Thursday, June 09, 2011

Today is the Day

Sophia in Taiwan (at 2 years old)

... my sister Terri and her husband Dave fly "over the moon and through the night" (to quote a popular children's book on adoption) to meet and receive their darling daughter and my beautiful niece, Sophia.

I have a feeling I may be much more interested in reading Terri's blog than posting on my own, so things may be a little quiet around here for awhile! But you are more than welcome to join me - as a matter of fact, I know they will appreciate all the encouragement and prayers we can give them.

Sophia was born the same month and year as our son Ian, which means she is now 3 1/2 years old. The picture above was taken over a year ago and we've not seen any recent photos so it will be a wonderful thing when Terri can post and share Sophia with us! Please pray for Sophia's little heart as she will be experiencing a huge transition by leaving a foster family which by all accounts has adored her and cared for her so lovingly. Pray that God will give her a supernatural trust in her new Mommy and Daddy and peace throughout this amazing journey.

Sophia's four big brothers will be waiting at home (actually with Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop, who I'm sure will also appreciate prayers!) and soon after her homecoming the family will be moving from Pennsylvania to Indiana where my brother-in-law recently started his position with a new company. In addition, Sophia will need to be evaluated by specialists and therapists in the States to prepare a plan for the treatment and management of her cerebral palsy. So many details, but we trust that God already knows and has plans to provide for each and every one.

Terri recently wrote this post, entitled "The Rest of the Story," in which she shares just how God intertwined their adoption journey with Sophia's and made it so clear she was to be their daughter. It is a stirring testimony of God's faithfulness in fulfilling His word - that He is truly the "Father to the fatherless ... [Who] places the lonely in families." (Psalms 68:5-6)

Glory to His name!