Wednesday, August 21, 2013

10 Days and counting...

"This is really going to happen!" Is a phrase that Ryan and I have spoken much in the past couple weeks.

Throughout our entire adoption we have prayed Isaiah 45:2-3

I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will beak down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord.

Now as we look back on the flat ground that used to be gigantic mountains towering over our seemingly impossible chance of ever getting our boys, we would be absolute fools to not give God every ounce of the glory.

We have done NOTHING except say yes to Him everyday.

Ryan and I are still kind of in shock that this is happening.


We are giddy with excitement, but when I stop and really think about our journey I am reduced to a puddle of tears.

I am blown away at my Lord.

I knew Him before we began this journey, but diving so deeply into His heart and relying so wholly on His faithfulness for every one of our needs, has brought our relationship to a different level.

He just leaves me speechless.

To know that I serve a God who cares so deeply and tenderly for two little boys who had been abandoned by their family and their society. They meant nothing to anyone and yet to my Lord, they were always treasures.

To know that He would choose us to be recipients of the blessings they will bring not because of any of our strengths, but instead because our weaknesses make us the perfect candidates to receive and give the mountain moving love God has for our Ivan and Levi... it is just so profoundly beautiful.

Do we still have fears and anxieties?

OH yes! and what, then, should I say in response to these things? If God is for us who can be against us. (Romans 8:3)

We are praising God with every breath as we spend these last few days in the comfort of our home. 

We praise Him as we are preparing and packing for our journey to our boys. 

We praise Him as we dream of what the next month will hold for us.

We bought a carrier to take with us for the boys and we've enjoyed breaking it in with Landon. 

The past couple days have been unbearably hot so we decided to go to the beach last night. It brought back so many memories from last year so I figured it would be neat to do a couple back to backs of last year and this year. WOW how our boy has grown! :) (and yes, I am wearing the same shirt. I didn't even plan it haha)

 Last year

This year

LOL still not a fan of cold water!

Last year

This year

 Last year

This year

Last year

This year

We praise Him as we soak in every last moment with our Landon and our small family of three.

Thank you everyone for your prayers as we continue to prepare for our trip. We are pretty much packed and ready to go. Landon has a cardioligist appt on the 30th so we will leave for Fargo right after that, spend our last relaxing evening together as a family of 3 and then soak in all of the snuggles and kisses we can get until our plane leaves in the afternoon. 

please, if you haven't already, join our facebook group. I know many of you don't have fb accounts and I totally respect that, but I really don't want you to miss out on pictures and updates of our journey. 

We love you all!!

Have a great rest of your week!!

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