Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beating the storm!

Well, the east coast storm looks like a bad one so we've decided to make a change. Katie and I will be leaving tomorrow morning and staying the night in D.C. Our original flight into Dulles was going to get us in Sat. at 6:30pm and we leave on ET Airlines at 8:30pm. Perfectly fine in good weather but in this case it sounds like a recipe for disaster. We're hoping at this point to arrive before the storm gets too bad, then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, then snowplows, "Do your stuff" and get us out sometime Saturday night as the storm subsides.

We must make our embassy appointment on Wed. No way around this.

And if we don't get out on Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sat. night, they do NOT fly on Sunday.

I actually think it will be nice to break up the journey, even it if is only a little bit. But we are scrambling to get everything done, but we will be ready.

We CANNOT wait to meet our precious daughter in only 4 short days! 4 DAYS!!! I wonder what is going through that sweet little girls head right now? Surely by now they've told her we're coming. Can you even imagine??

I do want to sincerely and humbly ask you for your prayers for this journey until we get home. And I'm not talking about, "Lord, help them to have fun." Not that kind of prayer, although we do hope to have fun!

As many of you know (and if you are new to our blog, please go back to the very first and second post and you read on forward and you will understand why I'm asking) this adoption journey has been a huge battle, literally from day ONE. Day one of our beginning the process to adopt this child our house burned down. And it has been been one huge battle after another. So how do you think it will end? Piece of cake?? Not happening.

So what do we run into when we try to leave? A huge snowstorm. Big surprise there!

Every think we're trying to be stopped or at the very least discouraged?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is a spiritual battle. It's pretty hard to miss, even if you are not a believer. Coincidence it is not. No way.

So I am asking for prayer warriors, the kind of people who will do battle for us in the heavenly realm, because this is not a battle against flesh and blood. It's an eternal battle.

Tarikwa is a precious child of God who needs and deserves a family. She deserves to live a life that is full. She deserves a future that doesn't hold terrible things that orphan children who age out of orphanages often face in order simply to feed themselves.

The evil one doesn't want anything of this to happen. 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Oh, how he'd love to devour a helpless orphan girl.

Not happening!! At least not to this one.

We believe the Bible to be true, not fairly tales.

So if you've followed this blog, you know how viciously the evil one has attacked us. This is why I beg you for your earnest prayers on our behalf. Prayers that we'll have protection, that our paperwork will all be in order, that all will be well on the home front, etc.

We go with great anticipation to see what our Lord will do for us.

Thank you for your prayers! It means everything to me to know that you are praying for us.



  1. Standing with you on the WORD of GOD to be our strength, our guide and our protection!

    No arrow against us shall prevail!

    Love you,

  2. Have a safe trip. I believe it will go as planned for you. I'm so excited for you and the whole family. Congratulations and I look forward to hearing about your journey. I love you guys.


  3. You gotta laugh this whole trip. There has been lots of things thrown at you... you must be a special family of God's to be tested and triumphed and never left alone. Good luck and enjoy the trip!! Hugs

  4. I will be on the wall for you!!! (and just FYI the embassy will see you even if you are late arriving) Have an amazing trip!!!

  5. We are PRAYING HERE IN THE UK!! I so wish we could have met in ET! We will just miss each other! We leave in 13 days!!! I am having to remind myself to breath!!!
    Much love and safe travels!!!

  6. Laura! We are praying for you here! Wish we weren't 2 hours away...AND there was a snow storm coming. I would come take you to lunch while you wait. I will be praying you there and home!!!!