It’s been three years.
Three years since the phone rang, that Monday after Mother’s Day, and the voice on the other end asked me if I was sitting down.
Our precious Esther, for whom we had just received LOA, had suddenly passed away.
We were absolutely shocked. Horrified. Silenced. But God was not surprised. He knew the exact number of hairs she had on her head. And He knew the exact number of days she had on this earth.
He also knew how I would grieve. Oh my goodness, my heart positively broke. But how He carried me, loved me.
And one of the ways He loved me came in the strangest of packages.
It was a shirt – an ordinary t-shirt. One I had been inspired to create to raise funds to bring Poppy and Esther home. On the back was John 3:16. And on the front were two words…
I can’t even put into words the joy this shirt has brought me in the three years since that phone call. Joy in my own story – being able to wear it and see my girls wear theirs – and remember how very LOVED our Esther was and still is.
But the joy, too, that it brings me to see it impacting other’s lives.
…on the back of a brand-new mama, as she holds her child for the first time in a steamy Civil Affairs office.
…or a new, and much loved, little one – just home from China.
…or blessing an orphan (or three) in China with a heart defect. Just like my Esther.
In honor of Esther, Wild Olive was recently able to make a final donation of $3000 to help fund Noelle’s heart surgery.
From Meredith, who spearheaded the effort to raise funds for Noelle’s surgery:
Yes… Noelle is doing fairly well. The surgeons are hoping to do her big heart surgery soon. I actually got to meet her in March… she is absolutely precious and has the sweetest smile. She recently learned how to wave bye bye and blow kisses.
God is so good, y’all. He knows. He blesses. He loves.
Thinking of possibly reprinting So Loved and continuing on to donate 100% of the proceeds to other precious orphans like my Esther, who need life-saving surgery for their broken hearts.
Trusting Him to let me know. I can trust Him with Esther, and I can trust Him with everything else.
He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure.