Sunday, January 2, 2011
Take Me All The Way
Christmas this year was amazing. First off, I woke up to seeing many family members wearing this Tshirt that said "Take Me All The Way" w/ Africa on it, and Ethiopia was highlighted. I knew something was up because I'd never seen that Tshirt before, and when you read lots of adoption blogs, you have seen all the t-shirts. Of course, after that I kept hearing those words "Take me all the way" playing in my head since they are part of the lyrics to Matthew West's song, "Motions". I'll give you a blog post about that song soon. Then, after all the kids opened their gifts, it was time for the adults to open theirs. Mike's younger brother and his wife each had us in the name drawing. We got a letter that they had written and it was from the whole Kelley clan. This is what I had Mike read since I knew I would not be able to get through the letter without blubbering my way through it.
Dear Mike, Heather, Noah and already loved niece/nephew(s),
We made these shirts as a pledge; We WILL support you throughout this adoption process and beyond. Just as God has placed this on your heart, He has placed you on ours. We look forward to sharing in the joy and tears as your story unfolds this coming year. We have no doubt that 2011 holds a bright hope for your future family, and we are pleased to play a small part in making it happen.
We are so proud that you have chosen to care for the poor and needy in such a tangible way. The verse in Psalm 72:12 comes to mind that says, "for he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help." God has chosen you to be his hands in taking care of an orphan, Praise the Lord!
Stay strong! Joshua 1:9 "have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
The letter was signed by everyone. We felt so blessed and touched and let's just say it was incredible. We also got those cool T-shirts. It was amazing. It was a good thing Mike read the letter because I was balling my eyes out. It feels so good to have your family supporting you when you are going through an adoption. We haven't even gotten to the hard part of it yet, and knowing that our family has our back is huge.
Thank you so much A and J for putting this together and to all of the Kelleys for your support. We love you all so much!