The day I got married, one of my closest friends looked me in the eye and said "God has many wild and wonderful things ahead for you and Jeremy."

Being called mom by 7 kids is definitely wild. Each day I look for the wonder in it all...and give thanks.

Partnering with my husband in life, parenting, work and serving is definitely wonderful. He is my favorite.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saying YES...Part 3

February 2010
We contacted All God's Children International (the ONLY adoption and orphan care ministry that I found that ALSO offers mission trips to the orphanages).  After hearing what we were interested in doing, the mission coordinator asked,

"What about Rwanda?"

I heard the music! 
You know when you KNOW that you KNOW something is right.

We began planning our first trip, raising money, and inviting others to join us.  We brought 3 others with our family (leaving Savannah with grandparents for this first trip).  Our trip was set for November 2010 and we would put all adoption plans on hold until we accomplished this trip. 

August 2010
Rwanda stops all adoptions until they enter the Hague Convention.  No one knows how long it will be before that process is complete.  It's a good thing.  But the waiting is hard....especially for those families already in process (sending prayers up for you guys!)

November 2010
You can read all about our amazing trip here.  I shared highlights about it last November and December.  We were most impacted  by and surprised by how much we fell in love with the older kids.  The kids getting closer to "aging out."  We knew we would fall in love with the babies, but these older kids....we really love THEM.

This trip to Rwanda, solidified for us our desire and love for older kids who do not have moms and dads. 

That is huge.
And we are just beginning to see how HUGE that is for us.

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