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Apr 16, 2011

Adoption Update and Urgent Request

From Michelle:

Abby Update: Today I am taking Abby to her monthly post chemo check up. For most of the month we are focused on living life and being a family. Today, Abby will see kids who are in the midst of a battle that she remembers all too well. Please say an extra prayer for those kids and their families. I will let you know Abby's test results later tonight. Abby looks great. We expect nothing but good reports, but we will never tire of getting good news.

Adoption update:

After 3 adoptions I thought we had this thing down. I was wrong. Brent and I typically make decisions very quickly and never look back. This time we made lots of decisions that we thought made sense but never felt a peace about going forward (sending them the big bucks) . Several agencies closed programs or changed parameters right when we were praying about moving forward with them.

I have been watching people flock to agencies I love. The waiting lists have been growing exponentially. While I love knowing that so many families are stepping forward to adopt children who need a family, I didn't feel we should wait years for a child when so many orphans need a family today.

Finally we are moving forward. Our request to adopt should be with our foreign facilitator THIS week. They have 2 months to make their decisions but we are hoping it is much sooner.

Our kids are bouncing off the walls excited. They can't wait to meet their new brother or sister. Abby is still praying daily for a baby brother and Hannah wants a little sister. Landis just wants to finally be a BIG brother.

Thank you for praying for our growing family.

I can't believe how grown up Abby looks.

Still playing picture catch up. We are trying hard to eat healthier. I was thankful
that she loved the pencils and ignored the candy. Healthy eating and a public
school education seems like an impossible combination some times.

Five is such a sweet age. Landis wanted me to meet all of his friends.
I can't wait to watch him take on the role of big brother.


Would you please pray for and get the word out about a very special little boy. He desperately needs a "Ukraine paper ready" family to commit to adopt him immediately. Please pray that his dreams come true.


Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

So excited for you as you step forward on this next step of your journey. Prayers!!

Shonni said...

I am so glad for your next adoption!!! How exciting.
The pictures of the children are so beautiful. Abby looks so good!

Kat said...

Oh! Happy dance!!! We are getting together our dossier for our sweet angel in China as we speak! SOOO happy for you!!!!!!!

Bobbie Bailey said...

Praying for the little boy to be adopted immediately. Praying for good results for sweet Abby. Praying the Lord directs you & Brent to the child who needs you.

You guys are amazing.
Bobbie B.

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

PRAYING that God leads you to your child through whatever means necessary :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will never get tired seeing Abby smile with gusto!!!! Makes my heart happy :)

Holly said...

Been praying for Vanya here too. Surely someone will go, someone ready...surely!
So is it a secret where your next treasure is coming from?!!?
So good to see Abby looking so big :) God is still a God of miracles!!

Anonymous said...

Abby looks so healthy and happy! My 6 year old daughter, also from Guatemala, checks your blog all the time for new pictures of Abby. She has been growing her hair for a while and tells everyone who is willing to listen that she is going to donate it to help kids "like Abby". She loves seeing pictures of your other children too as she is an only child and sometimes longs for a sibling. We are praying about your adoption journey and know that God is good and it will happen in His time!
Lisa and Ava

Anonymous said...

Hi, Praying that Abby's appointment went very well and will pray about your newest adoption. What a blessing.


Kelli said...

So excited for you all!!! I can't imagine how grueling and stressful the process is, but I look forward to seeing a new member of the Briggs family in the hopefully near future! Yay!!!

Heather said...

Praying everything went well for Abby! Praying God works with the adoption agencies and you can bring home your new blessing soon!

Continuing to pray for Vanya!

ajnrileysmommy said...

i haven't come to this blog for a while, just got such a huge smile on my face looking at how beautiful and healthy abby looks!
i have prayed for your family many times. you are such a blessing and encouragement to me!
have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said...

I too haven't stopped by your blog lately but have also been praying for you and am so excited to read about your adoption moving forward. I would so love to adopt again but at this time isn't the direction God has in our cards. We have "adopted" a couple of families through World Vision and our kids are enjoying making those connections. Prayers for Abby's checkup to be flawless!


Susie said...

Look at Ms. Abby, you would never know her journey. Big shout out the our God!!!!