One of my favorite parts of adoption is our "Family Day". I know everyone celebrates "Gotcha Day" but I LOVE "Family Day". So you are probably thinking, what is family day then?
Family Day is the day a new family is born at the airport. The day when mom, dad, newly adopted children, and siblings are finally all together for the first time. It's probably one of the most beautiful things you will see this side of Heaven. So many raw emotions, fears, and excitement all rolled up together.
Today is our 5 year Family Day with Grace and Sera!
We love you Grace and Sera!
We are so blessed that you are a part of our family.
It's New Year's Eve and I am taking a nice long bath, thinking about 2014 and dreaming for 2015.
God has truly blessed our family this past year.
In January 2014 I made the decision that I needed to start taking better care of myself. I started out with a goal to loose a few pounds. I got so much more than I expected, 12 pounds lost, gained energy, and healthier skin. Now I am doing something I haven't done since college. This spring I started working out and lifting weights.
We were blessed with the opportunity to vacation with 50 of the best families you will ever meet. We attended our first ever Reece's Rainbow Reunion.
This summer with the help our church, Southland Christian Church, and Carpenter Bus we were able to purchase a 15 passenger wheelchair bus.
Twice this summer I was given the opportunity to share how adoption has blessed our family.
This fall we fell in love with two little boys across the ocean. Both have some unknown medical issues and severe malnourishment. Due to their fragile health we were able to expedite their adoption. They will be coming home January 2015. What a great start to our New Year!
I will have lots of updates to share this week so keep watch on our blog.
We have set up an Amazon Associate account to help us raise the money we need for some items for our boys coming home in January. If you plan to do some shopping online please consider using our Amazon link.
We recently started the adoption process to bring home two precious boys. I will post pictures when we get approval. For now I will be putting ALL adoption updates on our Facebook page. I will post our travel log to this blog though.
the story of one little boy but there are an undocumented number of children
living in the same conditions.This is
not isolated to one child, one orphanage or one country.
The Boy Behind the Secret Door
In an orphanage on the other side of the world there is a
secret door.This secret door leads to a
secret room, a room that no one wants you to know about.One day a miracle happened and the secret
door was opened.This is the story of
A group of women had been working in an orphanage for
several days.Every day they would hear
screaming and noise but could not locate where it was coming from.One day they saw some children hanging out of
a window and began to ask questions.They
were told “those children are crazy”, “we cannot understand what they are
saying”.The women continued to ask
about the children.God moved mountains
and they were lead to the secret door.The door was locked and held shut by intertwined red and white pieces of
Behind that door they found a few very malnourished children,
mostly older children.It was unclear
how long they had been locked in that room or if they had ever been out of the
room.One little boy really caught their
attention.His age was unknown.There was something about this little boy so
they begged to take him out of the secret room.Their request was granted.
He was so fragile that his legs quivered when they tried to
stand him up.His lips were drawn and he
had wrinkles like an old man.However, to
everyone’s surprise he had the sweetest smile and the most infectious
laugh.He was so hungry.When he was fed he would lunge towards the
food for more.It was obvious he had not
been getting enough food.
The little boy will never have to return to that secret
room. He will never again be hungry.He will now know the love of a
mother and father.I know that it is only by God’s divine
intervention that our son is alive today.
No one wants you to know about the secret doors.They don’t want you to know about the
children who are silently dying behind those doors.However, God sees them and he loves them.One day God will judge each person for their
actions or lack thereof.I think of
those children daily and pray that they feel God’s love even in the most