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Catalina(just turned 4) and Celeste(2) have began, and are almost complete with their transition into our family!
What began as a simple letter to request pictures of Isaac's biological sisters, has been orchestrated by a sovereign God to change our family forever!
Back in June, 2008 we felt like the Lord wanted us to try to get pictures of Catalina & Celeste. We had no idea that by mailing a simple letter, God would change our lives forever!
This journey has already been full of ups, downs and so many unknowns! The one thing that we were(and still are) certain of is the goodness, faithfulness and sovereignty of our God who loves us perfectly.
We believe that long before we even knew they existed, God had written these girls into our family! God's sovereignty had chosen them to be our children!
Psalm 139 is a scripture that is often read by or to expectant mothers. It is a passage that is filled with reassurance of God's sovereignty.
Do we really even understand what that means?
Webster's defines sovereignty as "supreme excellence...free from external control".
Psalm 139:16 "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
We often say that God is sovereign, yet wake up morning after morning to figure out our day or problems of life in our own knowledge and strength. We live day after day struggling to have "control" over our lives. I am as guilty as anyone! God is teaching me the comfort in resting in HIS sovereignty. God is refining us to HIS truth. Sitting under God's truth, even when life is overwhelming, is such a safe place!
So yes...we are a family of 8! Chris, Shannan, Megan, Tyler, Emma, Catalina, Celeste and Isaac!
We are not great people who have done some supreme act of kindness! We are all part of God's plan to live the gospel and bring Him glory....by HIS grace only!
Psalm 127:3 "Children are a gift from the Lord.."
James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."