Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy 2nd Gotcha, Girls!

Two years ago on this day, just two days prior to Thanksgiving day, God sent us two surprise blessing, Ella and Selah, biological half-sisters.

Ella (age 5)

"shining light"


Selah (age 7 weeks in photo)

"pause to reflect upon God's goodness"



Ella and Selah were truly a total surprise to us.  We only had a few hours to pray and prepare our hearts and home for the addition of two children.  We had zero baby supplies.  No diapers, formula, bottles, clothing, blankets, crib…nada.


But Jehovah Jireh provided abundantly. 


The morning of Thanksgiving, a friend showed up and dropped up more baby supplies than we had space for!!!  I purchased clothing at a local resale shop, and in a matter of two days, we had all we needed…and more!!!  No kidding.

These girlies are such blessings to our family.  God knew that Ella would be Kiefer’s best playmate, and Selah would bring healing to areas of our hearts we didn’t think would ever heal after losing Chrissie.  God knows our needs so much more deeply than we do, and oh how He pours out blessings when we obey.

Obedience in this case felt scary.  We didn’t know Selah’s future.  We wanted to protect our hearts from losing another child.  The doctors’ prognoses were grim.  But our hearts were in love, and we were reminded of CS Lewis’ quote:

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”


And so our journey began.


An unforgettable journey that has brought much love, blessing, joy, and yes, even challenges, into our lives.  God writes the most amazing stories.  He really is the best Author out there.


Today we praise Him for choosing to share His treasures, Ella and Selah, with our family.  Thank you, Jesus!


PS  If you haven’t read about Selah’s recent diagnoses, you’ll be blessed to read about what an absolute miracle girl she is.  Just go to our blog and look for the “search this blog” box.  Type “Selah” in that box and go read some of the recent posts about her.  We’re supposed to leave this Wednesday, Nov. 28, for Baltimore.  Selah’s appointment with Dr. Ben Carson (world’s best neurosurgeon—google “Gifted Hands”) is Nov. 30.  We’ve had a horrid stomach virus attack our family, so please pray against Satan’s attempt to intervene with Selah seeing Dr. Carson (who is a believer and gives God the glory of His abilities).  We need wellness in order to go!!!  God is able!!!  Thank you!

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