I'm going BACK to my daughter's BIRTH COUNTRY........ETHIOPIA!!!!
So, HOW DID IT COME ABOUT??? Well...the hubby and kids and I are driving down the road to Kentucky about a month ago!! My hubby is irritated at me for NOT wanting a "spa day" for my bday!! (ok, i know some of ya love them...but just not something I enjoy). And, we have the conversation about "what" did I want for my bday!! I give the standard reply: "just give me a Target gift card and I'll buy some clothes and such for the kids"!! Well...we're discussing the fact that I really don't like gifts and I dont' NEED anything....when....clear out of the blue he says:
"I've got it....I know a GREAT present for you....it can be your bday present PLUS your Christmas present.....YOU ARE GOING TO GO WITH YOUR SISTER TO ETHIOPIA ON HER JANUARY TRIP!! "
I said, "NO...there is NO WAY in this world I'm going to leave my kids behind and go to ETHIOPIA when we're not even going to bring another child home...NO NO NO..I won't even think about it!!! "
Hubby: "yes, you are!! I know you would love it....You can go do A,B and C (will tell ya that a little later).....and this will be a chance of a lifetime for you...you HAVE to go!! "
Me: "NO "!!!
Hubby: (note: he knows just how to get me with his next line:) "Yes, consider it a God thing!! You are SUPPOSE to go on this trip...I want you to go...I'll take care of the kids...You'll never have to worry if they are with me...and this idea came from no where.. so, I know God planted it there....so YOU MUST GO!! "
***And, at that moment I started allowing the idea to creep in some...hmmmm...then I threw out:
" You are REALLY going to send your wife to a country that holds my heart to VISIT orphanages and photograph WAITING children with my sister Kelly???? You really want to do that?? Cause I can't promise I wont' come back EMPTY handed?? " (thought this would for sure make him change his mind)
Well...he still didn't agree that we could adopt again....but I consider him "fairly warned" now ..and he said he was SURE he still wanted me to go!!! :)
******So......over the past month...I've let it SINK in that I really could do this!!! I've prayed to God about some specific things...and some TRUE miracles have taken place to confirm that I'm suppose to GO!!! I can't wait to share those things with you all!!! I've been BLOWN away these past couple of weeks as GOD has allowed me to see HIS HAND and HIS WILL over our adoption, my Lucy lane and NOW this trip!!! MORE TO COME SOON ON THIS....I PROMISE!! :)
FOR NOW....I'm letting you guys in on all this....CAUSE I'll need YOUR PRAYERS to go through with it!! Yes, I'm a BIG FAT CHICKEN!! I've NEVER left Lucy lane yet except for with the hubby for maybe an hour to two IF NECESSARY!! I can't imagine being away from her or my other 4 little people for that long!! It is at night when it is dark and I wake and I ALREADY want to call my sister and back out!! So, start sending me the FEAR scripture NOW...AND start lifting me and this trip up in prayer.....cause I'll NEED it to accomplish this mission!! :) And, Oh...for my sweet Lucy Lane....I just MUST go....
***Specifically...the trip will be early January...it should be about a week long.....and oh, my....I'm so excited and anxious and nervous ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! More to come.....
*That's my news folks!!! Happy Wednesday to you all, kj