In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's true . . . I leave tomorrow!

Tomorrow afternoon I will be leaving Colorado Springs e
astbound to Ethiopia to bring home Maci Meeraf Aldridge. The email came in the middle of the night that our Embassy date is set for March 27th. After opening the email, there was a giant rush of adrenaline preventing my sleepy self from settling back into a soft, warm sleep. So, a few restless hours later, I have decided to try my hand at one last post before I head out.

The other night I was watching "Tangled" with my kids and there was a scene in the movie that made me feel a lot like Rapunzel. (It certainly wasn't her thick long hair making me feel like her!) Her whole life, she had seen in the distance hundreds upon thousands of lights rise into the sky on her birthday. The whole movie was about her reaching this destination and this point where she would see the lights up close. So, there she was in the boat, anticipating the launch of these thousands of lanterns. While you would expect that she would be giddy with excitement, she timidly shared that she was "terrified." She went on to say, "I've been looking out a window for 18 years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it's not everything I dreamed it would be?" Well, folks - that is about how I feel . . . terrified, but I think (maybe not initially) it will all be breathtakingly beautiful.

I can't even begin to think of what this trip is going to look like, so get creative in your prayers. You might even feel led to pray that if she's got lice, they will be lazy lice and not inclined to jump anywhere. I have no idea??? One prayer that I would seriously covet, though, is prayers for the hearts of everyone in our family. For Maci and me to start bonding right off the bat, for Spencer's and Leah's and Dave's hearts to be open and ready to receive Maci when we return, and just for our family dynamics all around when we start our life as a family of 5. All I can think of to say as I wrap this up, get ready to pack and get ready to pick up OUR DAUGHTER is hold onto your hats everybody- this is gonna be a ride! Lord have mercy!


Noodles said...

I am so unbelievably beyond excited for you friend!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for all of you and am praying for you and Maci and the changes and adjustments ahead! It has been a blessing to be able to follow and pray for you on this journey! Jess Wells

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog and my heart is so touched. I can't wait to read your pats when you return. What a blessing you are to this little girl. Our God is an awesome God! My family of 7 is driving home from a spring break week in Florida and your story puts our vacation to shame. As we enjoyed excessive luxuries and wasted an abundance of food, there are so many children hurting, that have no shoes, no food and nobody to hug or love them. Your blog has inspired me to have a bigger purpose and to introduce my husband and teenage children to the needs of these orphans in third world countries. The verse you quoted about taking care of orphans & widows will find a place in our home and be a constant reminder to pray for your family specifically and those children still needing a family. Thank you for sharing your story. God bless you.

hollysue said...

Dear Anonymous,

Wow - I don't know if you'll ever check back here, but it is so exciting to read that you are moved to introduce your kids to the needs of other kids around the world. Even now that we have actually have our little girl home, I already find myself needing reminders to think of the other millions of kids out there. Thanks for writing!