This has been and exciting year for the adoption program. We have seen Lili join her forever family – Del & Suzy Schreiner and saw Don & Mie Lee give Jonathon a little sister. Seeing 2 children’s lives change forever, we witnessed the fulfillment of scripture that says “God puts the lonely in families…” We also witnessed the generosity of the Seattle and South Sound churches as they gave money to the adoption fund through our special missions contribution. That set us up for another year of being able to help change children’s lives.
Our family is a true example of lives changed. Since adding Ellie we have been forever changed by the amount of tears shed. Some have been tears of joy and wonderment as we watched her grow before our very eyes and live a very different life than what she would’ve had in China. She has had a slice of Americana by watching our town parade and eating smores around a camp fire. She attended a Doctoral graduation at USC and flew on a plane to get there. She is going to be a flower girl in a wedding and got a brand new pink frilly dress. She has a better chance to become a Christian. These are moments that I get choked up about, knowing she would never have had these experiences otherwise.
Some have been tears of sadness as we think of her past life and her birth parents. We contemplate what possible circumstances would cause this course of events to occur, to bring Ellie to us. It hurts me that she struggles with night terrors. Most times she throws a fit because I’m leaving to run an errand. Is this normal two year old behavior or something else? What is going on in her head? I get sad when I think about what it will be like when she comes to the realization that she is adopted. How will she feel? Hopefully we will have taught her to be grateful for God’s providence in all of our lives and that we were brought together by Him. That it was meant to happen this way for a bigger reason than just us, and we need to trust Him.
There have also just been a lot of tears, period. Girls sure do cry a lot! Adjusting to having a little girl after having two boys has probably been a bigger adjustment than going from two to three children. But praise be to God that a majority of our friends only have girls and give us help and support as we maneuver this unfamiliar territory.
We are so grateful for how the adoption fund helped us. We look forward to being able to help those that would like to adopt in the future. Our lives have been changed and we are better for it.