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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We're Official... Almost

Hello! We're as official as we can be until we land on US soil. Once we hand off the mysterious brown envelope, which we aren't allowed to open, to the immigration officials at the Chicago airport. Then Elli will be a citizen of the United States.
We went to the consulate and had our swearing in ceremony yesterday with several other families from different adoption agencies. The couples traveling with us said that when they came for their first adoptions the room was packed with no place to sit. Adoptions are down considerably since the new rules went into place. Still, it was exciting to see all these children being brought into real families. It was an emotional time. After more than 14 months of paperwork, waiting and praying it came down to 'raise your right hand.' We celebrated by going out to supper with the other two families.
We did a little packing yesterday and will finish up today. The bellboy will pick up our luggage at 6 am tomorrow and we will head to the airport at 7 am. It will be a LONG day.
It was fifteen months ago today that we decided to adopt. Who would have known, besides our Heavenly Father, that Elli Chun Willoughby would be the one. What a blessing the Lord has given us! Love and a big thanks to all!!!
The Willoughby's
Virgil, Cindy, Emily & Elli


  1. What a wonderful day and what a blessing we al l areinstore for you. Our circle continues to grow!!!!!!!! Love you,momma

  2. I've been following your trip every day and passing on your bog site to others here. God has blessed a wonderful girl with an extraordinary family. I can't tell from your pics who has the most smiles. But I never that I would see Virg in yellow :}. We will be praying for erveryones safe flight and I am really looking forward to seeing all!! of you in person. Bless the Lord for the GIFTS he has given!
    The Cleary's Tim, Karen & Nathan

  3. I have been so blessed reading about your journey the last few weeks. (plus the 15 months before!) We will wait until things settle down and venture back to E-town to meet Elli. We will continue to pray for safe travel and a smooth transition as you start real life at home. Much love, Kristen (and Kurt and kids)