Better late than never…that’s going to have to be my new blogging motto! Mikias’ 8th birthday was August 16th…yes, I’m a little behind! But what a fun day of celebrating our precious son’s life. We were blessed to have my mom and Kevin’s dad visiting (praise God for house big enough to hold everyone!), so his day was extra-special this year. My mom surprised him with a trip to Lego Land in Atlanta and all the kids had a blast. We then came home to a dinner of steak kabobs (his choice) and cake with family and two church friends. I cannot help but marvel when I look at Mikias’ life. How thankful I am that man determines his plans, but God directs his steps. He directed us to adopt Mikias and my life is so much better than it ever could have been without this child. I’m so impressed with how well he’s doing in school, given his initial language barrier. He loves books and loves being read to, which makes both of us happy! And while his growth in understanding the gospel has been slow, I’m so impressed with how much he is regularly learning about God’s Word…and the questions that he’s always asking. I pray that God will use all of this along with our faithful teaching of the gopsel of Christ to lead him to repentance and faith in Jesus as his Savior. Please join me in that prayer!
Labor Day weekend proved to be a good gift to our family. Our dear neighbor-friends from Louisville made the trek to Georgia with their three children and new puppy in order to bless our family. Their two oldest children are the very best friends of our two oldest children and Melissa is much like a sister to me. When you live right across the street from each other and become a part of one another’s every day life, you end up much more than friends…you become family. So, you can only imagine how super-hyped, overly-excited, about-to-burst my children were to see their sweet friends finally after almost a year of separation! They didn’t arrive here until about midnight Friday evening, but we had set up bedding in the movie room and within minutes of their arrival, Mikias and Molly Kate were wide awake and talking a mile a minute with their dear friends. I enjoyed every second of just having Melissa around again. I know without a doubt that one of the reasons Georgia has felt so lonely is that I don’t have her here! I’m not exaggerating when I say that we saw each almost every day, whether it was a late-night chat in the middle of the street or a quick call to borrow an egg or meeting in the afternoons to let the kids play. She knows me inside and out and I miss having someone with whom I can be so vulnerable and who loves me regardless. And therefore, I am so grateful the Lord allowed their visit. Molly Kate, who hasn’t found a girl to really befriend here that shares the same interests, couldn’t have been happier to dive into all things girly with Casey…they played dress-up, Barbies, baby dolls, and princesses and then did it all over again! They would disappear into Molly Kate’s room with no complaint, only to reappear when it was time to eat! I loved seeing my little girl so happy again, though hated the tears that poured out Monday when they had to leave. As wonderful as it was to have them here with us, it was a reminder that such friends are not easily forgotten and life without them will never be quite the same. I pray God might choose to grace us with this kind of friendship once again, but I know it will take time. For now, I have to help my little ones hold on to hope that God will grant them like-minded friends and not to give up trusting Him to provide. Loneliness is never easy, but oh, it is so much harder to bear it for your children. If you think of us, would you pray that God would send us a family to befriend, one where our children are age/gender compatible and whose family life is similar to ours? I greatly covet such prayers!