We’ve been home from China almost 5 months.. and it looks like in about a year’s time or less (praying!), we’ll be there again! We had plans and ideas about what the future would look like for our family, but it’s funny.. every time we think we know, God shows us His plan and it’s always better! :)
Once Ruthie had been adopted, it was clear that we would adopt again at some point. We continued to pray for many orphans that we came across through different advocacy sources. But there was one little girl who stood out from the others. When we saw her photo and the limited information along with it, Lam suggested we pray for her. And so we did.. It wasn’t long before we were requesting more information. Without even knowing everything about her, my husband said, “Let’s go after her. She’s the one.” My heart just burst with emotion. It’s amazing how God moves one or both of us to pray, and leads us exactly where He wants us to go. He is good!
At first sight, this little darling has one eye that is drooping and a sweet face that doesn’t smile much from the photos we’ve seen. The condition of her eye is a result of severe congenital glaucoma, and she has probably lost all vision in that eye and may soon lose vision in the other if not treated! She also has a tumor on the back of her tongue. Long story short, she likely has what is called Neurofibromatosis. Now if you don’t know what that is, please please don’t google it! The internet shows the worst case scenarios, so let me spare you that visual :). Neurofibromatosis a genetic disorder that can cause tumors to form on nerve tissue. The severity of it varies and there is no way to determine how complicated the disorder will become. So, needless to say this is a little scary! But if it’s scary for us, we can’t imagine what she is going through right now, without treatment, and without a family. God has been speaking to us about being FEARLESS for His name sake (we just got back from an entire mission trip based on it!) because with Him, anything is possible!
One thing we’ve learned from adoption is that we are so blessed and we are not heroes. Christ is our one true hero, the One who sacrificed it all so that we might live an abundant life with Him and for Him! When the word says children are a blessing from the Lord, we now understand why! They bring a joy and love that only they can. We can only attribute any good thing we do to God’s hand on our lives. This little girl, who spends her days in her orphanage with her head hanging low, will one day be able to lift her head high because she knows her identity as a daughter of the Most High King! And so .. her name will be Glory :):
Psalm 24:7-10 | Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.
So here we are, 5 months home with Ruthie, trying to get into the routine of life again, totally using trial and error at being a stay at home mom in the photography off season (and relying on His grace every moment!), adjusting to married life with a child… and we have begun the paper train again.. We are kinda floored that God would entrust us with another child so soon but we are ready because He’s called us! We covet your prayers for this journey, for Glory’s healing and restoration. Here we go for number two! :)
Ps. Happy Valentine’s Day.. here’s some love from Ruthie! <3