I can hardly type this post with tearing up... Last April, we began this journey - a huge financial step in faith for us - because we knew without a doubt that God had called us to it. We had a few thousand to start but knew we would have to work very hard and trust that God would provide the rest; it was our deepest desire to complete this adoption debt free. Many, many times along the way I questioned the call, questioned if we were doing the right thing, and wondered if we would actually be able to do it. 11 months later, we paid the final bill...with cash. I am in awe. God provided every single bit (even for the unexpected expenses) - He used a variety of means, a variety of people and organizations, and a variety of jobs. If ever I doubted, He confirmed, once again, that He called us and chose Emmarie to be a part of our family. I look at the little girl happily playing beside me (and bringing me food from her kitchen) and am beyond grateful we listened.

The hardest part (and most joyous) is yet to come - caring for her and raising her to adulthood - but the journey to bring her into our family is complete. We are thankful - more than we can possibly express. We are just so blown away with the faithful provision and call of the Lord.


Heather L. said...

Wow! That is such exciting news!!! I'm so happy for you and amazed at how God has taken care of everything for you in the past 11 months. I know it took a whole lot of work on your part and lots of blood, sweat, and tears, but that is amazing!!!

Kacie said...

Praise the Lord! He is so, so, good and He loves to bless His children.

Your daughter is so beautiful, and her personality really seems to be coming through in those photos you're sharing.

The ones from the airport -- oh man. Bawling. Such a moment for your whole family!

But ultimately, it just warms my heart so much to see this very real example of God's love for us. Amazing!