Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Thanksgiving blessing

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

We want to share with you an amazing family with an amazing story. Two years of praying, planning and seeking guidance, their dream is coming true thanksgiving day! I am going to ask that you link to Heather's blog and click on "our adoption blog and our adoption story", hearing it from her first hand is much better than from me. Carlos and Heather are dear friends to us and a huge part of our California family. Carlos is the worship pastor at Sandals Church, our home church in California. Heather is his beautiful wife whom we are greatly indebted to. They surrounded us with love and support (along with many others) when the boys were born. Our boys grew to know and love them over the past year and a half. The Whittakers came to our rescue with child care more times than I can count. Our sanity is greatly due to them:) I have shared their story with many of you and am excited to tell you they are currently in Korea and will pick up their son, Losiah, on Wednesday our time, Thursday their time. What am amazing Thanksgiving blessing. They received "The Call" last Friday and left this past Saturday to travel to Korea. Praise and Thanksgiving to the Lord for answered prayer and financial support raised. It was inspiring to see their family, friends, and church gather around them during this journey. Gathering goods for a rummage sale, hosting and attending a silent auction, donating their time, love and money all to bring Losiah home. He has an amazing community to welcome him home. Thank you for your prayers, they have been answered. They are due to arrive back in LA on the 27th. Their two beautiful girls and many family and friends will be waiting. Sure wish we could be there. Visit Heather's blog for an amazing story on God's goodness, grace and perfect timing and most importantly a family that obediently followed His calling. We have our own time line, isn't His better? Thanks Carlos and Heather for being a family to obediently follow His calling and His timing. We love you and are praying for you. Can't wait to meet him.

Carlos and Sohaila

Heather and Seanna

Baby Losiah, isn't he just perfect!

Carlos and Heather are amazing bloggers...Their sites are really cool. They are posting daily reports and pictures from Korea. Carlos is even making daily videos.....Yeah, we are still in the preschool phase of blogging. Sorry you have to come back to ours after seeing theirs:) We love you all. Happy Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating at our house this year:) Chris is having a double hernia repair on Wed.....Twins anyone? Michael you better watch yourself! It is outpatient and should be fairly easy... I am looking at an interesting 6 weeks....The amount of time Chris can't lift anything over 20 lbs.....Insert Peyton and Parker. God Bless, The Darley's

Monday, November 20, 2006

Getting ready to leave California

The Van was loaded, wow...Packed tight!

The boys checking out the big TRUCK!

All loaded up and ready to go.

Our small group threw us a fabulous going away party!

It seemed like 3 years flew by in a flash. How can we say goodbye so fast? Interview in July, house hunting in August, sold our home in September, packing up to move in October. It's not goodbye, it's see you later! Words come nowhere close to expressing our gratitude and the love we have for you all. We are not just leaving a church, friends and jobs behind; we are leaving family. Living in GA and missing you guys is going to be like living in CA and missing our "biological" families. Y'all have filled our lives with lots of warmth and love. You have invited us into your families and helped us raise ours. You are greatly missed and greatly loved.

Love, Us

Home for good

Hi all! I think we may have finally figured out this blog stuff....Its been a year in the making....Oh life with a new restaurant and twins. It's like having 3 children under the age of 2! We are still trying to figure out adding pictures....Maybe we will have more time now. As many of you know, we are home for good! Just when I (Martha) was getting used to calling CA home.... We took another leap of faith and headed home. We have moved to Georgia. Yes, a big change from Southern California. It is good to be back in the South. Chris is working for Chick-fil-A corporate now...Huge gasp, yes he gave up his restaurant....Remember, I said leap of faith. Scary, relieved, excited, sad...Many emotions these days. We do know that God has always guided us and we are thankful for His presence in our lives. We miss our family in California....Yes they became our family in the 3 years we were there. God blessed us richly with many friends and a wonderful church. These friends quickly become family within our first year there. We would not have survived "twinhood" without many of them. It really does take a village to raise a family. However, it is nice to be back near our family here. The grandparents and great grandparents are overjoyed at having the boys nearby....And us to:) We can't wait to catch up with many of you that we have not seen very much these past 3 years. We can't wait to make it back out to Cali! Hopefully we have this blog thing figured out and can get some pictures up soon! The boys are awful cute:) Happy Thanksgiving.
Love, The Darley Clan