Moments ago, just as our Thanksgiving meal ended, look what appeared just outside the window...
Three years ago, on November 9, 2012 (link) just after the San Diego County Foster Adopt social worker left our home to update our home study to officially begin our wait for TWO children, a rainbow appeared in same spot. I blogged about it then and posted a pic of that rainbow exactly three years ago. I remember clearly pondering His promise to me that HE is faithful. It felt like He was saying "follow Me and trust Me- no matter what storms come."
(If you know me, you know I freaked out a lot, fretted often, worried loads and hardly slept.)
HE IS FAITHFUL...
He had a more amazing plan to fulfill the desire in our hearts for
Two little boys.
Joseph from the USA and Mohale from Africa.
(who we call our "twins")
from two continents.
Redemption came more beautifully than we'd dared to imagine.
And now, a double rainbow appeared on Thanksgiving to wrap up a dream fulfilled.
He's finally ours!!!!
It's sinking in.
Daddy's got you!
Getting to know Buttercup
(Mohale was frightened at first, but Joseph showed him how awesome she is.)
More hugs for Buttercup
Helping Daddy bring in firewood
Putting up the Christmas Tree!!!
This THANKSGIVING DAY our hearts are FULL of LOVE for 7 children around the table.
It's hard to believe HE'S HOME!!
TO OUR ARMY OF FRIENDS:
SO MANY OF YOU HAVE PRAYED WITH US AND ENCOURAGED US ALONG THIS FOUR YEAR JOURNEY.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.
(Really, it did take an army behind us to adopt Mohale. We are so grateful for each of you.)
Can I encourage you?
As I flip through pictures on our phones from the last five weeks, my heart wants to encourage others.
Is there a desire in your heart?
Perhaps that desire is for a purpose.
Perhaps, God put it there.
does the desire grow or subside?
What desire has God placed into your heart?
(Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart Psalm 37:4)
Bringing ALL of our children with us to AFRICA to bring Mohale home seemed
What is your
Is there something you DESIRE to reach for that seems daunting?
Do you feel like Leora did as she reached out towards this lion...?
If you jump, likely it will be scary, incredible, HARD, heartbreaking, valuable, illogical, stupid, slow, and something that will build your faith crazy huge.
(Or you can stay safe.)
(but remember, "Safe" is a myth on this planet)
Yet, if the desire is from Him,
it tends to push you forward and not leave
So, what do we now think about taking our entire brood across the planet to bring Mohale home...?
It was incredible.
It was really REALLY HARD.
HARD is GOOD.
We were warned it would be difficult.
It was also one of the most valuable, precious and fun...
When we shared our plan to bring all 6 children with us to bring Mohale home,
some (including ourselves) thought we were being
(another word for stupid?)
But. It was also
Kids are good for each other during hard times...
Sierra in Lesotho snuggling the brother she'd prayed for every night for the last year and a half.
It's true. This was
from a financial planning standpoint.
Traveling this large was far too pricy for rationalization- especially with now seven children
like the price of a really nice new car.
It was a miracle that we could afford and acquire a loan to bring our entire family with us.
(To see miracles, often we must first
step out where miracles are required.)
Investments of this type cannot be measured in dollars.
The benefits will not fade like the new car would have.
Unending and growing benefits...
They each will share for a lifetime with Mohale sweet memories in the place that cradled him until we came-
this place that will always be part of who he is will now always be part of who they are too.
They have a common bond.
Our children will never be the same.
They've witnessed the miracles they prayed for unfold around them.
They've learned about the benefits of risk over staying safe.
They've learned that God hears their prayers- even when it seemed He wasn't listening.
All five wanted to stay longer.
All of our hearts were further broken and ache more than ever to reach children in need of love.
(Already they are asking where we will go next to care for children.)
Our hearts have been broken further and melted by seeing, holding, talking with children "like us" but who may or may not have parents and some with minimal food, water, clothes, shelter or education.
Although going without our children could have been easier, "SAFER" and "wiser"
So much would have been missed.
(It was certainly worth the panic filled sleepless nights that precluded this jump, the exorbitant financial cost, and the wear on my aging body)
We will never be the same.
That's a GOOD thing.
This THANKSGIVING WE ARE ALL AMAZED.
THANKING GOD for MOHALE
And thanking HIM for
We hope that our up-and-down-and-up-again journey encourages you in whatever unique desires you have growing in your heart.