Monday, December 1, 2008

Travel Approval

We got the call today!!! China is ready for us to come and get Jack - goodness knows, we've been ready for quite awhile now. We are still waiting confirmation of our Consulate appointment to finalize our travel plans, but will post that information when we hear from our agency. BTW, I've posted a Smilebox below - the last two pictures are of Jenna, then Jack - the jacket is the reason I spotted Jack on the internet. :0)

I spent some time today working on our blog and reflecting on this journey so far. Wow. We are almost there, but we surely didn't get there alone. Though the prayers of friends and family have sustained us through the ups and downs of the adoption, we certainly wouldn't be at this point today if we hadn't taken a chance on God. This has been a walk of faith for both Dan and me. When you decide to walk the path God has laid out for you, you will be afraid, but you will also feel more alive and closer to the Heavenly Father. Gosh, it would have been so easy to not go through with this second adoption, but God is faithful and keeps his promises to us. I'm overwhelmed with God's goodness and His plan for these two children and our family as a whole. The words from the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" come to mind:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!


Jen Thompson said...

Hello, Mrs. Bradfield!
This is Rachel Thompson.
I'm soooooooooooooooooooooooo glad you got your TA!! I bet Lane is really excited! Tell Lane I said hi.

Susan said...

My Mama always said, "God is so good!" He is! Happy 5th Birthday Jack! I can't wait to give you 5+ hugs and kisses.
Love, Aunt Susan

teri said...

We are so excited for Jack to be home! We have been waiting so long for you!! Can't wait to follow your journey!

jporter said...

YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! I have been praying for your TA and God is always faithful. What a wonderful Christmas present. I cannot wait to see your adorable little boy in your arms! Praise God!!!

Julie Porter

Jen Thompson said...

We are dancing for joy along with you! Oh Happy Day!! Let us know if we can help in any way. Are you going to blog while you are there? I hope we can follow along.

tiffany said...

I am so happy to see the light at the end of this long tunnel! i really cannot wait to meet Jack! God has brought a beautiful little boy to a wonderful family who is anxiously awaiting for his homecoming!

Brad, Tiffany and Summer