Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I am asking everyone that is following our journey to please say extra prayers for us especially at Church this Sunday. We are still awaiting our Travel Approval from China. If we don't receive it very shortly than we may have to wait until February to bring our daughter home. The 2009 Lunar Year which is the year of the Ox, begins on January 26, 2009. Chinese government offices will have a one week holiday and the U.S. Consulate will be closed for several days in observance of China's most important holiday. Our agency is stating that most of January will be unavailable for family arrivals in China. We found out last night and I couldn't even bring myself to type a blog I was that upset. How could this be? I have prayed so hard to be able to hold my daughter on Christmas day. That is not going to become a reality. But now we may have to wait 2 more months. Nope, that is unacceptable. So please lift us up in prayer so that we can be united with our daughter in a few weeks. The power of prayer is tremendous!

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17


Natalie said...

Absolutely I will be praying! I just have tears for you all right now. Sometimes it seems like those I know who need a break the most just can't seem to catch one, and you begin to wonder why. At the same time, I know we have to be humble and somehow try to understand that our timing is not always God's timing. We have to "let go and let God" as the saying goes, and it's one of the hardest things we have to do. All we can do is pray, and pray I will. You may not know me, but I know how much you love that little girl and just want to bring her home to a family that will wrap her in as much love as that sweet little peanut can stand. I wish there was more I could do. I wish I could understand why it's so hard to give a child a home that she so desperately needs.

I also wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about Halainah's special quilt. Things are crazy here as we prepare for our move, but I WILL send something as soon as I can. I'll email Tony when I am ready to mail it and get your address.

May God bless you both and give you the strength to see you through the end of this journey and bring Halainah safely home very soon!

~ Natalie