15 Jul

We’ve been having a good time back at home for part of this week. The kids have reconnected with friends and I have too.

This was Lainee before her dental procedure

This is Lainee now.

her bottom lip on the left side was just huge yesterday. It was numb and she kept biting it to get feeling into it.

She was a trooper.  After her dental work she headed to the hospital for a transfusion.  (They were 9.2 and 9.9 for those who ask, and this was a 3 week stretch).  It took forever yesterday.  They were exhausted by the time we came home.  Once again God provided for all my other kids, thank you friends that helped.

I wish I could tell her “yes” when she asked if we were all done with the dentist.  The truth is she is half way done.  The rest happens August 2nd.  Poor thing.  She carries her little teeth around and shows any and everybody.  They are rotten, like the rest of her mouth!

We got together with our adoption support group last night.  It was such fun and so encouraging.  I know we are all thankful for a safe place to pray, share updates and encourage each other on this journey.  It can often feel lonely, it’s so good to be with other people who are like minded.  Have you adopted?  Do you have a small group of others that you can be real with?  That you can pray with and share and encourage?  It has been such a blessing for us.  Some couples have only adopted from China, some only Ethiopia, one family has both countries going at the same time! and one family has adopted domestically.

We pray for orphan awareness in our churches, for the children that we have or are going to have, for attachment issues, personality clashes in families, for other families to step up and adopt, we share praises and answers to prayers.  One woman in our group challenges others, what is every Christian adopted?  She said, “what if every Christian is supposed to adopt? What if we were to all go forward with an adoption, letting God close the door if it was not His will, assuming that it is His will.

The number of orphans in the world could make up a nation.  She said last night, “let’s give every child a passport out!”   What if we all stopped thinking about what is best for our family and thought instead of what is best for someone else?  I’m not preaching these things to you,  I’m just thinking out loud.  I’m interested in what others feel and think about it.

What do you think about that?

I’m curious.

Also, I have had 3 people in the last 3 days contact me concerning adopting two at a time!  It is something to consider.  It’s been a blessing for both of our girls to have each other.  They are a comfort to each other and they really enjoy each other.  It’s very fun for our family to have both.  It’s really nice for them to have each other to play during the day.  And in the evening it’s nice to say that all the little girls need to go to bed and they understand and don’t complain that the older kids get to stay up.  Before we got the girls mimi was the odd man out much of the time, heading to be alone, watching a video alone while the big kids watched theirs etc.  It’s really fun for her and the new girls to have eachother.  Chris and I say over and over…we could have missed this!  Zinnia is so precious to us, she says the sweetest things everyday.  She was the “second” one that we added on.  She is passionate and dramatic.  It’s adorable to watch her try to describe something to us, using her hands and broken little english words.  Several times during the day she will come up to me and say, “MOM!  I Zinnia jus nee a beeg beeg hug!!!!!”  And we squeeze and squeeze and I’m so thankful for her life and healing and connecting with her and that she wants to connect with me.  Her write up was terrifying to me form China.  “Restless, obstinate, disruptive, active.”  Honestly.  That is what her referral said.  Can you imagine?  This is not the same girl.  These descriptive words were secrets that my heart held for months.  I was afraid to even speak of what we had read.  We added her on in complete faith, knowing deep down that it would best, even if it was hard, because God had made it clear to us that she was to be added.  We can’t believe her write up, and Lainee’s too, they were both so inaccurate! A double blessing.  A double portion of God’s grace.  A choice I am so glad we made.  I think it would be a decision that once made you would NEVER get them home and think, “I wish that one wasn’t here”.  I remember our Pastor saying of parenting, “the only regrets I have are that we didn’t have more children!”

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2 Responses to “”

  1. Lynne July 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    God bless your beautiful family. I’m always sending bushels of prayers your way – Always. xoxoxo Lynne

  2. Susanna July 21, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    This is a great post! Thank you!

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