Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Next Stop .... Shanghai, China

By God's grace we are in the airport ready to board the plane to China to bring our little girl home.  We said goodbye to our 4 kids this morning with tears knowing that 16 days is a long time to be away from them!  We feel so blessed and at peace knowing they are in good hands.  Bless my parents hearts for committing to stay with our kids for the duration of our trip.  

Gan An Na (4)close up-blog

This little cutie is what is waiting for us on the other side of the ocean.  Just months after we started the process and every approval was flying at what felt like mock speed and beating most norms Eric looked at me and said, "God is up to something here!"  Our paperwork was logged in the day before our little Ellie's file was released from China.  Yes God was up to something and we know without a shadow of a doubt that God handpicked this little girl to complete our family!  We can't wait to see how she does just that! 

We are so thankful for the support of family and friends on this journey. We couldn't do it with out your love, prayers and words of encouragement!  We would love to take you along on our journey (that is if we have good internet and can blog) and if you feel led please pray for us as we  journey to our daughter and back home.  Please lift up these specific requests:

- Little Ellie's heart as she grieves everything she has ever know and begins to open her heart to the love her dad and mom are ready to pour out.  Pray we would have grace and wisdom on how to meet her emotionally right where she is at each day.  

-Physical healing for the hole in Ellie's heart that she was born with.  We are praying boldly that the Great Physician will place his hands on her little body and heal her before she even gets home.

- The adoption process and all that it entails. It is amazing how much paperwork needs to be done perfectly and timely.  Pray that all will go smooth with our paperwork while we are in China.  

- The health of all 3 of us on our trip.

- Logistics and safety as we travel. We will be in 3 different cities and provinces in China which means many plains, shuttles, luggage shuffling and hotels. 

- Finally lift my parents and kids up while we are gone.  We are 2 on 1 and they will be 2 on 4 with a 3 year old that is an energizer bunny.   Pray that they would be given an added measure of energy hourly, good health and good rest. 

We know that God is walking before us and paving our way to our little girl. He is faithful and will provide for us in every way! 

Let us hold fast the confessions of our hope without wavering for He 
who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23


DiJo said...

I could just stare at her all day with that one little foot peeking out!!! I love the story of how God orchestrated the timing of her match with you!! Ellie will be ready to be loved!!! How can she resist you two for one minute!! Blessings for a wonderful trip!!!! I pray God just amazes you!!! Have fun on your Shanghai adventures!!!!!!

Hugs from MN!

Jenny said...

Praying for you!! I just happened upon your blog- your sweet Ellie looks SO much like our Katie Mei when she was a baby!! PRaying with you while you get your little girl. Can't wait to follow along!

Jenny Markmiller

MG Atwood said...

I'm your newest follower. Hoping you have internet. Praying for you, your family and that sweet girl. God speed. (I'm from Lisa's class in case you think I'm a stalker)

Paige said...

We will be praying for you all. Ellis is just the cutest little thing!!

Troy and Diane Sturgeon said...

Praying! Hope you are able to blog. We so desperately want to follow along! ;) Best wishes and God Bless!

Fannie said...

So glad I found your blog last week so we can follow along on this amazing journey!! We will be praying for your entire family and for little Ellie as she experiences this life altering change! God bless you all and keep you safe on your journey.

meg said...

Good morning from the East Coast!! Soak it all in:)

PattiLynn said...

Excited for you! Best wishes on your journey. Hope everything goes smoothly. Can't wait to hear about Ellie.

Lisa and Mark said...

We are a Holt Family that has a little girl from Jiangxi who just turned 3. I love your blog and can not wait to see your journey unfold in China. So excited for your family.

Teri said...

Praying for you and excited for you to have Ellie in your arms!

Beth Sandbulte Musil said...

Congratulations on your new edition!! Praying for a safe trip. Also praying for Jan and Bev!! They might need a vacation after you get back!!

Kathy said...

Thinking of you often and praying! Have a wonderful, safe trip ~ I am SO excited for you!!!

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