Today I picked Elias up from school right on schedule. He was happy to see me, which was nothing unusual for him. He hopped in the car and buckled up... nothing new. As we were driving away from school I asked him how his day went.
Elias: "It was great mom. You will never believe what I did!"
Me: "What did you do buddy?" (I was kinda scared, I'm not gonna lie!!)
Elias: "I asked Jesus into my heart."
Me: "Elias! That is amazing!!"
Elias: "Did you know that I have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb??"
Elias: "Did you know that all of my sins are washed away??"
Elias: "Can I play on the computer when I get home? And can I get baptised at our church?"
I love this child with every fiber of my being. I prayed for him like you wouldn't believe. He is so sensitive and kind and loving. I am praising God tonight that his heart was open to accepting God into his heart.
On the adoption front, I mailed out our dossier (minus the immigration) to a courier in DC that will get it all ready for China. Once we get an invite to get finerprints done, we will then wait on the approval. Once that piece of paper comes back to us we will rush that through and then send our dossier to China!!!! We are looking at maybe traveling between January and March... praying for January...
For this adoption, we are having to take out a small loan and we will repay it once we get our adoption tax credit. It is $200.00/month and that freaks me out. We are paying for Elias to go to private school which is totally worth it and I would work 3 jobs to keep him at his school. I know that God has orchestrated this adoption and I have seen some pretty powerful movements from Him during our wait.
I was due back to work on a Friday and they asked me to come in a bit early for my yearly evaluation. (We haven't gotten a raise in a few years, so I wasn't thinking of any of that.) After we went over the paperwork she said that I would get a 5.5% raise. I'm sorry, what did you say? When all is said and done, it comes out to be $200.00/month. The same amount that the loan is for. I chuckled to myself for a second and said a prayer of thanks that His hand still moves me...
Thank you to those of you that have donated, bought sweets and sponsored puzzle pieces. I cannot wait to wap my arms around Samuel and kiss his face. Thank you for helping to make that dream a reality.