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A Beautiful Responsibility

A few of our close supporters have commented on how this journey will help us deeply appreciate being parents when the time comes.  So true.  Parenting can be very hard and you don’t have to be a parent to know that. We know that this journey has taught us a lifelong lesson.  It has helped us appreciate being parents and it has forever made us appreciate our children.

We asked our readers on the hardest night of our lives (here) for a very special favor. “Cherish and savor all of the gifts your children give you minute by minute.  Hold them and speak to them like a mature soul.  Let them know how proud you are of them and how great you think they are.”

To continue this request, we would like to plug a beautiful blog post on Patheos.com which can deepen your appreciation of God’s greatest gift of life.  In this blog post, the writer discusses an awesome article by Pope Francis. “parents are the first face of Christ to their children, and this is a beautiful responsibility.”

Here is the link.  Enjoy! ( Pope Francis Encourages Parents to “Waste Time with their Children” )

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Scripture and Inspiration

The Bible is full of references to adoption.  From Moses to the Apostles.  Here are a few of our favorites.  This post will also be featured as a page on the top of this blog.  Visit often and pray for all families.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” – Proverbs 13: 12

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” – Matthew 18:5

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” -Psalm 126:3

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

“You are the helper of the fatherless. Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.” – Psalms 10:14,17-18

“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

“Father to the fatherless defender of widows – this is God, whose dwelling is hold. God sets the lonely in families.” – Psalms 68:5-6

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord had granted me what I asked of him.” – Samuel 1:27

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” – James 1:27

“In you the orphan finds mercy.” – Hosea 14:3

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverb 3:5-6

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord.” – Psalm 127

“And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.” – John 11:52

“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21

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How’s the Fishing?

“Almighty and all-loving Father, we fishermen thank you for blessings of your great outdoors, especially the privilege to pursue our sport as free men and women in a free nation.  And we especially thank you, for your son Christ, who so loved fishermen He chose four or more among his twelve apostles.  And in years to come, dear Lord, as each fisherman comes to you, please remember these are a special breed. Their spirits would not be content to walk alabaster streets.  Grant them instead, clean waters with a quiet chop, with enough honey holes to last an eternity, and a fishing buddy to share it with.”  -Unknown

The fishing has been great this summer.  Our newest adventure has been the Minnesota River.  It is a beautiful place to fish and you never know what is going to tug on the other side.  Here are some pictures of our summer fish.

 

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Come to Me

These last few weeks we have been enjoying the summer completely.  This summer has been full of hikes, school, work, and surgery for the both of us.  Among the typical busy days of a Minnesota summer, we have had some ups and downs in our adoption journey.  

As an any adoptive couple can attest, these periods of waiting are not without excitement and heartache.  One of the challenging things we have found about this blog is there are so many private things that go along with adoption that can’t be shared.  Between respecting the privacy of birth-parents and not wanting to cause excitement resulting in let down,  some of the ups and downs we have kept very private.

While we can’t share the specifics of the events over the last few months, we can tell you that our God has been present.  When our hearts are full and excited, He feels near and beckons reminders of his faithfulness.  When our hearts are let down,  He breaths comfort and consolation.  An atheist might accuse us of clinging to our religion for emotional refuge.  But we tell you this.  God is our anchor in the wind and the waves.  He does not always provide answers but He always provides peace when we ask for it.  Yes, Jesus is a faithful friend. 

Here is a song that has been a favorite on our playlists lately.  Specifically this line hits so close to home; “Don’t look to the right or to the left, keep your eyes on me. You will not be shaken, you will not be moved.  I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way. Just come to me, come to me Cause I’m all that you need”

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