But Jesus is the resurrection and the life. In that lies our hope.
It has been a crazy week.
Papa's father died suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday. He was a godly man who had his hope in Christ. In that we rejoice. He was kind to everyone he knew. The family and his whole community are mourning the loss.
There is not much more that I am prepared to say about it right now. I am confident that someday we will be able to look back and see, at least to some degree, how his sudden death really was in God's perfect timing. But I don't think that we are supposed to be able to see that now. I think that right now what we are supposed to do is thoroughly cast ourselves upon Jesus.
I am 37 weeks pregnant.
Lord willing, we send our packet to USCIS today.
Saturday will be the memorial service for Papa's dad.
It would be fair to say that the mixture of great joy and great sorrow is very confusing and difficult for us to sort through.
We are praying for Papa's mom, who is obviously grieving a lot, and needs love and support from all sides.
We are praying for the child that I carry, for health for both of us while my body weathers the shock.
We are praying for our USCIS packet, that it will be handled in a timely fashion so that we can move on to dossier material SOON!
In grieving Papa's father, I realized something...
If anything were to happen to Garnet, I wouldn't want to be in emotional limbo. I want to be completely invested.
In order to do that, we are going to start calling her by her first name, the name we will put on her birth certificate.
Meet Ana (short for Anastacia, which means resurrection).
Because Jesus lives, we live. Because Jesus leads us, we love Ana and can't wait to have her home.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”