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'Bring the child here to me': The Journey to Madelyn

A diary of our experiences meeting and getting to know our adopted daughter.

From Match to 'Gotcha'!

— feeling love

"And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" -Gal. 4:6

The adoption journey Angie Osgood and I have been for the past several months has given me a fresh opportunity to consider the Spirit of sonship that is granted to all believers: Unmerited, unlimited and unconditional. What I'm also starting to realize more and more is also how vital it is.

Today we got word from China that our petition to adopt the future Madelyn Osgood has been formally accepted. In 2-3 months, we will come face to face for the first time! She will be fully accepted as a member of our family forever, an unbreakable bond that will be the foundation of her future.

My position in God's family being ever more secure, I still need that Spirit of sonship to remind me of my unseen inheritance, to nudge me to cry out 'Abba!' whenever I'm in need just like Madelyn will to us.

Thank you, Jesus, for making a way for us to be accepted into God's family. And thank you, Jesus, for providing us a daughter to welcome into our own.


I wrote this on January 30, on the day we were matched with our future daughter. I wanted to take time to reflect on how God had brought us to that point in our journey, and how adoption is a powerful symbol of our eternal relationship with God through Christ. 


Now we finally have a 'Gotcha' Day scheduled for May 7, just a few short weeks away. On that day, I will get to hear my daughter cry out "Baba (daddy in Mandarin)!" for the first time. The joy that will bring to my heart is nothing compared to the joy our Father gets when we cry 'Abba!' whenever we need Him. God wants us to depend on Him, just like I want Madelyn to depend on me.