In exactly a week, Kevin, Joshua, and I are scheduled to be in Philadelphia for Joshua's first appointment at Shriner's.
I am really looking forward to this appointment because I am hoping we will leave with a better idea of what types of treatment he will need in the next year. I am guessing possibly serial casting for his feet, maybe some surgeries on both his hands and feet.
And, maybe they will be willing to address his 11 cavities? That one is a long shot...but totally in range for my God!!
You want to hear something totally God?
Kevin came home this afternoon ...early because of Hurricane Sandy bearing down...and said, "God is so in control! We were supposed to be in Philadelphia today! Don't you remember? The first appointment they offered us was today but we couldn't do it because of my work schedule!"
Philadelphia is smack dab in the middle of the storm today. It's an
awful day for traveling. God knew and sent us next week instead!
Gets me excited to see what He'll do while we are there!
That is the question I kept trying to suppress every few minutes this past Tuesday.
No Joshua didn't join the Navy.
We have been praying that the Lord would show Aaron what His next step is for Aaron's life.
Rarely have the answers to my questions for the Lord come back as I expected.
This is yet another of those instances!
The trusting in God part of me is choosing to stand on God's promise to answer us and that His answers are always perfect.
And, truly, joining the military has seemed like one of the best options for him.
Tuesday, however, the somewhat emotional mama side of me came out as we sat waiting, and waiting and waiting for Aaron to be sworn in.
As much as I tried to keep her away, she kept trying
to remind me of the fact that 20 years ago that day I was 4 days away from giving birth to 9lb 2oz baby Aaron. Replete with head full of dark black hair.
Of his cute chubby, little 2 year old cheeks...
Of sliding down a huge slide together at a pumpkin patch when he was 4.
Of going to preschool together (he as a student, me as a teacher!)
Of his first day of kindergarten & my hyper-involvement because I couldn't stand to be away from him for that long.
Of his excitement when he finally had a sibling when he was five and a half.
Of finally homeschooling him and reading soooo many books together.
Of his years playing parks and rec soccer, football, and basketball.
Of his middle school band concert.
Of nearly losing him exactly 6 years ago.
Of his learning to drive.
His first job.
Of navigating the treacherous teen years...with
many scars to prove it.
And, not believing that, now, I'm sitting in on a military installation about to watch my baby join the Navy.
I knew I had to keep that woman at bay or I was going to be a blubbering mess...not to mention totally embarrass both Aaron and Kevin in front of a room full of teenage boys!
But, gosh darn it, she fights hard.
Even as I type this...she's managed to make me cry!
But, I looked over & saw that he isn't the 2 year old I have frozen in my mind....he shaves for goodness sake....and I, again, had to entrust him to my Father.
So when, several hours later, it came time for him to be sworn in...I only let about 3 tears fall.
Not bad for me.
And as a chapter of my life closes...one in my firstborn's begins.
And it is good.
ps...Aaron is very excited and will leave for boot camp at the end of November....hopefully after Thanksgiving! We are very proud of him taking this step into adulthood and can't wait to see the Lord's plan for his life continue to unfold. Even when the emotional mama in me wallows a bit! For me I am a bit sad...for Aaron I am excited and thankful for the Lord's answer and direction!
Guess who came to visit us?
Luke & Joshua's foster mom from China!
Every two years or so she her husband return to the States to visit family and this time she was able to come and visit with us for about a week and a half! Hence, no posting for awhile!
Kevin & I were able to spend several days with their foster parents when we were in China. It was like meeting old friends...only we'd never seen each other in person before! It was a much needed time for me...to be where Luke and Joshua had been.
When we learned their foster parents were coming to the US, we suggested they come for a visit and meet our church family here who feel like they know them, too.
And, that's just what she did!
The visit was difficult for Joshua...as I expected; but from everything I've seen (through other families) getting to say good-bye to their foster parents and seeing that they will be staying...forever...with their family is a good step in the grieving, adjusting, and ultimately attaching process.
It was difficult to see him struggle with his fears, but a blessing to see how he has blossomed since she has returned to see her family. He has been so affectionate recently...and has learned to say, "I love you" in English. So precious!
If you would like to learn more about his foster parents, you can visit their fledgling website at:
Joshua is in the video on their site!
That's right! Today is Lily's 3rd birthday!
And she gets it!
After watching her sisters cycle through birthday parties this last year and attending several herself...she gets it!
She's been talking about her birthday quite a bit (with a daily countdown to the big day by her sisters...why wouldn't she?)
And she enjoyed her day in our family's style. A special breakfast of her choosing paired with a round "Happy Birthday to You" (Craisin muffins, bacon, and OJ...her requests). Whatever dinner she requested (pizza...so what if we had it last night, too!). And an extended family celebration with the cake of her choice (Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake) and more "Happy Birthday to You!"
Happy Birthday, sweet girl!