“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 1:11

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Lesson Learned

I will admit that the process of adoption is somewhat painful (hours and hours of paperwork, homestudy interviews, stops to fed ex, calls all over the country, etc.). I can tend to get a little stressed out and flustered at times to say the least! However, at the same time, it is a sweet blessing and reminder that this life is not about "us." I recieved a copy today of a news report on the Butterfly House (a children's hospice care where Nellie is at) which was televised in China. We were able to see Nellie in action as well as the lovely caregivers who take such wonderful care of the children while they are waiting for a home, or in many cases for the Lord to call them home. When Fred saw this video, he exclaimed..."There is Nell! When can we go get her?" My heart ached, and I realized then that every minute of hard work is worth the effort. I am also reminded of this at bedtime after I say prayers with Gigi. She asks, "When is Vanilla (she is trying to say Anela) coming home?" What a lesson this is teaching our children. Obviously, the work needed for an adoption to take place takes time away from them. But, it is also teaching them the important lesson that this life ISN'T about us, and that there is a sweet child that is waiting for us to come pick her up.

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