Our life is nothing short of an adventure...

Wind in our hair and screams of delight but also unpredictable turns and unknown outcomes. We are a family of six; Dave, Susie, Nate, Jake, Sam, and Bella.

God has been faithful in our marriage and through the birth and blessings of our boys.

God has been faithful during our adoption journey and united Bella with us in May of 2008. We were privileged to visit with Bella's birth mother; therefore, Bella's family in Guatemala will always be dear to our hearts.

On October 16, 2008, Bella was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. We are now battling the disease with 2 years and 3 months of treatment. We believe God will continue to be faithful!

Our family is committed to living life to the fullest...even on the hard days. Thank you for checking in and journeying with us!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Praise God! We are PGN Approved!

I sit here at my computer posting in utter awe at God's perfect plan and answered prayer. Today, we received the official news that Bella is legally ours. We spent 10 weeks in the Guatemalan Courts called PGN, and not only did we receive it in record time, but we also had no kick outs or previews. Today we celebrate God's unmerited favor and grace, we are so blessed....

Our next step is that Birth Mom will sign off within the next 3 days and we will be registered with Mixco Civil Registry for her new birth certificate which will read her new given name! This Birth Certificate is a must in order for her Guatemala Passport and US Visa to be issued. At this time, the facts are that Mixco Civil Registry is corrupt and have been withholding Birth Certificates for 3.5 months now for the sake of extra $ which is not only unethical, but illegal. Generally speaking, Birth Certificates are issued in 2 weeks or less, the normal time frame from PGN approval to children coming home is 4-6 weeks, thus, this corruption is holding children from being united with their families. HOWEVER! These are only the facts, the truth is that God is bigger than all of this and His glory will be revealed. We ask that you join with us in prayer in the victory of casting down the corruption. Below is the prayer that several of us families are praying and believing God for. Like Abraham, we will not "consider our body" but stand firm in our faith.

But today, we Praise you Lord for what you have done and what you are doing. Thank you for "going before us and paving the road smooth". All the glory goes to you!

Prayer: Gracious Father, for the sake of Your most holy Name, everything You have is ours. You have given us, in Christ, every spiritual blessing for the purpose of the coming of Your Kingdom. We have been given authority over ALL the power of the enemy. Our weapons, faith/love, the Name, the Blood, and the Word, are mighty for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds. O Praise Him! In the Name of Jesus, that is above every name, I wield the sword of the Spirit that is sharper than any other and penetrates to the core. In the mighty Name of Jesus, the enemies' power at Mixco Civil Registry in Guatamala is broken. In the soverign Name of Jesus the stronghold of corruption is overthrown, destroyed and led away in public triumph, defeated, despoiled and captive to the obedience of Christ to the glory of God the Father. O praise you Jesus, Bless Your most Holy Name, You are glorious Lord, may men see and acknowledge your glory. Thank you that our faith overcomes the world. Thank you that You are a rewarder of those who believe. I praise you most wonderful LORD, in the Name of my precious Jesus, Amen

Josh 9:12-14, Eph 1:20, Eph 2:6-23, 2Cor 10:4,, Lk 10:19, Heb 4:12, 1Jn 5:4, Eph 6:11-18, Lk 15:31, Eph 1:3, Co 2:l5


Anonymous said...

CONGRATS! I have read your story on adoption forums and followed it to your blog! I am so happy to know that you are with AGCI!WE just brought home our six year old son, Carlos, from Hannahs Hope! I held so many of the beautiful babies when I was down there. I am sure i held your Bella! Rejoicing with you...praising God for our amazing lawyers, we did too have a good run in the pgn! PRaying for a speedy time getting that bc...God is always bigger! Many blessings!
here is my email if you ever need anything...karenmascari@yahoo.com

Stacy said...

PRAISE GOD IN HEAVEN!!! I just saw your good news! See, I KNEW I was to be praying today! God is so good. I am so thankful for your good news today. Bella will be home soon!

Much love,

Courtney said...

CONGRATS !!!!!!!!!!! what exciting news. So happy for you. You are in the homestretch now. Courtney

Donnie, Cheri, Brock, Alex, Logan....Coming Soon Malaena-Sloan said...

I am SO happy for you and your family. Praise our Heavenly Father! I would love to chat with you about your journey. My email address is cherifortner@hotmail.com. I hope we are close behind you in getting our Malaena-Sloan home! Happy, happy! cheri

Anonymous said...

I read the prayer and prayed it, believing in God's holy power!
Thank you for sharing this amazing prayer! I have prayed for your baby as well as others, like our Cristian, who are waiting to come home.

Auntie G said...

Hope you get the bc soon.