~September 1,2014~ Happy GOTCHA DAY Beckham ~We stood at the door and knocked…prayed without ceasing…we called upon an army of friends & family to petition on behalf of an unmet orphan…they encouraged, prayed, fundraised, invested all along the way #overflowinggratitude we dreamed dreams and had visions that our human ways didn’t understand, nor could our words express…our Hope was deferred many times..we saw things in the natural that would direct us to quit….the hard was too hard…we met opposition, we were stretched in ways that we weren’t flexible in, soooooo uncomfortable, HOWEVER we continued to acknowledge HIM and HE made our paths straight…straight to Sintayehu it is with GREAT JOY I declare with these words that God is WHO HE he says HE is…he is the great I AM, the king of kings, holy of holies, the God of yesterday, today and forever…HE is my light, my truth, my life, my everything….I pray when anyone looks at us,@ me that I am close enough to HIM that my life will reflect Jesus…soooooo grateful for the hard, for HIS path that was less traveled, for growing pains that produced a faith that otherwise would have lacked, for a dying mothers selfless love to give her child her best…her everything, glory to God in the highest…always! What an honor to have this precious boy in our family…indescribable joy he has brought that far outweighs comfort, cost, & sacrifice. #blessed
Mia, Beckham, Lexie and Docker …Our Blessings.
~July,2014~ I’ve tried to write this a few times and can’t seem to finish through the tears…I also tried to write on Mothers & Fathers Day and just couldn’t keep my face dry enough to post….the tears only appear out of immense gratitude towards God who chose our family to bring Beck into …There were times in the WAIT of adoption that I questioned if we were doing the right thing…me, myself and I would doubt God at HIS word….I know, I really want to backspace that last sentence. But I WANT you to see how good, how FAITHFUL HE is and was during the entire process(THANKFUL). The doubt came out of a lack of Faith…Because I couldn’t see. There may have been a finish line in the far distance that told me were almost done.. but all I could see were hurdles…LOTS of them and they were to big for me…but that’s just it, for me but NOT GOD!!!(THANKFUL) If I had my way I would have made a new lane on the track of this journey with nothing in my way…BUT that would have been easy, and I wouldn’t have seen how AWESOME our God was in that Season!!!(THANKFUL) SO this last month…remember 9 months of Naughty? Well Hawaii must have knocked the naughty out of him;-) seriously just a few weeks of “trying threes.” who knows it can come back on any given day! FAVORITES this month…He went on his first Family Vacation! I will share with you, when we headed from the Hotel to the Airport in Seattle, We loaded up on the transport Beckham started panicking saying, all of our names and telling us we go to, Beckham stay with “Us” NO bye bye….After the outburst we were able to show him were all together…He is ours and we are his…The driver was of the same nationality of Beckham, we wonder if that had triggered his reaction.. Like maybe he thought he was going back… Mercy…HARD moments… He saw and experienced the BIG AWAAA(the ocean)He got to see his mommy and daddy renew their vows, He celebrated his 1st 4th of July, He has been bitten by the FIFA World Cup Bug, Running wildly in the house while kicking the soccer ball screaming….GOOOOOAAAAAL!!! We will start him in Soccer in the Fall ;-)10 months having him HOME…It’s our Joy, our blessing to raise him up! SO it is with great THANKFULNESS as I stare not only into his chocolate eyes, but also the other 3 pairs that I am their Mama. Thankful….Thankful…..My heart is Full….You see I am right in the middle of my childhood dream, No other place would I want to be…
~Jan.2014~We really should have cancelled Dish service when he came home! Beckham is our entertainment…He loves to put on concerts with a mic and air guitar and then run thru the family crowd seeking high fives with a Whooo shout out! What we are still in awe of, is his love for us. His unsolicited “I Lull You’s” and constant “huggies”. He is a package of Joy and Love. We still get emotional that our God placed him in our family. Truly all our babies are worth more than anything money could buy. I am so blessed by our children and how they have adjusted. Biggest milestones this month 1. Beckham has gained 3 pounds and I need to compare Dr.reports but I believe 2 inches since HOME! 2. We received his Certificate of Citizenship and now applying for a Social Security Card. Hoping to Readopt next month! 3.His medical tests all came back CLEAR…Poor little guy had a workup that I haven’t experienced in my lifetime. 4.He goes into Sunday School and STAYS like a big boy without Mama and Dada. 5. He NAILED his first post adoption visit…when the social worker sat at our dining room table,he climbed up the chair and starts singing and signing “Jesus Loves Me.” The social worker and the woman she was training teared up. It was a beautiful visit sharing where Beckham came from, what we saw, what we’ve learned and what we need prayer for. She told us our family was one of the “Good Stories.” I am sure this woman has seen alot! In this last month Beckham made his first gingerbread house with his siblings,(and threw his first fit when we were all done building it…pics to follow) He Celebrated Christmas in America…He was HOME this Christmas which was the best gift…He could have cared less about the gifts and all we do in this country, he had his Family…AND that is enough. Family truly is a beautiful thing…No matter how it may come about, if you have people to love and love you in return…Our God displayed this beautifully when HE sent HIS ONLY son for each one of us…GLORY…OVERFILLED.