Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.
Psalms 68:5-6

So it's Valentine's day and I am thankful for my Valentine today and every day, but I have to tell you that something else made my heart full of joy today. I read a blog about a very special little girl who found out that she now has a forever family. Katie met this little girl, Jessica, last summer at Maria's Big House of Hope and we have prayed for a family for her. It was so exciting to read today that just this week she found out about her new family and received a package from them.
Reading these blogs makes my heart long for the day when we can can finally send our little girl a package and pictures of her new forever family. We are trusting in God's timing but praying for miracles to help the process move a bit quicker. I want to use this extra time we have to learn more about adoption so that when we bring our little girl home we are as prepared as possible. I am reading a book that several people recommended to me called "The Connected Child". It seems to be filled with alot of valuable information.
It has been incredible to look back at the events that caused our family to become more aware of the needs of orphans. Though we had no idea at the time, Maria Chapman's short life here on earth was the beginning of our journey. Then Katie and I reading Mary Beth Chapman's book, "Choosing to See" was the next step in our journey. For Katie reading this book set into motion a desire to go to China on a short term trip to Maria's Big House of Hope. Excited that Katie could go minister at Maria's I was truly happy that God granted her the desire of her heart to travel to China last summer, but I really didn't know how this  trip could or would imapct me personally. When Katie came home hundreds of pictures later, the orphnas she visited had names and my heart began to ache for them. Now whenever I hear a story about an orphan being adopted into a forever family I am so full of joy. Actually, when I hear one of these stories I cry. So today I cried when I read Jessica's story, but they were happy tears! So to Jessica and your new family - Our family is so happy for you. God bless you all as you grow your family!
To read the blog about Jessica click here -

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