WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS,
KALEAB AND "S"!
Sattie and Dub gifted these ornaments to each of you!
(we will show "S's" ornament as soon as we pass court)
Each of yours were hung next to daddys first ornament on their tree!
Daddy and I have been rushing around packing (to come see you!) and have been enjoying picking out things to bring to Ethiopia for each of YOU! You may not be here in person, but you both so fill our hearts!
Daddy and I walked into church last night for a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service, so full of gratitude and love. You may not have been there in person, but you both were so in our hearts.
My sweet friend, Tara, (now in Ethiopia) has been sending me daily updates and oftentimes pictures of you both ~ many of them are of the two of you TOGETHER! Melt.our.hearts! We may not be there in person ~ yet! ~ but we so are in our hearts!
Christmas is the time when we all reflect upon the most beautiful story of all. The precious birth of Christ. We reflect upon God's love. A love so vast that He sent His only son to earth. To walk the human walk of life. To eventually be crucified and buried. All to take upon himself our sin. Our burdens. And on the third day he arose from the dead. Bringing to each and every person a way to be forgiven. A way to enter into heaven. A way to develop an intimate relationship with God.
What an amazing love!!!!
It is because of this unconditional, unending love that we can have hope. Hope that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us SO MUCH that He would give His only begotten son. FOR US!!!
Our whole journey to you two boys has brought your Daddy and me to our knees. Several times. Laying each one of you at His feet. Laying our desires for a family at His feet. Clinging to our faith in Him. Our faith that His love is True and His plan for our lives GREAT. The more we cling to this faith, the more we see our Lord and Saviour move. On our behalf. Carrying out plans He ordained for each of us so long ago. Long before we were even born.
As pastor Tri said last night, the more faith we have the more hope we develop. As we see God's faithfulness to those who trust in Him. And as our faith and hope develop, our hearts overflow with love. With His love. His steadfast love. His unconditional love.
We feel this agape love overflowing. And our journey to you has increased this flow. Boys, each one of you has brought us closer to God, deeper in our trust in Him and buried in our love for Him and His love for us. We are filled to overflowing a love deeper than we have ever known. For each one of you. And for Heavenly Father.
The two of you are our personal stories of children gifted from God. As empty as we are, not having you home (yet!), we can't help but feel a fullness of love, protection and provision. For the birth of Christ and the birth and referral of each one of you! BOTH of you will always remind me of God's steadfast love. His provision and yearning to fill the desires of our hearts abundantly more than we can ever even imagine.
We pray for you daily. And we prayed a special prayer last night. Christmas Eve. Our last one without you home.
Thanking God for you both. And thanking Him for the precious gift of allowing us to be with you in a matter of DAYS!!!! As well as the ability to celebrate Ethiopian Christmas with you on our January 7th!
Precious, precious gifts, indeed! Christmas is the celebration of God's love. And this year, it is also the celebration of how God's love brought us each of YOU!!!!!
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS, MY SONS!!!!!
WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OUR HEART!!!!
Please leave a message to Kaleab and "S." This will one day be a book for them. What a precious gift to know so many already love them and have been praying them home!!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!!