Running For Our Daughter

It’s that time of year again!!

Time for me to post numerous times on Facebook and our blog how amazing the Chosen Marathon is. Time for me to remind people of the Top 10 reasons to join Team Millican for the Chosen Marathon. Time for me to wake up early at least four three days a week to begin training. Time for friends to get excited because we get to spend time together training and an even better time cheering one another on and accomplishing our goal together on race day.

HOWEVER, this year will be different. This year will be better. Because this year we have a face!

November 21, I will be able to gaze at the picture of a specific little baby in Ethiopia as I run the Chosen Marathon.

This year Team Millican will cross the finish line knowing we did it for her. To bring her home. Our beautiful daughter. 

Also, this year’s 6th annual Chosen Marathon will be the best yet as the Chosen team has made a couple of changes. There are now more options for participating (see below), and the course has changed. The half marathon now has nine miles of river-front view and is a straight course with no turn around. In addition, this year’s race day is November 21, a month later than previous years. This allows everyone more time to train, cooler temperatures and we will all be in excellent shape before the holiday feasts!

Although we are months away from bringing our daughter home 🙁 (there are many steps for the US and Ethiopian governments to finish), we are preparing now for that long-awaited phone call for our court date in Ethiopia. Most families have to buy very last minute, extremely expensive plane tickets to Ethiopia because they are given very short notice for traveling (like sometimes just 5 days notice!) So we are saving and raising money for that moment. And the Chosen Marathon is helping us do just that!

*Every penny of registration fees goes directly to our adoption fund when you select Team Millican. And there are many ways to participate this year:

5 K – *A new option this year!

Half Marathon

Full Marathon

Sleep Walkers – Want to help but not a runner? Register to donate and sleep in!

Kids Fun Run – 1/3 mile, for kids age 12 and under. **See website for more details.

Virtual Runners – A new option this year! Want to run but can’t make it to New Braunfels? Run 13.1 miles anywhere in the world between Nov. 1 – Dec. 1. **See website for more details.

It is going to be an emotional yet fantastic day that I can not wait to experience with friends and other adoptive families from around the nation. It is a incredible event and I hope as many friends participate as possible. The Chosen Marathon is the prettiest race in Texas for the most wonderful of causes!

You can register here:

http://www.chosenmarathon.com/

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His Beautiful Plan: An Update on the Twins!

Since we first learned of their precious lives last December, the twins have been covered in prayer. Brett and I are so grateful for our friends and family that have continued praying for them since our difficult decision to let them go and believing for God to match them with the perfect family.

We are ecstatic to say the twins are being adopted by a WONDERFUL couple!

It is perfect, God is So Good! 

I saw the post on our adoption agency’s FB group last week that a new family has chosen to adopt the twins. I found Brett doing yard work and I just sobbed in his chest. To be honest, my tears were a strange mixture of tears of joy, because our prayers had been answered, and yet tears of sadness because it was a further realization that we really had let go of two precious children and would never experience our dream of holding them in our arms. Love is so precious yet sometimes so painful. I shared with Brett what I learned about this sweet couple (by checking them out on FB of course): they love Jesus and they do not have any children as of yet! We rejoiced knowing this is exactly what we had been praying for the twins.

I decided to FB message this new mommy-to-be. I wanted to congratulate her and her husband, introduce myself, let her know how deeply loved the twins are and how they have been covered in prayer by friends and family around the country. With overwhelming emotions and my heart racing, I hit send not knowing what her response would be.

The following morning I received the most loving, heart-felt response back from this precious mommy-to-be. With tears streaming down my face, I read her words and in the most loving, meaningful way, God confirmed that our difficult decision was the right one. God is in the details and as always, He has a plan.

With her permission, I wanted to share a snip-it of her email to me because it displays God’s goodness and faithfulness in the midst of this difficult journey. In response to my message she wrote:

“Thank you for reaching out and sharing this with us. I am sure it wasn’t the easiest thing to do….I liken it to what a birth-mother feels as she has to make that heart-breaking decision even though she knows it is the right one. Just like in a situation with a birth-mother we are forever grateful that you followed God’s leading in the midst of the difficulty of it……..

We knew when we saw their file that these were the children God had planned for us before we even started this journey. Know that the twins will be very loved and well taken care of….We will also make sure they know they are deeply loved by Jesus; I know that He has great plans for them. We can’t wait to be parents!

I also wanted to share with you about something I read in your recent blog post. The verse you posted at the bottom that you felt God has led you to and one that you were holding onto is the very same verse that my husband and I both wrote in our prayer journals earlier this year and that we had also been praying over our adoption journey…..There is no doubt in my mind that God has been Sovereign in this from the very beginning. Even though it looked different than probably both of our families would have ever imagined…”

How amazing is that?!? Instantly, the peace of God flooded my heart and soul. Our God is in the business of mending broken hearts and “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecc. 3:11).

Brett and I have no doubt that God has chosen this precious couple and is knitting together this family. God has been, and will continue, orchestrating both of our adoption journeys. The mommy-to-be and I have been emailing back and forth and it has been a joy to see the love of Christ shining through her words and in their story. This husband and wife are going to be amazing parents!

Reading about their story of accepting the twins’ referral is wonderful. You can follow their adoption journey here: http://www.reepsadoptionjourney.blogspot.com/

I can not wait for the day we will get to see pictures of them holding the twins in their arms and loving them with the same Jesus love we had always dreamed of giving them someday ourselves!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

 

*EXCITING News to Share*

This past month has been an emotional roller coaster at times but we have been surrounded by such love and God is certainly healing our hearts.

I am thrilled to say that we received a phone call from our adoption agency with another referral! We were surprised and excited to receive a call so quickly, we prayed and we have peace to move forward.

We have been matched with a PRECIOUS BABY GIRL

She is adorable and has captivated our hearts. We absolutely can not WAIT to get our arms around her. I wish I could post her pictures, she is so beautiful.

After first receiving the phone call about baby girl, Brett and I were cautiously excited. Brett and I were guarding our hearts after what we just went through. It is reminiscent of the emotions we had years ago after experiencing a miscarriage, and then shortly after, finding out I was pregnant again. While still mourning our loss, we were excited about the possibility of another life to celebrate. At that time, and much like now, we were cautiously excited and fighting against fearful thoughts. But God knew what He was doing back then, and 9 months later we held Ethan in our arms and we can’t imagine our family without him.  God knows what He is doing this time as well!

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS:

Sending in our new referral acceptance paperwork.
Sending in our new referral acceptance paperwork.

Please pray for our baby girl. Pray that she receives eye contact and affection from the orphanage nannies every day. Please pray she is comforted when she cries or does not feel well. The orphanage nannies are very loving and sweet, but there are a lot of babies to care for. Please pray for the remainder of the process for us to bring baby girl home. We have a long way to go and our hearts are ready to have her home now. Please pray for a miracle here.

We know some are wondering, will we adopt a little boy (or another child) in the future? Probably. We plan to, but we will adjust to adding baby girl to our family and then pray about the next steps for the future. As always, God has a fantastic plan and we trust He will reveal it in His timing.

**Also, there is a beautiful update on the twins. We can’t wait to share in our next post!

Thank you so much for your continued love and support through our adoption journey!