It blows our mind to think that 6 years ago our Baby Girl was born in Guatemala. It had been a long wait and we were scheduled to take a mission team in June of that year. I begged God to let our baby be born before we got there so that I could hold her. I was pretty irritated that He had not "listened" to me. Of course David said there was no way we could lead a team, knowing that our baby was there at Hannah's Hope. How could we focus?
All along I had asked God to give us some sort of "sign" - something really cool that would let us know that He had chosen her specifically for us. On the last day of the mission trip we were driving from Lake Atitlan back to Guatemala City. Although I didn't know her birthmom at the time, I felt this strong urge to pray for her. I just couldn't shake it. When we got home we learned that Caroline had been born that afternoon.
God always knows best. Waiting for anything is hard. But later I am usually able to see that He was orchestrating something beautiful. And He was not bothered by my impatience.
You should see her face when we remind her that we (and 2 other teams of people from our area) were in Guatemala the day she was born. I think she gets it on some level too. That she was created specifically for us!
"For you created my inmost being: you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I priase you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
Happy Birthday Caroline!