On Tuesday, my life changed (maybe forever).
We finally got our phone call for a placement! Then, about an hour and a half later, I went to pick up four children. Our children, at least for now.
It’s been exhilarating. It’s been overwhelming. It’s been joyous. It’s been exhausting (My record for number of hours of sleep in a row was about 90 minutes until this morning).
Every moment, I am more and more thankful for God’s grace for each day and His strength that has sustained us. It truly is a miracle.
Here are some specifics (although I can’t share much):
We have four children aged 3 weeks old through 8 years old. Two boys and two girls.
By the way, we said we would be willing to take up to four children aged 8 and under, and that is exactly what we have.
We are adjusting as well to be expected. But, we would love prayers as the older children are starting to realize that this is a more long term home than they thought, and more than they were told by relatives.
We are learning (often times through trail and error) about being a parent, as many new parents do. I am so thankful for all the opportunities the Lord gave me to prepare me for this exact moment.
We are amazed at how fast you can really love a child, even if there is no biological connection. It truly has been remarkable to see our love grow and grow in leaps and bounds for these precious children that the Lord has brought into our home.
We have no idea how long the children will be with us. We are praying for God’s good and perfect will, whether that be returning to a parent, or other biological relative, or the potential that they could stay with us. Prayers for this would be extremely helpful, especially for God’s grace and peace on Michael and I if they were to leave.
For Everything a Season
Right now, these children are a great priority in my life (as any child should be, whether biological or not). I don’t know what their life has looked like. However, I know what I can do right now, today.
I can give these children all I have and rely on the Lord to fill me up again.
I can be present with them each day.
I can love these children as best I can.
I can care for them daily with love.
I can pray for them.
I can attempt to show them the great, deep, wide love of Christ.
What may not fit on this list, is blogging, at least for a season.
These children need me. I cannot miss these opportunities to be a blessing to them, I don’t know how long they will be here and I want to make as big of an impact as I possibly can.