Hands and house

Hands and house

Monday, February 1, 2010

Then I saw your face....

     I stood with shaking hands, wiping away a flood of tears of joy five years ago today so that I could for the first time see this sweet face

Doug taped this one to the steering wheel of his car



And I literally slept with all three pictures every night, dozing off while staring into these eyes so bright with wisdom and care


Words honestly fail at the gift we were given, at the beauty that continues to unfold that is our Ravenna. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined life could be so beautiful. I thank the Lord that He had a different plan than I did, that He caused the path to parenthood to be rocky enough that we could pause and hear His voice.

  Ravenna my love, you have a heart of compassion that stuns me daily. You absolutely glow with joy and it rubs off on all those around you. You have a heart for God that teaches me so much. You stand for what is good, right, true and noble daily and listen to God's "still small voice" in a way that serves others beautifully... every day. I could not be more proud of the little girl that you are and am so humbled that God chose me to be your Mama.

   Any of you reading this...if God is stirring your heart towards adoption in any way in your life...seek it out. Take time to be still and listen, take time to pray, take time to lay down your thoughts and fears before the God of all compassion because He may be whispering. And if He is, there is no way you want to miss this journey!

6 comments:

TanyaLea said...

Amen, Sista!! Seriously, I cannot imagine if we had not answered His calling. It was not only a step of faith, but I see it as a step of obedience. And even though our Khloe isn't home with us yet, I already can't imagine life without her. She has grown in my heart for over a year now, and my arms ache to hold her. Soon...it will be soon!

What a special tribute to your daughter. Those photos even tugged at my heartstrings, so I can only imagine how your mama's heart felt as you looked at them for the first time. God is SO GOOD!!!! <><

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

Ginny Henderson said...

Those are beautiful baby pictures. Adoption has been such a blessing for us too. It is impossible to put into words and even harder to fathom what the Lord has for those who step out and say "Yes!".

When I saw the title and picture, I thought at first that you were going back for a 3rd time. :)

Amy said...

I pray often that more families will experience the amazing beauty and joy of adoption. What a lovely post and a lovely daughter.

Amy

Miller Moments said...

Oh my goodness....how fun to see those pictures of Ravenna again. I forgot what a cutie she was as a baby! What a special day that was 5 years ago!

Elizabeth said...

Jamin and I want to adopt, but I'm held back by the daunting sum of money that it takes to do this.

Any advice for that portion of adoption?

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

What a treasure..You sure are blessed:)
Annmarie
I found your blog via another blog and I thoroughly enjoy it...when I was reading it while I do not have any adopted children..I find my youngest behaving so similiar..I was thinking it was age related..and while I have 5 and you would think I would just KNOW..it is not so b/c each and every child is SO different..
But my little one is so clingy..the unloading the dishwasher in your post..totally rang true..
My little one is so clingy..she GOES to no one other than me, daddy and her siblings...
Imagine how grandma and Popo(grandma in Chinese) feel when they long to hold her and she clings to ME...
Hopeing it gets easier..but also remembering a time when she will soar free like a bird and I will miss her baby times..(even the hard and sometimes annoying moments)
God Bless you:)

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