Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Psalm 103
We received word today that we passed the final civil ruling. We are overwhelmed and abundantly grateful for this precious, wonderful, life changing news. As of yesterday, we also have our final USCIS approval so there is nothing left except our interview with the American Institute in Taiwan while in country and some final paperwork to bring our sweet baby home. We’re still awaiting travel dates and may hear something this week. As I type I’m listening to Wheeler bellow How Firm A Foundation over his Ancient Egypt coloring book.
How firm a foundation ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
my grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply;
the flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake!
Our hearts are soaring and we are filled with hope for the days and weeks and months ahead. Thank you, thank you for waiting and praying with us. Wheeler is now singing Let’s Go Fly A Kite and is discussing which key to sing it in with Tommy so I’ll just leave it at that.
Betsy is relieved to be older than George again after turning three
Waiting to pick out ballet shoes on her third birthday with cousin Annie
Celebrating Tommy’s emerging reading skills
First day of school 2017 (3rd, 1st, K4, and Along for the ride) #missingonemore