Saturday, October 13, 2007


Well, today was the day we were waiting for, well in one way at least. I had to take Jeff to the airport for his 6 week work trip to Uganda. Ugh… I miss him already! This will be the longest I have ever been away from him in 5 years. So, a sad day for us in saying goodbye to each other…but, also the day we’ve been waiting for, for some good news!!

I’ll spare all the details, but it started when Jeff met our children’s family in Liberia 3 weeks ago. We have been waiting to work on our case for the last 2 weeks because we were waiting to find out the truth. It turns out our kids have birth moms. We just received the DNA results that confirm both Sobie and Fatu’s birth mothers. Originally the grandfather of our children had stated that Fatu and Sobies’ parents were deceased. We believe he held to this story because he thought the kids would not be able to be adopted unless they were “true orphans”. Regardless of all that has gone wrong in our case, we feel like we have a glimmer of hope with this news!! Now that we know the truth about our case, we can move forward. I will be flying out to Liberia on Tuesday to help AOH figure out our case. We need to pray that Alma’s heart is softened so we can bring our kids home!!! We have received so many emails and phone calls asking if there is anything people can do to help us fight for our kids! There is one thing!!!

We need God to move in HUGE ways on behalf of Sobie and Fatu!
We have had continued confirmation from the Lord that these are and will be our kids, we just need to continue to seek him and believe & trust that only He can do this!!
Thank you for fighting with us! Thank you for praying for us and with us!!

(The other day my bible reading plan included two wonderful stories that encouraged me. The first was Esther, and the second, the parable of the persistent widow. ‘Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never give up’. Luke 18:1)

It’s been such a long, painful, hard and frustrating journey but God has used every minute, every detail, and every situation to teach us more about Him. The last 3 weeks have been some of the worst… and some of the best. I spent days in tears, days crying out to God, days sitting outside talking…yeah right, more like yelling to God trying to understand and accept what was going on. I’ve had to let go of all my wants, all my anger, all my desires, all my “rights’, all my bitterness, all my fears, all my ideas and plans. And the most wonderful thing happened; God gave me (us) more of His heart, more of His desires, His perspective, His kingdom, His truth, and His promises. It’s crazy because my heart has been hurting for weeks and we never would have wanted this emotional roller coaster, but God has used this time to transform us inside and out. It has changed us forever.

THANK YOU…thank you…we cannot say it enough!! We covet your prayers!!

Until Fatu and Osobie are home, we will be on our knees!!


Faith said...

Praise the Lord for this step in the right direction. Continuing to pray for Fatu and Osobie some home SOON!
Blessings, Faith

DeniseinSC said...

EVERYDAY we pray for you and will continue! This is good news!!! This is going to be great!!!! Love, Denise

Scott and Katy said...

Praying for you constantly and will continue to. You have been praying for the truth and your prayers have been answered. Now that there is truth, we are praying for victory and grace... may these children come home, oh Lord, may they come home soon!
Blessings to you and your sweet children.
Praying for Jeff too!
Love you,

PS I'll update the prayer blog with the new info by tomorrow!

Doug & Lily Bradley said...

I am so sorry that you are having such a difficult time getting your kids home! I pray that everything will go well with Alma, and you will finally get to bring your two sweetie pies home.

blessedmommy said...

Praise God that you now know the truth. We will keep praying. May God surround you with His love, comfort and protection.
In Christ,
Melissa Arnold (AOH family)

Missy said...

Your faith is truly inspiring. I just can't wait to see how God works all of this out and see your family united. You, Jeff, Fatu and Osobie are in my prayers daily. Love, Missy (aoh mamma)

Traci said...

Praying for you and for Fatu and Osobie to come home soon!

Tanya said...

We are rejoicing and hoping with you! Keep us updated. Tanya

Brandi said...

Praise the LORD for NEWS!!! We will continue to pray for discernment, direction, and for God to place people that care in this process. For Alma's heart or anyone else!!!

I love how you are learning so much in the process. I love the Biblical story of Joseph wrestling with the angel (possibly Jesus) and how he refused to give up without the blessing. That is what you are doing now! Hang on for those blessings!!!!

Love you,

adopting lady said...

We hope you and Jeff have safe travels. We will be praying until the day all 4 members of your family are together.