That summarizes fairly well where we are at in the adoption process. All of our paperwork was sent in at the end of the summer. Now all there is to do is wait for the government offices to make a match with our family. Our adoption agency has kept us informed on how things are moving (or not moving), and we continue to pray for the child that God will bring into our family. Thank you for praying with us!
Today is our annual Celebrate Life Day. Every year it is a day of mixed joy and pain, laughter and weeping. Every year. This year. We celebrate life today because four years ago Tanzen was born. We celebrate life today because four years ago we almost lost Crystal to her stroke. This year we celebrate life because we have watched our beloved Ita step from this world into her eternal home.
We take our celebration seriously. Today is not a day that we wallow in sentimentalism or bask in trivialities.
We will not hold our daughter’s hand and think of how lucky we are.
We will not step into the sunshine with Crystal and forget that she can walk.
We will not relegate Ita’s existence to a place in our hearts or happy memories. Whether or not her memory lives on within me makes no difference. Her existence has not ended.
No. We will take this celebration seriously because we take life seriously. We take eternity seriously. We take joy seriously.
We will not forget that we are more than particles and energy.
We will not forget that every breath we have is a gift.
We will not forget that evil is real and not an opinion.
We will not forget that death is painful and will one day be eliminated.
We will not forget that life is hard and tears sting.
Today we celebrate life.
We celebrate because the Maker has given us one more day. We celebrate because he has promised that there is more to come. Celebrate with us!
The real challenge of Christian living is not to eliminate every uncomfortable circumstance from our lives, but to trust our sovereign, wise, good, and powerful God in the midst of every situation.
– Macarthur, Anxious for Nothing
You probably don’t have any problems arise when you are around your flesh and blood, but if you know someone who might…read this free booklet.
Family Feuds: How to Respond | Christian Counseling & Education Foundation
And if you are one of my siblings, and by some miracle you come upon this, you may want to read through it so you can stomach another interaction with me.