Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Day of Blessings!

Last Sunday was a day of blessings.  It began during praise & worship at church when I was completely overwhelmed with God's goodness in allowing us to be actively involved in His plan for taking care of orphans.  I never thought we'd be going halfway across the world to bring home a little Ukranian girl to be part of our family--it just blows my mind that God ordained from the beginning of time for Nadia to be part of our family! 

Once home from church, we travelled down to Apex for a cookout with our friends Randy, Lisa, and their daughters Hunter, Logan, Olivia (adopted from China), and Kate (adopted from Guatemala).  They also invited their friends Thomas (who is graduating from Seminary) and Leslie, his wife.

Thomas shared his perspective on adoption and how it is such a parallel to how God adopted us into His family. I was blessed by this heart-felt observation and especially blessed when I found out that this "cookout" was really...

                A Surprise Shower to celebrate our newest daughter!!!

I'm hoping the white dress fits Nadia so she can wear that on "Gotcha Day!"

Then it was off to our weekly small group meeting.   OK, so we're not really that small of a group anymore but we still call it that.  These guys are the best "family" to have around when most of your family lives out of town. 

     They blessed us with the all-important car seat for Miss Nadia!

    They also spent  time covering us in prayer as we get ready to take this awesome journey to Nadia.

Beckie, who is the one with her hand on my arm, prayed about the fact that God has been preparing our hearts and our family for this journey WAY before we even knew we would be on this journey.  That was really insightful of her and blessed me tremendously to be reminded of that.  (Who says the "youth" of today are going downhill--this young lady , who just graduated from college, is going to make a huge impact for the Kingdom here on earth!)

I look back on Sunday as an anchor to this completely crazy week that has been filled with travel arrangements, finishing school, house renovations, and tons of nesting (that's for another post). :)

Yes, we are very blessed to be able to bring Nadia into such a community of love and encouragement. (And that's not even to mention the amazing grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who she gets to be related to as well!!!) 


  1. Oh my goodness! That was SO nice, a baby shower! Seriously, really nice. I bet you guys felt so good surrounded by such loving people.

    I just can't wait to see her at home! I wish you guys would JUST HURRY UP ALREADY!

  2. The pleasure was all ours, you know!!!! So glad the day wasn't thwarted by hives , thunder storms or hours at Duke. So glad to be a part of this miracle! Cannot wait to see one more of the "least of these" become a treasured member of a family. Every effort on your part toward this adoption is soon to pay off, and remember too, EVERY effort on Nadia's behalf, is on Christ's behalf as well. THAT is how strongly He feels about this adoption.
    Sure hope everything will fit. Beautiful carseat!!!
    That huge, small group of yours has good taste!

  3. WOW, thanks for sharing all that goodness!!!! :)Love you!

  4. Isn't it wonderful when the body of Christ functions like it suppose to? Encouragement, love and support! Praise God for such a great support group! Counting down the days with you!!

  5. You guys have so much to look forward to! That picture with the carseat is so cute...you look so happy. And it is wonderful to see your strong faith together with all the support and love you have from family and friends. You are so blessed:). I can't wait for you to meet your new daughter!

  6. How fun is that?!?! I am blessed just reading about how you were blessed by your friends. :) God is so good to give us friends to walk our life's journey with us. Have fun packing, nesting and all the other things you are doing! :)

  7. Oh, I love the pics of the baby shower! What a sweet thing for Lisa and her family to do. I LOVE the beautiful outfits for your beautiful girl.

    What a blessing to see the photos of your friends praying over you. I know many have been covering you with prayer during this journey to bring Nadia home.

    I can't wait to see those photos of Gotcha Day! It will be here soon!

    Much Love,

  8. Wow! That must have been surprising!- and fun! The car seat is so cute!!!! Can't wait to meet Nadia!

  9. how wonderful!!! it will be such a beautiful moment when your baby girl is in your arms...

  10. what a wonderful surprise!! Literally brought tears to my eyes. So looking forward to seeing pictures of you with you new daughter!!

  11. What a beautiful surprise, what a blessing that God has put so many supportive people in your life. So excited for you and can't wait for Nadia to come home.

  12. What a beautiful post and God bless your dear friends and family in your "small group"! What a way to be blessed! Just so sorry I could not be there with you!