Monday, December 25, 2017

Going out with a bang!

Looking back at 2017..... but also just looking back at the last couple of weeks, so much has happened. So many amazing and unexpected things. So many things I am so fully and utterly completely awed and amazed. Thankful. Grateful. Full of so much emotion.

First Thierry applied previously for his US tourist visa and was denied. It was hard for me to buckle in and go for it again, mainly because of the NON REFUNDABLE application fee. $160 seems like one expensive "no". But it had been nearly a year, so we decided to go for it again, and try once more. There was about 75 people there applying, and they all go in. I couldn't go in, and was sitting outside with 3 other girls, waiting for someone going in to try. We told stories, we talked about who and what visa who was inside was going for. I held my breath but I was afraid to hope too much, scared to get too excited. Though I felt like it should be a slam dunk but I also thought that last time, and they turned him away without as so much as looking at one of our papers. As we sat at the picnic table, and watched the people leave one by one. We laughed and said "He got it" as a man skipped out and hailed down a motto, with a grin. Others just walked straight, no eye contact, with a scowl. "Denied" we would say. Some would stop and chat waiting for their ride, or the rain to clear that kept passing in bits. It seemed more were denied. Who knows, but I am glad I dont have to be the one to decide.

Two hours I had been waiting outside the embassy when a lady came out, came to wait for the light rain to pass, and we all were chatting, as she stood defiantly, feet firmly planted "They said I was manipulative!" with a laugh, peppered with frustration. Then she looked at me and said "Your husband was next." I jumped up and stared at the door. He will be the next to walk out with a smile, or a scowl. I prayed, I prayed hard, and I willed no one to talk to me. As if this prayer in my heart of hearts was going to make or break this, and I needed to put all my heart into this plea. He walked out, looked at me, started walking toward me, and I got my mental prep ready to say "We can try again next year." when he goes "Got it!" I had to turn away, as the emotion welled up in me, as the tears welled up in my eyes. I kissed him, and we hugged, and I couldnt stop smiling, then walking away to gather my emotion as those there still outside stopped to watch and say "She is making me cry." as I kept saying "You get to meet my friends, my church, my culture!" Before we left I said, let me snap a picture real quick..........


Things have gone unexpected, and not as I have planned either. As we went to update papers on the kids the other day, we thought we were changing foster to guardianship papers. We got everything in order, and all the people who needed to go there. Which is no easy feat at all. We got the local village governement people to fill out this paper and that, this person to sign this, run to make copies, notaries, etc. When the lady at the government pulled me and Thierry aside and said. "Based on the changes, you are NOT eligible for guardanship." 

Wait.... what? 

"We can read the requirements of adoption and get started on that if you want?" 

Wait......WHAT?! 

So we did, and since we have been aiming for this for so long, everything just sort of fell into place. "You need to get....." "Got it." You need......" "Got it" "You will have to get......." "We actually have that too." Before we knew it, we had ALL the papers we need filled out, signed, notarized. All we had left was that we will go to court in January to have a judge sign it, and the adoptions are complete.

COMPLETE! 

Just like that, it all came together in a moment. In an instant.


We submitted our renewal papers for Hope For Tomorrow. 

I think we are building our lawyer a new house, or buying him a new car with all the work we have given him recently. 

We submitted my citizenship papers, for dual citizenship. 

We plan after the adoption at some point to work on immigration for Thierry and the kids, so they can obtain dual citizenship as well. (Far, faaaar, into the future. And the point being DUAL, as Rwanda will always be a HUGE part of our lives. We will never stay away too long. It is home, it is my husband and childrens heritage, culture, mother land. It is where we have began our ministry. But to be able for all of us to come and go for the rest of our life as we need or can, oh, what a gift! WHAT A GIFT!) 

We still want to build as we continue to growwwwwww like CRAZY. 

Life never really ceases to slow down, and we are so cramped, and so happy. God surely has made a way, in so many ways!! 


We expanded to the elderly in our community and have been able to minister to them. Bring Christmas gifts, and share with them the greatest gift, the gift of salvation, the gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. 

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It is growing slowly, but perfectly as we try to figure this out, and what the needs are, and how we can help meet those needs. From socialization, to clean water, to help washing, to fire wood for cooking, to food to cook, etc. But we are loving as this program expands and are SO proud of Uwera, as this is her passion and that is why we began it. She is doing amazing, and many elderly are being reached because she is reaching out. 



So as 2017 goes out with a bang, and so many ways the Lord just lavished us in blessing, and provision. We look ahead to 2018, and how he has already gone before us, as we prepare for court, and we also prepare to come to the states for a visit. 

Here is to an amazing year. 

To the times were things seem like they wont budge....

to it all happening in a few weeks, all at the same time....

To the favor of the Lord, and his gracious provision. . . . 

To the manna for the day, like seriously just for the day.

To the times you go to bed praying the provision and not knowing how, to being overflowed with it, and in awe of it. 

To the times I was overwhelmed and felt like I couldn't breath and my chest hurt. 

To the silent prayers and plea's. . . .

To the surrender that happens, and the freedom and grace in the surrender.....

To the nightmares that wake me up, and the arms of my husband to curl into, and him praying over me. . . . .

To the kids passing another year and just crushing it in school. . . . 

To the things I couldn't figure out, and let go this year.....

To the things I layed at the cross this year......

To the anxiety, depression, and his ever present grace....

To new mercies everyday.......

To new manna and provision every day.. . . . 

Here is to another year, that God has provided ALL we needed. 

ALL we need. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially..........

Here is to 2018......

He goes before us! <3 





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