To Mae & Abi with love. Come home soon.

My sister leaves today to go to Ghana. 
She does not have an end date to this trip in sight.
All she and my brother know is that their daughter is now legally theirs, and that she can't allow her to live in an orphanage anymore.

So she will land in Ghana, go pick up her daughter, and never again have to return to that place.
She will take her to a hotel where they will stay until all of the remaining paperwork goes though.
She will transition her daughter, for the first time, to real food.
She will begin to know the blessing of caring for her little one, hand to hand, cheek to cheek, face to chest.
She will plead her case in order to move paperwork quickly and bring her daughter home.
He will stay in the states. Work. Pray. Worry. Miss. Wait.

I couldn't be any more honored to see the story of my brother and sister (in law)'s family unfold, as they grow into a home of 3.
The road of adoption has been long, unpredictable, sad, hard, and beautiful.
Today, I am keeping my sister and brother in my heart, as they start the finish. As she travels to Ghana for the last time, empty handed. On her way home, she will finally be holding sweet Abiella. And I couldn't be more overjoyed.

Please join me in keeping my sister, my niece, and my sister's mom in your prayers as they travel today.
Please keep them in your prayers as they live in Ghana. That they would be safe, protected, and that God would make a way to provide all that they need to get by, as He always does.
Please pray that the paper work that they are waiting to file would move quickly through the system, and that the officials would have mercy on their situation, and Abiella's special needs. 
Please pray for my brother's calm and patience and heart as he waits at home worrying for, caring for, and loving his family across the ocean.

I love you, MS. Traveling mercies to you and your mom. Give Abi a big kiss, a huge nuzzle, and a cheek nibble for me. Come home soon.

This is one of my most favorite poems. Today, I dedicate it to Mae and Sean. You have chosen the road less traveled. And it's making more of a difference than you could ever imagine.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost


  1. Lots of prayers going out to the McConnell family! Cannot wait to hear the news that Abi is home in the U.S. with her mommy and daddy!

  2. You brought tears to my eyes this morning. Keeping your family in my thoughts and I can't wait to read the updates.


  3. Favorite poem ever. Awesome. Mae & her family have our prayers.

  4. Ah Maddie, sitting at my desk at work, stressing over papers/school work/clinicals/family visiting this weekend and I am humbled by how the Lord can shock me back into the reality of our short lives here on earth. Your post is beautiful and reading it makes me think about the song I saw Sean perform in ATL just a few weeks ago about his new baby girl...I am getting chills. Sweet thoughts & prayers of patience and strength to you and the rest of your wonderful family. So excited for the new addition to the McConnell gang to finally be home :)

  5. This just made me burst into tears, my goodness. Adoption is such a long and hard process but such a beautiful journey. Your brother and his wife are in my thoughts and I hope that this process is as quick as can be for them! I hope to be updated on this soon, its seriously touched my heart! Even though I have two of my own I've always wanted to adopt.
    Good luck to your family!

  6. oh wow...prayers, prayers, prayers to your sister. We want to adopt soon too...the process is so arduous.

  7. Your words paint such a beautiful vision and enable me to pray with even more passion for MS, Sean and Abi. I sent Sean a text yesterday because they've been weighing heavy on my heart. Praying for everything to move swiftly and for THIS trip, THIS time to be a short and wonderful memory.

  8. This post is so beautiful!
    I love that poem too.
    Prayers for peace during this time for your whole family.
    Seeing her in the states will make it all worth it.

  9. Oh my gosh ... so beautifuly written Maddie ...I cant wait for our family to be home safe. Prayers today and always.
    L Bird

  10. Beautiful. Sending only good thoughts and vibes toward your family.