I am over the feeling of the "need" to explain myself... because so many of you explained it EXACTLY... you said EXACTLY what I was implying when I said, God called us to this journey for specific reasons...
Janie summed it up EXACTLY when she said, "As far as "rescuing" an orphan. I have often heard that by allowing Christ into our lives, we are allowing Him to "rescue" us from a life of death, pain, and suffering. When we bring an orphan home, into a Christian home, from a non-christian country, or even a non-christian environment here in the U.S., and then show that orphan the love of Christ, are we not also in a sense doing our part to "rescue" just as we were rescued? "
All of you who commented and encouraged me are amazing... (Becki, Nicole, Jessica, Lori, George and Debbie, Corinne, Kim G., Mary Ann, Kim, Stephanie, Jill, Janie, Lori, and Crystal (Mimi)! THANK YOU!!!!!
I CAN NOT even begin to express how much your comments and support mean to me! I have to admit that I've reread them several times and you know what... this anonymous commenter does not even realize what they've done... they have given me a HUGE bunch of support and love from people whom I've never met.. I was a little worried when I first read the comment that I hadn't done a good job of writing and really sharing my heart, but your comments proved otherwise. I can not say thanks enough... and I also have to admit that I cried when I read almost all of them! You, my online support group are amazing!! Thanks so much!
One of my dear friends in this journey wrote an entire post on her blog about this issue... and these sentences from her blog are AWESOME... I had to share them. Jessica said, " Lanetta said that maybe she should have chosen other words; what I think is that her words were just misinterpreted. I 100% think that what is happening through adoption is LOVE. It is unconditional love. It is a conscious plan and effort. It is the creation of a family. I believe it is how God works through certain people."
Wow... Great words Jessica... and you are EXACTLY right!!! Click here to see Jessica's blog.
I refuse to be upset or discouraged or think anymore about what someone wrote on my blog... if they want to think that I am uneducated and ignorant... go for it! I answer to a higher power and strive to hear him say one day, "Well DONE my good and faithful servant!"
I do not plan to address this issue again... :-)
ok... so I have to tell another couple of Brooklyn stories. My girls are so funny, they CRACK us up all the time.. We've been talking with the girls about their brother(s) for well over a year so they are really used to it... we talk about it all the time.. They both know that they are going to share Bailey's room when it gets closer to time to go to Kaz.. and we've talked in great detail about it.. hoping that the transition will happen smooth, etc.. Brooklyn had been playing in her room for a while and came out of her room to find me to ask me to come with her to her room to do something (I can't even remember what now!). We are walking towards her bedroom and she says, "Mama, I want to hold you!" AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHh.... melt your heart... she still says it incorrectly and when she stops I am going to be SO sad, but that's not the point! I am now carrying her ;-) and we get to her bedroom door... to be greeted by a MESS of toys all over her floor in her room. I stop in the doorway and teasingly ask her what in the world happened in here... She NEVER misses a beat or hesitates a second and says, "OH Mama, My bubbas have done this!!! You know this really is their room!" LOL!!!! I about died and immediatly start laughing. I finally get it together enough to ask her when they came home from Kaz... and she quickly explains last night.. they were tired of waiting on us!" Can you believe that?! It was precious!!! She's so ornery... and honestly I began to feel sorry for the bubba(s). BTW, the fact that she calls them "bubba(s)" is hilarious to me!!! It's because of her Daddy!
The 2nd funny Brooklyn story happened last night... We were at a restaurant and a family we know came in. They have a baby boy who just turned one. He's ad orable... dark complected and dark hair. He immediately toddles over to Bailey and wants her to pick him up. Bailey is thrilled and LOVES babies... so she's getting to hold him and we are talking with the family.. and yep, Brook has to go to the bathroom... so, she and I head to the bathroom. We've been in there a little while when she starts talking about this baby. She first says he's cute and he sure likes Bay, etc. etc.. Then she says, "Mama did they get him from Kazakhstan?" It was again so precious. I explain to her that No they didn't get him from Kazkhstan and attempt to explain that he was in his mama's tummy like she and Bailey were in mine.. and that our "Bubba(s)" will also grow in their Mama's tummy (in Kazakhstan)... but, they are growing in our hearts.... I wasn't really prepared for this to happen, but I want my kids to understand... She doesn't seem to really listen, but then says, "Mama did they have to wait a long time like we are?" (Talking again about the baby boy Bay is holding!) Again.. I about fell over.. wow!
I am sure that this is just he beginning of the questions.. and that's ok... It's hard if you are 3 years old to wait and wait and wait... Bailey does really well with it... she's so grown up in some ways (not all!) and she so loves the Lord... and hears us proclaiming the word over the adoption and our family.. and she just gets it!
I need to post some pictures soon.. My Dad gave the girls baby goats... yeah, you read it correctly, baby goats! I have some cute pictures of them with the goats and I need to post a couple. We are going to the Circus tomorrow with my Dad as well and the girls are VERY excited about that... so it will be a fun weekend!
Oh and the teacher luncheon today was AWESOME... we made a little over $100 profit!!!
Again, thanks for your support, prayers, and love!
Until next time... we are praying for ALL of you..