It is the great divide between our refuge and the beautiful mountains our kids have longed to climb.
Finally, two weekends ago, we all went to the rim of the canyon.
From there, the youngest four, Buttercup and I waved good by.
David hiked with the big kids down into beautiful Hell Hole Canyon-
|Can you find Liam in the tree?|
Provision has happened and impossible obstacles overcome.
Remembering those miracles and gifts boosts our strength in the next valley.
The most beautiful treasures by far, have been found far below- in those darkest places.
Friendships deepened into life-long treasures-
friendships new and old.
Each one of our seven children came during or as a result of, a Hell Hole Canyon experience.
I asked him afterwards how he made the climb when he was already weak.
I focused on one step at a time.
Isn't that another way we climb out of life's valleys?
One step at a time?
This is the way, walk ye in it. Isaiah 30:21
We are guaranteed more valleys. But today, with Mohale home and thriving with the rest, I remember and savor, breathing fresh air that can only be experienced from the mountain top- a mountain top reached after an impossible climb.
We catch our breath and rest in abundant gratefulness-
gaining strength for the next valley.
long and passionately pursued sons and daughters home from the D.R. Congo!
Their isolating climb out of Hell Hole has begun.
To those who have recently adopted,
You are normal to feel overwhelmed and even depressed.
Connecting with our traumatized, unattached children is crazy hard!
The long hike from "strangers to "family" is often excruciating
In time, and sometimes it's a long time,
you will reach those beautiful mountain tops-
far more beautiful than you can currently imagine!
Although you know that cold, early morning swimming pool will be initially uncomfortable,
the shock still takes your breath away when you actually jump in.
By finding something to be grateful for in the midst-
By being real, transparent, and reaching out to others who can encourage you,
His faithfulness in the last valley
Gratefulness is the channel by which He commands his strength upon us in our weakness.
He has grown large and remarkably strong so barely do I have the physical strength to endure holding him through his episodes.
Gratefulness is like a power-bar and a quenching drink of water on this climb.
Remembering provision in past valleys strengthens my heart.
My heart bursts with grateful admiration as our five older ones daily ask to support me. They are learning to let HARD push them closer to His heart.
They are growing in character through this season into friends more than dependents.
David and I have the honor of being their life-coaches.
As we daily parent sweet, gentle, adored Mohale and our strong, precious beloved Joseph,
laughter and giggles flow- we deeply treasure and enjoy our adorable boys.
I'm humbled beyond words that we get to be their family.