The "see you later" in July was one of the hardest experiences I had ever had, but the anticipation of D's arrival for Christmas is a great feeling. Greg has been doing extra IT work on the side, friends and family have given us financial gifts towards hosting, "Realty Executives Cooper Spransy" in Madison, Wisconsin has sponsored an amazing grant via Project 143, a local church is doing a chili lunch fundraiser for us in October and I'm subbing my tail off to fly one of our favorite people in the world from Eastern Europe to Chicago this December for four weeks. We can't wait to see him!
There has so much happening behind the scenes and a lot of it we aren't free to disclose--yet. But we look forward to doing so very soon. God is at work and the reassurance we have received is completely of Him. I am a worrywart by nature and a lack of planning and schedule drives me absolutely bonkers. We still feel led step by step in the direction we are going. I remember a sermon Scott Sims did several years back about faith and compared it to taking a walk in the dark with a flashlight: you can only see so far, yet you keep going. We definitely feel that we are walking a flashlight journey at the moment, but we know who we're following and that settles my heart unlike anything else can.
There is a sense of joy and gratitude that has lingered since July, even on the hard days. So many of you have told us that you are praying for our family and for D and for that we say, "Thank you!". We feel it. We really do! Looking forward to sharing more updates as we are able.