We were honored to attend an adoption celebration over the weekend as "guests of honor" along with many other families from our state who have adopted from the foster care system within the last few years. They quite literally rolled out the red carpet for the event and had "paparazzi" on site taking pictures of each family as they arrived.
Danielle Gletow founder of One Simple Wishwas the guest speaker for the day. One forever family was selected by random drawing (not ours) to receive a $500.00 wish for their family from One Simple Wish. The new #iFitIn campaign hosted by the foundation serves as an effort to get people more involved and to find their place in foster care. Whether you donate time, money, foster or adopt, there can be a place for you. Let people know how you fit in and encourage them to join in too.
Our family has been so blessed through serving children in foster care. I encourage you to find your own place, and do something to make a difference in the life of a foster child.
He looks mad, but he's actually just making a face, and not a smiley one, because that would be so not cool. His check up on Friday went well. A few days before the appointment his glasses snapped in half and we had to order new ones. They put him in some temporary frames until the new ones come in, but were gracious to bend over backwards to be sure he left in lenses. We were pleased that his eyes were stable at his appointment and there was no need to cancel the order mid-stream to change the prescription of the lenses in the new glasses. He'll go back in three months for another check-up because the life of the last steroid injection he had is expiring and it is suspected that trouble is around the bend.
The evening before his appointment my mother-in-law passed away. We went back and forth as to whether or not I would take Riley to the appointment or go with my husband to sit by his side as he made final arrangements with his sister. I needed to be two people at once. We decided on keeping the appointment which in hindsight was the right decision. I still wanted to be in both places, but I was able to be with Barry again in the evening and he was able to take care of some technical things that I could not have helped him to accomplish.
It has been a sad time, but he did a beautiful job speaking at her funeral in her honor.
We just never know what each week holds.
"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps." Proverbs 16:9.
Over the course of our marriage, we have had some relationships that were consistently hard. Sometimes we were in the thick of them and sometimes we wanted to just close our eyes, turn our back and pretend they weren't there. One hurt after another piled up and at some point we just felt done.
Thankfully, God isn't that way with us. Recently. I had my own personal experience that stirred in my heart the need to not give up on others around me. I'm sure it's no coincidence that just a few weeks later an opportunity to restore some of those difficult relationships from our life presented itself. The parallel was obvious.
Last week in the midst of my thoughts I realized that I had been set free. I had spent an entire day back and forth on the phone with someone and never once felt an opposition to them. A miracle! We're dealing with a full plate of difficult things. We're at a place where we all need to be on the same team, supporting one another for the good of one, and of all. I'm bringing to the table grace, love, compassion and forgiveness instead of the heap of hurt and anger I had been carrying around. Only God could have made that change in me. I can already see how God has used that change to make this walk easier for everyone involved. We spent many years praying for a shift in hearts in these relationships. It would have seemed easier to throw in the towel and walk away, but in light of the hope we see glimmering in the distance, we're so glad we didn't.
The Christ in me is pouring out. At one point I didn't even recognize myself, because it wasn't me after all. The freedom of letting go of my load and just allowing him to dwell has been so marvelous. It has made all the difference. We don't know what these relationships will look like tomorrow. We're working on a day to day basis. We're prayerful, hopeful, thankful.
This girl turns a whopping four years old next month, so we thought we would try to sneak in a few birthday pictures a little early since the Fall weather has been so nice. She was all about the shoes, the balloons and the attention. She was not all about the smiling. As soon as the camera was put away she turned on the giggles and charm like nobody's business. Isn't that always the way? Our days have been so extra busy lately with life and I feel like I blink and another week has passed again. We're so thankful for these days with our family of five all at home. It won't last long! God is good, all the time!
A few months ago, God began to stir in my heart the need for us to tell others our life stories that we may point people to Christ. God has done amazing things. Skip on over to onestoryonepurpose.net and see for yourself what God has planned. I hope I'll see you there!