This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fullton Family Festa

Dearest children,

Last night was something spectacular.  80-something of our friends and family members gathered at our church to celebrate a Fullton Family Festa.  They showered us with love, prayers, encouragement, advice and gifts in anticipation of your arrival home to be with their forever family--us!  All of your grandparents drove up again, friends from near and far filled the fellowship hall of the church and it was amazing!  

They all want to meet you and welcome you into the Body of Christ.  I'm sure it's not an exaggeration for me to estimate that there are over 500 people who are praying for you and helping us get ready for you to come to your new home.  

We still don't know when we will finally meet you, but we feel like it's only a month or so away.  All of this preparation and waiting and wondering and praying will soon bring us all together as a family.  We know it will be hard for you to leave behind everything you've grown up with in Brazil, but we will do our best to love you and understand you and help you to feel joy as God knits our lives together as one.

There is so much love waiting for you here.  
 tanto amor te-esperando aqui.

Mamãe e papai

PS  Here are some pictures of the wonderful event.  

Look at all those people who love you!

Grandma and Grandpa Amerman came to celebrate your arrival!

Grandma and Grandpa Fullton drove all the way up too!

Aunt Heather and baby Gabe flew in from Michigan.

Mamae and Papai told the group what wonderful things God has done to bring us together as a family.

Michelle made sweet little favors that reminded everyone to pray for you our new family.

Dearest Michelle organized the whole event with help from Sara, Brooke and Heather.   I think they were all too busy helping and organizing to spend any time in front of the camera.  

What I want you to see from all of this, dear children, is that long before you were ever under the same roof as your forever family, there were LOADS of people loving you and praying for you.  And even longer ago than that God made a plan to work out every last detail of our lives together as a family.  He planned every giggle and every tear that we each experienced before knowing each other... and every joy and every disappointment that we'll experience even once we're together.  None of it is a surprise to Him because our family is part of his Sovereign plan.  Many will come to know him because of you.  None of us can run away from the Love that He pours into our lives day by day.  As grand as this day was, His love is infinitely bigger... and it's for you.

1 comment:

Trixie said...

This old family friend can't wait to see the pictures and hear the details! This is just wonderful, and these are four very, very blessed children to have such parents and grandparents. I wish you all joy.