The decisions we have been making over the past weeks haven’t been easy. Ironically, the hymn our family has been working at memorizing together is “He Leadeth Me” by Dr. Joseph H. Gilmore. As we move forward one step at a time, we feel blessed to serve a good Father, who even had our homeschool curriculum present us with a hymn that reminds us that His hand is leading us even when life feels out of control.
He leadeth me. O bless-ed thought! O Words with heavenly comfort fraught!
I need that reminder as I pack up the youngest three members of our family preparing for a journey to the States that will not include their dad or siblings. For sure, a two month separation would never be what we would choose (especially right after an adoption) but as we have pr@yed and talked to Little Man’s doctors we feel confident that this is what we need to do.
Little Man, Little Monkey, Moe and I will leave for the States May 8th. We will land in Tampa, Florida where Little Man will have a bone reduction surgery on May 11th. He then will have follow-up appointments over the next month. 6-8 weeks post-op they should be able to start making our guy a new leg. He is looking forward to that. He hasn’t been able to walk for three weeks and he already is tired of us pushing him around in the stroller. He asked me to pack his old leg so that he would have it when he came out of surgery. It wasn’t fun to explain to him that surgery wasn’t the only step towards getting him walking again. The awesome thing about our Little Man – He has a joyful spirit and doesn’t let much get him down. He has been telling everyone that he is excited to have surgery because the hospital has a great playground and the food in the cafeteria is wonderful! That’s our boy.
Hubby and the oldest two kids will join us in the States as soon as the semester is complete – sometime the end of June. We haven’t even left yet and I am already counting down the days. We then will all return to our Asian home the end of August.
Surgery isn’t the only thing that will keep us busy while Stateside. We will be working at getting Mo’s immigration paperwork filed, will apply for his new American passport and be getting him a visa to return with our family to Asia.
We would truly appreciate you lifting up our family through this season. So many transitions, goodbyes, and emotions will fill the weeks ahead. Please specifically lift up:
- Me as I travel with an immobile kiddo and a two year old who has never done this world wide travel thing. So thankful for Little Monkey who is one of my biggest helpers! I know she will make the task much easier and more fun as she chats with me along the way.
- our new little guy…may Moe handle all of the transitions and continue to feel safe and loved in our family.
- for Little Man’s surgery and healing process.
- think of Hubby as he continues to teach his classes, finish homeschooling Soccer Dude and Roo, and keeps our home running while I am away.
- and last but not least, for our family dynamics and relationships. Two months is a long time.
I know we travel a lot and our lives seem a bit on the crazy side….but really we are a family who enjoys pizza and movie/game night every Friday, shopping at the same veggie stand, and sipping hot chocolate and reading a good book equals an exciting night. Can I say routine? The next four months are going to shake us up a bit – pr@y for us.