Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sealed with a Kiss

Our dossier went in the mail today!! We received our (corrected) authorization form from the Dept. of State yesterday, so I was finally able to mail everything to our agency today. What a relief! The process is now completely out of our hands...of course I guess it was never really in "our" hands anyway, it's always been in God's hands and will continue to be as our documents travel across our country, then across the globe to SOS EE orphanage. He is in complete control of this process and has everything working in his perfect timing. As humans, his timing can be so hard to see and understand, but I guess that's where trust falls into place.

This morning before I left for work with dossier in hand, JT and I prayed together. It felt like such a monumental moment in our life, offering thanks to our Creator for blessing us with the opportunity to grow our family through adoption; asking him to bless the many hands that will sift through our paperwork; praying for safe and quick delivery routes from one country to the next; asking for guidance for the folks who will be matching us with our sons; and finally praying for love and blessing to spill over our little guys while we're apart. What a sweet memory we will hold of this morning, February 17, 2011.

After we finished praying together, I jokingly said "kiss this document good-bye" to JT. The sweet guy that he is, he took the package and literally kissed it...twice and said "one kiss for each of our boys!" :) My husband is so in love with our sons already, I cannot wait for the day I get to see all my boys together. That silly sentiment meant the world to me. In our current life, him kissing that bulky folder would be the equivalent of any father-to-be kissing his wife's pregnant belly. Although we're not physically pregnant, I feel we're experiencing a pregnancy of some sort - the roller coaster of emotions, the waiting, the involvement in every step - and just think, I don't need to buy any jeans with a stretchy stomach panel! All joking aside, I love that this is the plan that God has designed for us. As a couple, we could've never devised such a perfect plan because of our imperfect lives. But trusting and obeying has led us down a path that we are fully committed to follow. It's an adventure we may have never planned, but now would want it no other way. With each phase of this process, I daily see His hand directing the steps of our lives, and I find myself loving these boys with everything in me. 

*Here's a quick shot from the "dossier send-off" earlier today. The UPS guy was less than thrilled that he got to be in the picture, but thankfully he humored me!
Bell Dossier...sealed with a kiss!


  1. I love this picture! And also this post. What a blessing you are going to be to your sons! God has a wonderful plan in place. And I can't wait to meet my new cousins and hug and kiss them and for Jenna to play with them. :)

  2. Geesh!! More tears! Stop making me cry already! :)

  3. Erin & JT,
    Words cannot describe how excited we are for you both. Our prayers are with your, "bundle of joy," as makes it's way to your precious children. :) ~Vicky, Randy, Bryce & Ryan

  4. Yeah! We are thrilled for you, and love seeing you and JT walk this out with faith and hope and love...thanks for sharing the journey with us.

  5. Love it!! Thanks for keeping us in tune with your journey. I can't wait to meet your boys!!

    Chad O.

  6. So happy that you and JT are able to receive some relief from your part of the work. God is definately in control! That knowledge makes every struggle seem easier. He couldn't have chosen a better couple to receive two children, especially from a country that might leave them with little hope both physically and spiritually. You are going to raise the most wonderful children, and I'm confident that, with parents like you, God will use them in great ways to further His kingdom just as He is working through you, now.

    Keep hope in your waiting.