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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Welcome to This Story, Little Ones

This was the day we first met you
Then to our surprise, two little ones became three
Like we had known you all along, we delighted in learning your names.

This is where Mommy rested
Lying still and sometimes uncollected
And held you so many long, uncertain days.

These are my hands that felt you move
And arms that ached to hold you
To cradle, comfort, and care for you, as I now can. 

This is your Daddy
Who told (and still tells) the world your story
And shows you off with pride and joy.

These are your brothers
Who loved you differently than I expected, more than I imagined
Showing me how I underestimated Love at work in them.

There are more children, once  frozen 
Who now wait for us with Jesus
But while here, taught us that adoption is never easy and called us to more fully cherish you.

These are the songs I sang
Melodies that soothed my soul and gave way to praise, seek, and lament
Lyrics that may still resonate in your little ears.

This is the sunshine that brightens trees and flowers
The smell of spring and song of nature
Their Creator also created you in a far more wonderful way.

These are the Words we rested in
One day I hope they move you to faith
Draw you toward the One who has shown His power in you. 

And these are those who prayed
Fervently they helped us carry you to Jesus
And though you may not know them, they know and love you. 

It is our desire to tell our little ones about everyone who God moved in and in turn demonstrated so much love for our family by praying for them over the past many months.  If you have been one of those people, please leave your name in the comments of this blog or you can simply "like" or comment on Facebook.  I plan to write each name around this poem and frame it for our home.  I hope it is a reminder to us all of the magnitude and span of grace in our story.  If you are on the fence about whether or not to participate, please do!  We want to know your name as part of the story God is writing in our lives.


Sara said...

I have been praying for these 3 beautiful precious gifts from God... our embryo adopted baby was born a whole year ago... God is so good!

carrie said...

Continuing to pray for your beautiful family!

Kim said...

Isaac, Eliana, and Isabella... our hearts just overflow with love at the miracle of you! Love, love, Papa and Mimi Blessed beyond words... love, love also to Andrew and God be the Glory... great things He has done!!

Ashley said...

What a beautiful poem! You can add my name... =)

Leah said...

I have been praying for your family and reading your story quitely for months. I am thrilled the babies have done so well. Thank you for sharing your journey with others.

Anonymous said...

We learned of your story through Amber and Chance Nichols over a year ago and we have been following closely ever since. we too are in the process of embryo adoption and your story has encouraged us tremendously. We are so honored to have been able to pray and cry for your precious miracles. Rejoicing in all the Lord has done for you and will do for you! Allen and Dannette Dicharry

Denise said...

We are overjoyed for your family! May the Lord continue to shower you with blessings! Love, Denise & Brian McLain Molly, Katie, Lucy, & Audrey

Heidi said...

We have loved you and prayed for all of you from afar, all the while trusting the one Who holds all of His children so tenderly, so close, and so unfailingly. We will continue to pray! All our love to your family, Heidi, Paul, Josiah, Micah, Sarah, and Isaac

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Shelley said...

You can add my name the beautiful poem. I can't wait to get my hands on those precious babies.

Kristy said...

I have been praying. God bless your beautiful family!!!

Sarah said...

We ran across your blog many months ago. We adopted from DCS last year, and love snowflake adoption as well. Your family has an amazing story, and it has been an honor and joy to pray for all of you along the way.

Anonymous said...

So thankful to God for answered prayer! How He has preserved the lives of your little ones! And I pray He will one day give them new life in Christ too. God continue to bless you and to make your family a testimony of who He is!
Amanda Hollis

Sharon said...

It has been an honor to pray for your precious family!

Sharon said...

It has been an honor to pray for your precious family!

Hannah Guest said...

It;s been a joy to travel with you all as these three have grown and developed! How I cherish their story as I reflect on the magnitude of our great God! Beautiful poem :)