Monday, January 10, 2011

This is my STORY, This is my song...

Well just last week I posted here sharing my ONE WORD. My word is STORY. I said that God was busy writing my story and I was struggling to read it.

What a difference a day makes.

Our story has changed dramatically. The cast of characters added to and switched up a bit.

2 years ago I started this blog as a way to keep friends and family updated on our journey into foster-adoption. Thus far it's been a rather uneventful journey and this blog has moved on to many more things. Which is great, but I never forgot why I started it. We wanted to expand our family. We prayed about how to do that. We were led to fostering. And then the story seemed to stop. Like an unfinished manuscript sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  Picked up and thumbed through occasionally, but put back to collect more dust. No more story to tell yet. That's where I felt we were left.

We were at the point of looking into other adoption options. Do we go overseas? Do we give up? Prayers went up. My daughter asked many times when it would be OUR turn to have a baby... or toddler.

What a difference a day makes.

Our manuscript has been dusted off... a new story line enters in...

Friday afternoon around 2:00 we received a call and I said some sarcastic things in my head as I knew the number well. It usually tore me to pieces by the time I hung up. This one was different. A baby needs a home... now. Long term. Prefer dual licensed home because, well, the odds of custody being restored are slim. Two hours later I opened the door to a sweet little 3 month old boy with a very bald head and 2 kissable dimples. This little man has stolen our hearts in such a little time. My kids are thrilled, being excellent helpers and my dear husband struts around with a new little one in his arms. We know that this may be temporary. We know that our hearts may be broken. But we know that right now this little man needs love and care and we have that in abundance. Right now, we trust in God that He will guard our hearts and if we need to give him back, God will still be there to uphold us all. And that will be another story.

I am also constantly reminded of another story...in another series that is now running into ours. The mom's story. Its a sad and difficult story. I pray that she may have a happy ending to her story and that she finds the One who makes the stories worth living. I know that her happy ending may result in our sad ending. But I trust in God to take care of us. And to take care of this sweet baby. It is his story that has taken over our lives.

I will share as much of our story as I can with you all. But much cannot be told of mom and baby's story. Join us in prayer for the mom as she is dealing with life. Prayer for us as we adjust to life with a new baby. Prayer for the social workers and judges who have to make decisions for this sweet man.

Now, excuse me, there's a little guy who's waiting for some kisses...



13 comments:

Andrea said...

I am so thankful I came by here, today. I will be praying for you as you love this precious little one! GOD BLESS YOU!
Hugs,
andrea

Bina said...

My eyes fill with joyous tears as my heart struggles to take it all in!! I know just how very deeply you have longed for this...and I smile knowing that had the "other kids" along the way worked out, you woudn't have had the room for this sweet little bundle...ah, the timing of our Lord!!
Hug him for Auntie Bina...and yourself too, while you are at it!

Anita said...

Alicia - what an unbelievable blessing! So thrilled for you, and so glad he's been blessed with an amazing, excited family to welcome him. I'll be praying for you!

Gabby said...

Wow, I am thrilled for you and just sat here and teared up reading your words. Bless you all! Amen to your story!

Diane said...

One day can be all the difference!!!!! Thanking God for His timing is not ours. :O)

Marissa said...

what a beautiful blessing. Prayers for you and your family for the newest, possibly temporary member and know that you are all showing him the love he SO deserves. How beautiful...I have goosebumps!

Kimberly Rae said...

don't even know what made me go to your blog today.. I'm so behind in reading... but I am so glad i just 'clicked' upon this today.

I will keep you and your family in my prayers, as well as this momma.... all we all need is love and you are showing God's love to this child, and I hope and pray in turn to his mom, who I get the impression may not know of God's love.

Blessings...

Amy Sullivan said...

Alicia,
AMAZING! Oh, enjoy loving that little one. How exciting. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Cherie Hill said...

Sister, I am SO thrilled for all of you . . . one thing is for sure . . . God is FULL of surprises!! I will be praying for all of you . . . you are so blessed to have such a wonderful husband and children! You are truly blessed. Cling to the Lord . . . He can do more than you can hope for or imagine!
Love to you!
Cherie

Amanda said...

Praise God for the blessing of that sweet baby boy!!

Jensamom23 said...

What wonderful gifts...to you for the chance to love on a baby...to the mother to have her child so loved amd to the baby to be so loved. Blessings and prayers to all of you!

Gabby said...

Today in church I just had this overwhelming desire to let you know that we are doing a four week sermon series on... drumroll... "stories". Highlighting people in the Bible, and people who have been helped/touched by our church family! It is awesome, and I thought so much about you and wondered how your story is turning out! Praying it is better than you could have written for yourself!!!

Leslie said...

So, I came back here this morning to read some more, and found the beginning to the story you were referring to in your Hear It, Use It post. I am amazed, absolutely amazed, when I see a family whose hearts have been prepared to love in this way. To be so vulnerable to hurt, in order to give a small someone a chance for life. I think this is about as close to walking His walk as one can get. Praying that He watches over you all, in every way. And that Life and Love win.