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From the sounds of it, at least a few of you have noticed that I dropped off the face of the blog world.  I’m trying to crawl my way back on.  It has been almost two weeks since my last post.  A LOT has happened in that time span.  Far too much for me to try to write about at this point, but I am going to try to hit some of the highlights.

The biggie that’s missing is the joyful report that Bruce and Nathan made it home safely and on time on Saturday, May 21.  We were all very thankful for our reunion and we are appreciating getting settled back into “normal” life.  Indeed, a new normal, but far more normal than living in another country for nearly a month and then being separated for almost 3 weeks.  It is very good to have us all in the same country, in the same time zone, and under the same roof!

Bruce started another grad school class on May 25, so there was no down time for him after arriving home.  We are thankful that the timing worked out and that he made it home in time to start class.  He hasn’t taken a class since finishing the two he took last fall semester.  It’s been a little painful for him so far, but before long, he will be back in his school groove.

The kids will be done with school for the year on Friday, June 3.  They are all excited for the break.  Summer activities for all of them have begun, so the overlap is a little challenging right now.  Brian and Nathan are both playing soccer and are on the same team.  They have had a couple of practices and had their first game last night.  Stephanie is playing her violin in the GTCYS summer philharmonic orchestra this summer, ending with a concert in late July.  She had her first rehearsal last night.  Katie is also playing soccer this summer, has had a couple of practices and her first game last night.  Olivia’s first soccer game ever is tonight and she can’t wait.  As many of you know, she is very enthusiastic about everything she does.  She has been wanting to play soccer since she was 3, and it is finally her time!  She hasn’t been disappointed by practices so far, so I imagine she will be very active on the field tonight!  I must say, I really enjoy watching my kids play soccer.  I don’t know exactly what it is.  I was never a soccer player myself, but I have such joy watching this sport.  It is going to be a busy, fun season with four of them playing!

I’m not making excuses about not getting around to writing posts for the blog.  My time and energy have been consumed by very intentional parenting and keeping up with my necessary household tasks.  Things are going very well overall, but I believe this is due to being intentional and allowing God to equip me and help me through the parental challenges we are facing.  There has not been anything unexpected so far, but it requires very thoughtful parenting to navigate it well.  Nathan is responding and growing and we believe that healing has begun.  We are so grateful to God for his promises, his faithfulness and provision in this.  It has been truly amazing to see him work through me and in these situations.  I pray and give it to him and I see his work unfold.  I have had peace, patience, and calmness that is unexplained by human rationale.  It has been an amazing experience and I actually look forward to the challenges that are sure to come as I trust God to bring us all through it.

When we were still in the decision-making phase of adoption, we were so concerned about this part of the journey and how it would affect our other children and our family as a whole.  As we prayed through that, while still considering adoption, I sensed God promising that he would cover it and that we wouldn’t have to do it alone.  He would be right there with us through it all.  Seeing his faithfulness in this has been incredible.  I don’t know how else to describe it.

We need your continued prayers as we move forward through the adjustment as a family.  Please pray specifically for each of our children as they all have issues to work through with this change in our lives.  God is faithful and we expect that we all will grow in ways never imagined.  Growth is always good, but many times it is not easy.  We pray that each child will grow in their trust of our Lord Jesus as they see him take care of us through any challenges that we might face.

Thank you for your love and support!


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