February 7, 2011

redeeming love

Every now and then a story comes along that just touches me so deeply.  A God-story.  One that makes me realize, once again, how big my God truly is.

It's the kind of story that brings me to my knees--realizing the sheer wonder of a God who does all things well.

For those of you who have followed our journey since we were in Ukraine adopting Hailee and Harper, you may remember I shared this post. 

I was very blessed to hear a lot of Harper's story while I visited the orphanage.  In a way it was wonderful to know where she came from--but also very heartbreaking.  It's hard hearing the truth about what drives people to abandon their own flesh and blood.  Truly, my heart aches for parents who give up a child.  I just cannot imagine the agony of it.  Oh goodness, so desperately painful.

Can you even imagine giving this up? 

Nope, me neither.



I was told that Harper's dad visited the orphanage for the two years that she was there.  He gave financially to help out.  He went by regularly to pay them the amount he promised. 

Sadly though, he never ever visited his daughter while she was there.  Maybe it would be too painful?  I would think so.  I honestly don't think he could bring himself to go and see her.  I think it would have ripped his heart out.



And then one day he got word that Sophia (Harper) was being adopted by an American family.  He was curious and [with the help of orphanage staff] came by the orphanage to see who I was.  He hid in the distant bushes as I walked the girls in a stroller up and down the road alongside the orphanage gates.  He wanted to see who was taking his girly home.

If the roles were reversed and it were my daughter, I know I would have done the same thing.  I would desperately want to know.

The biological family had ten days oppose the adoption.  By Ukrainian law there is a 10-day waiting period after a family goes to court to adopt a child.  That gives the biological family time to change their minds and come and legally claim their child back.

They could have come to take her home.

They could have changed their minds.

But they never did. 

They never came to take their beautiful Sophia home.



Through the social worker who brought Harper from the hospital to the orphanage after she was born, I was able to pass along information about who we were and [hopefully] reassure the dad that Harper would be loved like there was no tomorrow. That she would be treasured beyond words.

And then we left the country with our new darlings.  Ready for them to begin their new life in America.

But God.

He was not done yet.  He was busy writing a beautiful, redemptive story--something so amazing. 

A story of healing.  A story of forgiveness.

Not only in the life of one little girl who they chose not to take home from the hospital...

But also in the lives of the family who gave her up.



You see, when the Almighty Father writes a story--it truly is a masterpiece.  One that only He can put together.  Though the road to get to the end of the story may be filled with pain, heartache and sorrow--the end is always simply glorious--one we sometimes never see coming our way.

After Harper left the orphanage, her family realized something devastating.  They had made a terrible mistake.  Their daughter was gone.  Forever.  And there was absolutely nothing they could do about it now.  It was too late.

They had given her away.

Forever.



They realized that someone had actually chosen to love the daughter they believed was less-than-perfect.  Someone saw through any disability and only saw ABILITY.  Someone made the decision to pay a whole lot of money, get on a airplane, and cross the sea for the sake of their little girl, their own flesh and blood.

The scales fell from their eyes--and they suddenly realized their loss.  And their mistake.

Oh, the agony of it all is something my human heart can never fully comprehend.

But God!



The mighty Redeemer Himself reached down from heaven and touched that family's heart in such a profound and incredible way--something only HE could do.

In their brokenness, God has revealed Himself big time to Harper's bio family. 

A miracle is about to unfold.

Because they have decided......



To go and ADOPT a little girl who has Down syndrome!

Crazy, huh?  God has softened them and they have finally realized that Down syndrome is a blessing, not a curse. Their hearts are open.  They want to start over and try and make things right by giving another child HOPE--the same hope that their sweet Sophia now has.

Even as I write this, the family is looking for a daughter that they can call their own...in their own country. And just like their biological little girl who now lives on the opposite side of the world--she will be three years old and have the beautiful extra chromosome.

Is that just incredible? 

Only God can write a story like this.  It sure is NOT something that happens in that country.  Adoption is extremely rare--and is usually only for the healthiest of children.  Never those with special needs. 

Our prayer is that as they step out and adopt a little girl with Down syndrome, that many, many will be touched by their testimony and also go and adopt children from the orphanages in their own country. That would be amazing. 

Nothing is impossible for God!  He loves the fatherless passionately and will move heaven and earth to put them in a family. 

Oh, also...we are arranging for our facilitator in Ukraine to pass pictures of Harper on to her biological family.  What a blessing that as she grows, they will be able to see their daughter blossom and know that she is loved.  We are so happy to be able to give them the gift of updates and photos.

SWEET REDEMPTION!

There are no words to describe how much we love our Harper and how thankful we are that God sent us!  I look at my angel today and am reminded of something--God can use anyone to fulfill His plans and purposes on the earth.  Even a little child.  A little girl written off at birth as being "cursed" with special needs.  It's ALL for His glory, really.  His ways leave me speechless.

AWEsome God!

~~~~~

( I have been told that many of the photos are not showing on previous posts...I'm trying to figure out why they have just disappeared. Strange.  Thanks to all of you who have let me know.)





141 comments:

Mama in Uganda said...

ONLY GOD!

Amazing.

We have seen it time and time again--God using a child to advance HIS Kingdom.

Blessings and love,
Summer

Anna said...

Only God, only God! This is something only God could have orchestrated. My heart is dancing with joy over this amazing news, it´s amazing, awesome and every other good word in the dictionary. And it says a LOT about how amazing Harper Sofia´s birth family is. They did really love her and treasure and thanks to Harper they´ll be giving another girl a chance. I´m so happy about this and so glad that Harper´s family is stepping out in Faith.

Kristin Ferguson said...

Wow Adeye, that is absolutely amazing!!! I know their hearts have truly been broken and I'll be praying that God heals them through this adoption. What a God story if I've ever heard one!!!

Mary said...

Adeye - Love this! With our domestic adoptions, the love of a birth parent was behind the entire story, but I wondered how to interpret this for our new little international baby - who had truly been orphaned! God is always at work - often behind the scenes - regardless of how things appear!

Shari said...

Wow! How incredible is THAT?!? That's all I can say - WOW!

Julia said...

God wins. Again. That is my word for the day. He wins ALL THE TIME!

annie said...

Now THAT is amazing! Praise the Lord. He is so amazing. I am totally stupified right now... and rejoicing with you in this redemption!

Jill - FNA Photography said...

Now that is REDEMPTION!!!

Now that is ONLY a story our God could write!

Now that is proof if nothing else is that GOD IS GOD!!!!

Love it and your family!!! Praising Him with you - awesome news!

Praying for Anthony today too ;-)
Jill

summer said...

I have no words except to thank our FATHER for this Miracle!!! This is the BEST outcome I have ever heard and I can NOT wait to share with everyone I can!!!! GOD IS GREAT!!!!! I just can NOT stop these happy tears - WOW!!!!!

Looking Up said...

This post has me in tears!

Learning Together at Home said...

Praise Jesus! I am in tears. Honestly, I pray for my children's birth families every day. How can I not? I pray for that redeeming love for them too. Thank you for sharing such a personla part of Harper's story. It is filled with so much hope!
Shelley

Jae Marie said...

That just sent chills through me! I am at work trying not shed tears! This is absolutely amazing!! God is so good!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Adeye! Only our merciful Heavenly Father could write such an incomprehensible love story! Praising God with you for this journey of redemption and restoration, and so thankkful for having been part of bringing the little ones home. Will continue to pray for this all to unfold for God's glory.

Anonymous said...

That is a truly amazing story. Do you think they have seen updated photos of her, and that had something to do with it? If a complete stranger (me) can fall in love with her through photos, I can only imagine how her biological family would feel.

Rachael said...

Praise God! Wow! That leaves me in tears of how amazing our God is! Thank you for sharing.

Michelle said...

I am shivering after reading this. God works in AMAZING Ways!

Milena said...

Harper is absolutely adorable! Such a little pearl!

My heart weeps while reading how that family realized what they had done and how they regretted it.... How their hearts must hurt! I can only imagine their grief! And yet rejoice that their Sophia became someone's beloved daughter.... What mixed emotions! But what they have decided to do is so touching, so amazing. I too hope that their story will touch other hearts in their country, and be a piece in the puzzle towards changing the common opinion about children born with special needs. How wonderful that you will be able to share and witness their story unfold through your facilitator - and share Harper's progress through photos! Maybe one day you will all actually meet....

The McEacherns said...

That is so remarkably God! Beautiful!

Mark and Melanie said...

I am speechless and stand before God humbled and in AWE of His amazing ways.
Such a good reminder for me that He is in control and His ways are not our ways.
Praising God with you!

Mari Bryant- Marks said...

That is so amazing. And heartbreaking. And wonderful. And sad. And happy. "Then sings my soul.. How great thou Art." Wow.

Tammy said...

That is so crazy, and sad, and joyful all in one.

Aaron and Erica said...

Oh what a story...an AMAZING story! I have chills and I'm Praising God with you for his precious gift of love.

Erica

The Ironic Catholic said...

Oh my word! That's amazing!!!!!!!!

Yay God! You're right--God writes straight with crooked lines!

Bulldogma said...

I have tears in my eyes! That is a truly miraculous story!

Jessica K. said...

WOW!!! I dont have any words! that is a MIRACLE!! I had the goosebumps reading this and they just wouldn't go away. This is such an amazing story. I can't believe this is happening and it is plain beautiful. I know how rare adoptions are, how little money many people have over there and how special needs are looked at. This is the beginning of something incredible!
I am also glad they will be seeing pics of sweet Harper!

Anonymous said...

I am literally crying.

I came across your blog by accident. I haven't even read very many posts... but I just want you to know that tonight I will be praying for you and your beautiful family.

My husband and I have a heart for children... for orphans. We've spent the last 8 years working with orphans overseas during Christmas and summer. We're about to start our own adoption journey... I just want you to know that you've reminded me of a lesson I know that I should never forget, but too often do: that everything is in the Master's hands. There is a reason why in 4 years of marriage we have not been blessed with a child... there is a reason why we both have found it to be our mission to work with and for orphans... there is a reason why I found your blog today.

There is a reason that Harper is home with you today... and that reason is so much grander and lovelier than we can even begin to imagine.

-Anna

Anonymous said...

I am literally crying.

I came across your blog by accident. I haven't even read very many posts... but I just want you to know that tonight I will be praying for you and your beautiful family.

My husband and I have a heart for children... for orphans. We've spent the last 8 years working with orphans overseas during Christmas and summer. We're about to start our own adoption journey... I just want you to know that you've reminded me of a lesson I know that I should never forget, but too often do: that everything is in the Master's hands. There is a reason why in 4 years of marriage we have not been blessed with a child... there is a reason why we both have found it to be our mission to work with and for orphans... there is a reason why I found your blog today.

There is a reason that Harper is home with you today... and that reason is so much grander and lovelier than we can even begin to imagine.

-Anna

Stephanie said...

I had to read this twice....and then again, to make sure.....all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!....and yes, what everyone else has said....ONLY GOD!!

Stephanie

rachel said...

That is truly amazing! By far the best definition of awesome! Gives me hope that my husband can see the true blessing & we can start our own journey to two beautiful sweets that have captured my heart! Your family is beautiful & I look forward to each new post to brighten up my day!

Holly said...

I am SPEECHLESS!!!!!!
Wow. Wow. wow.
Glory to God!

Tara G. said...

We're military in Ukraine for a second tour. This is a beautiful story!!!

The Mac's House said...

That news was jaw dropping. Now that I've picked mine up off the floor all I can say is WOW!

:)
Teri

Melissa said...

Wow!! This is so awesome! My Liza has a slightly similar story that I need to sit and write. She was wanted so BADLY, up until the moment they knew she had DS. But yet, they still gave her a name that meant God's Promise. She certainly is, just like they all are. I am so happy to hear that Harper's Birth family sees just how much promise children with DS have.

Helle said...

This is the strangest, most wonderful story I have ever heard. Amazing in so many ways, a little sad- and beautiful enough to make you speechless. Thanks for sharing!

Jodi said...

Adeye,
You don't know me but I have been reading your blog for a few months since finding you through RR. We are adopting a precious little boy (not through RR, but he was also listed there as Kody) from Bulgaria, and your blog has been a huge blessing to me as we have walked through this journey so far.
This story is absolutely amazing, and my heart is praising God - for you, for Harper, for her family and for the precious little one who will now have a home. Is anything to big for our God???

Shonni said...

Your right...that is such an amazing God story!!!

~Trini C.~ said...

Only the LORD!!!!! Such an amazing girl!!!

Melissa said...

Wow all I can say is only GOD !!!

Carolina said...

This is an amazing story Adeye!!!! I’m crying right now after reading it! I feel so sad for her biological parents, they missed out on this little lovie! Their hearts must be broken after seeing her blossoming! It must be so hard!

Marianne said...

WOW!!! I am absolutely blown away!! May many more families in Ukraine (and everywhere) see the value of their beautiful children!

Susan A said...

Loved your post, Adeye, that's awesome! :) :)

So sorry or Harper's parents, but rejoicing in the change of their hearts because of your obedience to His promptings. They see your love in action. I am praying that they might get to know the Lord Himself and submit to Him... wouldn't that be wonderful? :)

AC said...

This is an AMAZING story.

Andrea said...

I don't even know what to say... God... is a HUGE amazing phenomenal redemptive COOL God! :)

Robin said...

Wow!!! What an amazing story God is writing!

Catalina said...

wow, thank you for sharing...this is amazing. Yet another miracle, that will start a fire, HIs fire...I can feel it, this is just a tip of the iceberg (on FIRE!).

This is amazing, this is God. Wow...

Vicky said...

INCREDIBLE! I will most certainly be praying!

Kelly said...

Absolutely amazing Adeye!

Acceptance with Joy said...

An amazing story! Wow.

May God be with them.

Harper is really a sweetie!!

You are blessed.

Susan A said...

p.s. the picture of Harper with Kellan is so beautiul! :)

Ivy said...

Every time I read your blog my boys beg to adopt a little girl. They were looking at your pictures today, saying how happy your son looks with his sister, and wondering why they can't have a sister.

This story is so amazing. God is so good.

Merrill said...

WOW! Amazing!

ukrainiac said...

Rejoicing with you as we watch God at work! What an amazing story. Only God. Only God.

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing story!! I only wish more of these parents there felt this way!! I look at my 3 sweet babies every night and wonder if the parents are ever thinking of them!! Im glad you are sending them pictures!! What a blessing!!

trustandobey said...

Wow! Now that is unbelievable. And what if this one adoption leads to another and another in the Ukraine....just think of the legacy Harper will have there. Amazing!
Lisa

Bethany said...

If there were a story that I would want about our adoption, this would be it. Or even just to be able to show her bio parents how well she is doing, that Down syndrome isn't a death sentence. This is amazing!

Amber said...

Wow. That is amazing! Praise the Lord!

Nicole A. said...

Oh, that gives me chills! Only God can orchestrate a story like that and move their hearts in such a big way! What joyous news. And who knows what other families they may affect over there who might consider doing the same thing. (Well, God knows that, of course!)

Adeye, you are like a pebble in the water, touching lives in many countries.

And that Harper - clearly she is exactly where she should be! How can you stand her cuteness, seriously?! What an angel!

All the best,
Nicole A., now in LA

Andrea Busath said...

Amazing story, absolutely amazing. While it is sad that it took them giving up their beautiful daughter, and having her adopted by an amazing family, to realize how much of a blessing it is to have a child with DS, I am grateful they have realized it and are going to bless the life of another beautiful child.

Anonymous said...

such beauty from ashes. beautiful story.

christy rose said...

What an absolutely amazing story of redemption. God never ceases to amaze me with His plans being ever so much higher than mine!! WOW!!

Anita said...

Oh my gosh, this is so amazing. I remember when you first told us about Harper's father watching you and wondering about who was adopting his little girl and I posted that you should try to send him updates in the hopes that he would advocate for other DS children but God has done one even better!! Soooo amazing. If you can somehow stay in contact, this would make a truly wonderful story (book) and could raise even more awareness. Go for it girl!!

toknowyoumore said...

What an incredible and amazing God we serve! To Him be all the glory. Your blog brings so much encouragement to my life and I love seeing your little one's grow in love!
Amanda

The Spicer Family said...

I am overwhelmed at God's purpose in your adoptions! He is so amazing and so full of miracles on behalf of not only His little ones but those whom they have touched! Praise God for using you and your husband to open Harper's birthfather's eyes to her true worth and value and beauty!

I agree with Anita--this sounds like a book waiting to be written.

I also wanted to say that just because of this I have been stirred to do something I've been dragging me feet on...contacting Vera's birthparents. She has Down syndrome and is from Russia, although her parents were Ukrainian immigrants. How I will pray for their hearts to be touched, too!

Laura said...

Simply. Amazing!
Only God could have wrought this.

teresa said...

What an amazing story. His stories are the best. All glory to God.

Thanks for sharing.

MamaFoster said...

how wonderful to see God working like that.

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness!!! That is a God thing, he set that in the works long ago. Wow, wow, wow. WOW! :)

Sylvia said...

What an awesome story! We don't always know what we do when we say 'yes' to God but it's wonderful when we have a peek into what He is doing. praying for this adoption.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is one of the most wonderful, amazing stories that I have ever heard.

Thank you for sharing. Wishing many more blessings for all of you.

Dawn said...

Wow! What a great God we serve! He really is a miracle working God. Your story made me cry. We can never imagine what God has planned and it is always better then we could ever dream of... I have a feeling this story of love will continue and continue... I hope it is possible for you to stay in some kind of contact with the family.

Heather.Campbell said...

This may be the single coolest thing I have ever heard. Praise the Lord!

Cory said...

I am always in AWE of what my God can do! This is so miraculous! PRAISE GOD!

Diane said...

Truly an amazing, awe-inspiring story that only God good write! It is unbelievable the number of lives you have touched and changed as you have gone along your journey with God!

Lizzard said...

Wow Wow Wow, That is truely Amazing! What a miracle.

Laurie said...

Oh, heavens! What a testament to His ability to weave the intricacies of our lives together.

They are saving another little girl because of YOU and YOUR obedience to God in His calling you to Harper.

LOVE IT!

expressmom said...

Goose bumps!

Audrey said...

THAT. is the most amazing story I have ever heard. Blessed be the name of the Lord!!! Only Him!

Brenda said...

That is the most amazing thing I have ever heard! Never in a million years would I have expected to read this!!!

I will be praying for Harper's birth family. Praising God for the change in their hearts!

Holly said...

That is truly amazing!! And the simple joy that God has allowed you to even know that part of the story is so cool even of itself! God is so good. It is so good to know Him!

Shelley said...

Unbelievably amazing....and you are right....only God could orchestrate that. What a precious gift it will be for them to see beautiful Harper.

thedickinsonfamily said...

God is good. All the time.
All the time. God is good.

Michelle said...

But God . . . what an amazing thought. I am blown away by your love for them, Harper's bio family. Just imagine, one day in heaven they will be able to hug you and thank you for what God, through you and your family, has taught them about love - agape love.

Much love - Michelle

Anonymous said...

WE SERVE AND AWESOME, AMAZING, GLORIOUS GOD. Oh what a story. I have goosebumps. My prayers are with them. Love Janelle

Rachel B said...

Oh my goodness...what an amazing story! I am typing this with tears in my eyes.
I pray the Lord will be revealed in the most amazing way to Harper's bio family.

Sela said...

I sobbed through and after reading this for a good half hour, and can't stop thinking about it. This story is so miraculous, all I can say is praise God! I am so thankful that he worked in the hearts of Harper's biological parents and they are trying to right things the best way they can. My heart breaks for them but also rejoices at their decision. I can only marvel at God's redemption in their lives, and that he is using them to save a desperate little one that needs them!
Hallelujah!
(Oh yes, and Harper is seriously the cutest little munchkin ever!)

Sela

Anonymous said...

That is truly incredible!

Though I think it's just so so heartbreaking that they had to give up their daughter -- and Harper had to spend years in an orphanage -- before they could realize this!

So wonderful that they're willing to help another child. Though I hope they're doing it for all the right reasons and I hope they're well prepared -- In EE, I imagine there are very few resources for parents of once-institutionalized kids and kids with DS. So I imagine they'll face more obstacles in that regard. But I wish them all the best -- that's just wonderful!

Can I ask, how did you learn about this?? Are you in contact with her birth family?

-Truewell

Coleman Family said...

HE IS LORD!! this is so encouraging!!

Aus said...

Everyone has a purpose in this world - all of us - and God is just revealing His plan for Harper a little earlier than He does for most! Nothing is impossible - the impossible just takes a little longer.....

And so kind of you to share your darling....overly kind.....but somehow not surprising for the likes of folks like you!

Great joy for you guys - and for Harper's bio family too!

hugs - aus and co.

Tesseraemum said...

Oh my word! I read this yesterday and have been trying to wrap my head around it! Praising God! My heart breaks for Harper's family. It is sooo awesome to see God's plans unfold. This morning as I was thinking about this, the Lord showed me a picture of your family and Harper's birth family in the future working side by side advocating not only in Russia but here also. How amazing would that be?! I have chills! Sheri

Tony and Rett said...

God! I am SO thankful for our God!

Adeye...what an amazing testimony for God's ultimate power!

I sit open-mouthed. But, why should I be surprised at our God?

Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you so much for the pictures. They're breathtaking!

hopeful one said...

Only God............
can give someone the courage to be obedieant.
Only God........can create a life that is "worthy" of living and being loved.
Only God......can soften mans heart.
Only God......can change what seems like a horrible story of "ashes" and create beauty instead.
So blessed to watch this all unfold.
Trina

Karis said...

My mouth fell open in Starbucks as I read this -- my neighbors were probably looking at me but I was too engrossed in your post to notice. This is truly something ONLY God would think of, craft, and orchestrate!!! How beautiful this is -- my prayers are with Harper's birth family and your family Adeye.

Rochelle said...

Good is amazing. We are just in the beginning of our journey to our sweet one over there.

Rachel said...

Wow this is Amazing A - tears :).

Monica said...

Speechless

Anonymous said...

Oh. my! The pain, and the beauty. God is doing good things. Just amazing!

Sarah

Gary and Michelle said...

That is incredible - Praise the Lord.

Michelle

blessingsandglory said...

Amazing! What a wonderful God we serve. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story that only He could have written. As for Miss Harper she is just as darling as always!

Libby

Angela said...

That is INCREDIBLE! Praise the amazing God above!

Rachel said...

Only God could write something so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing His Story!!!

Charissa said...

Oh, that is the best news ever!

Barbara Owen said...

What an awesome story and what an awesome God we serve! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

That is an amazing story.. Exactly what Andrea and all of us want the goal of RR to be!! WOW!! That made me cry, tears of Joy to see GOD at work and changing hearts and minds!!! I can not ever imagine having to give up my child, the pain they must have felt.. Have they seen current pics of Harper?
Just amazing!!!

Anne
Colorado

Amy said...

May that family's story reach and touch many, many, many more in Ukraine. Praise the Lord!

Healy Family said...

Hi Adeye - it's Sally, the "winner" of the copy of Radical. I don't know if I told you how much I enjoyed that book and the difference it has made in my thinking about most things in my life. I have taken little baby radical baby steps to start practically, but my whole outlook in general really has been radically changed. Thank you - and I truly believe the original winner did not step forward as I was supposed to read that book. I have a list already of folks to pass the book along to.

On a separate note, I would like to ask a favor. I know from time to time you put a post out about kids who "urgently" need to be adopted. On my blog today I wrote about 3 kids we met when we were in Ukraine and they have been on my heart since then. I have been praying for 2 years for a family for them. They are not special needs so to speak - but I actually think they are hard to place because of their ages and the fact that there are 3 of them. I'm trying to get the word out. Would you be willing to repost my blog in an effort to help spread the word? Please don't feel bad if you choose not to - I figure it never hurts to ask...Thank you Adeye!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Oh my goodness, that just gives me goose bumps, Adeye! You're right, only God writes a story like that! PTL for his goodness!

Tammy

Michelle said...

oh the renewed hope this has given me this morning. thank you!

rarejule said...

Simply amazing.

Thank you for sharing another chapter in your lives... and theirs!

God Bless.

MarieC said...

WOW! That's quite a story....thanks so much for sharing it. Very cute pictures!

Paul and Diana said...

Your story is amazing! God is using your you and your family in mighty ways. May you be an inspiration to even more families to adopt orphans!

babyarnie said...

Speechless!

Big Fat Mama said...

AMAZING story!! God is absolutely amazing!

Mary Ellen said...

Such an amazing redemptive God we have! His ways are not our ways.... His thoughts far above ours..

What a beautiful story! Thank you-

bee blessed
mary

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Oh my word- that is the most amazing story ever!

Laurie said...

I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!!!!!!!! Harper is precious!

Burchfield said...

You know how thankful I am that God can never cease to awwe and amaze me?! Just when I think I am aware of His great and wonderful works he shows me "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9
He is more than we can comprehend. Thanks for sharing this story!

Blessed Beyond said...

WOW! What a story, truly only a God written story! I am speechless.
Blessings,

Becky said...

Amazing! Thank you for sharing your heart and life with us!

Brandy @Brandy's Brood said...

Dropping by from Kelly's Korner. I had tears reading through this. AMAZING story. Just beautiful!

Many blessings to you and yours!!

I'm gonna bookmark your site and come back tomorrow to check out more :-D

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a beautiful story....amazing...

JennyH said...

wow, what a story! I could never imagine that pain of giving up a child.

I pray they are at peace and their adoption goes smoothly. They truly lost a precious little gem!

Darla said...

That is such a beautiful, amazing story. I love anything that says ... "BUT GOD"...

You probably know all about this website, but if not ... go look at it and make sure and read the birth story.

http://www.kellehampton.com/

Wendy said...

What an amazing story! I found your blog through Kelly's Korner. I, too, an adoptive mom of a child with special needs. Such a blessing!!!
http://obietriplethreat.blogspot.com/

Krista said...

So very cool! Praise God.

mpence said...

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story of God's great love, and the way our awesome Father works! What a beautiful redemptive story He writes!

Harper is absolutely precious and beautiful! She is fearfully and wonderfully made!

Dani said...

that is soo amazing and so wonderful....your daughter is so beautiful...i look at her face and see my daughter as im sure many of us do and tears of happiness that she is with you.. I just want to hug her..and what her bio family is trying to do is simply incredible...hoping & praying that this will open eyes and doors for those beautiful babies still waiting..God is amazing..

Hansina said...

Only the Lord could work that miracle! Amazing!

Jennifer said...

Amazing!!!!!

Lisa G. said...

I shared your story on my facebook page with all my friends. This is such a moving story!! I wouldn't believe it except through the power of our merciful God.

We are experiencing a "windfall" tax return and my husband is letting me choose the charity. Is there any way you can point me in the direction of helping these adoptions along with a donation? We cannot adopt, but we can help!!

Greatest said...

I got goosebumps and teary eyed reading this. This is one of the most amazing stories I've ever heard.

I can't imagine how this family must have agonized over their decision to give her away, it's evident they loved her and out of that love another child will now be saved.

Truly a miracle, may God's holy name be praised!!

mamgof4 said...

What an amazing story...

Grace Rules said...

Wow, what inspiration.

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tarynddavidson said...

This blessed the socks off my soul!

Not a Perfect Mom said...

Harper is beautiful, all of your children are...how lucky you're family is...
what a wonderful story, I hope her biological family helps others in Ukraine to see what a blessing these children are...
my youngest, Brooke, was born with DS and I thanks God everyday for her...

Anonymous said...

I have never been to your blog before but followed a link from Elizabeth Foss. This is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. I cried when I read this. God bless you and your family.

Jenny said...

Wow, what an amazing story!! God is so big and I love hearing how He works all things out.

I work with special needs children and love it. I love my kids and see everyday how God uses them to bring such joy into people's lives. Thanks for sharing!

Sheri said...

Thank you for sharing your lives and story. I hope many more will be moved to follow the Lord and his promptings-by you all being obedient to Him, you forever changed many hearts! God bless you all! I did a little ditty on my blog about this post and hopefully, it will spur others to take that leap of faith in being obedient to Him.

Anonymous said...

this is a great thing that god has done but why would you change your daughter's name it was such a beautiful feminine name

Anonymous said...

I simply cannot quit crying!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing and glorious story! Yes, a God story! Like you, I pray for our son's BM daily. Unfortunately his BF was killed before our son was even born. Hope that our precious boy will one day be a witness of God's redeeming love to his biological family. Blessings to your family! Thanks for sharing!

Dana Michelle said...

I love this story! Truly beautiful! I just happened upon your blog and I am so glad I did!

dana
http://theabundantlifeblog.com