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Our completed puzzle! Framed and hanging where we can see it every day. I can't stop looking at it. Such a beautiful reminder of all of you who helped us raise our referral fee. It brought tears to my eyes to see all the names in one place, and know that you sacrificed and gave on our behalf, for little Abby. Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts. Here's some shots of the back:

It is a beautiful thing, when something is complete. My friend reminded me recently that the number "seven" in the Bible often represents or signifies "complete". The Walsers are now a family of seven. And yet one of us is still separated from the rest.

I feel incomplete. It is a void I feel as I go through my day and live my daily routine. There is a hole. A void. Something is missing. Someone is missing. And it's not just me. Joe senses it. The kids express it often. We miss Abby.

November 16th Joe and I will leave for Africa. November 18th we will meet little Abby for the first time. It seems like this time is dragging on, like November will never come. I am trying to spend this time waiting productively, perhaps trying not to feel the absence too deeply. But it is hard to ignore.

We sent a care package to Abby via a traveling family a few weeks ago. In it was a sock monkey that my daughter Hannah made for Abby. When we got the pictures back, of Abby carrying the monkey, we all cried. It connected us. Intersected our worlds. Gave us hope. Soon. In His perfect timing. We will be complete.

"Perseverance must finish its work
so that you may be mature and complete..."
James 1:4


Erica said...

Tears. Beautiful. We love you Abby!!

jessie said...

yay!! where did you get that puzzle? It is beautiful!

AGoodKindOfCrazy said...

We can't see her face on here.. but she's ADORABLE!

And I LOL'd for real when I actually saw our name on one of those puzzles pieces! What an awesome, unforgettable fundraiser!

Hope the time from now until she's in your arms FLIES by!
- Kryste

Mama Mimi said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of that puzzle...I think its such a beautiful of how Abby's adoption story has become SO MANY people's story in the way they contributed to bringing her home. I'm sure you will cherish that puzzle forever.
I understand that incomplete feeling. The void, the hole... I feel that way now and I haven't even seen my sweetie's face. So excited to see your journey come to a close and your family finally united as one! Thanks for sharing so much of your heart with all of us in the blogsphere!

Connie said...

It is wonderful to see the puzzle complete as we long with you for your arms to get wrapped around sweet Abby. I recognized some of the names of people from my church which was fun. Loved the picture of Abby holding the sock monkey Hannah made...a little foretaste of connection. Love you and we're praying as you WAIT well ;-)

Shauna said...

Hope you have a good weekend! :) Shauna from

Abby said...

Aww soo cute! I wanna cry...I am crying. I miss you guys!! And want to meet Abby!

-Abby (Cabibbo) lol