Sunday, August 12, 2012

Can I Get An "Amen"!

11:44pm update (Bulgaria Time): Our luggage has finally arrived!!! Thank you, Jesus!!!

Well you guys, this is it! In just a little more than 12 hours we will get in a car and drive the two hours to Pleven, where we will finally free Samantha Love from that orphanage FOREVER!

No more going to bed hungry.

No more love-less days.

No more laying in her own waste.

No more standing, resting her head on the side of a crib, begging someone to just see her.

No more wearing the same clothes day after day.

No more.



Praise the LORD with me, friends. PRAISE THE LORD!! Let all people, everywhere, say, "The LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!"

There were days when I thought this day may never come. But those days are gone. Those days of fear and doubting. Because, you see, this adoption never depended on me. This miraculous story is a work of God. To HIM alone be the glory. Forever.

Next time you hear from me, I'll be blogging next to a precious, sleeping (?) baby. I could not ask for more.

You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth. Psalm 65:5

Lots of love to all of you.

*Note: We're still waiting on that darn luggage. But we're finally leaning on God and experiencing His peace. We are told we will receive our first couple of suitcases any minute now, with the rest arriving during the night. Keep on praying that this will be so. 


  1. Praising God with you!!!! Can't wait to see her picture with you and FREE!!!

  2. Grace,
    I am in tears as I am typing this! God is so good!!!!

    I've been checking your blog all day! I am so excited for you I can hardly stand it! A little over a month ago I was right where you are, anticipating "Gotcha Day" for our precious Ana! And we had no luggage too :). At this point Mike and I were deciding who was going to get to use the last colgate wisp toothbrush that we had in our carry on bag. :)

    I can not wait to see pictures of Samantha in your arms again! What a mighty God we serve!!!!!!

  3. It's me again :) I didn't listen to the song "Never Once" before I posted the first time. Oh my goodness...that song is perfect for the adoption journey!!!!! I love it! Can't wait to share it with Mike! Thanks for posting it!

  4. AMEN!! Hallelujah, your sweet girl will be an ORPHAN NO MORE! He sets the lonely in families. He is the Father of the fatherless. He is ALL goodness and light to guide you through this journey and bring your girl home. God bless you, and HAPPY GOTCHA DAY (in like an hour)! Yes, I definitely have Bulgarian time saved on the world clock on my phone... so I always know exactly what time to pray the hardest. Can't wait to see you go get your girl!

  5. Amen! Praise the Lord! He is good, just so you know, we saw this right after youth group ended, so the youth all got to hear this exciting update at once :) they and me, all love you and Samantha dearly. Cannot wait to see the gotcha picture and Ill be praying all night! Lots of love

  6. Grace, my heart is just overflowing with joy for you right now! I have cried while reading some of your posts, but this one made me want to sob and jump up and down all at once! Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!! The Lord is good and His love endures FOREVER!!! I have enjoyed hearing about your journey to free your precious baby, all the while trusting God and His plan! :)

  7. How wonderful......looking forward to gotcha pics....

  8. I've been blog stalking you all day. I have followed your story and am so happy for you! Praise the Lord for his marvelous deeds! Can't wait to see photos!

  9. Kimberly Umland-WaddleAugust 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    I feel like I'm we are waiting while you are in labor. Waiting for the phone call to say "she's here, happy and healthy". I too have been checking FB on and off all day long. First to see if luggage had arrived and then to see if there were any other needs to be prayed for. I'm sure that you will be on my mind and in my dreams as I pray for the three of you. It is like you have had a 12 month pregnancy instead of 9 months. God be with you tomorrow.