Wow, has it really been three weeks since Alethia and Josh stepped off that airplane?!

I’ve been asked what we are going to do with Alethia’s blog since our overseas process has been completed and she is now home with us.  It seems kind of sad to just stop writing altogether, but I want her story to begin to merge with the rest of our family.  She isn’t living her own story anymore!  She is a Via:)

Josh and I plan on making a blog book of this journey for her, kind of like a baby book since we have one of those for each of our other children.  I would also love to put an update of her on here during special occasions like birthdays, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.

But in the mean time…

I have written and re-written this post a half-dozen times and can’t seem to put into words exactly what I want to express to you.

We basically just want to say thank you.  We just can’t say it enough!

Thank you for caring about our family.  For loving us in the most practical ways.  Many of you sacrificed greatly for us to be able to bring Alethia home.  You sacrificed your time, helping us pull off 3 yard sales, fundraising parties and watching our kids to run around getting piles of paperwork complete.  You sacrificed your finances (some of you over and over again), donating to our adoption.  And those are all things that happened before we even left for Uganda.

Then, you followed us to Uganda.  You couldn’t be there with us but you read our story.  You prayed for us.  You shared our burdens.  You cried with us.  You laughed with us.  You remembered us when we were gone for so long.  You shared our story with your friends and family to help speed our process along, gaining more prayer warriors along the way.  You contacted congressmen, senators, and countless other avenues and resources that we just didn’t have at our own fingertips to help bring our little girl home.  You have supported us in every area and in every way.  You cleaned my house before I flew in with the kids, you offered to watch the kids so I could catch my breathe while Josh was still in Uganda with Alethia.  You stocked our refrigerator and got groceries for us.  You knocked money off of our rent and made yourselves available in so many other ways, offering your friendship and encouragement at the drop of a hat.

I keep thinking of the letters that Paul wrote to the churches that he started, as he continuously thanked God for their perseverance and dedication to God and for their on-going support of him.  That is how we feel and how we want to express our gratitude to you and God.  The Lord placed each one of you in our lives for that time and orchestrated the events to unfold in his perfect plan, using all of us to paint a beautiful picture of what Christ’s church should look like and be.

So, from the bottom of our hearts:

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.  And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace…”

Philippians 1:3-7