Yesterday, family and friends joined us as we completed the final step in the adoption process. Our family of four stood before an American judge, and he declared our son and daughter to have all the rights and privileges of... well, a son and daughter. We were able to change their official names and birth dates from what had been on their Ethiopian birth certificates. And we celebrated the amazing gift of children that the Lord has given to a barren couple.
What God has done in our lives, it's nothing short of a miracle. Before He formed our son and daughter in their birth mothers' wombs, He had chosen them for our family. Their birth families have long, sad stories. But God, in His sovereignty and kindness, rescued these two newborn babies out of desperate and life threatening situations. He sent us to a country on the other side of the planet, a continent that neither of us had ever set foot on, to bring them home. He answered our prayers for children in a dramatic way, a way that pictures our glorious adoption into His family. It just overwhelms me when I stop to think about it. It's hard for me to fully comprehend the greatness of it all. This is no ordinary thing, what He has done!
Thank you, Lord, for blessing us beyond what we could have asked for or dreamed of. You have filled our home with joy and laughter. These precious babies belong to You, and so we ask You to help us to raise them to love and serve You, the Lord of all life.