Today marks three years since I began this blog. Three years and 555 posts, to be exact… can you believe it?! In the scope of things, three years isn’t that long… but when I look back, I am amazed at all that has occurred since this little blog made it’s largely
completely unnoticed debut.
We started out with a bang: we officially announced that Sophie was joining our family. Isabelle had been home about 7 months and was just recovering from open heart surgery. Chris was deployed to the desert. Total craziness, huh? Well, if you’ve followed us for a while, you know it proved to only get crazier….
We sell our beloved house in Illinois.
I travel, solo, to China for Sophie.
Chris stays home to pack up our house, and we move to Georgia two days later.
We settle in.
Chris deploys again.
He comes home.
We decide to adopt again.
Chris deploys. Again.
Isabelle is diagnosed with autism.
I struggle with that. A lot.
Chris comes home, finally.
My biggest baby graduates high school.
Tori and I travel to China for Jude.
Isabelle starts SN preschool.
The blog goes from the Sophie Makes Six to Ni Hao Y’all.
After much wrestling with God, He melts our hearts to the little boys who wait. Yes, again.
We announce our newest addition: Shepherd.
God encourages us to fundraise for Shepherd’s adoption. And we are incredibly blessed.
Isabelle makes great progress in every way.
Chris and I travel to China for Shepherd.
We sell our house in Georgia, by the grace of God, while we are away in China.
We get home and I head to Iowa with Shepherd for weekly cast changes.
In the midst of this, we move. Ourselves.
My dad died.
I am, at long last, able to let go of my fears over Isabelle. She has come so far.
God nudges us to help fundraise for my sister’s upcoming adoption with $344.
With God receiving ALL the glory, we are able to raise close to $10,000.
The dream God laid on my heart, No Hands But Ours, finally becomes a reality.
I get to travel to China, once again, to help my sister bring home her son, Cole!
Dahuuuuude!!! I am pooped just reading all that stuff! And in just three years??
I have shared my struggle with continuing to blog, rationalizing the time commitment it requires. But I always come back to this: God wants us to remember how He is at work in our lives. He wants us to tell others, to tell our children and to tell our children’s children. And He wants us to write it down so we don’t forget! What an awesome way to know God and to recognize Him at work… and most of all, to GLORIFY Him!! I can look back over these three years and see that God revealed Himself the most when we stepped out the furthest. And when we trusted Him the most.
And I have been so inspired by witnessing God at work in so many of your stories! To Amie, Leslie, Rebecca, Nicole, Andrea, Tish, Diana, Sara, Denise (and so many more, but my memory fails, once again)… all I can say is thank you for blessing me by sharing your journey not only through adoption, but as you walk with God. And Angie and MckMama, who I don’t know personally at all, but I have been amazed nonetheless to witness God at work through their lives and the lives of their children. Thank you to everyone who shares so honestly and openly. You are bringing glory to Him through the story of your life!
And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
Thank you so much for allowing me to share our family’s story with y’all. I really mean it. To show my appreciation and to celebrate our big three year blog-iversary, I’m going to be giving away some Dora DVDs I picked up in Nanchang. My girls have a few from our trip to China for Jude, and they love them. I’ll be giving away three
kept out of my children’s reach brand new Chinese/English Dora DVDs, and I’ll pick the winners from the comments left on this post. No need to write anything, or even ask to be entered, I’ll just include your name in a shot at the loot if you leave a comment