Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

All Things New

No pictures today, just a full heart.

I grow quite sentimental with dates for our girls....thinking now of how we were preparing last year for travel to get Ellie. We were leaving in a week. I was busy packing, and OH, how our life has changed.

I think back through the difficult adjustment, the attachment issues, how overwhelmed I was with Ellie's medical issues, how hard it was to focus on just being her mommy. And, during that time, Brandon joined our family, and full of joy my heart was, because we had so hoped that would happen, and God directed every step until he could join our family in our hearts and legally in our home.

I think of my fears before her surgery, and how good God has been, how she is giggling downstairs now, playing Wei with her daddy. And, now yelling, "Daddy!" and her contagious giggle. I look over the balcony and hear Josie-Tatum ask, "Promise?" I don't know what the promise is, or why it's so funny, but they're touching thumbs as some new secret treaty is agreed upon. More giggles.

I think how I've been so busy and so overwhelmed that I've thought, "I know our family is complete." But, now as the adjustment has come, as God has proven Himself faithful to carry us through her surgery, as I've stepped out of my comfort zone, and learned I can be a nurse if I have to be, I think, "I'd go to the ends of the earth and bring another orphan home if God led me there.:

And, tonight, the Stretches came over for supper. Five years ago, we didn't yet have Josie-Tatum's referral, but we were close. Jason and Joli had sent their dossier to China, but weren't quite close to Elisabeth's referral. Stan and I had 2 kids, Jason and Joli didn't have any. Now, we have 8 children altogether. And, God has given us the same desires to raise awareness for orphans and adoption. We can share the joys and the difficult day. All things are new, and all things are beautiful.

We get busy cleaning house, as I did today, and we forget the MIRACLE, as Joli said. What a miracle has changed our families. Whitney was our first miracle; the LORD blessed us with her after I had a miscarriage. Caleb was our second miracle; following complications in delivery where 50% of all mothers and 50% of all babies in that situation don't make it. Statistically, one of us should not be here.

And, God sent so many signs to tell us we had a daughter all the way around the world. He used Focus on the Family, AFR, and Steven Curtis Chapman, to guide us to another miracle. Josie-Tatum is such a joy, so smart, so beautiful, with a heart of orphans at the age of almost 6.

Then, HE told us there was another daughter, and we had no idea she would be so special. We were not prepared for spina bidia, but HE knew. I would have told people I couldn't do it. He knew He could and would equip us. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strenght. We were once told she had been matched with another family. We were later told another family had planned to adopt her months earlier. But, she was ours....God knew.

And, while we were waiting on Ellie, we learned that Brandon needed a new home, a home with stability. We have loved him for years, and we knew our answer was, "yes," but we had to wait for him, too. It was months later before it was truly possible, but at the same time we were bringing Ellie home, God was working another miracle, and Brandon became ours too. Our home is a new place.

You can have all this world; Give me Jesus.
Fernando Ortega


Kim Kenward said...

I've been thinking of how the year anniversary is quickly approaching. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to watch your family and Ellie's progress. You and I share a special bond over that little girl. Please know that she will always be in my heart. God's blessings to your sweet family, Robbie.

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing your heart, Robbie. Ellie has always been such a special little girl...I'll never forget those first few pics of her. Wish I would have known you too when you were walking this faith walk to Josie-Tatum, but to watch you walk it with Brandon has been God-inspired and directed. Wish I could say we are complete, don't feel it yet, but don't know how in the world He's going to do it either..only He knows. Love ya girlfriend!

samuelsadoption said...

Wow how time seems to zoom by! You have always inspired me to do great things and you are still a huge inspiration and influence in my life.

Team Houston said...

What a great post and sweet family.

I always wondered how nurses or people in the medical field do it?? I give them so much credit and it takes such a special person to do that and I am so thankful for them all!!

Thank you so much Robbie for reaching out to me! You are a blessing :O)

xoxo Michele

A Momma in Waiting... said...

I feel like I've known you forever! And how beautiful, and difficult the journey has been for you guys. But sooooo worth it. I remember last year and all the prayer requests...look and see what the Lord has done! Amen! And I know that this is just the beginning for your testamony...He's still working! Terry

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