8 years ago..... we stood up in court and said yes to being their family. It seems like yesterday and yet a long time ago. Even in the hardest moments of our family I would say yes again and again!
Elizabeth is our always smiling songbird. She loves to play with Legos with her huge imagination and play outside in the dirt making mud pies and all sorts of fun things. She is "full on" all the time and it feels like she may have the capability to be in two places at once. She loves to squeeze you tight with her bear hugs. I love listening to her play and thinking of the amazing plans God has for her life!
Adoption can be beautiful and joyful as well as hard and painful. The past 8 years have proven that and although our lives here on Earth are not perfect it reminds me of the song My Story by Big Daddy Weave. Their story will be beautifully written by God including details that are hard and wonderful all mingled together.
Sarah loves studying fashion, painting her fingernails, and reading especially American Girl. She loves leading worship and I truly believe God has and will continue to grow her gifts in this area. She is almost as tall as I am, but I won't admit it yet. This young lady is going to challenge the world and take it on. She has a way of caring for those who don't have a voice and is quick to make friends with anyone.
Sometimes the stories God writes are not the ones you expect. They aren't easy for sure and your hearts get broken. You feel like God must have made a mistake or He must just not really know your capabilities. Questions come by the bucket load as you feel like nothing fits or it just isn't the way it is supposed to be. But one thing remains- God is still God and He hasn't left His Throne. So buckle up and lean into HIM!
This amazing young man is so compassionate. He loves to play with his youngest siblings and wrestle all day (and I do mean all day) with his brothers. He has a definite soft spot for others and is protective. He doesn't say a whole lot, but when he does it matters to him. He has developed a passion for running and has been inspired by Jesse Owens. I can't wait to see what God does with him!
I know that I know that God will use all our stories together to show his Glory. Even when it is hard to see in the moments of the everyday.
We are more than blessed to call these three beautiful young people our children. We are thrilled that our lives came together. If you told me in the beginning that everything would be the way it is I wouldn't have believed you.
Some people ask us if we always planned to have a large family. I would say not really. It just happened. We said yes to foster care. We said yes to adoption when the time came. It was something we just leaned hard into God and said we will say yes- and let you take care of the outcome. It was crazy hard because our human side gets caught up. We want to plan it, but we can't. Only God sees the ending and we are clueless.
What makes it all work? I am still clueless.
There are many days I look at these smiles and think - how do we do this?
Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and whisper a prayer and ask God continually for help. To say I want what you want God- please I am begging for you to show me, and Thank God for every day you get to spend with your children!