Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Everything


Somewhere right now, on the other side of the world, if all is going as planned, a man is making a long trip to Addis Ababa where he will appear before a judge as a representative of his family, and there he will give his consent for the adoption of a little girl.

He is not her father. She has no father. Nor does she have a mother. I had prayed that she would be a true orphan. She is.

He does not know her, he only knows of her.
He said that he has a cross that he wants to give to her.

I wish I had some profound thoughts to offer up right now. Something really poetic and deep.

But I have nothing.

And this little girl, who looks so sad in most of the photos we've gotten of her - she has nothing. After court tomorrow, when she is officially released from any blood ties in her country, she will have less than nothing.

Except for the cross, a cross from her family.

We do not know her, we only know of her. But in ten days we will fly on a plane to the other side of the world. We will stand before the same judge and give our consent to be her father and her mother. The same judge who severed a tie will then unify. Then the little girl will have a family. Our family will have a little girl.

And together, with the cross, we will have everything.







37 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so happy for your family. All of you. She will one day understand just how much she was sought after, wanted, loved.
    Here's hoping all goes as planned!

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  2. You give me goosebumps. I can't wait for you to go see your daughter. Think of all the hugs you'll have to give her from all of us. :)

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  3. Tears! I have prayed for this little girl, and for her forever family for years. Praise God! I am speechless. I can only look towards Heaven and let the tears fall. I will continue to pray for your growing family!

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  4. Would it be inappropriate for me to ask to go with you?? I am so excited for all of you!!

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    1. I would love it. You could take the big kids for ice cream or something when their whineyness reaches a level where I need a break. I prophesy this happening a good bit.

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  5. this is so exciting, praise God!

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  6. I am reminded of when Jesus takes a little child and says that the angels of little ones are always in the presence of the Father and look upon His face. Wow.

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  7. After all this time, it's come down to ten days!

    Praying for you and a safe sweet transition for your new little one.

    With the cross you have everything!

    Blessings.

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  8. No poetic words needed... The cross says it all. Beautiful. Prayers :)

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  9. So lovely! Prayers are coming.

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  10. So you don't know me, I don't know you, I'm not even sure how I stumbled across your blog and put it in my google reader list so many months ago, but I am SOOO glad I did. Thanks for posting this...I am moved to tears by your adoption journey and pray for you and your family as you welcome your new girl into your life. I know there have been bad days and I'm sure there will be more to come but I hope you remember the good days during those times. The cross is our only hope, what a beautiful thing for this man to give to such a sweet girl.

    Praying from Alabama...

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  11. I am so excited for you and for her and a little teary. It's happening!

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  12. I am just SO happy for you and your family. This has been such a long time in coming (must have seemed so much longer to you) that it almost seems surreal that it's only 10 days away! Congratulations and God Bless YOU!

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  13. Oh my goodness! Praying for you and your family so hard these ten days- in supplication that everything goes smoothly, but also in thanksgiving that the day is almost here!!!! <<<<>>>>

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  14. The profound sadness of loss... and joy of gaining a forever family. May you feel God's presence on every step of your journey.

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  15. honestly, this is one of the most simple yet profound posts i have ever read. beautiful and heart wrenching. just like adoption.

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  16. This post is beautiful, heartwrenching....yet beautiful. Prayers that everything goes as planned. Can't wait for your whole family to be united!

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  17. Oh, Missy - those sweet, sweet little hands are soon going to be wrapped in yours - as many have already posted, the cross truly does make the difference - what a wonderful treasure for her to have - praying for your family to have patience, guidance and safety as you bring your Bethie home - jen

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  18. I'd say that was pretty poetic--gave me tears!
    I can't believe only ten days!!! EEEEEEKK!

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  19. Oh Missy -- so, so thrilled and filled with anticipation for you! I can't wait to hear how your heart bursts when you see her and hold her for the first time . . . it is truly as astounding as the moment you first hold your biological children, but for completely different (and the same!) reasons. And I am thinking of the ways others are going to be changed to care for orphans through your family's story.

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  20. Beautifully written. It's a beautiful story already and it's only just beginning. We are looking at agencies to start our adoption journey at the beginning of the year. It's so exciting!

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  21. It's a journey like no other. Best wishes for a transition that's as smooth as possible. If you haven't seen the video The Gift of Home: Embracing God's Heart for the Orphan, you may find it helpful. May God bless you with a safe and healthy trip.

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  22. I'm getting chills reading this. Having you experience feels like one more step to us getting to do it, too. Safe travels to your daughter!

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  23. Missy, Missy,
    What wonderful joys all of you are about to experience. My heart goes with you.

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  24. Closet reader commenting to say this post and that partial picture drew tears from my eyes. Praying for your trip and that you may be united with your little girl soon and that your little girl will be united with her family, the one God intended her to have all along. :)

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  25. a breaking, and a connecting. a death, and a birth. interesting that we must sever ties with the past before we can go into new life. i'm drawing an analogy here- thanks for sharing! blessings as you connect and 'give birth' spiritually speaking to your new little one.

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  26. My heart is full for you, Missy. Yes, she will have the cross. Perfect.

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  27. I know you wish you had more to say, but that was beautiful. Perfect. You DO have everything. And so will she. Rejoicing with you, my friend.

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  28. Oh I love, love, love this! God bless you as you travel and prepare!

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  29. As someone who has never met you-just a follower of your blog for the past two years or so...I have come back to this post several times because I just don't know how to express the beauty of all of this. Or how I feel for your family and this little child of God. It's just overwhelming. So incredibly happy for you and thankful that the pieces God put together so long ago are coming together for us all to see now.

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  30. This is incredible. You're seriously making me want to go adopt every child. So thankful there are people like you in the world!!

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  31. Oh, Missy. This made me cry! Praying for ya'll and your sweet, sweet girl. She is so loved by ya'll...and especially by her Father. You're so right. In Him, we have everything.

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