This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).


The Wonders He Has Done- An Update on Eden and Family Life

I just realized that tomorrow Eden will have been a part of our family for two months.  We are way overdue for a little update and so many have asked how Eden is doing.  I hope to write more later, but for now I thought I'd just throw in a bunch of pictures of the kids and trust that this will bring more smiles and satisfaction than my writing anyhow. ( I dare you not to spontaneously grin when you see this picture of Beniam with his ice cream taken during our Mommy/ Ben date last week.) 

Thank you for all your continued prayers for our family as we transition, and especially for Eden.  This season is fragile and intense and often breathtakingly beautiful.  (When I remember to stop long enough and breathe :-)  Oh Lord, don't let me be so focused on getting all this "right" that I miss the wonder of now!)

What a tremendous transition this is for sweet Eden as she navigates new relationships, new culture, food, language and more.  But she is so brave and strong.  And loved.  So incredibly loved.  By the One who moved "immovable" mountains to bring her here and has always had a good plan for her life.  And though our love isn't perfect like His, she's deeply loved by the six of us she now calls her family.  I have been amazed in the past month and a half to watch as the other children have embraced their new sister with a purity and abandon that I could never have expected.  It is truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Eden is trying so many new things!  And sister Zoe is always right there to cheer her on. (Note the location of Zoe's
hand in all the pictures of her and Eden below :-)

Don't get me wrong, y'all.  It gets messy here sometimes... okay a lot of times.  We are seven people, one dog, a lizard, a fish-thingee, and two hamsters growing together in an 1100 square foot home (which, by the way, has not seemed small or cramped to me once in the past two months).  And I would not change it for a second.  It's wild around here but there is a peace and rest here I would not have living with just my husband in a 3,000 square foot house in Bora Bora.  Our lives may look crazy to some but we have this deep peace in the midst of it all that we are living the life God created us for.  We were made for this.  And we are just so humbled at all this ridiculous grace that we get to do this.

This girl has some serious ball control.  We were both shocked
at how great she is at basketball- she makes most of her shots.

This man has some serious love in his life.  Do you think
he's enjoying this?

We finally got to take Beniam on his long awaited train ride.
Fun day for the whole family.  Plus also we won a full size basketball net that day.  Which has come in really handy.
Who would've thought our newest daughter from China would be such a lover of basketball?!

So these are a few highlights from the past six weeks or so.  Or at least the "fun" ones-- mostly it's just day-to-day life around here mingled with lots of doctors visits :-)  Just trying to lay low and give Eden the space to transition and for her to get to know us and us her.  It has been such a gift to learn her a little more every day.

I'd love to share a little of what we are learning about Miss Eden.... She is so incredibly smart, people, and I am not just saying this because I am her mom.  She absolutely loves to learn and always loves when we sit down to do some schoolwork.  She is writing her full name in English already as well as her age (which is like her favorite word in the world- fourteen!  She is just so impressed that she is fourteen), the date, and learning my phone number quickly.  We are also doing some math and she masters concepts very quickly.  Oh, and she is learning so much English.  (She had the opportunity to learn some in China when she stayed at New Day South in 2012, so there was a foundation there of knowing her letters and a few words and songs.)  She picked up all the important words here very quickly- you know, like "no", "cookie", "Hello Kitty", "cake", and other essentials that every child needs for survival :-)  For now she is homeschooled and we are looking into her schooling options and plan to enroll her in the fall.

Eden is also so affectionate and cuddly.  Scott and I both agree that our favorite is when we are eye to eye with her... She will cup our face in her hands and just stroke our cheeks and look us right in the eyes.  What a sweet gift from God she is!  

Health wise, Eden is doing so well.  In the past two months, she has gained more than ten pounds (we think closer to fifteen or more)!  If you look at our pictures from China, I am holding her a lot.  Now, only Scott can hold her.  She is up to 53 pounds now and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.  This is such a blessing because it can be hard for her to gain weight due to a minor physical condition.

"Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done.  The things you have planned for us no one can recount to you;  were I to speak and tell of them they would be too many to declare." (Psalm 40:5)

(Which is why this post that I intended to be short and sweet has kept me up til a quarter to one in the morning.  So hoping Scott lets me sleep in tomorrow :-) )

Update- make that one hamster.