Mark, Marla, and Kylee were with us from the start. We began paper chase together, we had our home studies within weeks of one another, our fingerprinting overlapped, and then...the Kuykendalls experienced an inexplicable event. Mark and Marla found out they were expecting after 13 years of infertility. This was a moment of bittersweet. Thrilled add to their family, receiving a baby that for years they prayed to carry, trusting in the miraculous hand of God, but loosing the dream of the daughter they waited years to know and with whom they'd already bonded, the family's path diverged. God added baby Marcus to their family. Praise to HIM! The joy of Marcus' birth paralleled a pain, which came from closing their adoption.
However, He, who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more that we can imagine or desire chose to give the Kuykendalls both baby Marcus and their little girl they will meet next week. Next week when the family travels for court, "Princess Ethi" will meet those who love her more than words can tell. And although she will not know they are her family; her family knows she belongs to them. There is not a doubt in any mind.
"Princess Ethi" is blessed to see her family 2 separate times in Ethiopia prior to her placement. Mark and Marla are blessed to have the opportunity to know the Ethiopian culture. These two trips do come at a high price: leaving their princess in Ethiopia after the first trip, 2 children left at home on the second trip, less support from friends and family, and HEY, the price of another trip. Our friends are allowing us to be a part of bringing home their "Princess Ethi." Wait for it. Wait for it. Wait for it........wait for it. Really, wait for it! I'll tell you how tomorrow. See you there.