. This is the brother and sister our agency has for us. Maybe we should just walk through the open door."
Peace flooded our minds.
The amazing confirmation followed from our bloggy friend/agency buddy.
She even had more pictures of our kids for us.
But just like Peter we look at the waves. A hundred times in a day, I am tempted to doubt.
Faith reminded me: There are 3 homes in Uganda our agency works with. Her child could have been from a different one.
Um, Christa, God has perfectly provided thus far. He is ABLE. We aren't.
Mike and I were talking about feelings and how when we lead with them our faith is SO wobbly.
our Pastor (who we love) always talks about a train with three cars:
FAITH- FACTS- FEELINGS-
(Our faith, you know, The Faith God graciously gives to us rests in the facts of His Perfect Word,
and our feelings can and should follow these.)
Don't you Just Love the Story of Peter and Jesus Walking on water?
I Think we love it because we so relate to Peter.
I mean, HE GOT OUT of the boat. Give the guy a break. He was at least attempting to have faith!
Here's the story: Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,“Lord, save me.”
31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Isn't that JUST like Jesus. He let Peter take the step of faith, then he let him feel his own inability to accomplish the feat of walking on the water, and then HE RESCUED him. And he did all the work. And Peter got to witness the power of a GREAT and powerful God!
So here's the other part:
Our agency wants to shoot for a JULY travel Date!
That is really fast.
If July doesn't happen (it depends upon a lot of things: money, paperwork, the Ugandan Judge giving us a July court date)
They want to plan on September. Even that is really fast.
The looking at the waves thing is starting again!
We want to bring them home as fast as possible.
Stay tuned for some serious fund raising excitement!