The Lord is Gracious

There is a little girl who lives a world away from Texas, but in about two weeks her parents will travel to Ethiopia and bring her home.  The call came a little after 3 a.m. Monday; a call my friends have been waiting and praying for with more patience than I can possibly imagine.

David and Amy found out they had been matched with Ella sometime around March and had hoped to travel in June or July.  Then it was August.  The it was October.  If you know anyone who has adopted overseas, you know the waiting game that they have to play and the setbacks that are always part of the process.  It’s frustrating.  And aggravating.  And no doubt infuriating.  And at times it’s heartbreaking, because more than anything, all they want is to get to their child.  It’s all they’ve wanted since the call came so many months ago telling them that they were matched.

But soon all of that will be forgotten.  By mid-November, their long wait will be over.  They will be home, and it will all be worth the wait.  Ella will be in their arms.  Safe.  Wanted.  Cherished.  Adored.  Loved.  Oh, so loved. 

David, who was my closest friend in high school, and I have talked about their adoption a lot over the months.  We laughed a little bit because he and his wife are kind of like our hometown’s version, though they don’t live in our hometown, of Brad and Angelina in that they’re also hoping to adopt from China and have been on that waiting list since, oh, the beginning of time.  (Of course, he’s a minister and she doesn’t have any tattoos that we know of, so there are some differences in the two couples….)

Anyway, every now and then the question comes up.  What do you think people (from home) will think about us adopting a baby from Africa?  Well, here’s what I think.  If people have an issue, it’s their issue.  All any of us can do is pray that God will change the way they see things.  And really, it isn’t anyone else’s business.  That’s what I think.

Here’s what I know.  God’s hand was in Ella’s adoption from the very beginning, and He puts families together in all kinds of ways.  David and Amy feel strongly about international adoption and know, without a doubt, that God has called them to find their daughters overseas.  They knew from the minute they saw Ella’s picture that they loved her without reserve and that she was their daughter; the one they had prayed for all along; the one they will pray for forever.  They felt the way all parents feel when they see their child for the first time.  Can you imagine how it will be when Ella is finally in their arms?

Beautiful Ella is coming home soon.  Her family is more than grateful.  Their friends have not stopped congratulating them and giving praise to God, who is good all the time.

By the way, in her native language, Ella’s given name is Yanet. It will remain as her middle name, and it means “The Lord is Gracious.”

Yes, sweet Ella.  In every way, the Lord is gracious.

 

David and Amy gave me permission to write about them and show you some pictures of their daughter.  

Meet Ella!  She’s looking at pictures from her parents whose picture is on the front of the album.  And if you get teary looking at these pictures, it’s okay.  Our kitchen is full of Ella’s pictures, and I cry at least once a week looking at her sweet face!

 

David and Amy sent a tape of Amy singing songs and David reading stories, and here’s Ella listening to them!  I almost believe, in some way, she knows she’s hearing her parents’ voices just by the look on her face.

 

If this picture doesn’t lay you out on the floor, well, I don’t know what to say.  Even our little Tater Tot passes by it and says, “Sweet Ella.”

Yes, sweet Ella, indeed!

If you’d like to know more about this family’s adventures, please check out their blog.  I’m also adding it to my blogroll.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Calista
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 01:07:37

    precious!!!! She is a beauty. Brought tears to my eyes. I know they can’t wait to love on this baby girl. My hubs and I were talking about this topic tonight, and seeing this little one makes me want another one even more. I am happy for them. Goodnight Tater Mama.

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  2. thefarmerfiles
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 03:26:50

    Those eyes and eye lashes…they speak a thousand words.

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  3. Melanie
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 12:26:08

    What a beautiful, precious girl. I rejoice with them. What a wondeful blessing and gift from God.

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  4. Naturally Caffeinated Family
    Oct 15, 2008 @ 14:55:11

    Praise God! What a beautiful story and an absolutely beautiful and sweet little one! Sooo precious! I am so happy for your friends!

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  5. Ginny
    Oct 16, 2008 @ 10:28:37

    Oh, I’m so happy for David and Amy! I had tears in my eyes looking at that beautiful, precious gift from God named Ella. That door has not been opened for us at this time, but after Caroline was born, I said if we ever have another child, she will not look like any of us! How precious, and I’m looking forward to visiting David’s blog!!

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