August Update

Our December mission trip to Haiti with our adoption agency is coming right up. We have been introduced to a group of people from across the US. We’re just starting to get our feet wet with preparations. We’ve been praying that another couple would be able to join us and…to my absolute joy… Denton and Bailey are going to come along!! We’re super thrilled. First of all, and least importantly, they are THE MOST adorable little college couple. Both seniors in college. Denton was one of Chris’ basketball players during Chris’ first year of coaching. We’ve been able to stay in contact with Denton and it’s such a delight to watch him grow. Denton and Bailey seem like they’re up for anything given they woke up super early one muggy, rainy, summer Saturday morning and ran a 5K for our adoption. They’ve been trying to work out a way to overcome the financial burden of the trip. It’s more expensive than all the other trips this year because it’s during the Christmas & New Year holiday’s. This week, God provided when our church graciously and generously supported our mission with prayer and monetary donation. So. Blessed. Which means, and I’m so excited that it basically comes out as one word….DentonAndBaileyAreGoingToHaitiWithUs!! Squeal!

Er Mer Gersh, I’m so excited to have such great company on a trip that stirs the depths of my soul. Chris and I are easily motivated to go since we have a baby somewhere there. But imagine the dedication of two young college kiddos spending part of their Christmas break and ringing in the new year in Haiti on a mission trip. I just love their commitment. “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27. God is in every detail and I’ve been so moved to see everything come together.

So funny story, I literally stole a Facebook picture of the two of them (Sorry Denton and Bailey, it was just too cute) and tried to put it on my blog with the introduction of them. Well, in doing so, it made it the main photo of the post. Basically a Denton and Bailey billboard. LOL!! I just imagined them seeing it and being super disturbed. So, since I’ve confessed my creepy ways lemme just confess this too… Anytime Denton comes up in conversation, my sister or I MUST say, “Oh that Denton Yager! He’s a doll.” And now it’s, “Oh that Denton and Bailey! They are just dolls!” We’re not weird or anthing… right Gabi? (Sister Rule #24: When you’re starting to look like a creepo, drag your sister down with you! They say there’s power in numbers. Chantelle, Emily, you with us?) Ok, fine, I’m actually that cheek-pinching lady, embarrassing!! I took the picture down, ok? Moving right along now. (Please still come with us guys.)

I’ll be speaking about our trip at FBC Stewartsville on Sunday, September 15. I’m thrilled to share and I’m preparing my notes now. I’m not sure how much of Pastor Randy’s preachin’ time I get but let’s just get that hot little mic in my hands and we’ll work out the details later. Haha. Hopefully, he’ll let me talk more when we get back. Oh don’t worry, I’ll mind my time, Pastor. **wink, wink**

We have another friend considering joining as well. If he’s able to come, I’ll have to share that story too. I’ll try to be less creepy this time. Stay tuned…

Our mission trip leader is a mom of 8, 7 of whom were born in China, 1 of which is joining us on our trip. (Insert warm heart emoji!) Our leader has asked Chris to bring some basketballs. One orphanage we’ll be visiting has a basketball hoop but the “court” is uneven, rough cement so the basketballs have short life-spans. The boys are eager for male visitors & attention. I’m sure it will be most difficult for Chris and Denton to spend time playing basketball. Ha. We’re learning more about Haiti and preparing for vaccinations and prophylactic anti-malarial treatment per CDC guidelines. I’m also trying to learn conversational Haitian Creole. Ah-hem…

Eskize m, Madame, Ou konprann kreyòl ayisyen? (Pardon me, Ma’am, do you understand Haitian Creole?)

Errrrr. 36 and learning a new language? Wi!

Adoption news this month includes… OUR DOSSIER HAS OFFICIALLY ENTERED THE IBESR! IBESR = L’Institut du Bien-Etre Social et Recherches. AKA the Haitian governmental adoption agency that coordinates all adoptions. Our dossier actually arrived ahead of schedule as the Haitian legalization process was faster than expected. So we “entered IBESR” (Big milestone) a month ahead of expected! The average wait time for referral after entering IBESR is 36 months. Every month counts so we’re thankful.

We’re asking for prayers as we prepare for and travel to Haiti with the One Orphan mission team. We’re blessed beyond measure to have the support of so many friends and family. We’re always encouraged by people being so kind as to say prayers on our behalf. And we’d love to meet and have our baby home soon so prayers that the process is speedier for us, and all those before us, are much appreciated.

But before I go– Calling all old souls– I have recently found two new albums to add to my hymns playlist. Randy Travis! He is equally amazing at belting out those beloved tunes. I saw him sing with Andy Griffith on a guest appearance on Matlock (LOVE that show!) so I naturally searched iTunes and found these gems– Randy Travis Worship & Faith and Randy Travis Songs of Faith, Worship & Praise. Go get em friends. You’ll be singing for days!

He never promised that the cross would not get heavy
Or the hill would not be hard to climb
He never offered victory without fighting
But He said help would always come in time
Just remember when you're standing in the valley of decision
And the adversary says give in
Just hold on, our Lord will show up
And He will take you through the fire again

That Randy Travis!! Oooohhh my hymn lovin heart!

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