I just wanted to write an official, yet totally heart felt "thank you" to everyone who has walked with us through this adoption journey. Mark and I realize again how blessed we are to have such faithful friends and family who have loved us through this crazy, difficult time.
To Harold and LaDona for being our rock. Seeing you in the airport that night was the only thing that could have helped. Thank you for crying with us, laughing with us, and helping my mom get the Nav light off. You are the truest of true friends, and we love you.
To our church family for fully embracing this crazy idea of ours, for celebrating with us, and for mourning with us. Your prayers, meals, and kind words are a healing balm. We love you all.
To my parents for keeping the boys. Way to go, mom! You survived life with two BOYS and came out smiling! We never had to worry while we were gone...and that made the trip a joy. It was such a blessing to us, and the boys have the most precious memories. They are blessed to have five of the greatest grandparents ever!
To my sisters Smead, for encouraging us (and not in a harsh way) and for being my Skype go to gal for the breakdown and Plan "B" changes, and Elaine for loving on my boys while we were gone. They loved every minute of it! (Now move down here so you can home school them!)
To our adoption team who has been nothing but FANTASTIC through every single step we took. Encouraging, helpful, fun, and loving. There - really there - through the ups and downs. We have made some special relationships with folks who have beautiful hearts for children. Thank you to our case worker, our lawyer, and the hosting folks.
To everyone who prayed for us Really. Everyone. I know there have been folks following the blog as we chronicled our journey, and every prayer you've prayed has made a difference. We believe in the power of prayer, and we are humbled and grateful beyond words for each of you. Thank you.
To the daughter of our hearts You are worth it all. Thank you for every moment we shared. Know we love you, pray for you, and want all the very best for your life. You are an amazing young lady - and you have blessed us beyond measure. Even though things didn't turn out like we expected, we still carry you in our hearts and pray God will bless you and keep you, that He will make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
I know no matter how much I try, I may forget someone, but please know that every prayer, encouraging word, and act of kindness has blessed our hearts.