The Heart of Adoption

On Monday night, we left John V’s baseball game and took our little crew up to the airport. I think they thought we had finally gone crazy since it was bedtime. Levi just wanted to know where we were going on an airplane. Levi ALWAYS wants to go somewhere on an airplane. He is his mother’s daughter. But we weren’t going to leave on an airplane or even to pick up family members coming to visit on an airplane.

John’s work “family” has become just that in many ways. They spend time together outside of work, support each other in different situations, and really invest in each other’s lives. It is definitely a strong point of this small, growing company. So we were gathered there that night along with a good portion of the work crew and others of her friends to greet one of John’s coworkers as she returned from Africa where she had been on the incredibly special mission of collecting one precious baby girl who will from now on be her own, beloved daughter. It simply does not matter how many times I witness adoption, I cannot help but marvel at the heart of God being so evident in a situation. This tiny one is in need. She needs family, love, a home, comfort, protection, provision, nourishment, education…and the list goes on and on. God puts on someone’s heart, just like He did our friend, the desire and means to give those things to that tiny one, and they are put together. And when they came down that escalator toward all of us standing there cheering with signs of welcome, and hugs, and cameras going off like paparazzi, it didn’t matter that their skin is not the same color, they were not born on the same continent, or that there is no matching DNA in their bodies, that sweet mommy and her baby are now a family in the truest sense of the word. A family by love, commitment, choice, and in Christ. And there is no way you can keep the knot out of your throat.

As God would have it, another young family was there with their baby girl, very recently adopted. They were put in touch with our friend during the adoption process because they lived in the same city and adopted baby girls the same age FROM THE SAME ORPHANAGE! Miracles never cease. It was precious seeing the babies together knowing that they will be able to share as they grow so many similarities in their lives and situations.

And I am always overwhelmed that God would perform this miracle for each of us. No matter where He found us or in what condition. No matter what we have chosen up to that point or what mistakes we have made along the way. No matter if we look like Him or seem the furthest removed creature from the holiness of His Nature. He picks us up, says “Now YOU are MINE.” And that quickly our orphan, urchin status becomes one of royalty and righteousness. And I can’t ever help but think of the song we sang to and with the kids at a tremendous camp dear to our hearts for abused and neglected children. It applies to those children, to precious adopted ones, and to each one of us. His vast love and His heart to CHOOSE us! It never ceases to overwhelm. May your heart be full today of your CHOSEN status in Him, and may we always be ready to share His heart to choose others!

I will change your name
You shall no longer be called
Wounded, outcast, lonely or afraid

I will change your name
Your new name shall be
Confidence, joyfulness, overcoming one
Faithfulness, friend of God
One who seeks My face

Educational Tool Review: BOB Books

Sorry I vanished on you, my patient friends. We had one of those weeks where we attempt to restructure our lives a bit. Fortunately this was to work our daddy back into our lives a little more which is always a great thing. During the time I have been blogging again, he has been working crazy hours including evenings and often nights so that is when I have been blogging. Now I need to figure out where in my schedule will be the best cranny for this because, much as I love all of you, you can’t have my hubby time. He’s way too much fun to be replaced. 🙂 So I have been doing what is so often necessary in this crazy life, taking another look at the schedule. So, here goes a new attempt and for now, here is a look at something else my family loves.

I found out today that the BOB Books are now in sets at Costco. These books are absolutely terrific for beginning readers. If you haven’t used them, or if yours need replacing, these are bigger than the previous small books and available in three sets instead of the original five. Many early reading books have mixes of words that make it difficult for the earliest readers to feel successful in sounding out words because they use rules that have not yet been learned. BOB books are truly written for little readers to sound out each word and practice with confidence the sounds you have been teaching them. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Mine are dog-eared enough from just two that I may need a new set already!

A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom – 28

John V receiving his Bobcat Badge at his Cub Scout Pack meeting last night. They asked him to read the prayer for the group of over 100 people right before the meeting started, and he did it without blinking an eye. I love that he is gifted to do things in front of people without nervousness. I was not that way at his age!

A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom – 27

Baby Mitchell at the airport meeting Baby Zuri, our friend's baby girl just arrived from Africa. This precious one has been prayed for, God has worked to bring her here, and we are so grateful to be some of those who will get to love her! More on this when I return to blogging tomorrow. I promise I didn't vanish, folks.

Read-Aloud Book Review: In Grandma’s Attic

My family is currently in the process of reading through the Grandma’s Attic series in the evenings. I think for now we’ll read the first four books and then save the rest of the series for when the kids are a little older. These are precious, fun stories of a young girl hearing about her grandmother’s life growing up on a farm when horses ate your buttons, dolls were filled with popcorn, and your best friend Sarah Jane got you in whole worlds of trouble. Each short chapter has a story with a lesson full of truths from God’s Word and the character traits we need whether we lived 200 years ago or today. I grew up on these and reading them again with my kids has been full of delightful memories for me. They beg for these stories at night and we laugh together over Mabel’s crazy predicaments. Lots to enjoy and lots to discuss! We know you’ll love them too!