The past two weeks have been crazy. We assumed over the past 3 years that we would know exactly how we would react when we got to see OUR kids. We knew there would be joy, excitement, and wonder but we had no idea how those emotions would manifest themselves. We had no idea that we would incessantly stare at their pictures, gazing at and analyze the beauty of every square inch of their faces. We gaze at how how their fingers are crinkled up in excitement because their photos are being taken. It’s like we have a prized Michelangelo painting in front of us and we can’t dare look away for one second for the fear that we might miss something.
Yeah, I’m sure grape juice spills on the carpet and high-pitched shrills over who’s going to sit in the back seat of the van will temper what we’re feeling right now but for the first time ever, we’re realizing what it means to LOVE our children.
So…that’s what we’re feeling. Now for what has happened in the past two weeks. I’m going to bullet point this for the sake brevity.
- The children were officially referred to us on May 28th.
- June 12th they made the flight to the city from which we’ll be adopting them
- On June 15th, they opened the care packages that we sent them which contained a photo album (pictures of us and our family) and the cheesiest home video you’ve ever seen introducing ourselves to them. That same day we received pictures of them opening the gifts and watching the video.
- Perhaps this week we’ll get to Skype with them. To say that we are both excitement and terrified is an understatement; terrified in a good way. Our stomachs haven’t felt butterflies like this since our wedding day!
Now what? Well, we’re just waiting on our gov’t to give us final approval. That should come any day now. Once we receive that, we’ll travel within 2ish weeks. You ever felt a sense of nervousness rush over your body and into your fingers that then makes your hands shake? Yeah, that just happens when I typed that whole “2ish weeks” business.
Now, really, now what? Well, we lack about $5,000 and the only thing we know to do is to humbly ask you to donate. Furthermore, would you pray for that $5,000 gap to be closed in the next 10 days? We have funds for our plane tickets which will cost between $5-6k but we still lack the funds necessary for our stay in Colombia which is about 6 weeks.
Our friends have put together something that gives you the opportunity to sponsor one of the days that we’re in country. So far, we have 5 families/individuals sponsoring 8 days. That leaves 34 days available. Would you consider sponsoring 1 or 2 or 5 or 10? You can do that here or click the picture below.
Thanks for caring for us as we bring 3 beautiful kids into our family. We absolutely cannot wait to show you pictures of them.
P.S. If you want to stay connected to us while we’re in country, go to either of our Facebook pages and send us a message saying you’d like that. We won’t be blogging on here. If you’ve already let us know, you should already be a member to the Facebook page we have set up.