Every once in a while something happens that causes us to take an inventory of our life. In this case, it was Kevin. Kevin is the bird in the movie Up. He stands by my door and nods a happy greeting to all who enter. For the Christmas season he donned a sombrero and waved Feliz Navidad. So of course I had to take a picture. I loaded it onto my laptop along with the other 7,564,447 shots of significant others. But I forgot what I named the folder. So in searching for Kevin, I enjoyed reviewing our year.
Last December, our Kentucky girl and granddaughters visited. Oh the fun we had! You know it involved the kitchen!
In January, we hoped and prayed for a baby for Hannah and Brandon to adopt. They had two promising interviews with birth moms. Hearts broke as each girl chose other families. That same month we prayed for Amanda and Shane as they expected their baby who was due in May. Complications came and we feared the worst, especially since they lost their first son to similar complications.
On April 1st, we were allowed to hold Able for the first time. In May we prayed again that this would be Hannah’s last Mother’s Day without a child. Later that month we made a melon baby in honor of Able and rejoiced that he was finally allowed to go home. Ours did not turn out like the picture.
The summer brought Brandon safely through a mission trip to Haiti, plus the prospect of a baby for him and Hannah. They would have news hopefully by Labor Day. But they didn’t.
Lord, please don’t let anything happen to keep him from becoming ours.
And we met Jesse Wayne for the very first time.
As you look back on your year, may the Lord give you eyes to see His great loving kindness and tender care! He has a beautiful plan for our lives even though it’s not always evident to us.
Great is His faithfulness. His mercies are new every morning!