Monday, April 9, 2012

Quilt Winner/ Easter/ Travel Preparations

The winner of the handmade quilt is... Vicky Burnett!  Laura still needs to draw for the other prizes, but I'm already working with Vicky to design her a lovely floral quilt.  Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the Bailey giveaway.  We raised a total of $1,486.50 which will go a long way in helping them pay for their home study.

I hope you all had as wonderful of an Easter as we did.  Our church had a beautiful Easter service, and at the end, our dear friend C.M. called us up to have the whole church pray blessings over us for our trip this weekend.  We love our church!  Everyone is so excited to meet Ella, and the thought of showing her off to them makes me positively giddy.

As of today, we are officially in frenzy mode to prepare for travel.  I am making a lot of lists ... and even lists for my lists!  I can't believe we are leaving in 5 days!!!  We had a little hiccup with a granuloma showing up on my x-ray and follow-up CT scan, but my doctor thinks it's just inflammation from baby girl sharing her RSV with me last month.  So I'm not worried at all about my health, but I am a little bit worried that the doctors in-country will be concerned.  Please pray about that.  We have our medical exam on the 17th there, I believe.  Our court date is April 19th, and God willing, we will be back to bust Ella out of the orphanage for good around May 19th.  It's coming.  It felt like it would never happen, and I'm pretty sure our kids think Ella is mommy's imaginary friend, but it really is coming.

The thought that we will have the privilege of bringing one of God's little children who had nothing to her name into our home and giving her a life filled with abundance and the knowledge of who she is in Christ is so amazing. It is a small picture of what Christ did for us on Easter, giving all of us orphans access to a heavenly father we didn't even realize we were missing until we experienced his love for the first time and our eyes were opened.  I pray that each and every one of you will get to experience something like that in your lives. 

I will update later this week.  Off to go make more lists!


  1. So very excited for you and your family. I will be praying for a clear and clean health report for you while you are in country.

  2. Marj, don't worry about your x ray. They just glance at it for a second, they did not even know how to bring my x ray up on the computer. I know you said you have had pneumonia before, do you think it could be scar tissue?
    On a much different note...we are super excited for your family. Enjoy Ella and take lots of picture..hold her forever and have a great trip! Keepin you in our prayers. With much love and many hugs, Shari