my big girl

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I blinked and the tiny love I brought home from Ukraine five years ago is no longer my baby girl.  No, she's a big girl now.  Growing, blossoming and learning every day. Amazing in every way. This year brings some changes for the treasured youngest love in the family. Next week Harper goes to school for the first time. She's super excited (like, wears her backpack all day long!) and is … [Read more...]

promises

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"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them."  ~~  Isaiah 42:16 Keep him on the narrow road, Lord Jesus. … [Read more...]

thank you

Good morning, everyone.  I am so crazy grateful for all of the sweet notes of encouragement and love so many friends have given me.  It truly means the world to me. We are fine. Please forgive my silence here. I have just needed time to quiet my heart and retreat from the busyness of life and social media to spend quality time with my precious children. Helping my family to resettle and rebuild … [Read more...]

the hardest decision of our family’s lives

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you. ~ Genesis 22:2 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he [God] said. “Do not do anything to him…” ~ Genesis 22:12 “I, the Lord, do not change.” ~ Malachi 3:6 The best way Adéye and I can reconcile these three passages … [Read more...]

sixteen

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I never knew how much I would absolutely love being a mom. Until this guy was placed in my arms sixteen years ago.  What a precious gift I was given! No words can adequately express how much I love and treasure this son.  He is growing up to be a young man who walks in integrity and stays on the narrow road.  He has learned to give when it's hard, learned to love when love cannot be … [Read more...]

another big milestone

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Hasya's looking more and more like a teenager, we think. She's growing every month.  Our seventeen-year-old just hit forty-five pounds!  It look a little over two years, but Hasya has finally doubled in weight since coming home!  Glory hallelujah! According to the doctor's original growth estimates, she has officially hit her maximum growth potential.  Okay then.  We don't think … [Read more...]

it’s just…see you later

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Today heaven gained an angel.  A friend to many.  An absolute treasure in the adoption community.  Our hearts are so tender. So many of you have prayed for my friend, Dr. Elizabeth, as I have shared her battle with cancer with you all.  I am so blessed to have known this precious woman.  She journeyed with me right from the start of our adoption of Hasya...from that first text I sent her saying … [Read more...]