127 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To [a]retire late, To eat the bread of [b]painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
3 Behold, children are a [c]gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Hello Family and friends from the cocoon! We are doing well and the kids are really blooming! Thank you for the immense PRAYER COVER to our amazing Jesus! The King of Glory has touched our home with Worship, laughter, love and many moments of repentance due to self. We are seeing the beauty of adoption and all the hard things that also accompany any big family changes. God has been faithful. Hasn't He always though?
Thomas continues to surprise us! Trust is building but we still need more time to show him that we are his forever family. He is joy filled, adorable, LOVES his baby sister and food! He also enjoys hugging me and has a beautiful singing voice! He is a tank and not frail! I adore his strength and willingness to pray at any given moment! Separation from everything he has known has taught him to be charming and run to any stranger before seeking the wisdom and protection of mom and dad. Pray for him, that his heart will melt into trust and a we will gain WISDOM that God gives to encourage him. We also have several medical appointments and of course the regular vaccinations and medical "stuff" that comes with caring for little ones. Thomas has some vision issues and will need glasses. He is going to look so handsome! Of course there are many other appointments but that just goes hand in hand with adoption. Faith has really bloomed! She is very funny! Her determination was obvious in China but now more than ever we see her courage. What a gift from the Lord dwelling within our little girl! Her CP continues to challenge her ability to walk without some equipment but she is making strides. Her heart is making even greater leaps and bounds! She is NOT the little frail and afraid baby we held in our arms in China. She is full of Joy and wonder! She also lost so much and so many people she loved in China. We will continue to pray and seek the Lord while getting to know her even better during this sweet cocoon time. We praise GOD for what He is already doing! Samuel is the best big brother ever and learning to laugh at all the antics of his new siblings. Life is not so structured and serious around here anymore! He is getting to know them just like we are and giving them all of his time. He is so generous with every moment. We are truly blessed to see them start to build a relationship. He is very protective of them and likes to make sure they always have rice or a familiar food from China. I love his compassion for them. He is also learning that Thomas is watching and learning from Samuel's servant like heart! I told him our little guy was caught red handed unloading two bags of groceries! Samuel just smiled and said. " I guess he likes to help! " Pray for us that the desire to please people will not consume us. We need to put our families needs first. It isn't easy to Cocoon when you really miss many people you love. Its also a bit difficult when people do not understand boundaries with our kiddos. I try to explain it in such a way that doesn't offend but telling people not to touch your kids can never sound kind. Its especially hard when they are reaching out to hug them and you need to real them back in and remind them that the Scheels shoe salesman is probably a GREAT dad...just not your dad! We almost got those sneakers for half off though!
Thank you for all your texts, prayers and gifts! Faith has colored every page, the toy truck and zoo animals are all called by name and the wooden pizza has been served to me daily! Mom and DAD, the walker gave her a freedom she has never had and Harris family we are so blessed by you! We hope to build this family on the only foundation that will stand, May God continue to lift us up and HELP us to love as He loves. To God be the Glory. We cannot do this without the Lord!