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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Old is Gone.... The New Has Come

Our Pastor spoke on transitions this past Sunday (12/30/12). Sean and I feel as though it was prophetic to our lives. He spoke on 2 Kings 2 and 3. Elijah is taken up to Heaven and Elisha is left as God's prophet to His people. He spoke on how difficult a transition that must've been for Elisha. The man he devoted his life to about learning the ways of God was gone, and now he was to do the work of God on His own. The old way of things was gone, the new had come. Elisha had entered into a time of transition.
We now have two beautiful sisters. One is 7 and the other 5. We were not expecting to take any children over the age of 5, but here we are. These are the girls God has for us, and we are unexpectedly blessed. However, the old way of doing things is gone, and the new has come. 
We find ourselves in way over our head. We are desperately weak. But we are promised that His "grace is sufficient for [us], for [His] power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness"(2 Corinthians 12:9). The only way we are able to parent these girls and love them is because of Him and His love for us that overflows to them. 
I must admit that these beauties are so much better than we were expecting. Granted, our agency, Hope & Home, prepares you for the worst, but that's what we were expecting. We weren't expecting, can you say "normal," girls. Girls who just needed extra love and guidance. Girls who wanted more hugs than most other kids, and who needed a little more nudging in the right direction. It might possibly be easier than taking care of babies and toddlers because they dress themselves, brush their own teeth, feed themselves, and they're even potty trained (which I can't even get our Abby to). 
My greatest struggle comes from going from one child to three! The workload has tripled and completely changed. AND we now need to start pouring into these girls intellectually and emotionally-starting yesterday. With Abby we were able to gradually pour into her, on her level and at her stage. But these sweeties are needing more and they need it now. Although I might want to question what God is doing with us, I know I can rest in Him and his plans. Provers 19:21 states "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." We are confident that this is the path that God wants us to walk, but it is not the path we were expecting. 
It's so much better. 
These girls attached to us within the first day. Calling us mommy and daddy and saying they loved us-and they mean it. These girls have become our daughters. I pray the Lord enables their mommy to find Him, and I pray she learn how precious His daughters truly are. But until that day comes we have gained two more little blessings. Blessings who talk back, but blessings none the less. 
So goodbye old, and hello new... May we transition in the grace, love, and mercy that God grants us everyday in abundance. 

1 John 3:16-18 "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 


  1. I can not wait to meet the new additions to our family!!!XOXOXO

  2. And "sweeties" they are! I'm so happy to have them part of our family!!

  3. God is so awesome in the way He works. I'm so glad He has some faithful servants in you to carry on His plans! We love ya'll.

  4. I have goosebumps! I can't wait to meet your sweeties! Praying for y'all, as I can't imagine what a leap that was to take. Thank you for following Him with all of your beings! You challenge my way of thinking when I get to hear about your life :)

  5. So excited for all of you -- and looking forward to meeting the newest additions to your family!