When Casting Crowns toured with Steven several years ago, the story goes that Mark would be waiting to sing with Steven off stage in the wings. While he would wait, he would stand there and watch Steven sing "When Love Takes You In" while the video played. Mark often said when it got to the part of watching us receive Shaoey into our arms, he would get teary most nights. Mark only watched that video about 84 times on that tour, and while his awesome wife Melanie was pretty convince that adoption would be their journey, Mark turned the corner a little slower. So after 84 video watches later.....I have found myself in China watching Love being taken in again...This time by the Hall family, with Me and my posse of camera/video hounds catching the moment! Thanks Emily, Tanner, and Uncle Dave. I wouldn't have been able to handle all those cameras alone. I loved participating and I love you, Mark and Melanie for stepping up and out. and now.... you are 6!
As if it wasn't enough to be so overwhelmed with the Hall's journey and watching it start so many years ago, and culminating with me being able to be there to watch the process....Something else amazing happened! As I was walking into the Civil Affairs Office, I heard someone say that another family that had come separately from us recognized me. As I walked into the office, I heard a very kind man say "Thank You." I turned to see a couple of families that were waiting on their children as well. The Carlson family (mom, Mary Beth stayed behind with their other child) are a SHOW HOPE family! Unbelievable! In China, I'm being thanked for giving this family a grant. So awesome that God would show up that way! The other family encouraged me for being brave in my journey this last two years, and as the tears streamed down my face, I thanked them for their prayers. And then it was time for the children so I ran back down to the Hall's to assist. However I do have a few pictures, and would love for all of you to see SHOW HOPE in action!!!