today was an AWESOME day! my life experiences came full circle with the yearnings of my heart.
some of you know I've had a burden on my heart for African children for some time. my heart breaks each and every time I see the living conditions, the wars, the poverty, and the faces of these children. until today I had not found the right way to help.
partner my desire to help African children with the desires of all three of my "boy's" hearts for another family member...mark has thought about adopting for awhile; spencer has always desired a baby sister; and yesterday when connor wrote out his first Christmas list of the season, he said, "I want a nuthr bruthr" and then clarified "or sister."
my full circle moment came at the end of a church service, where we were blessed to see the African Children's Choir at my sister's church. I cried from the moment they burst onto the stage with their huge smiles, exhuberant dancing and most precious voices.
as each child introduced themself and their dream, I jotted down names and careers. jennifer- a doctor; gideon- an engineer; ben- a pilot; rebecca- a dentist; rachel- a social worker...twenty five children, twenty five different names, twenty five individual dreams. while bringing these children home with us in a physical sense wasn't possible (it was made clear they were not up for adoption), we were offered the opportunity to bring these children home. some in the choir still needed to be fully supported financially. for they have dreams of being educated and staying in Africa to change their country.
this is where my full circle moment happened. after I received information about sponsorship, mark asked if "rita" was shown in the sponsorship binder. I looked down my list and couldn't find a child named rita. maybe he meant freda. as I looked through the binder, there she was... Fridah, a 10 year old girl from Uganda, East Africa. as soon as I told mark she needed help, she was ours.
looking into connor and spencer's faces with tears in my eyes, I said "Christmas is coming early this year. you're going to get your sister!" my advent conspiracy moment had come. as one of the volunteer workers went backstage to get Fridah for us, I was almost jumping out of my shoes with excitement! she's absolutely beautiful! and we're so excited to be able to support her!
love expanded our family today.