I'm almost too excited to type right now. It is with GREAT JOY that I can report to all of you that our Adoption is officially complete as of today and we will be flying home with our girls Tomorrow!!!
Tommy left to come to the DR, Sunday August 25. Our 30 day appeal wait was over on August 26, so he hit the ground running with girls, our lawyer and Giovanny Valdez that day. It has not been an easy 2 weeks...They have sat in offices day after day....waited as long as 3 hours at times to receive letters, new birth certificates, passports, medical exams and FINALLY Visa's today. They have gotten up almost every morning around 6 am and headed out to return in the late afternoon. The girls have been troopers through all of this! I stayed home with our 4 other kids during these 2 weeks so that we would not have to leave them for long without both of us. This has been an emotional journey for all of us with lots of changes and so we wanted to keep them as settled as possible until we reached the end. I flew out yesterday and got here at 1:00....the girls had just finished their medical exams and we were told to come back to the US Embassy at 7 am this morning to finish Visa's. So we were in line at 6:30 am this morning...it took about 40 min to get inside....all was finally complete around 9:30am. Words just cannot describe the JOY we felt when they handed us those papers. It was a wonderful as a birth delivery...(especially from a no-pain perspective-LOL).
The girls are so excited and I think in a little bit of shock that this is actually happening. It has been a long 3 years of waiting in expectation for them and us. They have proven to be such strong girls and I am so proud of them for how they have handled every single trial they have faced during this time. I am honored that the Lord has chosen Tommy and I to be their parents! I know God has great things for them and has given them a testimony that will proclaim His glory and faithfulness for the rest of their lives to all those they come in contact with. I pray they will be vessels used by the Lord for all of their days on this earth.
We are due to arrive Saturday night At Huntsville Airport at 7:12pm. We would love for anyone who would like to come and greet them into the USA to come! We would also love it for everyone who has one of our adoption "Simply Love" shirts to wear them!! I cannot wait for the girls to just see all of those who have so faithfully prayed for them over the last 3 years. It is still overwhelming to me!!! Our family has been so blessed and encouraged by the support, prayers, love and financial support that we have received. It is far beyond my comprehension!
To God be the Glory....Great things HE HATH DONE!!
This Jesus calling sums up our journey for the last 3 years...
Leave outcomes up to ME. Follow Me wherever I lead, without worrying about how it will all turn out. Think of your life as an adventure, with Me as your Guide and Companion. Live in the now, concentrating on staying in step with Me. When our path leads to a cliff, be willing to climb it with My help. When we come to a resting place, take time to be refreshed in My Presence. Enjoy the rhythm of life lived close to Me.
You already know the ultimate destination of your journey: your entrance into heaven. So keep your focus on the path just before you, leaving outcomes up to ME.
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
"In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling."
Much Love sent to all of you....
Tommy and Heather