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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

He Gives and Takes Away

Whew - what a whirlwind week. My blogging break came at just the right time...but as you can see, I can't seem to keep away. :)

Last Saturday, a dear Christian sister passed away after a two-year battle with lung cancer (never a smoker - not that that makes lung cancer ok). She was originally given 6 months to live, but kept on kicking on sheer humor and hope for an extra 18 months! She leaves behind a loving husband and two children: 10 and 13. I was able to make it to Hospice before she passed away - unfortunately she was not conscious, but we hope she was able to hear us. She passed into the arms of her Savior peacefully and surrounded by family and friends - literally. Sunday's church service was so emotional and heart-wrenching. But today we had a wonderful funeral service and reception to celebrate her life...and while we grieve her loss in our lives, we are joyous for her passage into eternal life!

Then as we were making plans for the reception fast and furious yesterday, we got a phone call from our adoption agency - WE HAVE A DAUGHTER! She is a baby and that is about all we know right now. We are waiting on further info (medical info, birth info, etc), but she looks really plump and healthy! Her Ghanaian name would be Adjoa (they base names on the birth day of the week - she was born on a Monday), so that is what I'll call her on the blog. I wish I could post photos, but I can't do that until the adoption is final. Trust me when I say she is really, really says her proud Forever Mama.

My Dear Neighbor noted earlier this week (Sunday was it?) that she wouldn't be at all surprised if in the midst of this grief of losing our friend, we'd get our referral...the Lord takes away with one hand and gives with the other. And so He has.

By the way - Peter Piper's Picks will probably be taking a break this week, too. With the busy-ness of preparing for the funeral and getting the paperwork together and in the mail yesterday for this referral...just haven't been keeping up with much blog reading.

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Megan said...

Yay! Congrats on your big news! I can't wait to see photos once you are all in the clear!

And at the same time, I'm sorry for your loss.

MomCO3 said...

Ooo, congratulations! Sometimes the fullness and the grief come together, don't they? I'll be praying specifically for your daughter (and family'es) transition. Blessings!

MagistraCarminum said...

This is fabulous news, Kerry! Congratulations on that baby!
Chris in NM

Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

You really are having an up and down year, aren't you! I'm sorry for your loss and thrilled for your addition.

At A Hen's Pace said...


I am so sorry about your loss--and so happy for your news!!!

I finally announced the Carnival, too. I'm sorry to be so belated...I got really bogged down with another computer project!



Mrs. Smith said...

Jeanne told us of your baby girl from Ghana! Praise God. We can't wait to meet her online :).

Momma Smith