If you watched our last post (the smile box video) you heard the great news.... 11/1/11 was our Gotcha Day! We have been blessed to be able to raise this sweet little girl from the time she was just a week old. There were times when it wasn't easy, but as with all of our children there are days both good and bad! Thankfully God is gracious and never gives us more than we can handle!
And wonderfully God's grace is sufficient for all!
I want to share a few photos and stories with you....the day we took her home from the hospital one of our children, having just had a foster placement abruptly end, said they would help care for this child but could not commit to LOVING her.After about 6 weeks the child said "Mom, I am starting to fall in love with her". This was true of all of our hearts, you love knowing that it may hurt if the child is reunified or placed elsewhere. We pondered the truth, that really each of our children is not our own but God's whom HE loves and desires the best for even more than we do! (Jer 29:11)
As sweet as that is, the journey of fostering has reminded us so often of God's love for us, no matter what. He loves us no matter where we are. He is always there waiting for us whatever choices we or others make. He calls us to love even if its not easy! That is a hard thing to allow your children to learn~ our instinct is to protect them from hurt, but in doing so we often prevent them from the deeper love that God desires to pour out!
We are reminded that all of us have been adopted, into Christ's family! (Rom 8:15) We are his children whom he loves very much! People have asked us how can you love a child that isn't your "own" (meaning biological) well since this is our first adoption, our other 5 children are biological, so I didn't know. God has poured such peace (I Tim 1:14) over my heart this week and we prayed during this journey that God would grow children he desired to be in our family in our hearts (instead of my womb) and we truly feel that this little one is loved just as much as all of our other children.
When asked if we were willing to adopt her at one of the meetings last year, one of our children with great concern worried it would be too expensive. The child firmly stated that all the money the children had been saving to purchase a wii should be spent on Grace instead! WOW what a blessing to know the children love this little one so much they are willing to put aside their own desires! She has a special place in each of our hearts. As thrilled as we are to know she is now ours, we know that her biological family misses her and loves her and we pray that God will pour out his compassion on them. We are so thankful for her mom's gift of life for this precious child. The whole family (including both sets of grandparents) were able to be in court and witness the welcoming of this child into our forever family!
We were honored to have our adoption on the first day of November,
As the starfish story goes ~ we can't take care of all of them by ourselves ~ but we can take care of this one, with God's love and pray others will answer his call too!
Steve and Amy Q and family