Change seems to be the common thread that ties our days, weeks and months together over the past year. In the last several weeks my heart has reflected on all of the changes we have experienced in the past 18 months: we moved to a new home, traveled to Ethiopia 3 times for me and 4 times for Craig in a 9 month period, Craig left a very secure job that the world deemed succesful, we started a company together, and best of all we met and brought home our beautiful Aster. Like I said, BIG and wonderful changes in many areas of our family. Looking back over these changes, I realize that while they were difficult the place God has brought us to is amazing and rewarding and like nothing I ever imagined we would get to experience. I am SO grateful for a courageous husband who is willing to follow God's path and not the world's -- who is willing to go on this crazy journey of adoption with me and said yes to it AGAIN and for children that have embraced all that God has called us to with grace, humility and love. Their love for Aster is bigger and brighter than anything I have ever seen!!
And so, with all of these changes we are not content to sit still and settle into our newly fashioned life as we know it, we hear God calling us forward to more changes. For now, we are trusting God as we move forward with another adoption. We have been working on this adoption for well over a year now - in our planning it was supposed to happen at the same time as Aster's adoption, but God, in all His sovereignity has a different plan and a different child than we had originally believed. Heartbreaking as this week has been, we continue to trust and know that HE has a child already ordained as a part of our family and we wait with excited anticipation to see his/her face.
This adoption is much different for us because our financial situation is much different this time. While last time we needed to fundraise for some of the adoption costs, this time we need to fundraise for ALL of the adoption costs. Again, we choose to trust GOD, knowing He has it all covered. I will post our new fundraising items later this weekend, but as a preview, we will have newly designed necklaces and personalized scripture journals. We have an adoption jar that we are putting our funds in as a visual reminder of God's provision for our next child. I know and have seen that He will not leave them as orphans, He will bring them home.