"God sets the lonely in families" - Psalm 68:6

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Home, Sweet Home

We LOVE our new home and neighborhood!  We've been home for two weeks now and are completely moved in.  We hung the last picture on the wall a few days ago and it truly feels like home!  One of the things that we love the most about our home is the sense of community.  There are five parks, five pools, three basketball courts, three tennis courts and gorgeous walking trails everywhere.  We're looking forward to attending the holiday party next month at the clubhouse.  We constantly see friends walking by our home, at the park and pool and make new friends every day.  The boys are riding their bikes to school and often ride to the park or courts to play after school.  They're growing up!

Jenni and Aidan leave for Guatemala this Saturday, November 23, and it's great to be settled in before the trip. Please follow our journey at www.allblessingswest.blogspot.com. As we prepare to serve impoverished families, I am reminded of how abundantly rich we are to have running water, electricity, food in our refrigerator, heating/AC and modern amenities that we so often take for granted.  As Thanksgiving approaches, our hearts are overflowing with gratefulness for all that God has done in our lives!

Here is a little tour of our home...

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The Vision

God spoke this vision regarding our adoption journey to Barbara Lange on March 26, 2010...


I have made the decision to speak our boldly when God speaks to me. Last night as I was washing the dishes I received this "vision" of you. I hesitate to use the word "vision," but what I saw was a slide of your life. As I watched the show in my mind I began to cry because I was so touched by what I saw. You and I have shared many tears these last couple of years, both sorrow and joy. The attachment is what I saw.


Jenni sitting at the South Coast Community Church reception desk with the photo album of her courtship and engagement to Mike.


Jenni performing the gospel message in mime at New Harvest Community Church, showing her heart for the lost and oppressed. Jenni performing the gospel in mime on missions trips everywhere she is able to go. Her Father rejoicing at her obedience and passion.


The anguished look of a woman desperately wanting to have children. Unsuccessful fertility treatements.


God watching over His daughter, His heart breaking as tears flow down her cheeks. He whispers in her ear, "My child, I know how broken you feel, but I have a great plan and purpose for your life. This anguish, this heartbreak, this pain will subside. Joy is on its' way. I needed you to suffer in this way because of My plan is for you. You are going to be an advocate for international adoptions. You are going to spread my gospel this way.


The births of Jordan and Aidan! At last a MOM!


Having experienced the heartbreak of infertility, Jenni's passion for adoption grows.


Jenni's passion for missions and adoption begin to fuse.


The Ramseys start the adoption process for a daughter.


Jenni goes to Washington DC and connects with adoption leaders. Relationships follow, teamwork begins. Jenni begins a new chapter in her life in the intl. adoption network.


The slow adoption process is agonizing to the Ramseys.


Jenni leads a missions team to El Salvador and learns sad news about El Salvador adoptions and specifically their own plans. Heartbroken again, but resolved to press on.


More networking with intl. adoptions, hope for their daughter and another trip to El Salvador. Jordan goes to El Salvador. The orphans are overwhelmed and ecstatic that Jenni returns. Jenni and Jordan build "forever friendships and family" in El Salvador. Jenni's passion increases.


Jenni prepares for third trip to El Salvador in one year. Amazing things happen.


Mike and Jenni, standing now, older, graying hair, surrounded by their sons and their wives, their daughters and their husbands and their grandchildren. Below them are thousands of children joyously celebrating Jenni's life. Her passion to follow her Father's call and purpose on her life is fulfilled. These thousands of children represent all of the orphans, adoptions and ripple affect of her life's work.

A work that could not be accomplished without the pain, suffering and brokeness she endured trying to become a mom.

Well done, my good and faithful servant."

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