3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9
The day started out hard. Breakfast went well but we had TONS of breakdowns before we left for the park. The park was pretty difficult, again just tons of complete shut downs at what seem like the smallest things. It became not a question of “if” he would shut down but “when”. These sweet kids, so many changes, so many new people to trust. Our oldest son fights us for his independence every step of the way. He has had nearly 7yrs of defending himself & using every decision to keep some kind of control in his life. He is eager to help but only wants to help on his terms, he is learning how to trust.
That afternoon we had lunch, & prepared to go to La Casa for their 70th Anniversary conference. Our kids were doing better mostly because we were doing better. We smiled, played around & danced silly. I always forget how far simple play & light-heartedness can go. As we walked into La Casa our kids finally took ownership of thier new parents. They showed us off to their friends, clinged to us & wanted to stay by our side. Then once they realized that we weren´t going to leave them they were off like Vikings with their plunder embracing all of the festivities of toys, face painting, cotton candy, etc.
At the conference we got to hear about the beauty & diversity of Colombia, the importance of keeping our children´s culture in their lives & the children at La Casa prepared some Colombian dances. When it was time to leave our kids came with us willingly & we even had to correct our oldest three times & it went so well. No arguments, no shutting down, & he came back respectful.
Then it was time for bed…our oldest son, our most difficult of the whole group, the one that makes me cringe when I have to correct him…told his Papi that he loves him!!! Tomorrow will be hard, we will fight more battles, but we will be their parents! My goodness I love these kids so much they are beautiful, funny, kind, and trusting.
Tia Lorena heads back to Peru tomorrow night & my mom arrives late in the night. Please pray for the transition but mostly please pray for Lauren. In America I get very comfortable in my life, I give to the Lottie Moon offering, pray for the missionaries our church supports (at least when I get an email that reminds me too) and go on local mission trips. I do not do enough. Lauren has dedicated her life to the people of Peru, she has given up comfort for compassion, she is daily walking through the slums of Peru, she is dealing with spiritual warfare everyday!! Fellow Christians how can we not be in prayer for our missionaries everyday! They are on the front lines spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. It was Lauren´s example that inspired our family to adopt. God´s plan just amazes me! One mission trip, that´s all it took to completely change our entire family tree! Please sweet friends do not live in fear, if He calls go, be in prayer, read the scripture, fellowship with believers. This world is not our home we have to be living for the kingdom!
Please be in prayer for our youngest son, he has had 3 big breakdowns today. We think that it is finally setting in that this is his family. A very scary change for a 3yr old. Please pray for our two oldest sons that they can begin to trust Papi Y Mami. Pray for our oldest daughter that she can find confidence in her role as big sister in our family. And please pray for the baby she has caught a cold & is on some new medicine, pray for her healing.
Tomorrow we head back to La Casa for the last time, for the big presentation. Please pray for good behavior & that we call keep our clothes clean for all of the pictures. On Friday morning we have a possible meeting with the country´s adoption agency deciding if we have bonded with the kids enough. Please pray that loves overflows in this meeting & that it is evident that these are our kids.
We can feel your prayer & support here in Bogota & lean on your messages & comments heavily. Very thankful for all of you!
At the dinnermesa,