Friday, April 15, 2011

And We Are Filled With JOY!

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are filled with joy.
(Ps 126:1-3)


Yesterday, we saw our daughter's sweet face. Yes, you read that right. WE GOT OUR REFERRAL!!! In a perfect moment, all four of us sat on the couch and opened it together, and fell in love. She's beautiful. She's tiny. She has the biggest brown eyes you've ever seen. She is a good and perfect gift from our Father.

When I saw her picture, I recognized her. Not as though I had seen her before. I dreamed of plenty of faces, but none of them hers. But I knew when I saw her that she was ours, that she is just the one God has chosen for us. I really recognized that sweet little girl, and it was amazing. I don't think any of us have stopped grinning.

We will be meeting our daughter in a few weeks (details to come!!), and be home with her sometime in May. May!!!

The boys are enamored with their sister. Iain, after grinning and saying it's time to leave and go get her, said seriously, "I like the dress. Do we get to keep the dress, too?" Cory said, "I think we should name her Beautiful Baby Sister," to which Iain replied, "I don't think she'd like that name forever." And then this morning, the boys went over to the computer (not knowing I was watching) and looked at her picture again. Iain said, "Isn't she just the sweetest little cucumber?" :)

Baby girl, we love you and we are so happy to have you. We'll see you soon!!

29 comments:

Christa said...

So excited for you and your family! Can't wait to hear more about your journey and see pictures (when you're able to post).

Phyllis said...

SO, so, so excited for you!!!! Didn't I dream last year that you got to go get her in May? I was only a (LONG) year off in my dreaming. :-)

Is that really her little hand in the picture?

Kat said...

Yay! Congrats!!! So exciting!! If you don't mind me asking...how long was it between your approval and referral? We were approved 4/5 so I'm just curious :)
www.heartsforrwanda.blogspot.com
katarrack (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!

Carrie said...

Congratulations! All the best for speedy and smooth travel!

Mrs said...

Could not even read this through the tears. Allie! Jeremy! God said YES!!!

Lindy said...

I am SOOOOO excited to meet this sweet, sweet girl! She is just perfect! <3

Heidi said...

YAY!!!!! so excited for you guys! I can't wait to see her in your arms.. in only a month .. I'll be praying

Hollie said...

Congratulations....that little hand looks so tiny:) Can I ask how old she is (don't know if you are allowed to disclose that or not!)? Best wishes for your journey to Rwanda!

The Curious Georges said...

We are so excited you and your family get to meet your baby girl soon! God is so good! :)

My Chick Chat 247 said...

Congrats! Many blessings as you prepare for your little girl.
becca
the5wells.blogspot.com

Vanessa said...

Congratulations! I know this has been long-awaited!!!

Cristy said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS!
I always get very excited when I hear of referals, but couldn't help just wailing at the news of yours. God is so good. Words can't describe how happy I am for you! (And what a precious little hand!)

Courtney said...

yay!!! you've waited so long...and here she is. the ONE you've been waiting for!!!

annie said...

ALLIE!

Tears are streaming, hands are clapping.....

We couldn't be more excited for you. Oh Brannons! We love you, all of you, all FIVE of you!

Oh I hope there's a big homecoming party!

Rejoicing, praising, happy happy with you.

Mrs. R said...

Glory Hallelujah!! The day we have been praying for has come.

We are absolutely thrilled for you,
Phil and Kathy

becoming 7 said...

congratulations!

Sheri said...

So excited for your referral! We can't wait to meet her (and you)when we travel!!!

-Sheri
AW Family

Laurel Greer said...

we are so so thankful!!!! Can't wait until you have her HOME!

movingbackward said...

Caiden- "She's just a precious little punkin!"
Addison- "Can we kiss her?"

Hmm, Caiden and Iain and their veggies....=)

And I haven't stopped smiling all night- and singing the Scripture you posted in her announcement. Do you know that song? If not, I'll dig it up and send it your way. I think it's an old Passion song.

Dancing, dancing in His grace!!! We love you!!
~shae

Tali Rose said...

Allie, this got the tears working. The boys sound so hilariously precious, and I'm so excited you're finally getting your daughter!

God is good all the time. All the time God is good-because that is his nature! (As the Kenyans taught me to shout. =])

Tali Rose said...

Allie, this got the tears working. The boys sound so hilariously precious, and I'm so excited you're finally getting your daughter!

God is good all the time. All the time God is good-because that is his nature! (As the Kenyans taught me to shout. =])

Christina said...

YIPEE!! Many prayers for you as you begin this next chapter of knowing who your daughter is, and finally bringing her home. Ups and downs will most likely still come, but so many more ups than downs as you bring her home. I am THRILLED for you guys! Let me know if you need me for anything!

MotherMotherOcean said...

Mazel tov.

Lauren said...

PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE THE LORD! I am crying happy tears for the Brannon family! We are REJOICING!!!

gerretsen-unger said...

Congratulations on your referral! Would you be willing to share when you received your nonobjection letter and what number dossier you were? So wonderful for you and your family!!

Allie said...
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Raquel said...

Words cannot express how incredibly happy I am for you and your family! I can't wait to see pictures of her!

Rachel Coile said...

That is wonderful news! I am so happy for you all. Those lil boys' of yours are going to make perfect brothers for her. :)

La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life said...

Congrats! You have walked such a long road. Blessings to you as you take the next step. Such a beautiful thing. :)