Ellie came to me in the kitchen just like this! I had nothing to do with it. Really. I knew I had to share it with you. Seeing her enjoy life the way she does brings me such joy. I cannot imagine a minute without her in our home. Can a file from China filled with medical notes and growth charts give you any idea what is bubbling from that soul? What do you see?
Well, I thought surely she couldn't see a thing..and even made such a suggestion to her.
She proved me wrong.
Don't you just love it when your 5-year-old does that to you? Oh, wait, I was also informed that she is almost 6 years old. She's right. Again. She'll be 6 years old in 8 days.
Back to that proving me wrong thing., though. She said, "Hold up some fingers." I did. She knew how many--each time.
And, as I watched Ellie the Superstar enjoying her world through new eyes, I thought of the other new things in our house.
Changing the name of the blog to The Miracle of More has brought much more to my mind. Our family is growing more than I ever could have imagined, much more. God is providing with more miracles through the body of Christ, as we have seen every penny we needed here when we needed it.
The greatest miracle of more, though, continues to be the change I see in Stan. While orphan awareness has been my PASSION for a long time, it has been an interest to Stan. He watches me work and he supports my endeavors.
I am seeing a PASSION in him like I never remember before....and we've been married a LONG time. (I mean that in a good way...really)
I've been selling necklaces and t-shirts and sharing our fundraising efforts around the groups I belong to on the internet. I've spoken to our youth group, and he came along for support.
Since last week, though, I've seen Stan begin to work for something he really believes in, something he truly KNOWS will make a difference in the world.
We have two other local fundraisers going on right now, to be concluded on February 12th. Stan has been out in the community sharing the information everywhere he goes. He has delivered shirts that I've sold and collected money. He has visited local businesses and asked for their support. Tonight, he spent quite some time on the phone with several people who are involved in some way with the upcoming fundraisers.
And, he sold a necklace today. Yes, my manly man visited our insurance agent, necklaces in hand, and asked the ladies in the office if they'd like to purchase one. He took beads to the eye doctor today. He told me I need to go back on their pay day.
The most powerful statement he made though was this, "When we are finished with our adoption, I'd like to see if we could start a group that supports families who are fundraising for adoptions." That was my Eyore talking. I am Tigger, the risk taker, the bouncer. He is my balance. He has a desire to do something spectacular. And, I can't wait to see how the LORD is going to balance Tigger now. ;) I may need a new pair of eyes.
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