Wednesday, June 13, 2007

He is my family...

Wow! First post since April 15th! So much to say the whole time, so much of it couldn't be shared, and I had no desire to write a word. Burned out all around from constant change...but, today I feel like jumping back in, so here goes.

As I said before I have been writing letters to many of the older children since I came home with Meklit. Every few weeks I write a bunch of letters, include self-addressed and stamped return envelopes, and send them with a traveling family. I usually write to about 5 or 6 kids, with the one common letter in each bundle being a letter to my daughter and son. The fruit of this effort is the return letters from many different kids. Days when they come in the mail are the highlight of my weeks. Today was one of those days.

Five letters from 5 different kids, and one of them from my daughter. The letter opens like this (the spelling is hers, and remember that they do not know about us yet - very soon, but not yet):

Hi Habtamu (this is the name she gave me while I was there in March, and I proudly answer to it),

Think for your letter. I am so fine. Ashenafi is good. I tell him Habtamu say "Hi" and he loves you. Ashenafi answer is "oh my dad say this!" I excited for he answer. I say you don't have a family. He say I have a family. I say who is you family? He say Habtamu love me so he is my family.

A bunch of other stuff...and,

Love, Terefu and Ashenafi

He knows...soon they will both officially know, but for now he just knows. A child who hears God speaking truth to his heart.

So, now the cat is out of the bag, and for those of you who don't know, Terefu and Ashenafi are ours. Our dossier is in, and our new home study is done and being sent to AAI. Soon we can sign placement documents and send our gift bags so they will know for sure.

Here they are on my first day at Layla in March. The picture on my previous post is of Ashenafi and I, and the one later on in this post is of Terefu and I. She is 13, and he is 5.

Believe it or not, I just jumped over to see my blog to make sure the picture of Ashenafi is there, and realized what my last post was about.

The post is titled Let Them Know Lord, and ends with this ...So God, here is my prayer. Tell our kids who we are. Give them dreams, and visions, and insights into who we are, and give us the same insight. Give them (and us) eyes to see and ears to hear, so that our first meetings with them are like long awaited reunions. Not times of butterflies and nervousness, of wondering and questioning if we are right for them or they are right for us. Lord, let them KNOW without a doubt, and give them peace because they know.

I really hadn't remembered, and here is this letter from Terefu with the answer to my prayer. Even when we don't remember, He does. He is the faithful one, and He listens, and He answers - even when we don't remember that we asked. Thanks God.


Owlhaven said...

Awesome, Rich and Lisa. I've been waiting and praying for this post.

so happy for you all

Mary, mom to many, including two still waiting in Ethiopia

Renee said...

Crying Happy Tears! Your family is beautiful and amazing!! You are so blessed!!


americanalum said...

It was great to hear an update on your beautiful family Rich! I cannot wait to hear more about Ashenafi and Terefu. I am also looking forward to hearing about how Meklit and Marta are doing, as well as how the rest of your family is adjusting.

God Bless,

Raskell Party of 8 said...

Congrats! Hopefully you will get in before the courts close! Praise God for answered prayers!

Heather said...

Beautiful! I don't even know you, but came across your blog somehow a while back and read the previous post. I have been stalking ever since waiting to see what happened. God is so faithful and so good. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How fabulous to get that letter... knowing that your son already thinks of you as his family... awesome.


June (waiting to travel to meet my 4 year old son)

Jenn said...

yes!! so happy to see your children! God is so faithful!