Monday, October 22, 2012

ten years of extra joy



We had a little kick-ball party to celebrate the last 10 joy-filled years.







Ten years ago this week, these two precious gifts were given our last name and citizenship in the US of A. It is possible that I'm slightly biased, but I tend to think of them as the most wonderful Haitian-Americans in the entire citycountryCaribbeanhemisphereworld, solar system, galaxy, universe.  

The other day I was explaining to Isaac that I had come to a place of being okay with having lost a baby boy at the 16 week mark of pregnancy many years ago. I explained that had I not lost him, I don't think we would have adopted. If we wouldn't have adopted Hope and Isaac we wouldn't have moved to Haiti.  There wouldn't be a Phoebe in our family. We wouldn't be where we are - being stretched and growing.

Talk about a mind-numbing, mind-blowing moment. He almost couldn't process it.

Thank you so much Jesus for allowing us the privilege of parenting and loving these two fabulous kids  ... Undeserved gifts indeed.

2002


Happy ten year adoption-anniversary-day Isaac & Hope!


18 comments:

Megan said...

Beautiful! Isn't it amazing how time changes our perspective and how in retrospect we can see God's fingerprints all over our lives? Beauty from ashes. Happy adoption day!

unspokenwordsfromhaiti said...

Reading this made me cry!!! Love you guys...feeling homesick! XO

Rose Anne said...

Happy Adoption Day! to all of you!!

Ours is next month , it is hard to belive it has been 10 years!!!

ATB said...

This gave me goosebumps and tears! So happy for you guys! :) Lots of love.

Sarah Bessey said...

Beautiful! Happy adoption-anniversary-day!

Mari said...

It really is almost too much to wrap your head around. Wonderful!
Happy Adoption day to all of you!

Sara said...

Blessings to you all! Thanks for reaching out to the call of adoption...thanks for sharing your stories...thanks for being real and honest and opening your lives to us readers. We are blessed and inspired.

d.l.mayfield said...

oh my gosh i feel so overwhelmed just reading through this post. so many emotions. so glad you can share your story with us. i wish you weren't so busy being awesome and could sit down and write a book i could hold in my hot little hands.

T & T Livesay said...

Oh my gosh. My sister just wrote to point out that she also has Annie (her adoption from Haiti) as a snowball result too .... hadn't even counted that gift in this equation.

mbs said...

Wow. Happy Anniversary, family <3

For He knows the plans.....

Angela said...

What a God-honoring perspective! Love you guys!

terri said...

My oldest son Joey has always been blown away by these kinds of "what ifs"...what if his great grandma and grandpa hadn't moved to the states from Norway? What if his dad's parents hadn't moved to Minnesota? What if I had never agreed to date his dad? etc, etc, etc. He's always been amazed by the slender threads that account for his life and the lives of his children. It really is awe-inspiring to think of all of the little puzzle pieces that make up our lives. :)

Joanna said...

Had you not landed in Haiti, I don't think I would have the gift of your amazing friendship. God works in AMAZING ways. Please give huge hugs to them both from me. Miss you so much!

Kathy C. said...

Awesomeness

Sarah said...

1) Check out P's guns!!!
2) I love thinking about how almost-impossible all of this is, and then realizing again what a gift it is that we don't always have the whole story
3) I love those two kiddos and am so very grateful that they got to be yours...
4) Seriously, those guns...? What the heck?!

brooke r. said...

wait - aren't they 2 of the *3* most wonderful Haitian-Americans in the entire universe? or does your Phoebe not stack up as being as wonderful as Isaac and Hope?

Kristen Renz said...

We are so right there with you about how blessed we are by our wonderful Haitian children! Stanley is celebrating his 10 year "coming home" anniversary Nov 13th - right behind Hope and Isaac. Our precious angels have grown into such awesome young people since their orphanage days, and our families are soooo blessed. Here's to the miracle of adoption :) Congratulations!

Marla Taviano said...

Congratulations to all of you!! Love your fam so much!!