Friday, July 18, 2008

WE'RE OUT OF PGN!!!!!


Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!
I got two words for you..."prayer works"!

This can only be explained by declaring that God did it! We are literally getting a front row seat as we watch the hand of our good God work mightily through some precious people! All day I've just been smiling...I can't wipe the grin off my face! It's kind of like the feeling I had right after our wedding... it feels surreal and magical! We are seeing all of the verses in scripture about God standing up and defending His children come true!

While there are several stages left to go through, the biggest roller coaster is over!

Now that we're through PGN, we have more adoption fees that must be paid right away. Additionally, we still have Lindsey's living expenses in Guatemala, as well as the medical bills to cover from Eliana's emergency hospitalization 4 weeks ago. The LORD has shown his faithfulness and mercy over and over, so we don't doubt that He will continue to provide exactly what we need all along the way! If you feel that you might be a part of that provision, an account has been set-up at our church called the "I Choose You-Wheeler" fund. It is 100% tax-deductible!! You can send a check (write it to Fellowship Bible Church and write in the memo line:"I Choose You- Wheeler") to:

Fellowship Bible Church
"I Choose You"-Wheeler fund
1210 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR MANY PRAYERS!
We feel your support and we are seeing the results right before our eyes!

Grace and Peace
From a very grateful and excited new Dad,

Chris

103 comments:

Jerry and Stacie said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God! Praise God! Thank you Father for this AMAZING gift! YOU ARE SO GREAT! Thank you for bringing this precious family together and having such an AWESOME plan for them!

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD?!?!

Crying and Celebrating with you!
Stacie

wareaglereed said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!! What FABULOUS news!! I know you guys are on cloud nine!! God is so Faithful!!!

Celebrating with you!!

:)April

Megan and Andy said...

Oh my goodness!!! I did not think you were even back in PGN! Praise God for a lightening fast OUT!!!! Celebrating...God is SOOO good!!!!

The Albertsons said...

WOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! PRAISE JESUS! We are praising HIM with you sweet family!

Holli said...

I just went to peek at your blog and was SO EXCITED to read the news. We, too, just got out of PGN, after almost 2 years in the process and 14 MONTHS in PGN. God has his hand of favor on you for sure, getting out in such a reasonable amount of time. How wonderful that you will all be together as a family again soon! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW...
Holli - Mommy to Lydia and Sofia

scott Moore said...

BRP!

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

Shouting PRAISES all the way from Texas!!!! Congratulations. 2 years ago next week I got the call that we were out of PGN, and it is still such a special and sweet day to celebrate!! I will never forget that amazing day! We are celebrating with you!!!
Blessings~ stephanie

Anna said...

PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD!!!!

That is SUCH wonderful news guys. Will continue to be praying for his provision for you.

How exciting!

Anna

T.R. said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Mary Ann said...

Praise God! I am sooo happy to hear this Awesome news! In a few short weeks you will all be home as a family!

jill + derrell + sophie douglas said...

wow! what an amazing story your family has to share! i happened upon your website through a facebook group, and i have been so blessed reading through it! this most recent post brought (BIG!!) tears to my eyes, and all i can say is PRAISE GOD!!!! hope to read about your family's homecoming VERY SOON!!!!

Tonya Boster said...

Praise the Lord for He is good and faithful! May your trip to pink be speedy! This is Tonya that you met on the street the other day in Antigua. I am so happy for your family.

Blessings,

Tonya

Robyn said...

WOOOOHOOOO!! Congratulations!! I am sooooo happy for you!!

Robyn

jajbs said...

Crying tears of JOY for you and with you right now. God is AMAZING and has truly shown Himself faithful during this time. You and Lindsey have been SO faithful and you are reaping His reward. He moved the mountains. I am SO SO SO excited for you both!!!

amanda

Anonymous said...

So excited for you and your family! I remember the days we got the call for our precious girls. It is a day you will always celebrate!
Praise God! Kim in SC

keelstar said...

Praise God for this amazing miracle!!!! I am so happy for you all! May God continue to shine His face upon your new family! :) Keely (Savannah Smiles mommy)

The Huffs said...

Praise the Lord! I'm so happy for all of you!

Felicia

Heidi & Scott said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you!! I hope these next few weeks just fly by!

Julie said...

Congratulations!! Hope everyone is feeling better too!!

kim said...

Praise the Lord! We have enjoyed watching you become parents from afar! Congrats!

The Newcom's (jarrod, kim, makayla and levi)

Stacy said...

Holy Moly! We just witnessed a living-breathing miracle!

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!!!

Love,
Stacy and Isabella

Laurie said...

EXCELLENT! I am soooo happy for you all! Praise The Lord! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! So happy. Bella and I will do our special PINK dance for Eliana! :)

emily said...

Praise the Lord, great news!!!

Gina said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you! It won't be long before you are home!!!

Love and Prayers!

Gina

Rachel said...

YES!!!!YES!!!YES!!!! I have been waiting on this post for months!!! Praise God!

I just began singing "Praise God from whom all blessings fall..." as soon as I read your words!!!

How neat is He!

Suzanne and Jayme said...

What an incredible post. I've been waiting for this post for quit some time and I am so excited for you. It's like you won the lottery. Your lives are forever changed for the better.

Congratulations

Courtney said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO............
YIPPIE !!!!!!!!!!!!
CONGRATS, so happy for you guys. Your ride is almost over, hang on. Courtney

all 8 mayernicks said...

yeehah!!! Oh we of little faith!! Only our sweet Lord can do something so fabulous!! Oh I just love adoption!! the lowest of lows and the highest of highs!

Kim said...

Praise the Lord!!! What wonderful news. Here's to a speedy pink.

Anonymous said...

Could you please explain more about PNG--what is it, what does it mean, etc. I always pray when you guys ask for it, yet I have asked this question before.

THANKS!!!

Also if you could explain in more detail all about the process of adopting form Guatemala, I know I would appreciate it. And you may enlighten a lot more people all about international adoption.

Thanks again!!!

PS CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Kerri said...

Doing the happy dance for you in Tulsa!!! Can't wait to see the three of you together forever!
Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

Jocelyn said...

WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! I can't wait to see you home where you belong!! YAY!!!

bellagirl26 said...

Happy Mother's Day!

She's really yours now. How sweet it is!

God heard ya!

Melissa - Ana's Mommy

The gFamily said...

Wow!!! That just put a smile on my face, so I am guessing that you guys are just bubbling over!! God is SOOOOOOOO good!! Prayer definitely works and it so powerful! I am crying happy tears of joy of with you both!! Praise GOD!!!!!!!

Jenn said...

HOOORAAYYY!! Thanks and all glory to God for such a beautiful blessing!

LouLou said...

After your email I came and checked the blog!!!! AMAZING! Whew! What a relief is that?? Our God rocks!!!! I'll see you in a week!

love you.

demp5 said...

WOO HOO!! I am so thrilled and surprised. I love to see God's hand at work in such a tangible, concrete way! I just know that the y'all will sail through the remaining steps.
Blessings~
Meghan

Tracey said...

I have goosebumps! Hooray!!! We are so happy for you!!!!

Mackenzie's Forever Family said...

I was so pleased to log on tonight and read this post. I know from experience how prayer changes lives. So many doors in our adoption process were opened and not by people but by God himself. We continue to be amazed at how many angels we met along the way.

Congrats....God is good. ALL the TIME.

Hannah said...

Praise the Lord!!!! That is the best news I have heard all week...all month. Ok since my baby came home!

God Bless, (again and again)
Hannah

Bobbi said...

WOW!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!! SO happy for you all. She will be home soon.

Chris, you better get busy on that room

ManyBlessings said...

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!
d:D

Tamara said...

That is WONDERFUL!!!

I found out today that my BM interview is scheduled for Monday morning so hopefully I will not be to far behind you.

Have a safe, problem free trip!!

Andrea said...

Praise Jesus, indeed!! What an incredible testament to His love and Grace. I am smiling from ear to ear!!!

God is SO good!!

Erin said...

speechless.
tears of joy.
She is 100% irrevokably a Wheeler today.

I love you all, and I will see you very soon!

kristin said...

praise God! what amazing news!!!! rejoicing with you!

TNKerry said...

Very happy for you guys. Hope you are all feeling better. I am sure getting out of PGN helps you to feel better :)

Mary Virginia said...

Don't know what else to say...God is good!!!!! I am so excited she will be coming home soon.

Barbie said...

WOW!! God answered that request FAST!! Yeah!!

April said...

So happy for you guys as we tonight also got great news, prayer is the only thing that has got us through....Thank you Lord for being our Father that will never leave us...Blessed by The Name...

Kathi said...

I can't put into words how very excited I am for you guys. I still don't know what PGN is, but I don't care now...lol. Pretty soon, you'll have your baby girl home, where she belongs

Praise God indeed.

AbbasChildren said...

AMAZING!!!! The McBride's are having a party...
God is amazing, and so in control of all things! WE love and pray for you always.

Terry said...

I wasn't expecting to see such awesome news this morning! God is SO GOOD!! Congratulations!! She's almost home!

Rachel said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and Eliana!

Virginia said...

What GREAT news!!!! Congratulations Chris and LIndsay. Thanks for sharing all of this with the blog world, and your friends!

Love,
Virginia

Dena said...

I could NOT be MORE THRILLED!
OUT OF PGN may be the best words any parent will EVER hear!!! God is awesome and prayers DOOOO work!

Praise the Lord!

I can't wait to see you ALL together!

terris213 said...

Praise God! He does answer prayer, indeed! This is fantastic news to read. I also pray that the stomach crud has left the building!

This is wonderful, congratulations, what a testimony!
Amen!
terri in virginia

Lisa and Madeline said...

That is so awesome....amazing how prayer does work. I am very excited for you all...you are so much closer to coming home now.

Congrats!
Lisa & Madeline

Kerrie (aka Zak's mom!) said...

WONDERFUL news!!! Thank God for the little miracles and blessings along the way! We will continue to pray, pray, pray!!! God is Good...All the Time!!!

Hoping the next few weeks pass quickly for you!!
Kerrie

Kirsten said...

I have goosebumps all over my body from reading this post! Congratulations and praise Jesus!

Reba said...

Congratulations! I was so surprised and excited for you when I saw the headline of this entry! I hope when you have time that you might be able to share more of the story (it is really rare to get out that quickly after a kickout...what an awesome God!) and how the girls are feeling...I love to see God's story and His faithfulness unfold. I hope you have a short road to pink.
Reba

Greg said...

Out God is an awesome God....Amazing grace, how sweet the sound ... A mighty fortress is our God .... Joyful, joyful we adore Thee ...Praise God from whom all blessings flow.....

My heart is so full of praise to our Heavenly Father for this answer of prayer.

Little Eliana, I can't wait to hold you and "spoil" you rotten (not really).

Love,
PapaG

Kim & Dave said...

How exciting!!!!

Now, a new phase of adventure begins!!!!

Carrie said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know this is such a HUGE relief! Only a few more steps until she is HOME forever!!!!!

~Laura~ said...

such awesome news!!!

Amy said...

Praising the Lord for truly His hand is upon your beautiful family. Praying for all of you as you continue to watch the faithfulness of the Lord!

Lainie said...

YES!! AMEN!! FABULOUS!!! Our prayers are being answered; God's plan is being fulfulled!! We're dancing and celebrating in South Carolina!!

We love you!
Lainie, Dane, Laurie, and Michael

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

WONDERFUL!!!! Hallelujah! I am so so excited for you guys!! Praise the Lord!

Amy said...

That is such amazing news...the Lord truly does work in amazing ways. I am very happy for your family and look forward to watching the rest of your journey to bring your daughter home forever!!!

Holli said...

WOW!!! So excited for you all!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris and Lindsey,

We have never met or talked however I stumbled across your blog linked to someone else’s. I have been praying for you and watching your testimony unfold. All I could do was cry tears of joy for your family yesterday; telling everyone I know the good news of God’s love and faithfulness to his children.

We too lost a son, after 10 months in process of adopting him. I didn’t know how I would ever recover while in the darkest of dark moments. God carried us when we couldn’t carry ourselves and He brought us through to triumph just like He said He would. We never lost faith in His will for our lives and never gave up on the promises He made to us; taking steps of faith as He directed. Our son has been home from Guatemala for 8 months now, Praise God, and is a complete and total miracle (that story another time LOL).

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.

God only leads us to things where we shall triumph and He uses us while we are there in those places to minister to others, even when we don’t feel triumphant or even know if or how we are being used to minister. That is why in every situation, EVERY SITUATION, we can have faith He is with us because He will never lead us to failure… only triumph. So even when things feel hard or look bleak (and they have for all of us at times), He is leading us in Christ to TRIUMPH!

Your road has been hard, and there will no doubt be hard times again, but right now you are at the face of triumph, praise GOD!!!!!!!!!!! There is no other explanation of getting back into PGN and getting OUT within an 8 day period……………… isn’t that the awesomeness of God! Enjoy your victory, enjoy your baby girl. Your life will never be the same - it is the most awesome, wonderful, amazing and beautiful gift God could ever bestow, to be the parent of His orphan child.

In HIS Grip,
Tonya Brown
Mami to Christopher Reign Alexander (Christ’s Reign and Defender of Mankind!)

Ferrick said...

Oh Thank you JESUS!~ Just got back from the cottage and this is the first blog I checked. What wonderful news, He is good, all the time. Blessings to speedy PINK, Susie

Amanda said...

I got a message on my home phone this morning from Katie that told me that I needed to get a hold of Lindsey to find out what was going on in your case. I saw Lindsey online and was unable to get a hold of her so I came immediately to the blog...for last 10 minutes I have literally been on my face weeping!!!
I am so happy for you guys...I just wish I would have seen this blog last night but I didn't have away to get on the internet yesterday!!!
I love you guys so much and will continue to pray you home!!!

Mary Helen Wheeler said...

We are more thrilled and excited than words can express! We can not wait to meet our baby granddaughter! Yea God for so many answered prayers!

Beaming with joy,
Eliana's Grandmomma and Granddaddy
Wheeler

nikki said...

So wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!
Baby Girl is coming home!!!!!!
Whooooooo Hoooooooo

Lee Anne and John said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such wonderful news!!!
Lee Anne

Bethany said...

I am SO excited for you guys! What an amazing God we serve! I truly believe in the power of prayer and I know firsthand that God can and will deliver your baby girl HOME! Your news is so exciting and you guys so deserve it!
~Bethany and Caroline

Lisa Johnson said...

Well down here in Texas we say YEE HAW!!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! I am so excited for your family!!

Kristy said...

YEAH!!! I am so happy for you guys! Praise God! Can't wait to see her *HOME* now!

Madelyn's Mommy said...

PTL!!! I am so happy for ya'll!!! God is GOOD!


Andrea

Steph said...

AMAZING NEWS!!!!! CONGRATS to your family!!!! I hope PINK comes very quickly and you can all finally be reunited forever as a family.

B said...

Hallelujah! I am so happy for you all. What a joyous time. Praise God!

cheers,
Beth

Amy said...

My heart smiled when I saw this. I'm so happy for you. I've been following your story for a few weeks now. Praise God! He is so awesome! :)

Debbie said...

I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!! You will be home soon!!!!! YEAH GOD IS GOOD!!!!!!!

Debbie

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting SO long for this post. Praise the Lord. What an awesome God we serve!

Stephanie
Arlington, TX

Sandy said...

YEA!!!! Hope you are PINK super quick! God is awesome!

Maria said...

ppCongratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McMurrays said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! So thrilled for your family!
Celebrate!
The McMurray Family

Carrie S said...

How Awesome! Just saw this; it is going to move so fast for you now; trust me! That sweet little girl will be home where she belongs very soon!

Jessica said...

This is SO amazing!! Congratulations!!

GWEN OATSVALL said...

90 comments so far .. YOU GUYS ARE FAMOUS ... so excited and can't wait to meet you at the TN airport w/ that darling in your hand ...

Melissa said...

Praise God! Congratulations! Praying the rest of the process will be smooth and quick!

Natalie said...

I gasped out loud when I ready your post!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Andrea said...
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Jenny and Matt said...

Great news!!! Congratulations!!

Jodie said...

WHAT?!?!?! Oh my GOSH!!!!!!!! Wondeful news!!!!!!!!! I'm so so happy for you!!!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Praise God!!! Praying for your FINAL STEPS to go smoothly! I can't believe it's finally here!!

Guatemalan Journey... said...

PRAISE GOD!!! It must be so encouraging for you both and everyone else in the process to know that people are getting out. Prayer is an amazing thing and it is so cool to see how His timing is perfect for every person. I am so happy for you all, your hearts for adoption and children have blessed me so much. I pray that others will be encouraged through your journey...love you guys

Guatemalan Journey... said...

YOUR GOING HOME!!!!!!!!!

Guatemalan Journey... said...

You guys are incredible I pray that everyone would rejoice with you as you go through the rest of this journey and as you prayer for all of those you love who are also going through this journey...YAY LOVE YOU GUYS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much

Sarah said...

Woo Hoo!!! Just got back from being out of town and am so excited to see this happy news!!! I hope Eliana gets her BC and is PINK very soon!!

Mamita J said...

HOLY COW CHRIS, LINDSEY, and ELIANA!!!! Congratulations!!! What great news!!!! God is SO AWESOME AND GOOD! COME ON PINK!

Love
Julie

Amanda said...

I'm just reading this today and am flipping out excited for you!!! It sucks when the internets don't cooperate for a week and I miss great things like this!!