Beauty for Ashes

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Waiting for Levi!

As of June 26th, we are officially on the "waiting list" for our son Levi! We announced in May that it's a BOY

And we are naming him Levi! We have always loved the name Levi and have talked about it for a long time. One day, we decided to look up the meaning and found that Levi means "to be joined together" in Hebrew. We couldn't believe it! It is perfect because we know the Lord is moving mountains to join Levi with us and make a once orphan a forever son! We will most likely use his birth name as his middle name.

When we did the craft fair booth, a sweet man was making these name trains at the booth next to us. At the time, we had not told many people his name. We saw them and just had to get one for Levi! It is wooden and we painted it. I teared up watching him make this train that will go in our little man's room! I still tear up looking at it in our house.. It was so special when I told the man who he was making this train for

Other BIG news.. we received a letter in the mail saying that we have been given a $3,000 grant from Show Hope! We applied for this back in March. This grant was created by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, and they have helped over 5,000 children be placed into families in 53 countries. They also have created special care centers in China to give medical care to over 2,000 orphans with special needs. We are so blessed by this.. and the Lord continues to provide in ways we never imagined! Whenever we doubt, He keeps creating the way for us to walk through. It really is true, when the Lord calls you to something and you are obedient, he MAKES it happen. The cost of adoption can seem impossible, but He provides. 
Another way He has provided for us this summer is through a precious adoptive and foster family who donated tons of beautiful jewelry for us to sell. We are overwhelmed by this family and how they are selflessly serving the Lord through caring for orphans. They have 9 children, and she makes and sells jewelry to support various orphan care ministries around the world as well as adoptive families. Such a huge blessing!! 
Thank you for continuing to pray for Levi! Now that we are officially waiting, we could technically receive a referral (pictures and information on our child) anytime. It will most likely be about 12-14 months before we see his pictures. Then, we will travel about 6 months later. We are already counting down! Adoption is so unpredictable, but we rest in the One who holds our future in His hands. 

Ellie Kate can't wait to be a big sister! We are working on saying "Levi"

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, the Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him." Lamentations 3:22-24

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