Saturday, October 29, 2011

Well, it is 12:41 in the morning and we need to get up in about 3 1/2 hrs to go to the Airport. I haven’t even tried to go to bed yet because I know that I will not be able to sleep. We had a crazy day with the kids trying to get everything in order before we leave. Mowed the lawn, dropped off Colton’s Leopard Gecko at a friends to be watched for 2 ½ weeks, Dropped the kids off at the Oswald’s, packed up, and prayed about as much as I could and still get something’s done. I promised Courage that I would bring him a new soccer ball because I guess the one they have at the orphanage is shot. So Colton and I went and got him a new ball and a Football and a rubber playground ball. I am excited to give them to the boys of the orphanage. When we went to the Oswald’s to drop off Emily, Abby and Colton to be watched by them till we get home, Jenny really had a tough time letting the kids go. Jenny and I are very excited but also very nervous. I think more than anything we just want our first meeting with the kids to be everything they and we have imagined it would be. We have made most of the decisions in this process based simply off of faith that the confirmations we received early in the process did come from God, and that everything will work out if we are obedient and have faith. We made these decisions and commitments knowing full well that it wouldn’t be easy and we understood that there will be some tough times and that not everything will be a nice as a picture on a Christmas post card. I just pray that the Holy Sprit will temper us and help us to be patient and continue to have faith that everything will work out.

We pray that they will like us and feel comfortable around us. I’m not really sure what to say because I really don’t know How I feel. Tomorrow will come very quickly and we will be on that plane and then it is just a matter of waiting till we get there. I will write Monday night and let you all know how the first meeting went.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Things are about to change forever...

Welcome to our little blog. We wanted to create a place where we could share our experiences with our close friends and family about our Journey to Ghana, and how we came to know the newest members of our family. Jenny and I have two years of experiences that have led up to this point, but we will not share them at this time, so to put it simply God has prepared us, and made it very clear that he has prepared two choice spirits to come to our family. Without going to too much detail in this entry, I just want to say that I know that we have a Father in Heaven, who loves us, and loves ALL his children. God through his Holy Spirit has touched my heart in a very sacred way, and has let me know what his will is for the two of us and our family. I am grateful for close friends, who had the courage to approach us and share what the spirit was telling them to do. I have learned that God will put good people in our path in life to help accomplish his will. That is why it is important to surround yourself with good friends and good people who will make you your “Best Self”.  Jenny and I just found out today that we have our court date next week, Thursday or Friday. We will be boarding a plane in about 4-5 days and flying half way around the world to meet the children God has chosen to bring into our lives. Talk about a ton of mixed emotions. I am Excited, Scared, Happy, Concerned, Grateful, Worried, and even feel very Unworthy for the trust the God has put in us to raise two more of his children.  I am excited to finally meet our little Delight (11) and Courage (8).  For a Short time we will have a child at the age of 8,9,10,11,and 12.  Our little family is growing, and we are so excited to see what experiences the Lord has planned for us.

I would like to place a disclaimer that I am not a professional Blogger, and my spelling and grammar leave a little to be desired. (Must be that Caldwell education I received.)  I am not as eloquent as my friend Jason (for those who have been following his blog) but I would like to share our feelings not only so you all can know and feel what we are feeling, but also so that these two special kids will have something to look back on and know how involved God has been in placing them with a family who loves them and will be the forever family they have been praying for.  Jenny or I will try to make at least one daily trip log while we are gone, (if we can get a connection on the internet. J )  If you have this Blog address it is because we love you and want you to be part of this experience.  Feel free to comment or leave ideas as you feel would be appropriate.  So here we go, put on your seatbelt and get ready for the ride of a lifetime.