Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
As a parent, it stinks to not know when your daughter took her first steps or what her first word was or what she looked like in Kindergarten. It stinks not to know where she slept and whose shoulder she cried on and what the scar on her eyebrow is from. It stinks to know that for ten years of her precious life you were NOT the shoulder she cried on or the Mommy she hugged.
As a child, it stinks to remember your biological parents’ death, not matter how much you love your new Mom. It stinks to have your mom be a different color than you because, inevitably, people are going to ask why. It stinks that your Mom wasn’t there for all the times you had no dinner and all the times you were sick and all the times you needed help with your homework. It stinks when you have to make up your birthday. It skinks when you can’t understand the concept of being a family forever because your first family wasn’t forever.
And every single day, it is worth it. Because ADOPTION IS GOD’S HEART. He sets the lonely in families. Adoption is the reason that I can come before God’s throne and beg Him for mercy, because He predestined me to be adopted as His child through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
My family, adopting these children, it is not optional. It is not my good deed for the day, it is not what I am doing to “help these poor kids out.” I adopt because God commands me to care for the orphans and the widows in their distress. I adopt because to whom much has been given, much will be demanded. I adopt because whoever finds his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for HIS sake will find it."
Friday, October 15, 2010
Gracie arrives home from school in this state every day - adorable! I get her off the bus on the wheelchair lift and all the way into the house, fast asleep, and she stays asleep for 15-20 minutes longer too! This is the best that we can do with her head/neck - tying a neck pillow around her to support her a little.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The rest of the week we were able to meet with two churches and several individuals about our missionary endeavors and support-raising. The girls loved spending time with family, playing outside in a YARD, and taking family walks. By the weekend, we got busy preparing for our cousin’s wedding which was a delightful event. Ana literally danced the night away, fascinated by the wooden dance floor on the grass in the backyard under an elegant tent. She did not stop running/dancing/hopping around the dance floor for two hours straight and only then because the rest of us needed to go home to bed!
(Ana is on the left dancing with her little adorable cousin, Claire)
(Gracie also LOVED dancing, lasting a few songs herself, punctuating the music with her thrilled yells and screams and giggles!)
Sunday brought the opportunity to meet with two churches – always a great encouragement!
We then got on the road immediately after evening church (but not really leaving till 10pm our time). Josh drove through the night heroically but made the unfortunate mistake of following the GPS and we ended up in Canada without our passports! We passed a “fun” hour being detained at the border as Canada didn’t allow us in and the USA had to go through formalities to let us back in without proof of citizenship for the children (I haven’t even gotten Noah’s birth certificate yet!). We had to get EVERYONE out of the car (3 adults, 3 sleeping kids) and wait and then once cleared, we had to backtrack many hours to resume our journey.
Determined to see Niagara Falls, we still stopped by for a brief half hour in the rain, albeit at 2:30pm rather than 8:00am as previously scheduled! Always an adventure traveling with the Rattins despite best intentions, preparations, and planning!
(The tired, wet Rattin family at Niagara Falls – not pictured is my sister in law who made the road trip with us.)
(Now 7 weeks old, Noah is more adorable every day!)