Okay, okay, okay. I just about died laughing at all your guesses yesterday. You guys are the best!
Sorry for the suspense. Although, it was a whole lot of fun.
Well, never in my life did I ever imagine the Lord would take me down this road. Ever!
You see, for years I had my life all planned out. I knew exactly what I wanted. Nice house, a plentiful supply of money, a fabulous career, and two kids.
Then God got a hold of my heart…and changed me from the inside out. The nice house, plentiful supply of money, fabulous career and the two kid idea went out of the window. WAY out of the window.
Because here we are, my dear friends, about to become a family of nine. Yep–that would be seven kids. Not six, but seven. And we could not be more thrilled. We feel blessed beyond words that God had a better plan for our family.
Our journey actually began the day we saw Hailee’s picture…we saw the face of another angel too. A sweet little princess. The Lord had confirmed almost immediately that we were meant to bring Hailee home, that was easy…but what about this other sweet treasure? We just were not sure. For months and months we have not been sure. And so we did the only thing we know to do…we prayed with ALL our hearts, trusting the Lord to lead and guide us.
We waited. And we waited some more.
It would have been the easiest thing in the world to just let the whole idea go. Trust God to bring another family for her, and forget about it. It’s easy to do that. And in my flesh, I have tried to just let it go many times. Too many times. But there are times when, as Christians, we are NOT meant to just sweep things under the rug and let them go. We’re called to do MORE.
This has been one of those times. Sophia (her name in the orphanage) would not go away.
We prayed some more.
We cried out to God and asked Him to show us clearly what our role was.
Every now and then we hold in our hands the power to change someone’s life. Never in our own strength, but by the leading of the Holy Spirit. There are occasions when we have the opportunity to make a profound difference in the life of another human being–whether it be a child, an elderly person or anyone else. God just gives us those incredible opportunities to be His hands and feet on this earth. The test is whether we are obedient to actually do it, or not. I have failed the test more times than I care to admit.
Obedience is everything to us. Everything!
We realized, after much prayer, that God has given us the most amazing opportunity to change the destiny of not one, but two little girls lives. We could choose to tell the Lord, “No thank you, it’s just too hard, Lord, send someone else”. Or, we could choose to trust Him every step of the way–knowing that He promises us He will never put us in a situation we cannot handle.
That’s exactly what we’re choosing to do…trust our amazing God. It is with absolute confidence that I can say that God has never, not once, ever let our family down.
And He’s not about to now.
The Father has been very clear about something regarding Sophia…she absolutely has to come home with us. No doubt about it. Yes, she will be such an enormous blessing to our family–but there is more to it. Hailee NEEDS this sister. They cannot be separated. This is a sister that Hailee is going to need in her life. Of that we are positive. Sophia cannot be left behind!
And so, dear friends, God has called us to walk on the water once again.
Are we afraid? I’d be lying if I said we weren’t a little afraid.
Do we know what to expect on the day we are handed two little girls with down syndrome? We have absolutely no idea.
But there is one thing we do know with absolute certainty…the Living God has spoken! He has told us what to do, and we’re going to do it…no matter what the consequences are. No matter how hard it is. No matter what trials may await us around the corner. No matter that we have to raise an additional $4000 to bring Sophia home. No matter who may disagree with our decision (and gladly tell us about it). It just does not matter to us. THE LORD GOD HAS SPOKEN!
In our weakness, He WILL be strong. In our inability to parent them, He WILL show us the way. In our times of confusion and doubt, He WILL show Himself faithful. He will, He will, He will.
And that, my friends, is all we really need to know as we journey this road. He is truly all we need.
So, I know this is the part you really want… meet the new addition to our family. Precious as can be, and already loved and treasured beyond words…
Isn’t she just absolutely beautiful?
We are so in love. Smitten!
We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we name this treasure.
Thank you for journeying with me. Your support and encouragement means the world to my family.
Life is about to become a whole lot more exciting! So wonderful.
With much hope and praise to Him who sits upon the throne,