Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Welcome Home Ava Grace Delk

 He is before ALL things, and in Him all things hold together - Col 1:17

This is a verse I prayed over Will and Susan's adoption many, many times. We knew He was before them in this process and He alone would unite them to Ava. Watching the Lord work on her behalf was amazing and humbling. He alone is worthy of the praise! Ava Grace coming home has been a LONG TIME COMING. I'll never ever forget Susan texting me a picture of their newly matched daughter from South Korea. She was a chunky, beautiful little girl with the best little cheeks and pony tail I had ever seen.

Susan and Will started the adoption process a few months prior, and by God's grace, He lead them to Ava. (you may remember this adoption announcement! Praise the Lord he closed the Thailand door and lead them to South Korea and Ava!!)  For a little over a year, they pursued her, fought for her, prayed for her, and endured long long months of waiting. Their families and our church rallied behind them to help with fundraising. Yardsales, multiple t-shirt sales, bake sales, paintings and watercolors sold, grants awarded, and a widow's home renovated for sponsorship, whatever fundraising it took to bring her home, Will and Susan did it! And God was faithful and provided all of their costs!!

Watching Susan and Will endure this year plus wait was encouraging to say the least. They never lost faith in the Lord and the trusted him wholeheartedly. We saw him move in mighty, mighty ways for Ava Grace to come home. And after many, many prayers and months of waiting and paperwork, it was finally time to go get her!

Seeing them as a family of three at the airport was just too much. We all cried, praised the Lord, and marveled at His goodness in bringing her home! Sweet girl, you are so loved.

Waiting before they arrived-

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Family waiting!
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Bless her sweet heart she was exhausted from all the traveling, but HOORAY for sleeping toddlers on long flights!! Such grace from God!
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Seeing Susan as a momma just brought so tears to my eyes. I loved watching Susan love her.
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Ava has style!
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Meeting friends!!
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LOOK AT HER FACE! I MEAN LOOK AT HER FACE!! I can't handler her!!!
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Be still my heart!
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Susan's family brought a balloon and Ava was mesmerized.
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My goodness. PRAISE THE LORD!!!
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Susan is happy to report that Ava Grace is doing great! She is adjusting well so far and really thriving in their home! Thank you to everyone for your countless prayers to bring this girl home! Please keep lifting the Delk family up as they help Ava transition!

Ava Grace Delk, WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
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