He said yes!
Dz still doesn't know anything about this family who is pursuing his adoption, and we are respecting the request of our adoption agency not to post pictures or personal information about him for now. But today... our agency let us know that they received a confirmation from their Latvian attorney that he was asked about adoption. As a teenager, he has a choice, to accept or deny the hopes we have. Many of the kids have become so accustomed to the life they live, that perhaps the changes just seem too overwhelming, and they deny the option to become part of a new family. He still doesn't know anything about our family, but he knows he wants to be a part of one, and he said yes. Yes to adoption. Yes to entering into a whole new life. Not really even knowing what's ahead for him, just choosing by faith to take the next step, and accept the love of this family that hopes for him.
Isn't that just a crazily perfect parallel to the request of our heavenly Father? He hopes for us, and we have a choice to accept or deny our adoption as His children. So many, accustomed to the life they live, can't accept the changes that it might bring to become a part of the family of God. But others... Oh such Love, from the one who hopes for us!!
God's love for Dz has been so apparent to me! I've seen his sovereign hand over details and I just can't help praising Him!
Do you all remember that I mentioned in another post about my dear friend who sent me the email about Dz? Her name is Traci. About a year ago I ran across her blog. It caught my attention because she wrote the sweetest letters to her newly adopted son from Ethiopia. I felt a connection, not only because of her son adopted from Ethiopia which we have in common, but also because I love to write letters to my children that perhaps they'll read someday. Although most of mine get tucked away in a journal, I loved that she chose to share hers. They touched my heart and I started following her blog. A short time later, my husband was offered a job in a new city. We moved. Eventually I met a friend here who invited me to an adoption fellowship, where I met a wonderful group of ladies. One of those ladies, can you believe it, was Traci, whose blog I had started following a few months before. Isn't that just like our God, to connect my heart with this friend who would lead me to Dz, even before we moved here and had the chance to meet in person? He is good like that!
(To read more of her family's adoption story visit her blog at http://ouremptychair.blogspot.com/. )
And speaking of empty chairs....
Casual dinner night, sitting around chatting, and I had to get up and snap this quick shot. I know, not the greatest photo... closed eyes, full mouths, but do you notice that empty chair? Can't you just picture a certain someone sitting there? I know it's a bit blurry, but look at that word in the distance above our fireplace.... that's exactly what we continue to do... as we wait for him to make this photo complete. Will you continue to pray with us?
Shared from my heart ~ Stacy
Will you help us bring “Dz” home?
God bless those of you who have kindly shared gifts with us! We are so very grateful!