chapter 1 {the time has come}


it's go time!

and these are the faces we made as i told ben the passport was in route!

 "no eye has seen a God besides You, who acts for those who wait for Him."

{Isaiah 64.4}

we got a call earlier this week that her passport was dispatched from the passport office and in route to the orphanage.

it was actually the night before the boys left so it made bedtime tuck-in all the sweeter as we thanked the boys for the 1,000 days plus of prayers they have said on her behalf.


then we sent them with family to the best little island in the world to enjoy sun and sand and biking and baseball, knowing we would meet up again at this very airport!


but then we heard this morning that her passport has arrived at the orphanage!

ben worked for 3 hours this morning to secure flights

because we leave SUNDAY!

and we will be meeting our daughter next THURSDAY!

{and you know i don't use capital letters!}

use your imagination as to all that will get accomplished between now and then!

but i haven't waited 3 years to rush this!

i'm gonna enjoy a special date with ben.

i'm going to sing once more with my church community with her in my heart and not yet beside me.

i'm going to run to target again.

and then emotionally set aside this part of me that has longed and begged and prepared and waited.

and pick up this part of me that has been dormant out of survival mode.

the part of me that has dreamed of seeing Jesus with His arm around my little girl in a yellow dress.

the part of me that actually has a date of when my boys will embrace their sister.

the part of me that will grip my husband's hands as we walk into the orphanage.

this part of me that is ready to breath in this brand new world!

and no. i can't believe tickets are booked and that we're actually going. i can't believe it's go time. that her passport is in and all that is left is for her mommy and daddy to pick her up and bring her home....