On the Journey With My Chosen One!

I am sure you might wonder why I call her chosen rather than adopted.... well, adopted is just her physical condition, CHOSEN is what we both are to be a family together! God is so rich in His Blessings, and He has chosen each of us from before the time we were knit in our mother's womb to be a FOREVER family! How BIG is that? How BIG is our God!?! Thank you for following our journey and for praying for us as we wait and continue to grow in the love of God! -- Blessings!



Liliana's Verses

Matthew 17:20 - " ... For truly I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain: "Move from here to there", and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."




Zephaniah 3:17 - The Lord your God is with you. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.




Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.




Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Movin' Along!

Movin' Along! That is what we are doing! It has been a good week! A little more testing a little more grieving, but significantly better than last week! I think she is finally getting a sense of this is home! And, Mamá is getting a little better at this "Mommy thing"! I have discovered that being a Mom requires a lot of planning and there is no room for procrastination! Uh-Oh! Mamá WAS the Queen of procrastination! Notice, I said WAS! I am learning.... although I am also learning that if the dishes don't get washed, it is ok, life does move on! Thankfully, I have been able to keep up with that and most of the laundry! :-) Honestly, things are going really well! Mom got to go to the Chiopractor and get her hair cut! And, Little Bit even let Miss Melissa cut her bangs! Yay!! Now I can see those beautiful brown eyes!! There are moments, but that is all they are, moments! And, because of the "Mommy Grace" that God gives all Moms, I don't even remember some of them! But, my Precious Peruvian is learning all kinds of knew things! She is learning more and more English words, and even saying a few spontaneously here and there, which she had just started doing in Spanish 3 months ago..... AMAZING! She has learned Stand-Up, Sit Down, Come on, and she is using more signs like "help" and "more please", etc.. Above all, she has learned how to make Mickey Mouse's Clubhouse appear by saying "Miska Mouska, Mickey Mouse!" She just stated saying this spontaneously today and I wasn't all together sure what she said at first, and then I realized what it was! YES, WE LOVE MICKKEY & MINNIE at our house! (Below is a picture of her with her "Ra-Ra" (AKA Minnie Mouse) while she watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) She has also learned to make the Princess Cozy Coupe go forward and backwards! I think backwards is her favorite still though! Then yesterday we went to the Zoo! This wasn't her first trip to a zoo, but with Mamá it was! We went with our neighbors and she and my neighbor's little girl had a great time! Unfortunately, the sun drains Mamá and my Precious Peruvian too, so we'll have to limit our trips to early morning hours and be ok with not seeing everything at one time! Next time we go, we are going to see the llama at the petting zoo.... I think she'll like that! :-) We are also getting ready to start some fun summer classes, Play and learn, Music and Art.... and the best part is Mamá gets to play too! I am really excited about these classes because they are a great opportunity for more bonding and for her to play with and see other little ones! It is going to be fun!
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Another big moment for my Precious Peruvian this week was Sunday School! We have been going to her room for three weeks now. The first was just a visit, but last week we went and stayed the whole time and again today we went and stayed the whole time! But, the best part was, I told her we were going to her class room and when we rounded the corner and went inside and she realized where she was, she did a little happy dance and started "talking".... it was soooo cute! She was so excited! And, this week she played a lot more independently (without Mamá). She still came to check in every once in a while, but I was able to just sit in a chair and watch her play, and she did great with the other kids in the room! Oh! What a happy day! We are still a few weeks away from leaving her completely, but she is progressing greatly there! And, I am so thankful to all the wonderful people in the children's department at my church for making her feel at home!
Well, I wouldn't be being honest if I didn't say there were some difficult days... there have been! But, this week, the difficult days have turned into difficult moments! It is such a good things that she tests Mamá, but we are learning a little bit about the word WAIT and obedience. It is difficult for any 3 year old to understand the word WAIT, so no big surprise here. Obedience, this is more part of the testing..... and she is a VERY obedient child 95% of the time, so NO complaints here! But, we have had a few instances where we are learning that we don't always get what we want, when we want it, OUCH! A HUGE lesson for Mamá too! Funny, how God teaches us the same thing at the same time! Anyhow, we have both learned this week, and I was able to tell her and teach her that when she is obedient she can get "MOST" of what she wants. She will always get ALL that she needs though, even if she doesn't WANT it (just as we always get what we need from God!) And, as I was telling her this I was reminded of God's promise to us "If you will obey ME, I will BLESS you and if your disobey ME I will punish you." Now mind you, I am soooo glad that God is God and that I am NOT! This world would be a messed up place, but the lesson was the same for both of us again -- and neat how God uses spiritual principles in everyday life! And, it was a reminder of the blog that I haven't written yet... "The Blessing!" In an effort to keep this blog from being an epistle, I am going to save that for another time... still coming, I promise --- but there is only so much a person can read at one time!
I will say this, I am BLESSED beyond measure... EVEN when I don't deserve it! I have felt satan testing me this week, and I am so thankful that God is full of grace and forgiveness and that each morning is fresh and anew and loaded with opportunites to bring Him honor and glory! I hope that my life does that! But, I know that there are times when I don't bring Him honor and glory and I pray that He will continue to give me the strength I need for these times! The best part is... I KNOW He WILL!

Thank you for your continued prayers for strength, wisdom and grace for me and continued attachment and resiliency for my Precious Peruvian! She is doing very well in both these areas and I know that it is ONLY because of God and the prayers you all have so generously offered up that she has done so well! PLEASE keep them coming! PLEASE also pray as we go back to the Doctor this week for another 3 hour appointment, thankfully this time we won't have to take any blood, but there might be more needles and she will see the pediatrician for a little bit, so we need lots of prayers! And, many blessings to all of you for this week, Memorial Day, a chance for us to celebrate our troops, veterans and those who gave so much to protect our freedoms, and the first week of SUMMER!! Oh! I want this calendar to slow down for a few more months, so that I can savor EVERY day as a "Stay-at-home Mom"! These days will pass by soon enough, but I LOVE being home with her and having this time with her! So, Yay for summer, but please don't pass by too fast!
Blessings!

Also a few pics from the zoo, and showing off her sweet Sunday dress.... this weeks Sunday dress that is! :-) She has so many beautiful ones thanks to the generosity of so many! Again, thank you!




Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quick Update!

Wow! What a busy but great week this one has been! Monday we started Music therapy and my Precious One LOVED it! She was completely enamored with the guitar that the therapist had and she even got to touch it and strum it..... she would have done anything for one more song! She did great though in her evaluation, and tomorrow we start working on some different areas for her! She has already picked up some English words, and doing several things she wasn't doing a week ago! Bravo! She has also learned that all things that fall on the floor go to Mia..... in fact when she dropped a Cheerio the other day, she called for Mia to come get it! Too funny! We are doing great and while Mamá wasn't sure she was going to make it past Wednesday, God sent in reinforcements! Friends who said, Hey! Let's go to the park and dinner! So, Thursday started looking better! My Precious Peruvian is doing great! In fact, she is doing so well in the attachment area that she has started testing the waters! (This is a good thing, it means that she is trusting me enough to test me) We are finally on a schedule, well mostly! Last week she got up at 5:30 4 mornings in a row... so Mamá finally decides she needs to get with the 5:30am program, went to bed really early Wednesday night..... and wouldn't you know it?!? Little Bit slept until 8:00 the next morning! That is ok! I think we both needed the sleep that night! This week was spent trying to work out insurance and chasing others' mistakes! Oh, I had to give a LOT of grace this week to others, and I was struggling! It seems that the Lord had me on a paper chase this week.... not sure why, but my patience sure was tested! But, even though I was frustrated, God gave me the strength to move on through! I don't understand it, but I guess sometimes challenges are put in our path to keep us depending on Him for our strength! I realized real quick this week, that I can't do everything on my own, I have to depend on Him! This weekend we got to enjoy a birthday party, dinner with friends and today we got to go to Church again! Today we went to her Sunday School class and she loved it! Mamá stayed the whole time and then waited to see how long she would stay after the Sunday School hour. We stayed all the way through church too, of course in her class! She did fantastic! And, this evening I said we are going back to church to hear some music (Our children's choir did a great job with their musical!) and she was ready to go! Thank you Lord that my sweet one loves Your house, please may this always be so!! Please continue to pray for my Precious Peruvian and me as we journey together!Thank you for your continued prayers!! I have some more blogging to do, some things that God is laying on my heart, but no more time tonight! Hopefully tomorrow I will get to write about what is on my heart... it is "The Blessing"!
Blessings!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Our First Week Home

Wow! What a CRAZY busy week! Monday was kind of spent recovering from our trip still. Tuesday, we went for a visit to Lifeline to meet all of those who prayed for us and helped Mamá get this precious one home! It was a fun visit! Then Wednesday was a BIG day! We had a retirement reception for someone in my department at school, so we made a quick appearance. She was a little tentative, but overall did really well! But, then we had to go to the International Adoption Clinic for her evaluation #1 there. I am so blessed to have this service in my community! The Doctors there are FABULOUS and they all understand Internationally Adopted children and the issues (healthwise and otherwise) that they come with because they all have Internationally adopted children of their own! And, boy is this Mama glad that they understand b/c my child sees a stethescope and completely flips out! We had a very, very, very difficult 31/2 hour visit there, but that is behind us now! We will work on this going to the Dr. thing... it is tough for her, really tough! And, so far "Elmo" and his video about going tot he Dr. hasn't helped us, NADA! I had been seeing an increased lack of sleep in her, and the pediatrician was able to help with that, so that we could get on a more normal schedule.... let's hope so! But, she is doing much better sleepwise! Well, poor thing, Thursday was still a rough day for her.... she was overly exhausted from the past two weeks of not sleeping well, and then traumatized from the Dr's visit.... so we had a total of 7 meltdowns on Thursday..... 5 within 2 hours. Well, the thing is, I just can't blame her! I might be having meltdowns too if my world just got dumped upside down and I couldn't do anything about it! So, I pray for more grace, so that I can give it to her.... and leave a little for me! :-) Thank God, He has plenty of that to go around!
But, the good news is that the the weekend was a lot better! We are finally getting the sleep we need and she did great all weekend! Friday we had lunch with our friend Deanne, then Saturday morning a birthday party (she got to meet lots of internationally adopted children there) where she got to ride a carousel for the very first time! At first she wasn't so sure, but then when it got moving, she loved it... and asked for more when it stopped! She had a death grip on Mamá the whole time, but loved it none the less! Then we had Tia Valeria & Tio Rob and her new friend over for dinner.... she and her new friend played pretty well together and they had fun! It was good for Mamá too!! Today we went to SS school and she sat like a perfect little Angel through the whole SS hour! "Lord, can I PLEASE keep that FOREVER?" What an amazing gift it was to me to be able to go to church today! I have missed my church and my SS group soooooo much over the last 6 weeks! It was a gift to all of us to have this sweet answered prayer sitting in class with us this morning! There are so many who have prayed for her and me in the last 2 years and 8 months..... and it brought joy to all of us to see His perfect gift with us today! Then we went to what will be her SS class and she seemed to like it pretty good! She was stuck to Mamá like glue, but eventually started warming up! Hopefully, in a month or so, she'll be comfortable enough to stay there. Then, nap time (she took a good long one!) and then off to the park to play! Oh, and she remembered it very well from last week! She went looking for all her favorite parts of the park! She had a good time! We got to meet some more of Mama's friends who were great "big brothers" to her..... and they brought her Papa Lay..... a HUGE box of them!!! She had a small meltdown b/c she was mad at Mamá for taking her off the playground to find some other adventures....Ooops, sorry little one!
The best news is that she is bonding! There are things that we don't even think about that show bonding, like wrapping her legs around my waist when I carry her, looking for me when I leave her presence, asking for me..... ALL of these things she is doing this week! She even wraps her little arms around my neck and lays her head on my shoulder! Oh! What an answer to prayer! Please continue to pray, while giving thanks to God, for her attachment! Learning to attach is a daily process! It also comes with a little bit more testing. Now, her testing so far as been really mild, but she has started testing the waters a little bit.... so please pray that I will continue to give her grace and gentleness even when I have to discipline her a little bit. Thankfully, she isn't difficult to discipline. I can say something to her, even mildly, and it hurts her feelings...... so she corrects pretty easily! She is a gentle and sweet soul (who can fight like the Karate Kid --- just ask the pediatrician and nurse who took her blood!)! But, please continue to pray for wisdom, strength, courage, and grace as we continue to navigate into her new BIG world! Also, PLEASE continue to pray for the resiliency that my little one needs during all of these adjustments!! Thank you for your continued prayers! I covet them, each and every one! And, I pray the Lord's blessing on each one who has walked with us throught his journey!
Blessings!
PS A few pics of her favorite things... the Cozy Coupe & the Park!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day!

What a day! I hardly no where to begin! But, first I want to get a little historical.... it was on this day 5 years ago that I knew God's call for adoption had been placed on my life! I was singing in the choir and while some may not believe me, I heard an audible voice say to me, as another single mother was dedicating her adopted daughter, "You can do this!" It was so audible that I turned to the person next to me in the choir loft and said "What did you say?" to which that person replied.... "What are you talking aobut, I didn't say anything?" Well, I knew what had been said, and I knew that God had started many years ago working on my heart regarding adoption! At the time, 5 years ago, I had absolutely NO idea how in the world this adoption calling was going to work out! God is sooo good, and He had it ALL in His hands from the minute I said YES to this calling! I can hardly believe the twists and turns that this journey has taken me on! But, oh what joy God brought me TODAY as I look back on that crooked and broken road and see just where He has brought me from! 2 years and 8 months ago when I filled out the application for my agency, I had to give my testimony in the application. (Lifeline is a Christian based agency.) In re-reading this testimony before I turned in my application, I realized how EVERY SINGLE event, good and bad, lined up to prepare me for this process and for bringing my Precious Peruvian home! Even as I was praying over her file, was approved by Peru to adopt her, even her Blessing Day, are all significant dates in my life. Even down to the fact that her state's flag is a flag that is the colors of the rainbow.... when I was a teenager I belonged to an organization for young women called Rainbow Girls (and just like the people from Cusco, I get real upset when the rainbow flag is used for those choosing a different lifestyle!) Cusco's flag is all 7 colors of the rainbow... just like Rainbow Girls! In Rainbow Girls each color stood for something Love, Religion, Nature, Patriotism...etc..... it was Religion's verse that first instilled in me who God's heart was for! The scripture used with this particular lesson is this "Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is to care for ORPHANS and widows in their affliction..... " James 1:27. Amazing how over 25 years ago, this lesson was instilled in my heart and today it has come to fruition! Oh, How big is our GOD! I could have never even began to think or imagine the magnitude of what God would do! And, He is still working! To God be the Glory for the Great things HE has done --- and has yet to do! I am so incredibly humbled that He found me even remotely faithful for this task of motherhood! But, my "Mustard Seed" of faith was all HE needed to move the mountains and prepare the way to my Precious Peruvian!

Today is my first Mother's Day so I don't really have anything to compare it too... but it was the best day a VERY NEW adoptive Mom could ask for! My Precious Peruvian had such a great day! She laughed so hard and had such a great time! I am so thankful to the MANY who have wished me a Happy Mother's Day via e-mail, phone calls, texts, Facebook, and cards! And, to my friends who took me to lunch today complete with yummy cake, and then to my friends who brought dinner, and helped me eat that yummy cake.... THANK YOU!!! What a blessing you all were to me today! At lunch, my Precious Peruvian got to meet and play with her new friend Maggie! She even called Maggie by name and while at the park, she spontaneously gave Maggie a big hug! Maggie taught her how to walk up the slide (with Mom's help of course!) to drive the toy jeep, to play the music --- you could hear both girls laughing hysterically at the music! Maggie showed her how to swing from the monkey bars made just for toddlers, and all the ropes of this new playground! She had such a great time! Then we came home and Little Bit stayed in her bed, but didn't nap.... we finally had a snack and then went to walk Mia, a part of our daily routine! She learned about her Little Tykes cozy coup the other day.... well, she wanted to ride in it today! I was just trying to talk her into walking, but she actually got it out of its parking spot on the porch... not an easy feat... and so well, she got to ride for all of her hard work! She loved it! Our other friends (neighbors) got their cozy coup out and off we went.... two Mamas, two cozy coups with two little internationally adopted girls, and two dogs! We were a sight to behold and the girls just LOVED it! She also started trying to say Elizabeth's name ( a little harder to say though!) and gave her a big hug! Before long, my Precious Peruvian can push her own car with her feet and Mama will be glad! Then we had two friends over for dinner, our friends who helped keep Mia while Mama was gone to Peru! She even did great through dinner, belly laughing and everything! This is the first time she has done her "belly laugh" (you can't help but laugh yourself when she does this laugh!) and oh how it did this Mama's heart good to hear it again! What a great present for this Mamá... to see her little girl so happy on such a beautiful day! Happy Mother's Day to Me! I couldn't have asked for anything more!

She is adjusting pretty well! We had a few rough days since we got home, but nothing REALLY bad! In fact, yesterday we had our very first day without "Papa Lay".... and as I was thinking "Wow! We made it through a day with no Papa Lay, she was laying in bed (not going to sleep) saying "Papa Lay, Papa Lay" ---- a dagger to a new Mama's heart! :-) But, she didn't get any yesterday! She did get some from Tia Gia y Tio Joey when they came for dinner tonight..... instant friends! :-) We are taking each day one at a time, and each day seems to be better than the day before! Today was a great day, so we'll keep working for more of those! :-)Thank you for your continued prayers, for your love and encouragement and support for us! It has been such a HUGE blessing, I will NEVER be able to tell you how much of a blessing it is to me! I am sure that there are lots of Moms out there who feel this way, but I can say I am one of the MOST blessed Mama's on this Mothers Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers out there. Brand new Moms, Moms who have given us such wisdom and courage, Adoptive Moms, Birthmoms, Moms to Be, and those who have been like a Mom to us! What a beautiful thing when God chose to bring His own Son into the world through a Mother.... what a joyous and amazing gift He gave us in Jesus, so that we might might be "adopted" ---"chosen" heirs with Christ!
Blessings!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

There's No Place Like Home!

First of all, THANK YOU all for praying us home! I was very nervous about going back through Immigration last night, but God granted us a very nice Immigration Officer this time who was so glad that we were getting through this time! He checked all the paperwork and started scanning passport barcodes.... I almost couldn't restrain myself from jumping up and down! We all got through and then about half way past the officials we all did a HUGE high 5 and I did a HUGE sigh of relief!! We got to our gate and I could finally breathe! Then this nice Japanese man came and sat down and gave her some candy.... which was really nice, but then he started taking pictures of her and me, seriously it was Paparazzi like and I almost had to be ugly about all the pictures he was taking! It bordered on really strange.... I did feel better when I saw him taking pictures of some other Peruvians too, it was just a strange thing!


So, we finally boarded our flight and my Precious Peruvian... the WHOLE time we were at the airport was a perfect Angel! I couldn't believe it! If it were me, I would have been screaming the whole time from the frustration of the night before! But, she did great! We got on the plane and she flew (again) like she was the Princess of Delta Airlines and she slept pretty good for a couple of hours. AMAZING! Then this morning she was ready to go, waited patiently through US Immigration (a COMPLETELY different experience here!), then as we went through customs and on to our next flight. We did have to break out a well deserved can of Pringles (Papa Lay)! She was such a trooper after that! We flew to B'ham and were greeted at the airport by a few friends and my wonderful SW at Lifeline! It was a sweet gathering, and my Precious Peruvian didn't even frown at anyone!! She said "Hello and Goodbye" to everyone who was there even though they were strangers! AMAZING! And, she was sooo tired! Then came my next worry.... the car seat! Well, I told her she had her own special seat, she jumped right in it and was even trying to help me buckle the seatbelt, as if she had ever ridden in a car seat before! AMAZING! She didn't once complain and within about 5 minutes she was fast asleep! We stopped ont he way home.... through a drive through.... and got some lunch, then we came home, getting out wasn't so good, but again she didn't know where she was. After about 10 mins with her music, she was fine all over again! AMAZING!! Wherever I am, she is content to be and while she has a few moments, she recovers so well! Again, a HUGE answer to prayer for resiliency for her!

Loving the airplane seat... her very own!

Then we showed her her new room.... she kept saying "¡Oh Mira!"..... "Oh look!"! She was too cute, a little overwhelmed, but too cute! She loved her little beauty shop and seeing herself in the mirror.... too cute! Then we laid down for a nap, she fell asleep after a little bit, and slept well..... only to be awakened by her new friend.... Mia! Oh! I was so glad to see my little dog! I missed my sassy Chihuahua soooooo much! I am so thankful for those who took such good care of her while I was gone! She too was glad to be home too! She is now overseeing the blog.... to make sure that I get everything in there, like the millions of times she has licked her new friend! Mia has discovered that Liliana will be a good source of all the food Mom won't let her have! But, so far, they have gotten along great! Mia has done great with her except for the licking and Liliana has so far been ok with Mia too! Yay! Another answer to prayer!



Thank you to my precious friends who picked us up from the airport and came to see us there today, my precious friend who stocked my fridge with groceries and even made dinner and these awesome muffins! Thank you to all of you who have offered to do things, I promise I will let you know if I need something! And, thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and encouragements! The last 48 hours were one of the biggest hurdles I have had to face, but I just had to trust God more! And, He did provide.... not how I wanted Him to, but He did provide! My Precious Peruvian officially becomes a US Citizen at midnight tonight! She will maintain dual citizenship, which is great for her, but I am so excited that we have now reached the next phase of the journey! And, thank you to the MANY who have prayed us this far!

Please continue to pray for us as we adjust to home! Already tonight, I could tell she felt at home, maybe because I feel "at home"! She loved her bathtub and I almost couldn't talk her into getting out! Please pray for her as I am sooooo glad to be home, she has had to give up her home! So, please pray for her as she goes through the process of grieving her old home (some of this has already taken place) and as she adjusts to her new home and new friends! Please continue to pray for wisdom, strength and courage for me and resiliency and continued attachment for Liliana! Please join me in giving ALL Glory & Honor to the only One Worthy! It is by His great love for us that the desire to adopt grew in my heart! He has shown me His Faithfulness, Power, Strength & how to rely solely on Him alone!

By the way, we are still working on transitioning her name.... for now her nickname is Pili.... so she may not answer to Lillie or Liliana..... we'll be working on that now that we are home! Thank you again for everything.... this very tired Mamá is going to go to bed now!
Blessings & Love!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Last Post from Peru.... Take Two!

Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and encouragements for today! We all know that I do not do surprises very well and apparently my child is her Mother's daughter because she wasn't real fond of it either! Last night was one of the most terrible airport experiences of my life! And, it was the officials at the airport telling me that this was the fault of my SW, etc.... actually, it turns out that it just depends on who you ask aobut this law! I guess kind of like the US everyone has their own interpretation.... unfortunately the two necessary parties weren't in agreement with this and I was caught in the middle! After talking with the National Adoption officials this morning, who were incredibly supportive and agreed that this document wasn't really necessary...... but said, just go on and have it done.... which was my opinion too! Whatever they want, i will do! Oh, but it was a crazy night with very little sleep and very little rest today! But, thanks be to God for making a way! We were able to come back to the IMB Guesthouse and stay another day, and they have been wonderful in helping me get what I needed. He also provided my wonderful Peruvian SW who I rolled out of bed this morning, and she kept on keeping on until the job was done! While last night's events at the airport were no surprise to God, they sure were to me, but I am glad that He had it all taken care of.... even the sweet Austin family who I woke up at 11:30 last night for help! What wonderful friends they have been to me while here!

So, in just a minute, I wake up my Precious Peruvian to start the madness all over again! PLEASE pray for her, last night she did pretty well considering, but it was very traumatic for her, and we reached a new level of Category 5 Meltdown..... actually so did Mamá. And, poor Mom (Grammie) she has had enough Internaitonal experience for her lifetime..... so PLEASE pray that all goes well tonight and that we can actually get on the plane and come home! Pleae pray for smooth flights and that Little Bit has one more reserve of resiliency left in her!!!
Love & Blessings!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Last Post From Peru!

Wow in some ways it seems I have only been here a week and other times it feels like forever! I have so enjoyed my time here with these very generous people who are so loving and so kind! I have been well taken care of and God has most certainly prepared the way for me! I know too, that He has prepared the way for our coming home and adjustment time there! We are all so ready to be home.... but it will be another set of changes for my precious Peruvian! If you read this tonight, please pray that our flights go well and that she will sleep through the night. She did not take a nap again today..... probably a little bit of hypervigilence for not knowing what is coming next...... so I am not so sure how she will be on the plane, but pleae pray for her to sleep all the way through, that would be GREAT!

We spent our last day here visiting with our friends the Austin family, our Peruvian SW and then a trip to McDonlad's! It has been a good last day here and we are so looking forward to being home tomorrow! Thank you for all of your prayers for our safety, protection and provision while we have been here in Peru. I can not even begin to tell you just how much all of your love and support have meant for my Precious Peruvian, Me and Mom too! You all have been such a blessing and I covet your continued prayers as we move through another adjustment phase in coming home!

Next post ---- from Pelham, Alabama!
Love & Blessings!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Just One More Day!

Hi All, just a quick note to say that all went well today! We went to the Larco Mar... a really nice shopping area here in Lima. It was neat and we all had a good time! Mamá has had a killer headache all day, so we came back so that she could take a nap -- sadly, it didn't help! But, I am getting better now! Who knows why these things happen?!? It was a good day all in all! My biggest prayer need is for WISDOM and a lot of FAITH! Please pray for that today if you get the chance, I would greatly appreciate it! I'll post once more (Hopefully) before we leave tomorrow evening for the airport!
Love & Blessings!