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A Third Package and More of the Story

We are getting ready to deliver our third package to the boys, but this time I'm hand delivering it to the family that will be bringing it to Ethiopia for us... which leads me to a portion of the story that I haven't shared yet on our blog. 

I'll try to keep this brief. Our referral for the twin boys actually came from a different agency than the one we were waiting with for over two years. It came from the agency we had been contacted by earlier in the summer, and the story of how that all happened is a post for another time.  

But, back to the care package... or even before that. When we moved forward with the referral for our boys and entered the program with the new agency, we found out that the twins from this summer were in the same care center in Mekele as our boys and (even more crazy) that they were going to a family from my home town. I emailed this family and found out that the husband and wife had actually attended the same small college as Don and I. 

When everything happened this summer with the other twins, I remember Don and I talking about how sad it was that we'd never know what was going to happen to these two little boys. We'd probably never know their family or where they were going to live. We didn't know if they were going to a Christian family or not... it seemed like they were just going to be a little blip on our life story that we'd never again have any connection to. Well, we were totally wrong! Not only have we been able to see these other little guys in pictures and see how they've grown, we're also getting to meet their future family. They are going to grow up in the same area that I grew up in! 

And it's this family that is taking our next care package! They have told us that they'll spend time with our twin boys while they are in Mekele: playing with them, holding them, taking pictures of them, and praying for them! AMAZING!   

One other crazy detail: the day that we found out that we were not going to be able to adopt the twins from this summer was July 19. When we opened our referral information for our twin boys, their birthdate was listed as July 19. So while our hearts were breaking over the loss of these other boys, God was preparing a new set of little boys that was going to be just perfect for us... and he kept us in line with our other agency for exactly 14 months to put us in a position to be ready for them when they became available. Can I say it again? Amazing. 

So, later this week, I'll drop off a gift for the other twins boys, and I'll drop off a care package for our little guys, and I'll sit down for coffee with this other family that has already become very dear to us. Amazing. 

"From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him." - Isaiah 64:4 (ESV) 


Rochelle said...

Wow, I just shrieked a bit for you guys, and then admittedly found myself crying tears of joy over God's awesomeness in these circumstances!! That is so incredibly neat & amazing - God is SO GOOD to show you all these things & how he has orchestrated it all together for your good & the good of all 4 of these little boys!!! Absolutely incredible. We don't always get to see all of the puzzle pieces fitting together like this, but when we do - it truly is a glimpse at the utter glory & majesty of our King!

So very thrilled for you - love you friend, continued prayers are sent your way!! So great seeing you last Saturday, thanks again for helping keep Tim occupied while I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off! ;) Appreciate you! Happy New Year!!

Hillary said...

Adoption is a funny thing. There are moments of such brokenness, followed by moments of more joy than anyone could imagine.

Congratulations on it all coming together just as God had intended.

Corrie and Phil said...

Amazing! So many providential blessings in the process. God is good! :)

Chad, Kim and Kassidy De Jager said...

Wow... Gives me shivers. What a neat connection, and to think that your boys will get to see these other boys as they grow up is awesome! What a gift!

Anonymous said...

SO amazing!!! What a blessing to know this about the first set of twins and that you will be connected to their family forever!

Rachel Jones said...

sorry that was from rachel, not joe :)
love you guys!!

Aunt Jane said...

God is so good:)

When Uncle Jeff and I were in the waiting process, we were called by our agency and they said they had a little baby that was just born that they would like to place with us. By this time, God had led both our hearts to Korea so we turned that baby down. We couldn't believe we were doing that given the years of waiting for just such a phone call, but in a way, it solidified our decision. A joy I received from that decision was imagining the couple that got the phone call next and how excited they would be. I have often wondered about that little one and where he was placed. It is so cool that you are able to be a part of the other set of twins lives too!

I just finished skyping with Ben and Christina. They are in Korea teaching and just had a weeks vacation. Ben took Christina to his birthplace, Sokcho, and they were able to experience that together. When Uncle Jeff, Ben and I were there years ago, we also went there and was able to meet the doctor that delivered him. What an awesome experience. Adoption is so cool and opens you to so many new experiences and blessings (let's be honest - challenges too). We will be praying for your family as you travel this journey!