A day to rejoice

December 2010

June 2010

I realize that my blog postings have been few and far between these days. It is not because there is nothing to say because my heart and my life are very full. Transitioning to being mommy to three in three different stages of life has given me a great challenge. And with Kody beginning first grade this year, I have also realized how quickly time passes and do not want to miss a moment of Tyler and Faith being home or the few hours that I get with Kody each day. The other part to the story is what I am still trying to process in my head and my heart after returning home from Ethiopia.

But today I have to write something...because today is a great day...all because of what happened six months ago this very day. The sun came up and the world spun round and life happened all over the planet just like every other day. But in my little world life stood still for a few moments and time froze. Six months ago today a dream in my heart was placed forever in my arms. It was the day our precious princess, Faith Shetu, left the orphanage never to be alone again.

Love is an amazing thing. You think you couldn't possibly love anyone more, just one more ounce of love and your heart will burst. And then time marches on and you realize that indeed your love can grow because now the depth of your love is so much greater than before.

Adoption is hard and beautiful and difficult and glorious and incredible and heart-wrenching. But above all it is a precious gift from our own Heavenly Father who adopted us as His children never to be alone again and to one day take us forever home. I am so thankful for Faith and the person she is stretching me to become.

Last Christmas our home was filled with love and moments of laughter but also a great sadness. Kevin, Kody, Tyler and I all longed for our baby girl to come home. Last Christmas we didn't know her name, her face or her story but God was already working in the details, writing her story and bringing her home. Then in March we finally met our daughter through an email. Our precious baby was very sick. We didn't know if she would ever walk, speak, or reach any developmental milestones. She tested in the lowest level possible for motor development and so we began to pray. And all of you began to pray. PRAISE OUR FATHER FOR HEALING OUR DAUGHTER! Praise God for giving us enough faith to trust His plan for our family. I can't even imagine what our family would be like if we would have allowed our fears to control our decisions. God has blessed us beyond all we could ask or imagine and our hearts are filled with great joy this Christmas season!!!

Sing to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.

Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.

For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name;
Bring an offering and come into His courts.

~Psalm 96

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