We went down for breakfast ready for our morning signing paperwork. At breakfast Zihao was hesitant. He was very quiet and polite. I gave him noodles which he finally started eating a few minutes before we had to go.
We look a little bit crazy here with 2 strollers and the one walking is really small :) When they hold up 4 fingers we just smile and nod. Yes...smile and nod :)
Paper work was done in the same room where we first met Zihao yesterday. There was zero trauma he was happy as can be and just played.
The notary lady told us "you have my utmost respect" when she asked how many children this made.
Dean and I were talking about our blog a few days ago and how many 'adoption blogs' turn into very cause-driven blogs. I'm not saying it's all bad. It's just not what we see the purpose of our blog being. We really want this blog to be about surrender. I have said it before...and we believe it. That not every family is being called to adoption. (However...every christian is being called to care for the widow and fatherless! So whether that is financially supporting a couple that is called to adopt, sponsoring orphans, etc). But everyone of us is being asked to surrender in a certain area of our life. God's call on our life was to surrender our family and answer His call to adoption. It was very specific. It wasn't our idea. Our dream. Our vision for our life. At all. It was His plan. We surrendered.
Many of you have written us private notes about how this blog has convicted you of areas on your life that you haven't been willing to surrender. How it is convicted you of what faith really means.
We are no different than you. We had the same feelings. The same walls up. The same "no, not us, Lord!" responses. The same fear of man. The same unsupportive circle of influence. The responses we dreaded...we got. It wasn't easy. Not in the beginning, nor now.
It's not surrender unless you have to let go. Hands up. Give up. White flag high. Surrender. His plans are always better. Yes we look crazy. But we aren't. Yes life changed dramatically for us (not sure if that happened after 7 or after 4). Hotels for a family of 11...? Maybe not. But this is our life. The one He had planned for us. And that brings Peace.
We pray as you read our story you will raise your own white flag. To what you know God is asking of you. Ok Lord...I'm done fighting. I'm done holding on to my stubborn pride. I'm willing.
This was so cute. Dean handed Taizi the magnifying glass and he knew what to do with it!
Oh he is so adorable!!
Zihao and his new blanket! It's a family thing...everyone (kids) has a personalized blanket. I think crazy adorable dinosaurs was the perfect fit for him!
Azlan at breakfast ;)
Zihao at breakfast with his noodles.
Azlan has grown up over night. From the baby boy at home, to the big brother here!
How cute is this?? They did this all on their own :)
He adores Azlan!