Give Thanks

So every Crawford blog entry has a similar beginning…”sorry it has been so long since I have written…” and this one is no different. I am sorry that it has been a while since I updated on here, but we can be like old friends and just pick up where we left off, right?

On Thanksgiving day we received a joyous call right before we gave thanks for our meal. That Thursday will be forever remembered as a day truly full of Thanksgiving. It was a call informing us that we might want to buy a plane ticket and get down to South America soon. 🙂 It was concerning a situation with a 14 month old boy that we had been praying about.  We scrambled around and made plans for care of Jay and Lydia (thank you Grandparents!), leaving our jobs for a while, and packing for 80 degree weather in December.

Getting there we didn’t really have any travel issues, but on the way home it was a different story. We will always be thankful  for a lady name Saidy with US Airways. We had to stay one extra night in Guyana because our flight was cancelled which caused a domino effect of bad traveling issues, but also a sighting of Santa in Guyana.

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While in Guyana this was our view for most of the trip. We stayed in the capital city of Georgetown at the WindJammer Hotel.

IMG_1336Dependence on Him is definitely something that God has been teaching us through this whole process and leaning on fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We had to go to many meetings, medical visits, etc. It was hard not to just be able to hop in our car and drive ourselves to the meetings, which started around a certain time not on an exact time. We had to take off our American watches and relax. 🙂  We had an excellent driver though. He was so kind and took us safely where we needed to go. (Horns are a definite must for your car if you drive in Georgetown.) Here’s a picture of his sweet family. We spent a lot of time in the car so we really got to know him, and he will be a forever friend.

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We got to visit the Ameri-Indian village from where our little guy is from. It is a beautiful place with beautiful people. We even got to have a meeting with the Captain of the village and meet many members of the village. They were very welcoming to us. Most of the members of the village love Jesus which was such a comforting thing.

IMG_1491In fact, the Guyanese Pastor that has been our advocate, friend, tour guide and prayer partner during this  whole adoption process visited the village one year ago. He went there and passed out shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. It was so neat to hear stories about what a difference the shoe boxes really make.

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I keep saying our little guy. I guess I should tell you what we are going to call him…So many passages out of the book of Isaiah have spoken to us through out this whole process so if God allows him to be ours, we will name him Isaiah Rondell Crawford. He is now staying with the Pastor and his sweet family. We are so thankful for this Pastor and all that he has done for us. Our families will be forever linked together. There is much that I left out of our little guy’s story because that is just what it is…his story, not mine, to share over the internet.

It was so hard to leave him in Guyana. It has now almost been a month since we have been home….he is now 15 months old. I miss him so much… it literally hurts my heart.

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We are now waiting on a case number, Adoption Board meeting and court date(s). We are praying that all these things will happen soon. There are several major things on our end that expire in the next few months. Please pray that His will may be done, and that we will have wisdom and discernment in what steps we need to take and which way to walk.

Since we have been home we had the celebration of our Savior’s birth and a great time with family. It was such a blessing to be surrounded by love. Jay and Lydia had a blast with their cousins. I think there is room for at least one more in the mix.

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We rang in the New Year with some extended family. We all know that blood doesn’t always define family and this crew has literally held our hands through this whole adoption process. I can not imagine going through this without these guys.

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In fact, many of you that are even reading this long post have been such a blessing to us during this process. I have saved every note of encouragement and have marveled at your generosity. Our family is so grateful and thankful for you. I ask that you continue to lift us up in your prayers. We are like a sad country song around here lately…Ben has a horrible case of stress-induced shingles on his face/eye (kind of looks like he was in a bad fight) and some other darts have been thrown our way, but we know that He is in control. Lydia came downstairs the other night and said, “Maybe we should write Romans 12:12 on our chalkboard wall…” It says “Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes. Pray at all times.”  Thanks, Lydia…that is just what we will do. 🙂

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