Okay, so.... (Get your 'gasper' ready).....from the top.....
I knew that Dw and Emma were going to be going to the attorney on July 11th so like I said, I fasted off and on throughout the days leading up to this meeting. After all, this was going to be huge. I fasted for wisdom and direction for Dw and for favor with this man. And yes, I was so excited waiting I could hardly stand it. After all, the Lord had been telling me for months that we had an Elijah coming and here was the fulfillment of that prophetic word unfolding.
In Uganda they are 9 hours ahead of our Mountain time zone so on the night of the 10th I went to bed wondering what time the attorney's meeting was at. I eventually fell asleep and would wake up checking the time and wondering what was going on over there. And praying like crazy!!
Since our communication was so limited I hadn't heard what time the meeting was at, only that the director was also going and we would have to see what she said. Now I knew in my heart that God had given the prophetic word about Elijah so I knew that he would come home, but there are smooth times when God moves and then there are mountainous movements. I was praying for a smooth one! Isaiah's Ch*nese adoption was a mountain one and that had been not that long ago and is still fresh in my memory!
When I got up on the morning of the 11th I could not wait for that phone to ring. I kept myself busy, but inside it was driving me crazy. What exactly was going on in Uganda? What had the attorney said? What had the director, Barbara, said? Seriously!! I was going buggy.
Finally at about noon my phone rang and it was my sweet hubby in Uganda.....I was out-of-my-mind giddy as my first words were, "FINALLY!!!! I've been waiting for your call! Did you go to the attorney's office?"
My husband's next words were FIVE of the sweetest words I have ever heard in my life as he ever so gently said,
"How big are your arms?"
It took me a second to understand the magnitude of what he was asking and then I gasped.......
I said, "They're huge Whitey (which is what I call him), they're huge! WHY? Are you bringing me more than Elijah???"
He said, "I'm bringing you two! Linny, I'm bringing you two!"
Then the story poured out and as he told it I sat in shock, awe, and with such a deep love and respect for this man of God that I have had the privilege of being married to for the last 30 years!
Here is the story that I still weep when I talk about.....Dw had never told me this but when he went to the attorney's office the first time he had mentioned to the attorney that he would even like to maybe take two? Remember he had told me "no" when I asked him about bringing two, and I had never questioned him at all. I had just said, "okay". So unbeknownst to me he had gone ahead and talked to the attorney about it.
At the Baby orphanage it was clear that only one was allowed to be adopted at a time, so Dw didn't really think it was possible, but he mentioned it to the attorney anyway.
So on the 11th at 3:30pm he had the second meeting with the lawyer. He and Emma said that the lawyer and Barbara (the orphanage director) went back and forth in Lugandan without them understanding a word. Eventually, Peter (the lawyer) turned to Dw and said, "Okay, now we will talk about your case."
Immediately Peter started asking Barbara (in English) if Dw could take two? To which Barbara said, "Absolutely not!" She said that they would have to see how one went and then we could always come back for another one. The lawyer argued that there are so many children needing homes and went on to tell how his wife is a school teacher and three different times she has come home with a child who needs a home and they have stayed forever, along with their birth children.
Peter also argued that Dw and I had already adopted many times before and that we also pastor a church! He was our advocate, to be sure.
Dw said he just sat there watching them go back and forth, back and forth and Barbara continued to stand her ground! Peter would not give up - he persistantly argued on our behalf.
Dw said he didn't say a word but kept biding his time, because God had given him an idea. He knew that all these children were leaving soon (although he didn't know when) for the Big Orphanage and just what if......So finally after they had spent a considerable amount of time arguing back and forth Dw said he leaned forward and asked, "What about Elizabeth?"
((Elizabeth was one of the little ones who was about to go to the Big Orphanage. Dw had told me about her from the very beginning. She was only 2-1/2 and was already leading worship during the worship and story time in the orphanage. She was precious and Dw had fallen in love with her also. If a littler baby was crying Elizabeth would sit on the ground and pull the little one over to her and stroke them and comfort them - such a tiny mommy's heart at only 2-1/2! He had mentioned her many times and my heart had longed to love her and let her be the little girl she is supposed to be. It was breaking Dw's heart that Elizabeth would go to the Big Orphanage and so he wondered if just maybe they would let him take her also.))
When Dw said, "What about Elizabeth?" he said that Barbara raised herself up in her chair, sat straight up and gripped the arms of the chair she was sitting in. She turned to Dw in this very upright position and said with huge, wide eyes, "There are only some things that God Himself can orchestrate! Yes, I will let you take Elizabeth too."
Sovereign God had indeed orchestrated events in such a way - listen to this: That very day, July 11th, Elizabeth and a group of children were scheduled to be picked up at 2:30 pm to go to the Big Orphanage BUT Elizabeth and several of the others had been sick. Barbara had called the Big Orphanage and told them they were sick and they had said, "Okay, we will come next week." **As I have mentioned, once that little one leaves the Baby Orphanage for the Big Orphanage they can never, ever, ever be adopted.**
Had Elizabeth not been sick she would have already been gone by one hour. I weep everytime I think of it....this sweet baby girl was sick because God was moving on her behalf. He was orchestrating events so that she would not spend her life in an orphanage, but so she could come to America because He has another plan for her life!
Okay, now I'm bawling typing this: How mighty GOD is! How powerful He is and, yes, I believe, there are times that sickness is from God....Barbara then went on and told Dw and Peter that she had been in agony sending Elizabeth to the Big Orphanage, infact, she was broken hearted about it! She wanted a home for her but no one had ever spoken up for her or even asked about her? Of course we know why that is! Because she was destined since the beginning of time to be our daughter and we are thrilled beyond words.
And yes, the sweet baby girl next to my profile is my Elizabeth. After coming home from Uganda Emma had searched the internet for pictures and found that one....it is the earliest picture we have of our precious little Elizabeth, our miracle baby girl - rescued at the very last possible hour by our mountain moving, miracle working, awe inspiring, gasp-giving GOD!!
When we hung up the phone that day we vowed that we would remain silent about Elizabeth and Elijah until Jubilee came home because we did not want to compromise her adoption in any way. We thought that Ch*na would immediately pull the plug on the adoption if we adopted Elizabeth and Elijah before her. But there is more to that part of the story too - so very soon I will write about that miracle as well....So when you wonder if God is working....remember He is always working behind the scenes to accomplish His plan.
Just imagine.....God is bringing her to me, because He loves me so much and He knows how this once-barren woman begged for a boatload of children and He is fulfilling the promise that He gave me way back in 1982 - that He would make the barren woman (me!) to be at home, the joyful mother of children!
I was shaking by the end of the phone call that day and when I hung up I could hardly think straight! My mind was reeling with overwhelming gratitude and exuberant joy - we were adding two more children, besides Jubilee. How many children would we now have? I couldn't think!
That might sound funny, but really I just couldn't think. I had to stop and count and I actually stood at our kitchen island and counted with my giddy-beyond-belief-quivering-with-delight fingers....we have seven, Jubilee makes eight, Elijah and Elizabeth make nine and ten! I giggled as I realized I now had 10 children!! Yipppeee Jesus!!!
And yes, if you head to your window you will faintly hear happy shrieks and that is me in my little log home nestled in snow with a view of the Rocky Mountains rejoicing loudly that I have been able to share with my sweet friends around the world about our miraculous God and my miracle babies that are heading my way!! YIPPPE YIPPPEEE YIPPPEE JESUS!!! Rejoice with me!!!
Check out the look on his face and how his hands are clasped in sheer delight..... Can you tell how smitten he is with her? Is she not absolutely beautiful?? Oh my gracious - meet my precious baby daughter - Elizabeth!
Elizabeth and Dw - she is singing a worship song with him.....
Elizabeth and Dw - she is singing a worship song with him.....
"For I know the plans I have to you my most precious Elizabeth," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you, not to harm you, but to give you HOPE and a FUTURE..." (Jeremiah 29:11)
**This is my Memorial Box Entry for this Memorial Box Monday - and we shall find a symbol that will be stored in our Memorial Box to serve as a reminder of how Almighty God rescued our baby girl Elizabeth at the very last possible moment!! If you have any suggestions what this little symbol should be....I'd love to hear them....**