Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Breathe. Deep.

We are leaving for China in 12 days!

Can you see my eyes? They look like that deer I almost hit last night that crossed in front of my car! My good friend Page said it best: "I'm praying for you Laine - maybe the deer incidents was a message from God...to say...don't act like a "Deer in Headlights" keep moving - don't stop and panic! He's in control and I'm definitely praying that you NOT PANIC...I will panic for you if you want me to carry that burden" What a great friend to panic for me! ;)

Please as the Lord reminds you, please please pray for Candace. She is about to experience a deep loss. How her heart will hurt. Please pray for God to heal her broken heart, and give her a peace that passes all understanding. Remember her foster mother too. I know you will.

For months we have prayed that God would prepare Candace for this transition into our family. We have prayed He would prepare us too. In the last few weeks He has been preparing us, and it's not like He's preparing us for a vacation folks, I must tell ya. Every little thing He brings to us seems to be preparing us for a storm... I'm not being pessimistic. I'm just saying that we have read more Bible verses, devotions, friends stories who have adopted older children, heard sermons, etc. and they all point to trouble, storms, and fellowship in Christs sufferings. I know He is equipping us, and I pray we are ready!

If the Lord lays on your heart a verse for us, will you please either email us or leave it in the comments? We are documenting all the ways God is speaking to us, and are taking these stories, words, verses to China with us, and would love to print out verses to hang around us in our hotel room. Thank you SO much. We know nothing can encourage nor sustain like God's Word can!

And to all my bloggy friends, I am DYING to sit down and catch up on all your posts. So don't give up on me! You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I love you all!!!!!!!

Oh, and we will have Joe and Jennifer at myadoptionwebsite.com do our travel site again, just like last time. It will be password protected, so as soon as it is up and running we will put that information here for you to journey to China with us! We need you! I hate to sound needy, but I need yall again!!!!!! Your comments while we were in China were like fresh air to me and Rob. God really used you all to encourage us...words just cannot express what it was like to be able to hear from yall. I do thank God for each of you. You are gifts to our family.

More to come...must. breathe. deep.

56 comments:

ethel said...

I can't believe that I am the first to post to your wonderful news, I am so excited, I want to jump up and down. I can't wait to follow your journey thru China this time. How exciting for Kimmie and Quan to be able to go back, it will be interesting to see if they remember their homeland. I pray for safe journey and I know that your four older kiddos will be well taken care of. Can't wait to see Candace. Love you all so much, Ethel

Linda said...

I'm SO glad I checked your site before I went to bed. Even though you received your TA, I guess I didn't comprehend how quickly things would move. YEAH!!! I have a wonderful verse for you, but I'll have to send it in the morning. Bob is in bed, and I'm typing on the computer in our bedroom, so I don't think he would appreciate it if I turned on the lights :) !!

You can bet that I'll keep you in my prayers, and I'll have the girls join in too.

Family4Liv said...

Hi BREATHE,

We seem to be in a similiar state, sorry for being so MIA lately. Yes we will go through some growing pains but soon will see the blessings. Remember the first three months are a roller coaster of emotions, regardless!! We will endure becuase our God is our strength!!! Soon we could never imagine life without our kids...

Lifitng you all up to our father,

Cathy Z.

Walker said...

Wow! I can't believe that time has come!! I can not WAIT.. gotta go mark my calendar! ;) Matt & I will be praying for you.. & don't panic. God will get you there... just when He needs you there!
Candance will be fine... how can she Not love you guys?!... I spent a whole 20mins with ya & loved your spunk and Zest for Life! You are a wonderful Mom and she will quickly see how Blessed she is. Just as you have seen how blessed you are to have her!
Blessings my friend,
Praying for you!!!
love,
Keisha

The Princess's Mommy said...

OH.MY.GOSH. 12 days!!!! Oh Laine, I am praying and praying for all of you, but especially for sweet Candace. I can't wait to follow your journey. I can't wait to see her sweet little face. Oh I just can't wait!!!!

Love you,
Monica

We leave for SC in 14 days, so I guess now I'll be taking the laptop with me just to be able to see you while we're gone!!!

Leighboe said...

"THE WILL OF GOD WILL NEVER TAKE YOU WHERE THE GRACE OF GOD WILL NOT PROTECT YOU!"

I know it's not a Bible verse, but it's gotten me through some stuff and hopefully it'll help y'all some, too! I was awake around 3 this morning with Candace and her foster family on my mind, and actually said a prayer for all of them and y'all, too.
Kimmie and Quan will help her transition, I feel sure of it. I think y'all are doing the right thing (and don't we know that the right thing is rarely the easy thing!).
I love y'all, Laine!

Desiree said...

Praying for you Laine!! God will work everything out and Candace will be with you soon!! I would love to follow your journey!! In my heart I would love to adopt an older wc. (if I didn't have a RDH!!)

Nicole said...

LAINE!!! YEAH!!! So happy for you! Emailing you now!
:-)
-Nicole
leaving in 2 day for Logan!!!

Sherri said...

Wow--12 days! Start packing!

You know I'll be here praying 'round the clock. I think it's wise of you to pick up on what God is preparing you for.....be prepared! That sweet girl will be fine.

And so will you!

sherri

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

Still reeling in the excitement over here!!!!!!!!!! I have not been going about my day and come across something and think, that might be a good thing for Laine to take to China. The kid will like that for the plane.. or Candace would think that was cool. I have the Ferrills on the brain! I am so stinkin' excited!!!!!! I wish I could go with you! ;)

You know I will be praying and cheering you on. And it makes my heart smile so BIG when I think about all the friends you have here who will be doing the same. WE got your back girl!

Lots of Hugs and Lots of Love!

:)
Amie

Linda said...

Okay - it's morning, Bob is out of bed, and I can finally turn on the lights and pass on to you the verse I mentioned last night. Let me tell you that during the last few days before Bob went to get Joanna, I suddenly got cold feet and wondered what in the world we were doing. I came across this verse on someone else's blog, and it was one of those "God moments." I knew God was speaking to me and my situation.

"But the righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." -Hebrews 10:38, 39

I hope it is a blessing to you as much as it was to me! I love you!

Rhonda Bryant said...

WOW!! Laine, how exciting!!!

"God doesn't call the equipped. He equips those that answer the call." I saw this quote and wanted to share it!

I know God is going to equip you and Rob with everything you need for this journey to Candace. We are praying for her, her foster mom, and for your family as you all prepare for these exciting days ahead! How wonderful she will be here for the holidays!!

Praying!
Love,
Rhonda

Steve and Jan said...

Laine,

These are two of my favorites. Hope they help. You and your family are always in our prayers.

We love you!
Jan

Psalm 91
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."




Psalm 121
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

living4him5 said...

I'm lifting you all in prayer! I will keep precious Candace near and dear in my heart. I know it's going to be difficult for her, it just breaks my heart thinking about it. I also know the Lord has a wonderful plan for this angel and her new family. GOD IS IN CONTROL. Don't panic my friend, we're all here praying for you and loving you all!

12 DAYS!!!!

Hugs and love,
Amy

Robyn said...

Laine I cannot believe ya'll leave in 12 days. You seemed to holding it together pretty good last night at dance. I thought of this verse that Annabelle learned in AWANA:

Deut. 31:6
Be stong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.

Everything is in His perfect plan. We will pray for you guys and also Candace that the transition is a smooth as possible. We will also pray for her sweet foster mom who's heart will also be sad for losing her.
Like Rhonda said God will equip you guys with everything you need and He is in total control.
We love you guys!!
Robyn

Aimee said...

The Weathers family has got your back. Count us in on being your prayer warrior.

Can't wait to follow your journey. I will be stuck to my computer for your entire trip/ Promise me you'll have lots of details on your site, cause you know I'll be living my life through you for 2 weeks!!! :)

I am so excited. Breathe in, breathe out. God is with you, you have no worries.

Dollar General said...

And you and Shalita thought it was all about God wanting you to like your hair...Y'all definitely need my spiritual insight ;) HaHaHa!!

I'm praying for you today Laine - and carrying your burden! If you need me to do anything else...just let me know but please keep in mind that I am having your panic attacks for you!!

Love ya Laine!!

Waitingfaithfully said...

Oh my Laine, you are headed to get your girl!

Breathe deep, and look up . . .

"You will keep him in perfect peace whose whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."
Isaiah 26:3

And from the Message~

"People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole,
steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don't quit."

As your friend said, "Keep moving-don't stop and panic . . . and God promises to you keep completely whole, steady on your feet, because you keep at it and don't quit!

May God keep you in perfect peace in the coming days. May He give you clear thinking, and His own time management skills. May He put all of the details into place.

And . . .

Father, Please, now more than ever, we ask that you hold sweet Candace closely under Your Wing. Father as she transitions from one family to another please shield her heart. Let her somehow understand that her foster family will always be a part of her heart, as she gains so much more. May Candace know you Lord, and may she sing Your praises surrouned by those who love her, and more importantly surround by those who love You!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

Praying!!!

Haven't had time to comment, but have been following along. Just wanted to say that the girl's new room is beautiful. Perfectly planned out by God, put together by mama (and daughters), and absolutely fitting for the daughters of the Most High King!
Like everyone else, I can't wait to see sweet Candace in her bed!

Hugs from Texas, and thanks for your prayers for our little bird. Every day gets better!

Love,

Tina

Trace Car Driver said...

WHAT??????? 12 DAYS??? it's 11 now. how exciting!!!!! looks like that extreme make-over for the girls bedroom was finished just in time! isn't God like that -He is always on time. :) will be praying for ya'll and following your journey each day! and oh, by-the-way, do you think page will mind gaining the rest of my pregnancy weight for me? i'd love for her to carry my burden too! HA

Anna 'B'anana said...

I am so happy for you and what a wise sweet friend you have in Page. She is absolutely right...keep moving, keep praying. HE will show you the way and prepare you!

Blessings,
Anna

Kimi said...

Oh my Laine....that is wonderful. I am sad that I will not get to meet you in China but I can't be anything but happy for you. You can bet I will following every step of your journey and will be sending you comments along the way.

Love you my sweet friend,
Kim

Green, Party of Five said...

WOW...WOW...WOW.....oK...can i breathe for you....You know all of us are praying for you right now. What more could Candance ask for...an awesome Mommy and Daddy and brothers are sisters that love her so much.
You know that you will have to blog too, because I will need more than one daily update.
We are doing good. God knows when we will be there for Lia. Im thinking Christmas.
Love ya!
Connie

The Smith's said...

OH MY GOODNESS! ! ! 12 days. I can imagine that you are running around getting everything ready. I am so excited for you all and can't wait to see pictures of Candace with her forever family!

Love,
Becky

Looking forward to keeping up with all the wonderful updates while you are in China.

Ladyblog said...

James 1:17 (NIV)

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

One of my favorite verses, and one that I rediscovered on the plane ride to China to bring home our precious Emsley. It brought me a lot of peace....
I'll be praying for you!!
~Rebecca

mommy24treasures said...

oh I am so happy! Candace will soon be right where she belongs.
It will be an honor to pray you through this!

Aaron and Erica said...

Oh dear friend...I will be praying continually.

And the first thing that came to mind was my favorite Benediction.

May the LORD bless you, and keep you. May the LORD make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you. May the LORD lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Mom To Six said...

Oh Laine! I am so happy for you. I just feel such peace when I pray about your sweet Candace. God knows everything she will feel, and I am sure that he is preparing her little heart.

I can't wait to follow your journey.

Much love and peace...

Ohilda

Rebekah said...

Laine and Rob,

What a wonderful blessing! God's timing is perfect. And so are His ways! Below is one of my favorite passages of Scripture:

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, " (2 Peter 1:2-4b)

Looking forward to hearing your testimonies of God's grace and peace and of His divine power!

In Christ,
Rebekah H.

Sharla said...

Hi Laine,

How wonderful! I can't wait to follow your journey to China!! The verse that God gave me on the morning of our adoption, that now I'll pass along to you, was Isaiah 30:15, "In returning to Me and resting in Me, you shall be saved, in quietness and trust shall be your strength."

Rest in His wisdom, His strength, His provision, the Shelter of His Wings and you will have all that you need for whatever the future holds.

Remember, above all, nothing will be a surprise to Him...He has known your daughter's name for all eternity and He hand-picked your family just for her!

Praying for you!
Sharla, your bloggy, CBS friend

Suzy said...

Never mind breathing deeply. Just focus on breathing at all ; )Inhale, pause, exhale, repeat. I think you're about to get the hang of it.

Mike and Barb said...

I'm so excited for you - and scared thinking how I would feel if I were you right now :-))
I'll get back to you on the "encouraging" part - I'm packing again and will be gone through the weekend.
Lots of love and peace
Barb

Lisa said...

What wonderful news! Will be lifting you up in prayers as you are preparing for your trip. Can't wait to follow your journey back to China.
Love ya,
Lisa

Mama Hen said...

Yeah Laine! How exciting! I know it will be hard, but our God already knows every second that will happen and He will be there. Stay tuned for our news soon!

Journey to Lilly! said...

Laine, I am in tears with you. I am so happy for you. We will be praying daily for you & your sweet family. When I think of you leaving for China...I remember how very precious the experience is...this saying comes to mind. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." You are about to have one such moment. Prayer will take care of the future!!
We love you!
Kim

The Blaszczynski Family said...

OH ROB and LAINE- you have ALL been in our thoughts and prayers consistently since you went to China the first time. We love you so much and cannot wait to meet precious Candace. We are here for you for whatever you need and will pray fervently for Candace, her foster mother, and for God to place His hand on them and your whole family during these hard but undoubtably fulfilling and life changing times to come.
WE LOVE YOU,
Amanda

Amy said...

12 days?!! Have I been out of the loop for that long? I sucked in a huge breath when I read that!!! oh my, I am so excited to be on this journey with you in prayer and thoughts!! I will really be glued to the computer in 12 days and counting!!!! My cousin, and very close friend, adopted 3 older boys from Ethiopia last year. It has not been easy as I am sure you have heard from your friends, but God will provide for every need you have at each moment you need each one. There were days when she said it was one moment at the time for them. (in this case the Mom was dying of aids and so she set up the adoption plan, which I guess holds different emotions as well). But, they knew that there was no turning back, no sending them back and nothing would change that fact that these boys were theirs for life. No matter how hard the boys tried their love and somedays they were not liked very much. I am reminded of something that has come up for me several times recently that with God ALL things are possible!This is a journey that can only strengthen your walk with the Lord and I pray introduce Candace to the greatest love she could ever ask for...Jesus Christ! May God be HUGELY glorified in your lives!!!

Tammy said...

12 days!! PTL! How awesome!

We heard many horror stories before we adopted Madi. Today my DH said, "what if the next one isn't so easy." My reply, "it doesn't matter". When we adopt again, it will be the child God wants us to have. He will give us the strength and love even if she does have a tough adjusting (my heart is already being prepared for that, too).

He called you. He will equip you.

Hugs and prayers,
Tammy

Aaron and Erica said...

Laine,

I get a few different short devotionals delivered to my email each day and I thought of you when I read this...

Our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.
--PSALMS 33:21

TAKE anxious care for nought,
To God your wants make known;
And soar on wings of heavenly thought
Toward His eternal throne;
So, though our path is steep,
And many a tempest lowers,
Shall His own peace our spirits keep,
And Christ's dear love be ours.
--JOHN MOULTRIE

Hugs,

Erica

DeEtte said...

oh wow! Just thinking about you going back to China brings so many emotions! wow wow wow!! I'm praying for you and the rest of your sweet family - especially Candace. And I'm praying for Kimmie and Quan and jet lag and sleep! Sleep on the plane - it's a beautiful thing! ha! And I'm praying for your sweet kids staying here. I'm beyond excited for all of you!
love, DeEtte

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am dying to call you and find out how things are going.. what you are doing. To see how crazy you are. To find out how the packing is going? To find out how much chocolate YOU have consummed. But.. I know better since you have so much going on. So I sit here wondering if you are remembering to breathe. If you have broken out in hives from the stress. And if your jeans still fit from the emotional eating!

Praying for you and counting down the days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ummm..I'm just a wee bit excited!

:)
Amie

Down on the Farm said...

Laine,

I think you yourself said it best "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD" Hold on to truth. God has planned this from the beginning and he will see it through. HE is with you guys, He will never leave nor forsake you! HE loves you so much that HE gave HIS only son for you and for Candance! He is there preparing everything you can rest in that.

We Love you guys and are so excited for you and we will be praying for you guys!

Love Ya Sister,
Kristie Capehart

Leighboe said...

We TMMO girls type and text the following reminder to each other alot:

"GGYB"

It means, "God's Got Your Back!"

I wish your cell phones would work in China; I'd text you that message several times a day!

Down on the Farm said...

Lord Help. I can't spell, I'm so sorry that I misspelled Candace's name. But I do like Candance:) you know as in "Can Dance":)Who knows maybe that is a reminder that Candace will dance!!!!!

Love You Guys!
Kristie Capehart

Karen said...

Wow, how awesome that you're leaving so soon!!! You'll have to have a drink at Starbucks and think of your Heartsfull friends that wish they were there with you:-) I will be praying for Candace and her transition. God has a plan and He will execute it wonderfully.

The Young's said...

OMG Laine....We've been at Disney and now at the beach and I just got a chance to check your blog!!! I cannot believe yall are leaving so soon! uh....wow! PLEASE make sure we can access your blog while you're there. We definitely want to keep up and pray for you guys!! We are SO EXCITED for you guys AND Candace! Yes....it will be a loss for her...but I pray that she realizes quickly what she is gaining by being in your family! We love yall and are excited!!!

Greg & Cheri said...

Colossians 1:17
He is before all things, and in Him ALL things hold together

Love,
Cheri

Aimee said...

Laine,
I am thinking of you today. I know you are running around getting things ready.

Just wanted you to know, I am praying for you today and in the days to come.

Jana said...

Laine:

I haven't "talked" with you in sooo long, but I'm following your journey. I've been up to my eyeballs in moving boxes and by the time we get settled, we'll be moving again. I'm so very excited for you and your family and can't wait to see your hearts continue to grow as you bring a new little girl into your precious family.

I know you must be a bundle of nerves, but please know that you are doing God's will and he will carry you through it. I will continue to cover you in prayer as your travel to meet your newest daughter, hold her face in your hands, and begin to love her eternally.

Blessings to you!

Tina said...

Oh my goodness! I am so behind in my blog reading, I didnt expect this post! CONGRATS! That is so awesome. Dont worry we will definitely be sending prayers up for the Ferrill family.
Also, I love the way you did the girls room!

Praying for peace for you all,
Lv
Tina

Family4Liv said...

Here is a verse I found for you as I sat in the word hoping that I would know when I saw it! Yep this is it:]

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide ad long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19

MichelleQ said...

So great to catch up with you and I'm so happy and excited for you. I know everything will be fine.

Tammy said...

How exciting! Can't wait to hear all the news again from your travels. Will be thinking and praying for you all. Travel safe and we'll look forward to having you all back together again in the neighborhood. Tammy

Sherri said...

Will we hear from you before you leave?

How are you doing? I'm praying for you guys.

sherri

The Princess's Mommy said...

Laine!!! Please don't leave without giving us the info to the other site! I will go crazy if I can't keep up with you while you are gone! Hope things are going well! I'm praying and praying for a smooth transition!!

Love you,
Monica

The Smith's said...

You all are leaving soon and we look forward to all the wonderful updates that you will be posting for us while you are there. I know that you aren't going to keep us waiting too long each day for updates...we can't wait much longer to see the newest addition to the Ferrill family.
Love

Becky

Aunt Pearl said...

Okay,Okay! Enough's enough! You've GOT to have the suitcases packed already! I want to see the pile of luggage for the troop going to the beach (the pool is still open, Mom says), and the tiny stack of luggage going to China! I remember the mountain of luggage from Summer 07 - OMG! Give us an update - 2 more days - really just 1 since you leave Sat. a.m. Yikes! I'm so excited for you all!