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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Well, it's about 5:45 a.m. here now.  I've been up since 3:30 a.m.  We were able to visit the first church and museam in Addis Ababa yesterday afternoon, and then came back to the guest house for dinner.  The food was great, and we were both pretty wasted.  Unfortunately, Joe still had to spend another couple of hours on the phone with airlines trying to figure out who had our luggage and who was going to send it.  Basically, because our itinerary required switching airlines, the two airlines in JFK had been sending our baggage back and forth saying it was the other one's responsibility.  Frustrating to say the least, while we're sitting in Ethiopia with no luggage.  But, at around midnight last night, we did finally get an email letting us know the arrangements for our baggage and the flight numbers.  Lord willing, we should be able to have our luggage tomorrow afternoon.  Of course, we have been given "good" and hopeful news a few times throughout this only to call back to find out "nope, they're still in JFK".  Praising our Lord that we can place our confidence in Him . . . there truly is no confidence in men!
 
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, today we get to finally meet our son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  My heart is filled.  This baggage junk has been overwhelming, and I have been praying for God's grace to "get over it".  Somehow I know that seeing Isaiah's face and holding him will make all of that just melt away!  The plan is to spend a few hours today with him at the transition home where he is living, get to see where he's been sleeping, talk to his nannies and the doctor there.  Then, tomorrow, we take him with us!
 
We came here for our son, and we are so thankful to be here.  But in the details of things, there are many things in our baggage that will be difficult to find while we are here - diapers, meds, clothes, etc. - things we could find a way to do without, but things that make my mommy heart hurt because of the planning and thought that went into them for our son and the other orphans here.  Parents want to make things "all better" for their children.  And while it is only for a time, my heart has been struggling with the possibility of  not having our luggage when we take Isaiah with us tomorrow.  BUT, God is good, He is faithful, and He is in control!!!!!!!!!!  We are still praying for God to get our luggage here, but also praying for His grace to accept His timing and let go of my plans, no matter how "good" I thought they were . . . man, you think I would've learned this lesson by now!!!
 
Thanks so much for your prayers and loving support!  Lord willing we'll have some great pictures to post on here tonight of our beautiful son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

9 comments:

Christy said...

I wish I could chat w/you on fb!!!

Audrey said...

I wish I could find it for you and send it really quick! Praying for you guys!

Christy said...

So excited for you "today"!!!!!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!!! A friend had this posted on their fb tonight.. "Tonight I was reminded to not get dissatisfied with God's method... His ways are not mine. I would not do a better job, so I better trust Him." I'm praying for all the details to be worked out and that Isaiah will have all he needs when he leave WITH YOU!!!! Love ya!

Josh, Candace & Cole said...

Wow - we were away, and I just got caught up on all of your adventures from just these last few days! I've been thinking about you every single day and am praying for you guys as you *finally* get to meet Isaiah. We'll also be praying that your luggage arrives.

AA said...

Your love for Isaiah is a much needed reminder of God's love for me (and you, and ..). It brings a tear to my eyes this morning here, as I contemplate a potentially unpleasant work week.

Your steps of faith are inspiring. Isaiah will soon count himself as going from looking for someone - ANYone- to love him, to basking in the glow of two parents who desparately went halfway around the world for him, to love him and make him theirs.

May you sense God's amazing love for you, even as you wait for your son.

Tom Littlejohn

Wild Blue Album Design said...

Oh, sarah! What an adventure!! All that little guy needs is you and Joe. God will provide what you need. So happy for you and we'll keep praying!!

Michelle gwilt

Andrew and Esther Brunk said...

We have been praying for you often!!!!

Jenny said...

We continue to pray that all will be worked out! God has a plan even when things don't go according to ours, what a great reminder of that! :) I know you have probably met Isaiah by now and you are basking in that glow! :) Enjoy your time together!

Christy said...

Waiting!!!!!!!!!! :-) Hope you are enjoying your precious time!