I know this doesn't look like your typical anniversary picture. That's because today's not your typical anniversary! (Silly!)
On February 24, 2009, we adopted our daughter Mercy and our son Sam. This picture shows us with the judge right after the ceremony. In the picture with us are our eight birth children, one son-in-law, one granddaughter, and a sweet little guy who has since become our grandson through adoption!
You know...I really wish I had been keeping a diary of our adoption journey as it unfolded, because it was like a cruise to the Bahamas that ended up being a rocket ride to the moon. We landed in a totally different place than we had thought we were heading...and it was a white-knuckle, stomach-churning trip sometimes! But do you want to know something crazy? (Oh, you know you do!) God knew what He was doing all along! No question...no doubt about it...not a moment's hesitation in that statement. We thought we knew all sorts of stuff that God ended up sanding off and wearing away until we finally conformed to His will on this matter.
The entire story of how we ended up in a courtroom on this date, two years ago, is a looong testament to God's sovereignty, our stubbornness, and God's long-suffering patience. And let's not forget His willingness to choose to bless us, even when we aren't always willing participants in His plans from the get-go.
I can assure you that this is a story I will probably tell in one form or another many times, because it's one of my favorites! And I just LOVE a good story!
However, today is not that day. Blah, blah, blah...I broke my foot three weeks ago...yadda, yadda, yadda...surgery tomorrow. So tonight I want to spend a little quiet time with my Best Buddy. But I just couldn't let the day pass without thanking God in this little piece of the blog world for allowing me to join Him in raising these two precious children for Him!
Miss Mercy at her adoption party!
Yeah...I don't know what this face is about, but this is Sam!
Tomorrow...anniversary #2, which is actually anniversary #1. Confused? Join the club...and check out tomorrow's installment!
In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. Ephesians 1:5-6