The day you've all been waiting for... :) (you may not have been, but we have!)
Saturday was a glorious day of serving the Lord through working on Lori's house!
As I thought about the grief my family has been experiencing and how my grandfathers life has drastically changed, I couldn't help but think about Lori and her boys. As they seek to put the pieces back together in their lives day by day, week by week, and year by year, our prayer is that they can look around their house and see that they are loved. See that the body of Christ came together to help them when they were in need. We rejoice together and we carry each others burdens!
After several weeks of prayer and preparation, our team of volunteers showed up at Lori's house. You see, these people didn't just give up a Saturday to do some manual labor, they have walked this road with us. When we told them about our need, they responded! They sent out letters on our behalf asking THEIR friends and family to sponsor them while they worked on Lori's house.
The donations made went to our adoption expenses through an account at Lifesong for Orphans. View our project page HERE.
We showed up Saturday morning to gray skies and a not-so-pleasant forecast. It was supposed to rain and be very windy all day. So, we forged ahead and started the smaller outside projects anticipating that we only had a short window of time to work outside.
Soon after, the sun came out and the wind started blowing. We were able to start painting Lori's windows and when the inside projects were completed, the porch had dried enough to be painted. The crew that was still around spent time working together to complete Lori's porch. We were so excited that God brought us sunshine long enough to get everything completed!
As we drove home, Dan and I couldn't stop smiling and talking about all that had happened :). We pulled up to our house and grabbed our mail... I saw an envelope from US immigration and started screaming! That's right, we got our FDL from USCIS (the official US/FBI approval, in writing)!!! This day could not get any better!