Saturday, March 5, 2011

Finally a Family of Seven

I just tucked in Godwin Derrick. Kissing him over and over on the forehead. God love you. Jesus loves you. Mommy love you. Daddy loves you. You are loved...

Yes, he is ours now. Our son. Our child we have prayed for, longed for, waited for. He is ours. It’s a gift from God! We are a united family now. We will never have to say “goodbye” again.

Thank you so much for your prayers. The bonding between all of the boys has been incredible. Thank you for praying! My battery died on my camera after the last picture I took of him where he was finally smiling. He's been all smiles since. The joy we've longed to see is finally shining in his eyes! Oh, it does my heart good so see him smile!

We have an early start tomorrow. We will spend the day at CKO beginning our day at the Sunday morning worship service. We plan to spend most of the day there. Mason is taking his soccer balls an guitar. We are taking a craft hoping the kids might enjoy it. (Debbie and Kristie, you will recognize this craft from Club 180!) Please pray for our hearts on Tuesday. We are planning to go to the village where Godwin Derrick's grandmother lives. He was abandoned to her as a newborn, then brought to the orphanage when he was only a few months old. He father is deceased. I know our hearts will be absorbing a lot on Tuesday, so your prayers are appreciated.

The Lord has been so gracious. We have been blessed with several surprises from HIM. An upgrade on our flight over gave us room to stretch our legs for the 10 hours flight. God also allowed us to waltz through customs here without a single bag check! Praise God! We were afraid it might be a nightmare b/c of the 24 bags we were carrying between the six of us.

Godwin Derrick is beautiful. His health seems much better. Once we were alone with him, we saw him come to life! He's been laughing, giggling, and talking with all of us. He's attempting the boys names, but Franklin keeps sounding like, "Lanklin..." He's telling all of us, "Ga bess you!" (God bless you!) Finally, when Mason brought his guitar out of the bag, Godwin Derrick's little fingers were all over it. He's been jumping around our room singing! I love it!

The Lord has been good to us, and great is His name to be praised! To God be the glory! Great things He has done!

Finally, we have two more prayer requests. First, please pray Braden will not suck his thumb while we are here. He's been trying to break the habit, but hasn't yet. For his protection, please pray he will not be tempted to do this here. Also, Weston's birthday is next Monday. Please pray Weston will feel loved, accepted, cherished, and very special on his special day! We are grateful to you all for your prayer covering!

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