Day 7…

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, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 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. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 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. 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, 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!

Every morning looking onto the streets of Bogota

Sweet big girl cuddled with Mami the whole way home

Darth cracks us up, this time she was growling at the seatbelt. Oh my goodness, you are going to love her!

Our oldes son, a happy moment! Sorry there aren´t more pictures of the boys, turns out if the camera is out they want pictures of their faces 🙂

At the dinnermesa,



10 thoughts on “Day 7…

  1. Jane Thompson says:

    Keep on keeping on. Praying for a safe trip for your Mom….God truly has his hand on you all. Can hardly wait to hear of the adventures tomorrow. Love u

  2. Cherie Stephenson says:

    Reading today’s blog has touched my heart so deeply. I can’t help but cry and remember. We adopted our oldest son at birth. We brought him home when he was 3 days old. We invited his birthmother and her family to our home 2 days later. My son, of course, was being passed around from person to person…including my husband and I. Our little baby was crying the whole time until he landed in his birth mother’s arms. He immediately calmed down and was quiet. My heart broke. I love him so much. He is my baby that God placed in my arms. But he only knew her voice for 9 months. So that was what would comfort him. My heart knew the transition had not happened at that time. So I hurt. I questioned so many things at that time. 4 months later, my baby boy was in the hospital having just come out of a huge surgery. I was standing next to the hospital crib talking with the nurse. Every time I spoke he would kick his little legs. The nurse giggled and said, “He can hear his Mama’s voice!” I cried again because I knew the transition had happened and we were bonded together as a family. I say this to encourage you. Your sweet little blessings are bonding with you now. It takes time to trust and bond. You are showing them with your words and your actions and your discipline that these little ones can trust you! I know you know this. When you meet with the country’s adoption agency they will see this too. You guys are doing a phenomenal job in showing your children what family is and what love looks like. Hang in there! Each day brings it’s new challenges but also it’s new blessings! God’s grace and mercy are new every morning! Sorry for such a long reply!
    Take care,
    Cherie Stephenson

    • dinnermesa says:

      Thank you, thank you for sharing your story & your feelings!!! There is never a ´right´way to feel, just an honest one & I love being able to see your end result, your kids are so beautiful & love you so much, thank you for being such a wonderful example for me!!

  3. Praying for safety for your Mom….how exciting… exciting for her to meet her grandbabies. What a journey God is leading you on! The little sweet girl I use to babysit….now an instant mother of five! God is using you and Tyler in a mighty way! Once again….praying for a wonderful day…full of blessings. Waiting for day eight blog….lol…love to all…..

  4. Melissa says:

    Yay yay yay! I’m so happy and excited! I prayed last night y’all were on my mind a lot yesterday. We love you!

  5. Sharon says:

    I love this message of hope and encouragement for others to consider how missions can be a part of our daily lives — not just something we think about when an email prayer request comes through. Your journey has strengthened my prayer life and has made my heart glad with each new message. Can not wait to meet those precious little Nichols!!

  6. Donna Sinclair says:

    I want you to know I am blessed by your testimony and your story. You are an inspiration. All the ups and downs … welcome to parenting! You’ve been only at this (being parents) for 7 days and you are doing a great job. Just like you are doing… Keep God ever before you. He will lead you in what to do and say at the right moment. I continue to pray for each of your children and for you guys as parents. I am so happy for you and your family!

  7. Mary Beth Anderson says:

    Continuing in prayer for strength and wisdom for you both and for God to meet the needs of these special children He Himself is placing in your family. Today remember: “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:30-32 GOD IS FOR YOU AND WITH YOU! He will be your strength in your weakness!

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