Just a little update to say that we are falling more and more in love with our Lizzie's picture each day and it is heartwrenching not to be with her! We are so thankful for God's faithfulness along this journey and we know that He will continue to provide - step by step.
Wanted to let you know that we cannot post pictures of her. As far as I know we cannot do that until we are home from Hungary.
When we go we will be gone for 6 weeks and all 4 of us are going. We hope to travel in January.
On Friday, we officially accepted the referral! We are now waiting for some final documents to be translated and then for our I - 800 to be sent to Texas for approval from the US Govt. We have been told this process takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks. We are praying for the 2 week plan! :). Then our facilitator in Hungary will make our final travel plans Still praying that we could have travel plans by Christmas. It would be a miracle - but God is in the miracle business! Another matter for prayer - the weather. Our facilitator - George - does not want us to come and be stranded anywhere as the first week we are there we will be staying about an hour from where Lizzie lives and will commute each day to spend time with her. Again - if God can connect a family from Decatur, AL to a little girl in Hungary - He can handle the weather issue - He made the weather!
I have so many thoughts ... this is by far the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life - yet I wouldn't trade this year for anything, and I cannot imagine the blessings in store for us as we become a family of five.
For any of you considering adoption - pray HARD! God will lead and make it so clear - but clear doesn't mean easy.
I am so excited to be at this point - how many times I prayed - if we could just get that referral - then I would have peace. And I do... mostly. However, fear continues to creep in and sometimes even panic - about all of the unknowns. Some days I walk through my house just saying "Peace, peace, I need Your peace!" I am praying for a peace that passes all understanding for little Lizzie as her world is about to be turned upside down. I pray for peace to fill me and for God to take away my fears and help me to live each day trusting Him - trusting Him when I wonder if she will be mean to John Reese and Ellie, if she will like us, if she will be angry, if she will let me comfort her, if she will like homeschooling...But then I remember that I serve the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords... and I am filled with His peace, but, to be really honest, then it starts over - peace, fear, panic, PRAY ... peace...
I am blessed beyond measure and give thanks in all things - even the fear and panic.
Thank you for your prayers along this journey!
In His grace,