I am back from a doctor's appointment for Parker and Ravenna and am stunned by what the Lord has done. Just last Friday we were told that it would probably take until February to get in for a Neurology appointment for Georgia to figure out if she is having seizures. We have been planning for the last year to spend the 10 days before Christmas serving as a family at an orphanage in Baja Mexico. When we found out that we might not have answers to what is going on with Georgia or even an appointment, we started wondering if we were going to have to cancel our trip.
This is a trip that feels so much like it has been birthed by God. Last December we spent what was going to be 4 weeks on a road trip camping in Baja as a family. We called it our Whatever Project" Meaning that we got up each day and said, "Lord whatever you want us to do, we'll do it." God took us up on it in massive ways (more for another post later)! When we were there we were only able to check email a handful of times. One of the times a friend had emailed and said that his parents used to serve at an orphanage in Baja..but he did not tell us where it was. Then, on Christmas Eve we checked email again and this friend, without knowing about our "Whatever" plans had emailed back. He had checked with his parents and gave us directions. I read the email and tucked it away in my mind but then forgot about it because we were busy decorating the palm trees by our tent and getting ready to celebrate at a beach bonfire with a pinata. Christmas morning came and as the day went on, I found myself yearning to pack up and get going even though we had another whole week left before needing to head North. I could not for the life of me figure out why. We were camping at one of the most beautiful places I had ever been, the kids were having a ball and we kept talking about how good it all was...but I kept itching to pack. As we sat under the stars that night, Doug turned to me and said, "It is really strange, I feel like we are supposed to head out."
So...we began to pray and the urge grew stronger. That night, under a blanket of stars we packed eagerly packed all that we could and headed out early the next morning wondering what God had in store next. As we pulled out of the campground, I remembered the email and casually mentioned it to Doug. The orphanage was in a town called Vicente Guererro and I had absolutely no idea where that was. Doug pulled in to the tiny coffee shop that had a computer and looked up the directions just in case it was anywhere near where we might be.
To make an amazing but long story shorter. Vicente Guererro was EXACTLY on our route home. It was so tiny that we did not even recognize that it was a town when we drove through before! We went to the orphanage on our way home and we absolutely blown away by what God was doing there. At the end of our time one of the staff members asked us if we would pray about coming back to spend some time next year...and he asked us specifically if we coud come for a week...that was the exact amount of vacation that we would be saving by coming back early!
We have spent this last year talking and praying about the time we would be spending at the orphanage. One week has morphed into 10 days and we are thrilled! But...with all of the storms that have been brewing in our lives, I have been wondering if the trip would happen. Especially when we found out that Georgia might not be seen by the Neurologist until February. Just yesterday, when praying about Mexico I told God that He would have to move some major mountains to get Georgia seen so that we could still go...so guess what? You ready?
Today while I was at Parker's appointment (where they determined he did not have pneumonia but a really big asthma attack) an assistant peeked her head in the door and said, "Hey, I was going to call you...could you do an EEG for Georgia on Friday?" Are you kidding me????? Of COURSE we could! They are fitting her in to an emergency spot and doing the reverse of 'normal' meaning that she will have her EEG first and then if it is abnormal see a Neurologist asap...if it is normal we are safe to wait until later. Can you believe it????? I think that I am still stunned!
And, for icing on the cake....I just checked the website for the orphanage and they have create a beautiful video about the program. If you want to be encouraged about how God can make something glorious out of next to nothing, you just have to check it out!
It is SO worth your time to click here and see it!
Now I'm off to learn how to entertain a toddler at a 9 minute EEG :)