Maddie turned two on Monday. Two! How did that happen so fast?!? She is such a joyful, independent, always-on-the-move, always-has-something-to-say toddler and we adore her.
It is so fun to watch her grow, and you know what is a special gift from The Lord? Twice this week I’ve had people tell me how much she looks like us. One of the things that I grieved when we found out that biological kids would probably not be in our future was that we would never know what our kids would have looked like. And isn’t it just like our God to give us not only the gift of our daughter but also to have her have some of our features? God gives good gifts. Now if she could just not take on some of my less flattering personality traits…
It has been almost two full months since New Baby left us. We have grieved him leaving our home; Maddie still asks for “Bubba?” on occasion. We have heard that he is doing really well, which brings our hearts comfort and peace. Join us in continuing to pray for him and his mom as they walk down this new path together.
As the pain has lessened in our hearts we have found ourselves really enjoying this season as a family. It was a little puzzling to us until we realized this: this is literally the first time since Maddie came into our home that we are able to enjoy time together as a family, free from the stress of court dates, visits, paperwork, uncertainty, and fuzzy timelines. We got New Baby the week after her adoption was final. It is only now that we are settling in as a family. It’s awesome. Maddie is a living, breathing, reminder to us of God’s grace to us. We do not deserve her (or ANYTHING good, for that matter), but we are so thankful that The Lord chose us to be her parents – it is a FUN job. We pray daily for the grace and wisdom to point her to Jesus.
So when will we take our next placement?? We don’t know. Our caseworker is the BEST (I’ve told you that before) and she has assured us that there is no rush. So we are praying and trusting that The Lord will reveal to us when it is time. Note: I was going to say that The Lord would reveal to us when we are ready, but the truth is we are never ready. We trust that only He will know when the time is right, because we’ll talk ourselves out of it every time if left to our own devices!
Thanks for walking this road with us. If you don’t mind, would you join us in praying for a few things?
Continue praying for New Baby and his mom? They are continually on our hearts and minds. They need Jesus above all else.
Please pray for us, that we will know when it’s time to say yes to another placement, or if it is time for our roll in fostering to change that we will be able to discern what it is (fostering ministry at church, CASA workers, respite, etc.).
Please pray for our family time right now. We are rejoicing in the time He has given us to grow and play together, and we want to cherish every moment.
We love you guys. Thanks for loving our family.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing, you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory May sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalm 30:11-12