"but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience....for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. and he who searches hearts know what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." Romans 8.25-27

what is happening across the ocean and in another land, i wonder daily.

what is happening inside the walls of a particular orphanage, i search for answers.

how many more updates will i write to show God's faithfulness, to journal this faith story, i sit and type.

personal prayer journal entry, march 21.2013:

{as of the date of this journal entry, we only knew her name, date of birth, and gender; no pictures, no history}

i dreamed of her this early morning. she was waiting for us in her yellow and green dress - her hair short. i could see facial features. the woman with her was holding another child and tapped K and then K started singing to us. the dream ended with us running to her!

oh, great God, unite us soon. the orphanage is to be a short-term stay - she belongs with family. we believe You've made us a family for each other. I believe You. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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the day before mother's day, while weeding in the back garden,

a package was placed on the front steps.

she knew of the dream.


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the friend that believes the impossible with you.

she's the friend who is raising daughters intentionally and beautifully.

she searched and gifted a yellow dress. size 7.

as crazy as a dream may be, we are foolish not to share it. for the one who shares a dream begins to believe it all the more!


standing side by side with my three boys and husband, singing. that's how mother's day began.

behind me a faithful people who believe and are seeking God too.

before me a talent of singers and instrumentalists and words to the song, "God is Able."

i close my eyes to lessen distractions and in hopes to beg my heart to sing what my lips pour out.

i see her.

i see Jesus.

He has His arm around her dark shoulder.

the singing continues around me.

she is smiling so big.

He radiates peace, steadfastness.

He's been there all along. He's never forsaken K.

i'm singing still and now my lips utter what my heart sees.

He is able. far above all we know.


i don't deserve to have been given this picture gift.

but oh how He loves us and delights in us.

on mother's day.

with my family beside me in the flesh.

He shows me the rest of our family.


and then an email this week.

the license renewal has one more step, expected to be completed by the first of next week.

our agency will call the orphanage director next week in hopes that it is complete and see that her information can be uploaded and mailed to us to complete the official referral.

pray for this director.

"God, we ask that the director be diligent in finalizing the license renewal with CARA and that both parties communicate efficiently in the coming days. Guide the director's steps, his hands, his thoughts. Give him the resources he needs to see that K's file is sent to us next week. Give our agency favor as they talk with him. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

what then?

we must sign off on her official referral and mail it back to india.

then we wait for the I-800 approval.

then Article 5.




visas. her passport.


each a process. but each one step closer.