Saturday, April 3, 2010

Almost There

I'm sitting in the Amsterdam airport at 3:00a.m. Eastern time.  It's morning here and the place is buzzing.  We're at our gate waiting for our flight to Ethiopia.  After all this time of waiting, this moment is here.  It seems surreal.  We have been in the process of adopting our son for almost two years and we are on our way to get him.  Woo-hoo!!!!

We'll be spending Easter morning in Ethiopia. I don't think I'll be forgetting this Easter any time soon.  It has always signified a new beginning for me, but this year, all the more.  This is a new beginning for our family.  The urgency that I feel to get to my son is unparalleled.  I wonder if that isn't how Jesus felt when He knew His arrival on earth and death on the cross would bring restoration and wholeness to a broken world.  Urgency.  I want to run to my son - I can't seem to get there fast enough.  To think that Jesus came to go to the cross for me is astounding.  His love is deeper and wider and more firm than my love for any of my children will ever be. 

His triumph over death equals a new beginning for me.  Every morning, a new chance to walk in light and joy - seeking to know my Savior.  I can't wait to have Tariku home and taking that journey with me.  I can't wait to throw my arms around him and hold him close.  I want to breathe him in, touch his face, hold his hand and whisper "I love you" in his ear.  Crazy to think that's how Jesus feels about me.  That's what He came to do - to breathe life into us, to touch us, to hold our hands each day, to whisper into our hearts. To engulf us in His overwhelming love.

How fitting my scripture of the day was Ephesians 3:16-21:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Thanks for taking this journey with me, friends.  I can't wait to blog more from Ethiopia.  But for now, soak up that crazy love of God that is wider, longer, higher and deeper than anything we can imagine.  He came for us.  Wow.

Happy Easter.


  1. Immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...yes!!! Love you, friend. Happy Easter. Happiest Easter!!

  2. I LOVE you so much and I cannot even begin to tell you how much you are in my thoughts and in my prayers. Sweet Tariku is a lucky, lucky boy. Hugs and Love from the Andrews' 4!

  3. What an amazing time of renewal for you all!! Safe travels and prayers are with you.

  4. Adoption is one of the many amazing ways God gives us to imitate Him...I am SO SO SO SO happy you are on your way to your son, and able to see the connections between Jesus coming for us and you going to ET to receive your son. Happiest of Easters to you Amy!

  5. soooo excited for you guys...can't wait to hear all about it! Love you, sweet friend!!

    HAPPY Easter!!!

  6. God bless! Praying! So happy for you and your renewal!

    Love, Jen

  7. I admire you for so many reasons. You are an AMAZING woman! God is using you to change the lives of so many people, including me. You are inspiring and I am proud to call you a friend! Hope every moment of this trip is burned into your mind and soaked into your soul. Love you guys!

  8. What a wonderful Easter gift this will be! In honor of the best Easter gift that was ever given...a Savior!


  9. Adoption changed our world view and redefined just about everything for us - God is SO PRESENT in the process...

    You guys have a great story - thanks for sharing!