I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.
~John 10:10

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The LORD Will Provide

Our 3 year journey to bring home our daughters has finally come to an end!
We traveled at the beginning of March to Ghana to bring Gina and Priscilla home!
We have now been home a week and a half and we are all adjusting fairly well.
Abigail is enjoying having 2 little sisters and is a tremendous help!
We are very happy this part of our journey has finally come to a close! (especially the paperwork!)
Now we are on to the next adventure of being a family and loving them!
We thank you for your love and prayers through this whole process. I was never really sure if it would happen. But God provided and has answered our many prayers along the way!  He is faithful!

So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided".  ~Genesis 22:14

our family

The LORD bless you and keep you; 
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Visas printed!

Just a quick update to let you know Gina and Priscilla passed their visa interview and the visas were printed last week. We have plans to travel in March to bring them home! Praising God for his mercy and kindness!

"You turned my wailing into dancing, 
You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy!"
~Psalm 30:11

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I-600 Approval!!!

Just a quick update to let you know we finally received the email we have been waiting for this morning!
Our I-600 approval from the US Embassy in Ghana!
We are now one step closer to bringing home our Gina and Priscilla!
We now await a visa interview in which our POA goes on our behalf.
Then as long as we pass the interview the Embassy will print visas for our girls!
And after that we may go and bring them home!!!!
We will most likely be traveling in January or early February to bring the girls home!
Wow!  This is actually happening!
Praising God for all He has done!

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you   ~ Isaiah 46:4

The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in love. ~ Psalm 103:8

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meeting our Girls

We left Oct 5 from JFK to fly to Accra, Ghana. Our wish came true that we got to travel with our dear friends the Altlands who have been on this journey with us from the start! After a 10 hour flight we finally touched African soil! The children met us at the airport and it was not quite the meeting I had always imagined. It was chaotic and loud, no Kodak moment! Plus at first I didn't know which children were ours!  

Priscilla, Sue, Gina and Corey

It was both a great and challenging week to get to spend with Gina and Priscilla!  We got to see them at their best and worst!  They were fun, giggly, energetic girls as well as naughty, mischievous and had many meltdowns. We found out what they like to eat and play, that they like to sing and dance. They also liked to run away and have us chase them at any given moment!  And table manners were not the best if we could get them to sit while they ate!  Lets just say they eat the whole chicken, including the bones! ew! All the while staying at a hotel which lost power for days at a time and which we only had so much we brought along to entertain them.  But it was good to get to see what they were like for a whole week. It helps us to know how to prepare while we wait to bring them home!

Priscilla and Gina

We brought a backpack for each of them. They loved having something to call their own and that they could carry it all around on their back!We also made them photo books about our family and our home. They loved to look at them and practice saying everyone's name!  

Gina looking at her photo book

their backpacks

What happens next?  While we were in Ghana we filed our i-600 paperwork at the US Embassy. We will wait to hear of an approval via email. While we wait our POA (power of attorney) will be obtaining their updated birth certificates as well as their passports. Once we get approval they will have a visa packet pick-up. Our POA will pick it up and fill it out, get the girls medicals and then there will be a visa interview.  Our POA will go to that interview on our behalf. If we pass the interview they will print visas for our girls to be able to enter the United States!  Our POA thinks this all may take about 3 months. Could be more, could be less! So once their visas are printed we can all hop on a plane again and bring them home to their new family!



Us and the Altlands...
Gina, Corey, Priscilla, Sue, Quinn, Keri, Nate and Seth

 It is hard waiting now that we have met them and gotten to spend time with them! So we once again wait on the LORD and his perfect timing to bring our new daughters home!We covet your prayers and we wait!

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  My your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.  ~ Psalm 33:20-22

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

our new daughters...

It actually happened! We passed court in Ghana on Sept 18! We received a call at 6:40 am telling us the news! The girls are now officially a part of our family! They are now Mitchells! I cannot tell you how thrilled we are to have 2 more daughters! And Abigail is now a big sister!

Next we will travel October 5th to meet them and file paperwork for our visas at the US Embassy in Accra.
We will have to come home after that and wait for their visas and passports to be printed which could take 2-5 months after our visit!  Then we will return to Ghana and bring them home!  .

our daughter, Gina Mitchell

 our daughter, Priscilla Mitchell

Still hard for me to believe this is all happening! In a week and 1/2 we are going to hop on a plane and meet our new daughters! I guess I never really thought it was going to happen! But God has been faithful through it all! Holding me and comforting me during the loss of our Rwanda adoption and now leading us to these precious sisters and giving us joy!  He is amazing!

For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does~ Psalm 33: 4

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. ~Psalm 27:14

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

This is REALLY happening!

We have been waiting for this moment for what seems like forever!  

We have been given and accepted a referral of two little girls! We will have court on September 18!That is less than 2 weeks away! Our lawyer and POA will go to court on our behalf. We pray we will pass court and we will legally be their parents! I have to be honest, I never thought this was actually going to happen and now it looks like it is!  And fast!

We plan to travel over to Ghana in October along with our dear friends the Altlands who have been with us on this journey all along!  While we are there we will get to meet the girls and we will be filing our paperwork for their visas at the US Embassy there.  Then we will return home and wait until we get US approval for the visas.  That can take up to 2-5 months.  After we get their visas we can go back and bring them home!  Yay!

Its hard for me to get overly excited about it all! I'm cautiously optimistic after all that happened with Rwanda. But it is looking very promising!  We covet your prayers on our behalf as we continue on this journey of faith!  Looking forward to what God has in store!

I cannot wait to wrap them in my arms and welcome them to our family as daughters!

Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow ~ Jeremiah 31:13

weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning ~ Psalm 30:5b

Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again Rejoice!~ Philippians 4:4

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our Dossier has arrived in Ghana!

Well we have been very busy this past 2 months changing our home study, changing our I-171h, getting papers ready and notarized and making lots of copies for our dossier.  Once we had our dossier compiled we headed over to our friends the Altlands for a Milestone Dossier BBQ Party!  This time around we have another family to add to our little adoption community that we have met along the way, the Anderers!  We have all been through the 2 years of waiting for Rwanda and now have moved on to Ghana together! Its so great to have friends to go through all this with!  The pictures below are from our time together that night. 

The next morning after our dossier party we mailed our dossier to Hearts4Ghana to be sent to Ghana.  Our representative was headed to Ghana over the weekend and took our dossier with her.  After a canceled flight and a crazy 48 hours of planes trains and automobiles she finally made it to Ghana yesterday.  And she was able to hand our dossier in person to our lawyer.  So our adoption in Ghana has now officially begun!
What a relief!  Looking forward to what will happen next and hope to get a referral in the near future!

 Mason and Abigail

 3 future Ghana Mamas

 the Mitchells

 the Anderers

the Altlands

So now we wait on the LORD and his perfect timing to give us a referral, court date and eventually get to bring our children home!

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. ~ Psalm 27:14

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the LORD more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 
~ Psalm 130: 5-6

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him.  ~ Isaiah 30:18