Sunday, April 27, 2008

Waiting Moms

We had a wonderful gathering of DFW families at our house last night. We ate some Ethiopian food, made new friends, and the kids had a blast! It was a wonderful night of encouragement! After we took the above picture of Moms, most of who are waiting to bring their child(ren) home, I really spent time thinking about and praying for the Moms waiting in Ethiopia....

These precious mothers are waiting for their prayers for their children to be answered, waiting for the Lord to respond to their cries for help. During my waiting process one of my constant prayers has been for the family our children have in Ethiopia. I do not know yet if they have been with their family recently or have been in an orphanage. But I have continued to ask the Lord to give these precious children as much time as possible with their family, as many moments as possible with their mother. I never asked the Lord to rush that time...even on these days when I long to hear news of a referral and I long for our children to join our family! While my heart already says I love these children as a mother....I know they will always have two mothers....and my prayers will always be with their family and people in Ethiopia.

So as we continue to wait....I continue to pray as for the Moms in Ethiopia that wait on the Lord too...

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31


Shawn and Jami said...

Thank you Natalie for such a great evening! I heard that you know my sister and little "J"...isn't she something. What a small world:)Can't wait to rejoice with you.

emily said...

We were so sad to have to miss this- I bet it was so much fun! We miss you guys. Praying for the Lords timing in all things.

Mommy said...

I keep thinking of West Side Story lyrics:
Could be!
Who knows?
There's something due any day;
I will know right away,
Soon as it shows.
It may come cannonballing down through the sky,
Gleam in its eye,
Bright as a rose!

Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Under a tree.
I got a feeling there's a miracle due,
Gonna come true,
Coming to me!

Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

With a click, with a shock,
Phone'll jingle, door'll knock,
Open the latch!
Something's coming, don't know when, but it's soon;
Catch the moon,
One-handed catch!

Around the corner,
Or whistling down the river,
Come on, deliver
To me!
Will it be? Yes, it will.
Maybe just by holding still,
It'll be there!

Come on, something, come on in, don't be shy,
Meet a guy,
Pull up a chair!
The air is humming,
And something great is coming!
Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Maybe tonight . . .

Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
© 1956, 1957 Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Sondheim. Copyright renewed.
Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, Publisher.

Carol said...

Natalie - such a fun evening and thanks for hosting such a big group of people! Such a cute pix of the girls playing dress-up! God Bless all the mothers of our children - so many people to love!

the albertsons said...

Looks like you all had a GREAT time! Should we move there :) ???

Kimberly Baggett said...

so glad y'all had a great time together! what a wonderful support group! soon...very soon!!

solas4me said...

Thank you for your encouraging words about our children's mothers in Ethiopia. What a love they must have for their children. I am thankful to our God that He is enabling us, by His grace, to be a part of that love. Praise be to God!

Jana said...

I stole the picture.

Praying for ya'll this morning.