And cake is just what we had the day after returning from Texas as we celebrated the "officialness" that Levi is now "Levi Wyatt Huffstutler!" As the judge put it, "As if he had been born your natural son..." I still get chills when I think about hearing those words as we stood in the Texas courtroom on Monday morning.
I love the details, details that only God could have put together. Little things that are not coincidence and not irony, but God working all things together for good like He says in Romans 8:28. We pulled out of our driveway around noon on Saturday, April 21, 2012. We were all packed and ready to get on the road as soon as Ella's soccer game ended. We stopped to grab the mail and in the mailbox was a refund check of unused funds from American Adoptions.
You see, when we got the phone call in October that Levi was born and the birthmother had chosen us, we were also told that the anticipated cost of this adoption would be $10,000 above our budget limit we had placed with the agency. At the time it didn't take us long to agree that we would go for it, take the step of faith that God can provide and if we have to take longer to pay off some loans then that is what we will do.
Well, remember the refund check? These were funds that they expected to need but didn't. And remember the $10,000 extra I mentioned? The refunded amount was ... get this ... $9747.10!!!!
We are so thankful for the finalization of our adoption, and for the children God has placed in our lives.
|Ella was given the honor of pounding the gavel and making it official|
|Enjoying a taste of his cake|