There were around 600 booths at the Convention in an absolutely massive warehouse-type room. We were in booth 230. The coldest spot in the building. Frigid! The air conditioner poured freezing air on our heads the entire three days. I was not dressed for frigid. I brought sleeveless shirts, capris and one thin sweater. Standing on concrete for over 26 hours with arctic air swirling around our heads was not my definition of fun. One other booth tried to claim that THEY had the coldest spot but I can say unequivocably that they didn't even come close. Their booth was toasty compared to ours. Sauna temperature! Brr... Next year I will take an eskimo coat and ear muffs!
Despite the frigid temperatures, we had a great weekend and the encounters arranged by God over the three days are beyond words. Again and again I was blessed. I'm convinced that half the Homeschooling children in the state of Virginia are adopted! I lost count of how many people shared their adoption stories with us and gave me words of encouragement. Aaron's bucket was blessed again and again. We passed out pictures of Aaron, begging prayers for him from a multitude of Godly saints! Worth the cold!
The neatest encounter was at the end of the last day. It was when I left our booth to go test the frigid air of our frigid air competitors. I was only gone a few minutes. Two dear people walked by our booth while I was gone and stopped short. They recognized Aaron. Not from Reece's Rainbow, but because they follow our blog. I've never met them but they are dear to my hearts. Last year they brought the most beautiful babies home from Ethiopia. CALEB AND EDEN. I followed their journey. NOT because I was going to adopt. Not for us! This sweet couple was friends with another friend who was adopting and I stumbled upon THEIR blog while following the journey to KATYA. I was a follower of blogs last summer. (Three actually - I also followed ISABEL'S story). But we were NOT going to adopt internationally. I fell in the love with the children - cried, praying, cheered and marveled. But it was definitely NOT for us. International adoption - NO WAY! Domestic maybe but NOT international. Especially NOT to Aaron's country!!
God had other plans. Through those three main blogs and the Holy Spirit whisperings and other encounters - when Aaron's picture flashed on the screen in front of my eyes back in December - our hearts were prepared and ... well... the rest is history.
In January, I wanted the blog writers to know that their adoptions were used by God in a mighty way. One more little orphan will soon be home because of THEIR journeys. I contacted them. All three dear families have been praying for us ever since as we prayed for them.
On Saturday I met Caleb and Eden's parents. A 'chance encounter'. Thousands of people at a Convention. Hundreds of booths. They see Aaron. We hugged, cried, shared, cried and hugged some more. God stuns me. I could feel His pleasure as He brought together two families on Saturday afternoon. Heaven was laughing. The family that said NO WAY to international adoption meets the family that helped move their stubborn hearts. Amazing!