Its only been a year. We met her last summer and she, in the most natural sense became part of our family. A year ago she was lost, kinda living under the radar, accountable to no one. In one year, 12 months, the Lord has recharged her, given her direction and set her on a mission. I have said a million times, that the love God gave me for Jamie is amazing. Its amazing that He chooses to use us to influence other peoples lives, its amazing that He loves us through other people....If we let Him. I have said over and over that China ruined us forever, in a good way, and Jamie did the same. She showed me how much joy God can bring when we open up our lives to those around us, she showed me how incredible it is to be involved in God's plan and not just on the sidelines watching. She showed me what its like to love others with God's love and be loved in return.
A Year ago, after learning what Jamie's job entailed, and realizing all that she was capable of, I asked her, "What do you want to do?" She said nothing. I asked her what she would do if she could do anything in the world, she said nothing. After getting frustrated, I asked her to pray about it, that the Lord would show her what it was that He wanted her to do with her life. There were no miracles, no writing on the wall. There were no prophetic words or visions, just a committed daily walk. She did what she was called to do that day...she went to the bible studies that she had avoided before, she babysat the kids that she had grown to love...she walked in Him and she waited, and then there was China.
I know I will see Jamie again soon, probably sooner than most because we will be visiting her in China when we adopt, but I don't think I will ever again see the Jamie that I am driving to the airport today. As she steps out of my car and boards that airplane she is accepting what God has for her life and when you do that you can't stay the same because a life in Him is exciting and challenging and wonderful. You are ruined forever...in a good way. We are so proud of you Jamie...and yes, I will miss you.
|Jamie in the front of the house playing with the kids during her party.|
|The sweet Willette girls|
|Jamie with Sweet Shane|
|The girls who love Jamie:)|
|Josh Patopoff after his sweet Jamie goodbye.|
|When Charles started praying for Jamie, all the kids gathered close and started hugging her.|
Jamie's dad, Dave, Jamie, Charles and I
I love you Jamie, see you in the spring:) and oh, oh give Henry lots of hugs from me.