Tuesday, June 30, 2009

So Long Old Friend...

It's with a heavy heart that we sit here tonight and wave a heartfelt goodbye to our friend China as we have decided to pull our dossier out of the country and close down that process. So long old friend... you'll always be a part of our lives!

Three years ago when we started filling out paperwork - we never would have guessed that China would have been the gateway to our son and daughter in Ethiopia. We are so happy to have experienced the blessing of the process of China. Everything from the people we have met to the stories we have shared to the lifelong friends we have gained... we wouldn't have that if it weren't for China.

All along we have said we would stay logged in and waiting until we felt God tell us otherwise. As we started the paperwork to go back to Ethiopia to grow our family again - we found ourselves being led to use a new agency. That new agency requires us to close out the China adoption. Surprisingly - we are very much at peace with this.

It's not a decision we made lightly and definitely not a decision we made without God. It was never about the money saved or anything other than "Is this what God wants for us to do in His name?" And we have both independently come to the same conclusion - that we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wants us to go back to Africa. And so our journey continues on... takes a new turn, a new twist. Old doors are shut and new ones are open.

China - we won't say "never" because we simply don't know what tomorrow holds - but we do know this - we are thankful for what you have brought in to our lives so far! You'll be missed but never fear... you'll always have a spot very close to our hearts!

12 comments:

Our family said...

We are having those same thoughts daily. It is such a difficult decision!

Thinking of you,
Mary

Cristy said...

What a blessing to see how God uses all these circumstances to bring us to the children that He has for us!!!

We started out in the Korea program and circumstances in our family had us pull out, which lead us to China and our girls...

I LOVE to see how God orders all of our steps and look forward to what the Lord has for your family!

Blessings!!!

The Evans Family said...

God is so awesome! We don't always know what his plans for us are, but, in the end they are always better than what we had in mind.

Good luck on your new journey to bring home a sibling for Meron.

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on starting the process for Eth again, yet I'm sorry for the feelings that come with letting go of China.

And here's another purpose for you: When we decided to switch away from Kaz, we talked about doing Eth and China concurrently. We were still up in the air about Ethiopia though. I mentioned our thoughts to a friend one day and she sent me the link to your blog- another person doing both China and Eth concurrently. It was YOUR blog- this very one- that God used to speak to us and lay Ethiopia on our hearts. None of the other thousands of blogs spoke directly to us. THIS one did. You guys. You and Brighton and Meron. Had you not been doing concurrent adoptions, we wouldn't have been sent your URL. And had we not read your blog, we may not have ever signed up for Ethiopia. And had we not signed up for Ethiopia, we would not have "met" (picture sense as we're waiting for our court date), the most beautiful little boy on the face of the planet that was without a single doubt in either of our heads and hearts, the son that was created by God for us, and us for him.

D said...

We just did the same thing about three months ago. I forgot to post the draft I had written about it. Understand your feelings for sure...

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Wow, this is the second blog I have read today where the blogger shared they were pulling out of China.

I am glad you have found the path to your family, I am glad you feel such peace with your decision.

Unknown said...

I know this decision had to be a difficult one. I am sure that what ever happens next is meant to be. You have been blessed with a wonderful, beautiful little girl. Thank you for sharing your story day after day and letting me know there are other options out there.

Unknown said...

I am so proud of yall!!!!!

Unknown said...

As I said when I emailed Laura, we GET this completely. We support you and LOVE your hearts for Ethiopia.

How cool is God that He started you out on the China road so that He could lead you to Africa. Crazy cool. So glad that your China beginnings brought you to us. You have blessed us BIG time.

Love the comments here. LOVE how God is USING you in BIG OLE AWESOME ways!

Donna said...

Isn't it just amazing how following God is ALWAYS better than what we have planned for our lives?!?! Happy that China was your start to your beautiful kids in Africa, that way I got to meet your incredible family :)

Tizita said...

You know what Tymmn and Laura the best thing you can ever do in your life is obay the Lord because the Lord NEVER makes a mistake, and don't we all want to trust and follow the one who never makes a mistake? I do!! I know it's hard but remember no matter what country you adopt from you will always be giving a child a second chances. Hay I should be excited though right? your adopting from Ethiopia. I'll follow every step you guys will be taking. Thanks

angie said...

congrats on starting the process again!! i am so thrilled for you guys! i am sure it was hard to close the china door and move on...but also fun to watch everything is playing out!