We're Flying!

We are flying...in the air.... up up and away!!! All the way to Moscow and then on to Kras!! ( 17 hours in the air!) But while we are in flight and before we arrive and get to a computer, ( also, I'm sure I'll have my beloved guest blogger on here when we arrive in Kras) I wanted to share with you the last bit of finishing up Rosie's room.  I just didn't have the days to get everything on the blog.. so here is the secret amoire!
Here is the before pic..... yes, quite junky and not too pretty....

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Here we are with this pretty amoire that has an inside disaster.

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But with some paint and a little imagination,  it is now Rosie's special and delight-filled armoire!

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Loved painting this and also writing her theme verse from Isaiah 51:3, "Joy and Gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing." I have been praying that verse for Rosie for over 2 years and writing it down in my journal through this journey of adoption.  It is very very special and the rich part of this passage is actually what comes before the "joy and gladness".

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What comes before is:

"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing."

So beautiful because of the life that God is bringing us and the life that God is bringing Rosie. Rosie has not had an easy first two years and I'm filled up with such thankfulness in the promise that God does restore and redeem life. He restores and then the singing comes... he redeems.. and joy arrives. He loves to make deserts of our lives into Edens... and wastelands into gardens.  Beautiful.... beautiful.  And I was just thinking how this armoire is a perfect picture of the inside of our lives without Christ ( the darkness and junk) and the inside of our lives with Christ (joyful and sparkling bright!) It can also be a beautiful picture of how we view trials in our life.  Six years ago when I was diagnosed with the rare blood condition and found out that I could never have children of my own, I could have chosen to live in the dark armoire, bitter... angry. But instead, Mike and I said, "well, this is pretty clear that we are going to adopt, now the question is where?" So for many nights, we sat in our hot tub outside on our back deck, looked up into the sky and talked about countries and prayed through where God was leading us to adopt.  And he led us half way around the world to Sam. And now he is leading us to Rosie.  I am thankful to have this blood condition because without it, I would not have these precious people in my life. The love I have for my dear Sam goes all the way around the world and back and through the universe and I can't wait to love Rosie that same way and find out about the little person that she is.

God is good... very good. So, even when we are staring at a dark "armoire"... we can always remember that God can turn that wasteland into His garden, the desert into Eden. How beautiful is that promise!

My heart is filled with such glee...we will be seeing Rosie soon and singing to her, laughing with her and playing with her!.

Happy day to you all!  We'll touch base soon when we get to the other side of the world!