Friday, January 22, 2016

Boys 3 years HOME!

To Josiah and Daniel,


I can hardly believe that its been 3 years since that crazy fun day that you made your daddy and me the happiest parents in the world! We love everything about you. That first day, Daniel could not even look at me without crying and Josiah was not sure, but going with whatever the next moments held. It was not long before Daniel became a real Momma's boy and I love how quickly you learned to accept our love and then to give it back us. I like to watch the two of you boys play together, and to see your similarities and your differences. Josiah, you are so creative and silly. You have a compassion that is always thinking of others first. You are always willing to share. You get so excited about little things and I love to see the JOY in your eyes when we set out on a new adventure. Daniel, You are so smart. You amaze me with your memory and love for all things numbers. You are also becoming a beautiful artist. You melt me heart when you say how much you love me. You are determined and focused, and when you want to do something, you figure out a way to get it done. I am so proud of you both. I know God has big plans for you and I love that I get to be the mom that God choose for you who will encourage you and watch you grow into men of faith. I pray that you will be men of integrity, willing to stand up for truth, and faithful sharers of the good news that we have. I am excited to see you as big brothers this year and I know that you will love and protect your sister with vigor. You are both my treasure and I thank God for you and the men you will become everyday. Stay close to Jesus, babies- He is our life and all our hope.You are growing up so fast, and before i know it, I will blink and you will be all grown up. I love everyday with you and try to cherish the sweet moments when I see how great our God is to create such amazing little people like you two! I love you to the moon and back.


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Adoption update

It is getting closer.... We still do not know who our little one is, but we have been told we should get a referral within a few weeks or so. It is getting so REAL! This adoption has been much less stressful than the first one, probably because we have done it before and it seems less scary and also that I have two beautiful boys that take up most of my energy. We have had our moments of wondering when it will be?, what she will be like?, how much hair will she have?, what should we call her?. Thankfully we have been blessed with most of the big expenses paid by some AMAZING grants. God is so faithful. Every time Ryan has showed me the finances and said, "We need to spend less this month" or "We need (X amount) of dollars for this payment." God has always showed up with just the amount we need... or someone giving a little gift, or another grant. Over Christmas we all traveled to Sri Lanka and had an amazing island Christmas. We were shocked to find out while we were there that we were given a HUGE grant and we were also moving up on the list because two families accepted their referrals... It finally felt like she would actual come home. The boys are so SOOO excited about a sister and they want to talk about her and think of names for her. They bought her a blanket at the store yesterday and they now want to sit under it and talk about how much they already love sister. Its the sweetest thing. I can only imagine the joy on their faces when they get to meet her.

When I pray for her and imagine what she is doing now, I can't help but pray that she is in a loving environment where she is able to play with other kids, and somehow know that there is a mommy, a daddy, and two big brothers who are waiting just for HER. I pray that she will be attached to someone who will help her know what love looks like, and that she will be sad when she leaves them. She will be coming home with us, and we know how good it is to be loved by an extended family and when she comes home, she will have plenty of food and toys and brothers to play with... but in her little mind, everything she has ever known will be different. We will talk a different language and eat different foods. Her "normal" life will turn upside down.  Our boys were so little they don't have clear memories of before meeting us, but we expect our daughter to be around 2, so she will notice the change more than they did. I assume that the grieving process will be difficult and some days it may/will be harder than we had anticipated... But I trust the one who crafted this little precious one and who holds all of us in the palm of His hand, and he will give us the daily sufficient grace to press on when we are beyond exhausted.

We love that you are on this journey with us and as we get to know her and get ready for our travel we will keep you updated so you can pray with us! We are almost fully funded, but we still have a little ways to go. We have a matching grant that will double your gifts, and if you would like to partner with us in this way, here is a link.
 
To give online go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Account Number 5707” and “Rainbolt Family”. All donations given are matched.

Thanks for your prayers and support of us.