Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Friday, March 30, 2012

So Many Blessings

Twenty-three days into the wait for our travel approval, I was starting to feel hopeless. I know, it sounds crazy. Everyone else knew it would show up, but I started to feel like it was simply not going to happen. I put a phone call into the church, asked a couple other friends to pray with me about it and wa-la! At noon I got the email that it had arrived, just as I was getting home. What a feeling! They presented us with the departure date of April 18th. We agreed, and they will confirm with the Consulate to make sure this will work and then we can start booking some tickets. If it crosses your mind today, please pray that date will work, I can't imagine it being any longer and as we get closer to summer, plane tickets are rising. Currently, they are at a low, let's hope it stays that way.

Let's rewind a week. In effort to distract myself, I decided to get out their cribs. I had purchased them at a consignments sale for $20. They were a bit scuffed, but I convinced myself it was no biggie, as the twins would not occupy them long. We started to set them up and there is hardware missing. I got on the crib's website and searched to see how I could order new hardware. Apparently, the cribs have been recalled due to 11 injuries and 1 death. Fooey. Irritated, I followed the steps in ordering the replacement panels and add a note to the company asking if they could throw in a set of hardware. Yesterday, just 5 minutes after I got our Travel Approval, I round the corner to find on my doorstep two BRAND NEW cribs. They replaced the whole crib. Thank you Lord. What a sweet little kiss from above, and confirmation that He wants the best for our little guys.

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. - Deuteronomy 7:9

Tyler, Rance and our friend Cord threw those cribs up in no time! I love them. They are perfect. Here is their space, coming together. My girlfriend, Jessica and I are going to figure out a way to put their names above their beds. It's starting to feel like we are really about to be parents to two little 18 month olds. Eeeeek!



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