1800/9300 – “The Birth Certificate Is In!” (01/06/15)

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“Birth certificate is in! We have and appointment to apply for Isaac’s passport at 9am tomorrow. We are beyond thrilled!”

These were the very first words that I read the morning of January 6, 2015. And they were really, really beautiful words to read.

My close friends Lauren and Bill Kamps have been in the process of adopting a young, African child for the longest of times, and the fact that they are inching closer and closer to making their dream and their passion a true reality warms my heart in every facet.

I still remember when Lauren was pregnant with their first child, Cara. They were so happy to bring this great, young child into the world. And not soon after Cara’s birth, I remember them speaking of adopting a young child from Africa. It seems like yesterday, but Lord knows that they have been fighting and praying for years to get a child like Isaac. And now, it’s happening.

It was a couple years ago, I was talking with Bill about the adoption process, and at the time, they were feeling a little down because they weren’t exactly sure whether their dream would ever become a reality. I remember telling Bill that I just knew that they’d be successful. It was just a gut feeling, a feeling that I just knew was true. And thankfully, it was.

My 300 words today are dedicated to Bill, Lauren, Cara and Isaac. I love each and every one of you, and I am so happy that you are finally getting the happiness that your family has fought for for so long. You have all taught me that God has a plan for everyone, and while it may not be clear at times, He always comes through when you need him the most.

I’m so happy. Congratulations 🙂

EXTRA WORDS: I want to leave you with some extra words. On the Kamps’ blog, they put up the lyrics to a Ginny Owens song – lyrics that I want to share with all of you as well. (CLICK HERE to read all of the latest adoption updates.)

“Cause I’m not who I was when I took my first step … and I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet … So if all of these trials that bring me closer to You … Then I will go through the fire if you want me to … And it may not be the way I would’ve chosen … When you lead me through a world that’s not my home … But you never said it would be easy … You only said I’d never go alone.”

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