The Lemanski family over at The Lemanski Diaries held an adoption raffle for Junk Posse jewelry and we WON!!! I'm so excited about this! Check out these gorgeous pieces of custom jewelry.
Surprise #2 - We got to see some new pics of sweet little Julisa. For those of you who don't know, the Lord moved our hearts to adoption and showed us his Plan A for our family through an orphan care trip to Guatemala last September. Dan and I committed (to each other and to the Lord) to adopting 2 little sweeties - Julisa and Milagra, when Guatemala opens back up for international adoption. God used these girls to show us His plan for our lives and help us overcome the fear that we had in adopting a child who was not biologically ours. It's a long story to where we are today, and since my time in Guate, the Lord has called us to Ethiopia. We are currently adopting from Ethiopia (1 or 2 kiddos, don't know yet) and hope to one day bring Julisa and Milagra home too!
Although it's been a hard road in feeling called to care for these girls and not knowing when that day will come, the Lord has been showing us glimpses of His plan for their lives in Guatemala.
While Milagra is in foster care, we were told that we would not be given any info on her, but we've been blessed to receive a couple updates on her periodically and from what we know, she's doing well and growing like crazy.
Julisa is still in the Cerecaif orphanage that was recently taken over by our friends at Orphan Outreach, an amazing group of people who serve the Lord with all their hearts and have a lot of experience in Guatemala. Each time a group travels to her orphanage, I'm checking the OO blog daily to try to catch a glimpse of her cuteness! And today... my sweet friend Amy at OO sent me these new pictures of her...
Girls - We love you with all our hearts! We think about you and pray for you every single day! We are trusting the Lord and believing that HE WILL move mountains to bring you two beauties home. We stepped out in faith when God called me to Guatemala, knowing that I was going to love on and care for both widows and orphans... little did we know what God would do in our hearts to bring us to you! We can't wait to hold you and love you and care for you for the rest of your lives. We are committed to you... we will always love you... our hearts ache for you! Since I met you last September your daddy and I have stared at your pictures and asked everyone we knew to pray for you... we have not forgotten you... we weep and ache for you almost daily! We pray for your health, for your protection, and for your saving faith in Jesus! What an incredible testimony you will have one day. You have lots of aunts, uncles, and grandparents who love you already.... We trust that the Lord is taking care of you and we will do whatever it takes to bring you home! Love, mommy