To Guatemala!


My daughter didn’t sleep all night. She spent most of it packing. About four in the morning, she actually crawled in bed with us–something she hasn’t done in a long time. We all talked and prayed about the trip; we shed some tears too… 

julia in Ethiopia

Julia with some orphans in Ethiopia two years ago.

We leave for Guatemala City in a few hours, and my daughter will meet her birth mother and siblings for the first time. Julia is the fifth child of seven, so she has six brothers and sisters to meet! She is 21 now and has never made a trip to her homeland. Now as a young adult seems like the perfect time.

julia in Cyprus

Julia leading worship in Cyprus.

Yesterday we had a great time buying gifts and preparing gift bags for her mother and each sibling. We also are bringing a framed photo for her mom to keep and some photos of Julia’s childhood.

Julia and Elisabeth

Julia and childhood friend, Missy

When Julia first approached us about going, her daddy contacted the Guatemalan lawyer that helped us with her adoption. He said that he felt sure he could find Julia’s mother. Well, it took a couple of months, but we finally heard that she has been located. And in fact she has been praying to meet Julia someday as well.

We all are feeling the hand of God in this trip… the answer to prays prayed for many years.

I will be posting our experiences and photos of grand and tearful reunions as we go… 

See you in Central America soon…


  1. Bonnie,

    I am so excited for this amazing opportunity. God is so good. I am praying for you, Julia and Wayne from Dresden, Germany.
    Be blessed.

  2. I am SO excited to hear & see what transpires.

    Ah… the Love of the Father. How He restores what we think is lost forever!
    i LOVE it!

  3. Thanks for allowing us to be a part of this emotional journey…We know it will be a life changing experience for all involved. Love and Blessings to you all.

  4. How exciting! I hope it goes well- can’t wait to see the pictures. (I’m running to the end of the coffee you gave me. It was such a nice thing to have. I’ll keep the bag. 🙂

  5. Bonnie, I will be praying for all of you during this time. So many emotions will come to the surface. God’s perfect timing and hand is what lead you all here. What a ride, He has you on!

  6. I will probably be on here once a day looking for new updates. I am so excited to hear and see this life changing experience! Thank God for internet when there is no way for you to be there in person.

    Blessings to you all!

  7. We’re are praying, praying, praying. Love you all 3 soooo much and we so feel this is a “God Thing”. Thanks for taking us with you by blog.

  8. Amazing… can’t wait to read about it all. Thank you Bonnie for your wonderful insights and the time you spend posting/communicating. I’ll never forget that brief yet powerful ministry time between Julia and Moriah.: ) You guys are awesome.

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