Two years ago we got "the call" or in our case the e-mail (seriously, what agency does this?) besides ours who at the time I didn't realize was seriously lacking in proper communication.
After a night without sleep and a morning full of tears, we finally saw our daughter's face.
Today, I had to actually look back on the blog to make sure it had only been two years since we got that email. It truly seems like forever that Olivia has been ours.
Olivia and I celebrated her special day with a trip to our favorite "Target" where mommy caved and bought her a bunny who drinks from a bottle. (we applaud any form of nurturing here since that doesn't come naturally to our sweetie). She may have also indulged in a blue slushie and popcorn before we met daddy for a noddle lunch (shhhhh.....)
I am not one to get overly emotional but, over lunch as Brad and I talked about how far out baby girl has come, the magnitude of our "yes" hit me hard. That simple moment where we told our agency "yes" without a doubt she is our daughter changed her life and changed our life FOREVER.
What an example of how in one moment, in one decision lives can be impacted in great magnitude.
Olivia, at that moment became an adored daughter and loved sister. At that moment her life filled with hope, future and freedom. She now lives in a country with freedom to choose her path in life but most of all freedom to follow a life filled with Christ.
Our lives are certainly changed for the better. We have grown in patience, unconditional love, acceptance and most importantly faith in our God that he can do what seems impossible. He will meet us in our deepest needs.
Adoption is beautiful. Adoption is messy. Adoption is tragic but, most importantly, adoption is redemption.
We are not all called to adopt. But we are all called to follow the paths that God is callling us down. Each day we have the opportunity to say "yes" or to say "no" to his calling.
What will your answer be today?
"Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your path" Psalm 25:4