Feb 24, 2010

OH How He Loves Us!

There is a song by the Dave Crowder band titled "Oh How He Loves Us!" The song has been stuck in my head all day. The reason, well that requires a story.

The couple in the pic above with Le and I are the Savages. Six months ago, we didn't know them. Six months later, I couldn't imagine our lives without knowing them. I met Amy in August for a fundraiser for Children's Hopechest. She opened her home to me in Cincy for the weekend and she gained fully access to my heart. She is sweet like old fashioned candy, so sweet it puckers your cheeks and you wonder if she's for real but so real you feel like telling her your deepest, darkest secrets because there is no judgment. She is a mommy to two home-grown GORGEOUS angels and the wife of the very adorable man next to Le. Ben is the kind of man you want your daughters to marry. The kind of man that makes you feel comfortable in his presence, like he should be reading you a bed time story or making you belly laugh for no good reason.

Amy and I had a lot to talk about. We were both going to be adopting from Ethiopia. We spent late nights online chatting and talking on the phone. The Savages came to OKC in December, two days after they received their referral for their sweet son, Tariku and five days after Le and I had accepted the referral for Alazar and Ruta. We began joking that weekend how cool it would be to travel to Ethiopia together. Since we are both with different agencies, the idea was laughable.

But as Le and I began to plan our trip to Ethiopia, we talked about how amazing it would be to travel with another couple who were adopting. Someone who could take pics for us and we could return the favor and a couple that would understand our desire to visit all the orphanages in Ethiopia instead of all the museums. Amy and I talked more and more and began openly praying that we would travel together. I admit, I felt a bit guilty. With all that is going on in the world, travelling with a friend to Ethiopia, seemed like a silly request, but Amy and I wanted our trip to be more than two friends travelling to pick up their babies; we wanted it to be a trip to glorify our God.

Last week, when Le and I passed court, I continued to pray that all of the paperwork needed for finalize the Savages' adoption would fall into place. Today, as I sat at my desk, Amy called to tell me that they were leaving for Ethiopia...on EXACTLY the day that Le and I are!!!! We are going to be there to see them welcome sweet Tariku into their arms. And they are going to be there for us as we love on Ruta and Alazar for the first time.

Tonight, I am reminded that our God delights in big miracles, but He also delights in performing small miracles for us, His children. OH, How HE loves us!!!!!!

P.S. there is also another girl that is making this trip, but her story deserves it's own post!

18 comments:

JG said...

How sweet! Can't wait to see you together with your children :)

Anonymous said...

God is AWESOME!!!
Congrats.....

Gail said...

That is so cool!

Amy said...

Linz...You are way too kind. :) I am still GIDDY with excitement over the fact we will be there to witness this precious moment of meeting our children together. AHHHH! Ben and I are so grateful for the absolute privilege of knowing you and Le and getting to travel together. This journey has been an amazing one and I just can't believe how GOOD God is. He didn't have to make this happen this way, but He did. I love you sister, and can't wait to hug your neck in Ethiopia. :)

Brett and Micah said...

sniff sniff...that is fantastic!

Theresa said...

That is so wonderful! I just love stories like this. I'm so glad it worked out for the two of you to travel together. God is good!

Beautiful Mess said...

This blesses my heart! Praise God I am so happy for both of you!

I love Amy Savage and I am so thankful God gave you each this gift!

Praying fro you both! Jen

Erin Moore said...

OH HOW HE LOVES US!

So excited I can barely breathe.

-"Another girl"

xoxoxo

Mark and Heidi said...

That made me teary! Adoption friends are amazing gifts. So happy for you guys!!

Charity Hildebrand said...

Just wanted to say hi and that your kids are just adorable! I think I may have stumbled across your blog before, but didn't comment. How awesome that you will get to meet your kids so SOON! YEAH!

Mrs. McGoo said...

I LOVE how our Lord cares for the desires of our hearts! Oh, He is good to us! Awesome!

Gayla said...

that is so amazingly special and cool!!! way to go, God!!! and maybe i'll be able to meet these awesome people too since we'll all be there together! :-)

Leslie said...

That is so awesome. It is so stunning the connections that run through the adoption community.

Kristy -Mom To 9 Blessings said...

Oh...how BIG and AMAZING is our God?!?!?!?! HE knows the desires of our heart! What a great and sweet story! Happy travels!!!!
Blessings,
Kristy

Chatter said...

Hi Lindsey, Just wanted to say hello after seeing you tonight. Congrats again on the referral. I am SO excited for you to meet your little ones. I'll definitely be stopping by again soon!

Chandra

jamullins said...

Awesome news!! God does care about the "little things" too! Good to see you at The Queen! Can't wait to meet your precious kids!!

emily said...

Only God!!!!

Brandi said...

I JUST read this post...

Can I say that is the best description I've ever read of Ben and Amy Savage??? PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

I love you dearly and can't WAIT to hear about your trip and see those beautiful kiddos of yours.

Love you
B