Monday, November 4, 2013

Getting to Know Our Kids From Afar

We are so blessed to have the opportunity to talk with our children in the Philippines on Skype. We have actually gotten to talk with the twice (and I am just getting around to posting about it on the blog. Sorry about that).

The first meeting was precious. We were so nervous and excited, and it was difficult to contain all the emotions as our heads spun with questions. Would they like us? Would they be happy and excited?

Finally, the sound of the Skype call, and the butterflies in my stomach leaped with anticipation. The kids were all in chairs sitting in their school's library, and as soon as the video connected they all started waving hello. They looked adorable, and they were so excited. It was just heavenly to hear their sweet little voices talking to us.

We introduced each of our kids that are here, and our children in the Philippines already knew all their names and recognized each of them. After we were matched, we had sent photo albums with our acceptance letter, and the kids in the Philippines had memorized all the information in them.

They sang us a cute song (which we recorded, but I cannot post due to inter-country rules). My kids that are here sang one back to them too. It was sweet. The two older girls are very social and bubbly, while the other children were a little more quiet, but each of them were absolutely precious.

In our first conversation we covered things like favorite colors, favorite things to do, favorite foods, and other basic things. It was great to get to know some of the very basic things about our children.

We talked for about an hour before Dustin closed in prayer. The kids had two prayer requests: one was for our one daughter who had been sick for about a week, the other was what they said is always a prayer, and that was for all the other children at the shelter that still did not have a family. (tear)

Please remember in your prayers the millions of orphans around the world that go to bed each night wondering when it will be their turn (if ever) to have a family love them. And, please pray for each of those precious children to know their Heavenly Father.

"Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you." James 1:27

Before leaving our Skype session, each child got up and gave the camera a hug, and we told them we loved them.

Sitting in on the meeting was several of the staff members, including the children's house parents (kind of like live in foster parents). This special couple (along with the other staff members) are so invested in our children's lives: caring for them daily, leading them, being an example to them, teaching them, and praying with them. We are grateful to the care that these wonderful people provide to our children while they have been waiting for their adoption to be completed.

Please join us in praying for these special leaders and teachers, as they have such an important job. I cannot even imagine how difficult and bittersweet it must be when each of the children in their homes leave with their new families. I pray the Lord blesses these selfless, caring leaders for the work that He is doing through them.

Since our first Skype meeting, we have gotten to talk with the kids again (and will hopefully be able to continue on a weekly basis). Our daughter who was sick was fully recovered (praise God). At our second meeting, we had some of our close friends and our extended family here to meet the kids. My in-laws, Grandpa Lynn and Grandma Margie, got to meet and talk with their grandkids. Plus, Grandpa Jack and my nephew Daig were down from NY too. It was very exciting.

This time, the kids had written a list of questions for us. Too cute! We talked about what were the kids' favorite games to play, shared jokes, and showed them their Christmas stockings we had ordered for them. One of our older daughters prayed a beautiful prayer before we said our good-byes.

These children are such a blessing, and I can't wait to hug each one of them. I cannot imagine how tough the entire transition will be, nor can I imagine the hurt and loss that they have already endured; however, I know that they are in a loving, christian environment until we can get them home, and we are so grateful for that.I pray for each of them as they prepare to make this journey; that God would draw them close to Him and give them peace.

I am truly honored that God would allow me to be their mother, and I continue to pray that He will give me the wisdom, grace, and strength to be the kind of mother all my children deserve.

I'm thankful for the blessing of adoption and for God adopting us into His family.

"For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God's Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.' For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children." Romans 8:14-16

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