Monday, December 31, 2012

Before the new year...

As the final hours of 2012 tick away and resolutions and promises are being made for 2013 I needed to take a break and think about this past year. I want to remember my God's faithfulness, his unexpected blessings, and his plan that is so much greater than my own.

I remember this time last year as we were waiting and praying for Jaelynn. Our hearts longed for her to be home during the summer. As with any adoption there was a roller coaster of emotions as we waited. And waited. And then waited some more. It became so easy for doubt and fear to creep in as we waited what seemed like an impossible amount of time for a match to be made.

God's timing amazes me. Just when discouragement would come he would send blessings our way reassuring us that he was in this and his ways are higher. My brother received an unexpected gift from a sweet anonymous person as a gift toward our adoption. A complete stranger took my parents out to lunch where she said she felt led to help in a "small" way with the cost. Sweet friends (many of whom we have not even met in person!) were a constant encouragement to my mom. Grants were received. New friends were made. After months of crying, praying, and waiting, Jaelynn's file came in and we were matched to be her family. The timeline started to speed up and things were happening faster than expected. All little miracles from God.

As I type this now I can hear Jaelynn's sweet laughter in the other room as she plays with Abby and my heart is overwhelmed. She is home. Words will never do justice to explaining the miracle of her little life, the miracle of the Altman family being called to adopt, and God providing in mighty ways.

I want to remember this year, for the high times and the low times and God's faithfulness and great plan through it all.

Ephesians 3:20- "God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!"

Jaelynn in her mama's arms for the first time! This picture makes me cry every time. 

Jaelynn Hope Yuelin Altman- Forever!

Happy New Year!

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