Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's All Final!

Maleah's court & paperwork is all final! ... and just in the nick of time!, as we leave ND in just over 4 days. What's so crazy about that is we just found out a week ago we're leaving so SOON!

Today was a special day, as we stepped away for a few hours from the insanity of packing and gathered with some friends to celebrate and say goodbye. And what a fitting end to our time here in ND as we embark on our new journey, working more with adoption and orphan care ministry with the ABBA Fund!

This blog has been dedicated to sharing our adoption journey of Maleah and so with this court finalization also comes the close of this blog. Yet, the story has a life-time of chapters ahead.

If you'd like to follow along on our journey of life and ministry .... you'll need to go HERE in the future. While change isn't easy .... we are excited about the new chapter being written. The Lord has just done an incredible work in providing a new home base for us in IL. We are still trying to comprehend just what all He has done!!! Be sure to visit us at our Serving Him Together blog. There we'll share family updates for far-away-friends, as well as lots of resources about adoption and orphan care. You might even get to see some home renovations! We have our work cut out for us in IL and we are ready!

As we close this blog we just want to say once again that the LORD is the only one that could have made our adoptions possible! He worked through so many people to bring them to completion. In all practical terms, we would probably rank up there with the "least able" to do this. Perhaps you are a family that feels the tug on your hearts for the needs of orphans, but you are just overwhelmed with the obstacles or are fearful of the unknown .... or sense the heavy financial weight that sometimes seems so insurmountable. God can be TRUSTED in your situation. Don't be mistaken .... it's not an easy journey .... it's one that could require great sacrifice and grueling hard work. But today was such a reminder to us that it's all worth it!!!

We'll be sharing much more at our new on-line home ... so please visit us there. Our family is so eager and excited to embrace the next chapter. Fun days ahead as we prepare to celebrate Maleah's birthday in IL! If today was any indication (note Mommy holding down her hands from that icing!) ... she is READY for her birthday cake! :)

May the Lord be glorified as we journey on with him, one step at a time. The End.


Theresa said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for your family and sad too. I will miss not seeing you guys and knowing you are just a short distance away. God Bless you!

Roger said...

I wish you the very best for your family on this closure and new door opening. Blessings!
Karen Ouse

The Albertsons said...

WOW! The timing is amazing!!!
What great photos. Keep us posted on your move.

Robert said...

This Grandma enjoyed the pictures of her girls so much! Can't wait for all of your family to be in Il closeby!

Mom and Grandma

Kristy -Mom To 6 Blessings said...

Woo Hoo! Congrats on welll.....EVERYTHING! So glad to hear that all of the pieces are finally falling into place! Blessings,

Rebecca said...

So glad you're on your way to IL (or already there by now?). Even though I don't always respond back - know that I do keep up with you guys and am praying for you all!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! Congratulations!

Jen said...

Thank you so much for your comment. We are beyond excited to add to our family and she is such a dear.