Trip Start Nov 18, 2011
Trip End Nov 23, 2011

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Hello, eveyone! It has been a while, but I finally have an opportunity to post an update (It's 6:30 in the morning here, and Dan and the boys are still sleeping).

Dan and I were able to pick up the boys Friday... praise God!!  We picked them up at summer camp, so it allowed us an opportunity to see where they had been staying the last few weeks. Needless to say, we were very excited to see the boys, and they were equally excited about our arrival.  Their caretaker walked them hand in hand across the woods.  When the boys spotted us from across the distance, they immediately started waving to us... until they finally reached a place where it was safe for them to break free from the caretaker and run to us... yelling "Mama, Papa!" as they jumped into our arms.  It was a precious moment. :)

We helped the boys change into their new clothes (which fit them pretty well considering we weren't sure of their sizes).  Then they spent time saying goodbye to all their friends in the orphanage.  All the children in their play group sat on a long bench, and Daniel and Alexander (Xander) went down the row and gave each of them a hug.  It was a touching moment to witness. A few of those kids hung on to them for dear life and were having a tough time seeing them go.  The boys then ran and jumped into the arms of all their caretakers to give them goodbye hugs.  One of the caretakers was a mess (crying), and the others were struggling to hold back tears.  Our translator (Tanya) and I were trying to hold ourselves together.  My heart was breaking for the caretakers because I could see they loved these boys and realized they would never see them again.  Dan was surrounded by children as he was busy taking video of all the "goodbyes" so we could capture this moment for the boys to have in future years.

As the four of us walked away from the group hand in hand, I spent time (silently) praising God for answering our prayers that the boys were being taken care of by loving caretakers.  As far as orphanages go, this was the best possible place for Xander and Daniel to be.  May the Lord bless the director, the social workers, and all the caretakers for offering these children love.  I also prayed for all the orphans that were left behind... that they would someday have parents. My feelings were bitter-sweet.  It was so difficult to look at their precious little faces as we walked away (as I know each of them yearns for a home).  At the same time, I was excited about the future of the boys holding onto our hands. We believe God has great plans for their future.  He has shown us time and time again how much He has been involved in this entire process.  With all the difficulties we have come across in the past year, it's amazing that these boys are now coming home with us. We serve an awesome God.  Dan and I simply feel privileged to see Him at work in the lives of these two boys.  All glory to Him alone.

More about our adventures to come...

Psalm 68:5-6   "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families."


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Tiff Lindzy on

Woohoo!!!!! I'm so happy for all four of you and the adventure you are about to embark on called a family/parenthood!!!! All the best wishes and love being sent your way for safe travels home and the boys discovering their new lives! You are going to be awesome parents and I hope sometime we can get together and I could meet them while visiting in Indy!

Aimee Dean on

Yay! What a beautiful story to read this Lord's Day! We will continue praying for you and look forward to meeting your boys. ...Thank you, Lord, for seeing this precious couple and their children through these last several months and granting them the desire of their hearts!

Susan Vaught on

I am so very happy for all of I read your entry I was sniffing and wiping you I was happy for your sons but heart breaking for those left behind. I wish you the best of everything in this new chapter of your life..anxious to meet your sons next month! Take care~

Tina on

Well written post. The entry brought tears to my eyes. What a great, joyous moment in all your lives. Thanks for allowing all of us to share in your journey. I am excited to meet Daniel and Xander:). Praise God, be safe coming home and hopefully see you all soon.

julie on

Praying for safe travels home and looking foward to getting to meet them. These boys are so lucky to getting you guys as a MOM and DAD! Love you guys!!!

jody hamm on

tears, bittersweet and happy ! That's so touching Gretchen and praise the Lord for what he's done for and through you!!!

Lee Ann Uecker on

What a beautifully written post and a reminder of God's power. I am so happy for you and can't wait to meet Daniel and Xander.

Amy on

Can't wait to meet them! Godspeed on your journey home, and blessing on the rest of your adventure.

Stacie Padgett on

Congratulations Mom and Dad! I am so thrilled for you both as you begin the most rewarding job of your life. I can only try to imagine all the emotions you both must be feeling. Love to all! God Bless & be safe! Stacie

Jennifer on

How exciting!! You described your experience so well, I thought I was an onlooker watching you there. Thanks for sharing your precious memories with us! I can't wait to see you again, and your new family.

Sean Morgan on

We were able to read your post to the Eleutheros class and we were al ltouched by the picture you painted. We're all very much looking forward to meeting your new sons. See you all soon!

Ashley on

Gretch, you are totally a writer!! I can see it all happening! You should have seen me sitting in my car at church about to go in and teach preschoolers. I had to compose myself! Can't wait to meet them and see you guys!

pam bryant on

What a beautiful glimpse into the birthing of a family and an amazing reminder of God's abundant grace and faithfulness. What a testimony you all have. Keeping you in prayer.

Lisa Lustig on

Dan & Gretchen, we are so excited about your new family! Thank you for including us on this adventure!

Robin on

Hi Dan and Gretchen, I am so happy for you and the boys!!! I am crying as I write this because it is so wonderful for you and them!! I know first hand the feelings that go along with being adopted physically and in Christ. Praise the Lord!! Please let me know if you every need ANYTHING! REALLY! I am home most of the time and would be glad to help in any way. I know you all need time together before you start socializing, but when you are ready, the kids and I would love to meet them!

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