Thursday, October 14, 2010

Here we GROW again!

Just in case you weren't entirely convinced that we are NUTS! Just in case you are one of those people who still thinks we are "amazing" rather than COMPLETELY CRAZY! I think this little secret that we have been harboring just might do the trick!

You see, it appears that the Lord isn't quite done with us yet!

And we find ourselves, once again, humbled by His amazing plans for our family and the call that He has extended. . . . . . . . . . .










. . . . .to return to Eastern Europe in 2011 to grow our family once more through adoption!!



If you think you're shocked, let me assure you that, we were absolutely stunned when we received the urgent and very direct prompting to move forward, just TWO WEEKS after arriving home with the girls and with Alexis' adoption still not finalized. So shocked in fact that, I am sad to say, we initially tried to push those promptings aside, rationalizing and justifying right and left why it would be next to impossible to do this thing that our Heavenly Father had laid upon our hearts. You'd think that we would know by now that it is really no use arguing with deity! For every rationalization and justification we threw at Him, for every "We can't," He threw, wide open, the doors and said,"You can!" And then He reminded us gently, lovingly, but very directly that these children were chosen to be a part of our family long before the world was and we knew that He was right and that it was time for us to take, what will be, by far, the biggest leap of faith we have ever taken, knowing that our Heavenly Father will light our path every step of the way.

The precious little one that will be joining our family is "Gage!" Gage has held a special place in my heart since the day that he was listed on Reece's Rainbow. I have seen his sweet face almost every day for the past 2 years, but when I sat down at my computer after the girls arrived home and saw his beautiful brown eyes staring back at me it took my breath away. Tears flooded my eyes and I KNEW! I absolutely knew at that moment that he was our son and that it was finally time for him to come home.

Gage (September 2010)

Of course, knowing how difficult it is for us to do things one at a time, there is another little one, currently in the same orphanage as Gage, that we are also hoping to bring home, but because there is a possibility that Gage will be transferred to an institution prior to us traveling (he turns 5 at the end of November), the Reece's Rainbow leadership team has requested that we commit only to Gage at this time until we know for sure that the children will be in the same place at the time of travel. We feel just as strongly that this other child is meant to be with us and, as always, we look forward to seeing where this journey leads us!

So now you know! We really ARE nuts!! And we wouldn't have it any other way!

30 comments:

Emily said...

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am for you and your growing family. I miss you guys and am taking notes. :) You are an amazing mother and you inspire me.

All my best. With Love

Emily

MoonDog said...

I wouldnt have you any other way either. Im glad you're nuts. we can be nuts together. hugs. congratulations.

Jeff 'n' Dana said...

You are amazing! Congratulations!!

~Dana

Shelley said...

I think it's all about perspective. I don't call it "nuts", I call it "obedient" and "BLESSED"!

Staci and Damon said...

How exciting!! You guys aren't nuts, you're awesome!

Yvonne said...

How wonderful!! I am so happy for your family!! I have to admit that I saw the "commitment" on Reese's Rainbow just yesterday... and wondered when you would be updating your blog! Thanks so much for sharing! I am over the moon for you guys!!

Yvonne

AMCSI said...

Wow! Congratulations, I imagine the house full of laughter, love and activity. I miss seeing you and Evan and Josh at Shriners. Now it sounds like I will have many more happy little ones to meet. You amaze me with your strength and love for all these kids. Tell Evan Owen and I miss him lots.

Michelle said...

when i read this, i actually looked at the calendar in my room to make sure it wasn't april first. :-P literally, i was that sure you were kidding.

but i am very excited for you, and THRILLED not only for these children but for your family as a whole. i know that when you follow God's calling and leading in your life, He blesses you beyond what you can imagine at the time, and i'm excited to see in what form that will come for all of you. of course i'll be here cheering you on along with everyone else! keep us posted! :-D

Hevel said...

Yes, you are nuts. But it's nutty people who make the world move.

maryolly said...

I hope one day I'll be as nutty as you. Congratulations!!

fiona said...

Wow, congratulations! What lucky, lucky children! No, what BLESSED little ones, and I know you are blessed to have them in your life. Wow! I am in awe :) It's never nuts to follow the plan the Lord has for you! It's nuts not to ;)

The Shultzs said...

Congratulations. Prayers for a speedy adoption. =]
(Shelley, I love your comment...very well put)

Julia said...

You guys humble me. That is all I am going to say.

Charity Brown said...

Is is cuteness to the 10th degree!!! SERIOUSLY!!! He looks quite a bit like Lucas and Jacob (not that they look identical, but he definitely has similar traits)! Congrats to you guys!!! Soooo exciting!

Stephanie said...

Nope not nuts at all. My fear is going to Bulgaria for our 3, and "seeing" another child. All you can do is follow Him and things will go where the path leads. Don't you just love the unknown? Best wishes to you on this journey to your children. BTW, I think 10 will be a wonderful number. congratulations!

Stephanie

Jill said...

That is AWESOME!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you! When I read this post and saw his picture, I felt the spirit so strongly and I knew, just like you know, that Gage is meant to be in your family. So happy for you. (((HUGS)))

Cortney said...

I don't think you are nuts yet. ;) You need AT LEAST 12 more before I even start to think that.

What a beautiful family- I love reading your blog.

growing our love... said...

Not nuts at all!! Beautiful!!

Monica said...

I'm so very happy that you are bringing Gage home. I have been advocating for him for a long time, and it made so happy when I saw that his family found him. And when I saw that it was you, I was thrilled because you are experienced adoptive parents, that know what it takes to bring him home and make it work :-)When it comes to Lily's celias disease, it just breaks my heart to see a child that malnourished, when it is so easily treated. My bioson was diagnosed when he was 2,5, he then hadn't gained weight in a year, but caught up very fast once on the diet. And it gets really easy to keep the diet after getting used to it. He i now almost ten, and we barely think about himbeing on a diet anymore. Wish you the best of luck with you're kids and the upcoming adoptions :-)

Dunstan Family said...

You are amazing!!!

Qadoshyah said...

Congratulations guys! Can't wait to continue to follow along!

Cathy and Nick said...

My heart called to Gage every time I looked at his picture, but we are too old to be considered for his adoption. I prayed that God would find him a family and He did. Bless you every step of the way and know that there are many of us prayin gfor his health and the swift completion of his adoption.

Milena said...

Wonderful news, though maybe it would be wise to just say "Eastern Europe" and not Ukraine...

Jenny said...

This is awesome! I am so happy that you will include Gage in your family. I honestly feel in my heart that he will be a perfect addition. Hugs (your family from RR)

Pamela Kendall said...

I was praying that a Christian family would choose Gage! So glad God answered. I've been waiting for your blog to appear on RR so I could check it out. God bless you for rescuing this beautiful child. I pray everything goes smoothly and that you will be able to bring him home before he is transferred. God Bless!

Rachel said...

we're with ya sister! you go girl!

Brenda Erickson Photography said...

Congrats! I am so happy for your family and for Gage. I cannot wait to hear who the second child may be.....I am praying it's Mason :)

Duck said...

Do you need financial help? I started to raes some $ for him. But if you bont need it I can give it to someone elce.

Kat said...

I just dropped on over here from the Adoption Story Blog Hop and read this post. I feel such joy when I hear of a child that will no longer be an orphan! Praise God!!!! We have seven beautiful children (four adopted) and I know what an amazing blessing each and every one of them are! Congrat on starting the process AGAIN! WOO HOO!!!!

post2rizzo said...

dear valerie and family,

i am overjoyed to see that gage has found a family. gage was to me what dusty was to jacob. he was that kid that i kept checking on to see if he'd found a home yet. he just seemed so special. i think it's something to do with his soft, caring eyes.

anyhow, i encountered your blog(s) about a year ago when my husband and i were considering our first adoption and wanted to learn more about AMC. we have since decided to adopt a waiting child with a lower limb difference, whom we expect to come home in february or march of 2011. truthfully, it can't happen fast enough.

in the meantime, i see you've expanded your family even more. i had read about alayna and lily, but had no idea until i came to your blog today to read about gage (i'd read elsewhere that you were adopting him) that alexis was in the works. i believe you are traveling soon to bring her home, and i wish you all the best with that.

so best wishes. congratulations. and thanks for the inspiration!