Thursday, October 10, 2013

Double Digits

This makes post number 10, double digits. Almost 1/3 of the way to the goal of 31.

So I got an exciting phone call a little earlier tonight. My mother-in-law called to let us know that my brother-in-law and his wife's adoptive twin daughters will be born tomorrow morning. I am so excited and happy for them. They have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. I can't begin to tell you their story so if you are on Facebook you need to check out their page. Search Jeremy n Leslie's Adoption Journal. I can't wait to meet and hold these two little girls. They have no idea what a crazy and fun family they are going to be joining. (I mean that in a good way.)

It is going to be an amazing next few months for the family, 6 additions. It started with our 2 foster children coming to us last October, and we are now in the process of adopting them, then my other Daniels brother-in-law and his wife (Matt and Laura) are in the process of adopting the siblings of our 2 and now Jeremy and Leslie's 2 will be arriving in the morning. I am sure that my father-in-law and mother-in-law would accept any and all donations to their Christmas fund.

God is so good. Not a day goes by anymore that I don't see a blessing from Him. Sometimes it is just something small and other days He blows me out of the water. Regardless the blessings are abundant. Today I thank Him especially for the gift of life of these two little girls and also for the biological parents and the decision that they made to choose life for their babies instead of the alternative. I don't know their story and it doesn't really matter. I just thank God that they made the decision they made. 

Adoption is a special thing. If you have never experienced it firsthand I don't know that I can explain it adequately with words, so I won't even try. It has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Nicole and I felt called to foster care and adoption and even though we have had a lot of trying times throughout our almost 7 years as foster parents we don't regret it. We have truly been blessed beyond measure.

Our children are not ours because they share our genes, or because a piece of paper says they are. They are ours because they are a part of our soul. It was not an accident that they came into our lives. It was God's design that led them home. It was Him who placed them in our soul even before they were born.

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