Thursday, April 13, 2006

Good Friends!

Today some friends I have gotten to know a bit through our agency, CWA, got news of their successful hearing at court! I also got an email from friends we have met here in Colorado - the ones who went from adopting one infant to adopting three older kids- that the kids they requested are official referred to them! And they will likely travel early in June- which mans several of us will all have our kids home for the summer.

It is also Holy Week and I am reminded of God's love for us in giving his ultimate sacrifice. When I have difficult times its a comfort to rely on God's presence. One family shared these verses with us today:

Isa. 43:1-3. "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by
name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with
you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you;
when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will
not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of
Israel, your Savior."

2 Cor. 9:8. "God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in
all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in
every good work."

How comforting to know this. No matter where you are and what has been made difficult for you God is with you through all of it.

This photo was taken last Sunday. Here you can see our three kids and then jennifer, Mark and their son Zeke. We had some good friends come to visit us. Jennifer is our midwife's daughter. We met our midwife while living in Ithaca New York. We had called her about having a homebirth for our first pregnancy and then before our first prenatal visit we miscarried- she then called to check on us and we were pregnant with Maddie. She cared for us throughout that pregnancy and during that time I met her daughter Jennifer. Our family became close with their family and spent a lot of time together. They became like family to us. Gail was also one of the midwives caring for us during Phoebe's birth- this occurred shortly before Jennifer and Mark were married. So at their wedding Phoebe was only about a month old. They now have a 3 year old names Zeke and they all came to visit us last week.

This picture was taken in the foothills of the Rockies. It was a wonderful time and I spoke to Jennifer's mother, our midwife, and I said, "How fitting it is to have Jennifer come to visit so close to the time when we are bringing new babies into our family- our midwife’s daughter!" It is wonderful to meet people in life - along the way - whom you connect with and they are special and bring joy into your life. These people become the fabric of your memories and they are the gift that God gives us to help us and to celebrate with us.

We are thankful for the families we have met through this process. In many ways- going through this together- is so unique - I can't imagine not having these connections across the United States and even the world to help guide you through this process. They are like my midwives in this process of adoption.

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