We often tell our girls that God created them, their birthmothers chose to give them life, and we get to teach them how to live life and love them forever and ever! The older our girls get, the more aware I am that they will one day come face to face with the reality that they were abandoned as infants. They were placed in very wide-opened spaces, well-traveled treks, and we choose to believe that their birth families purposely placed them there so that they would be found fast and given the care they needed. We also feel that their birth families wished for them to have a better life, one where they would be loved and cared for and given opportunities in their lives to thrive. The Chinese population knows of adoption, they know that Americans, as well as other nationalities, wait to adopt the children born in China. I cannot tell you the number of "thumbs up" we have received during our time spent in China. A moment I will never forget was the day we got Maddox and the look of happiness on the foster father's face - he was so proud and in that moment there were no words needed to know just how thankful he was to see his foster daughter with her forever family.
Girls, I pray you always know what a treasure you are to us. I pray you always feel you were loved - always. Though your beginning was not ideal, I pray it makes you stronger as you find your way in life. God did create you and I trust he has big plans for each of you - without even knowing, you have already touched the lives of so many. Your birthmother did choose to give you life - this fact was the stepping stone in your journey to us. We do get to teach you how to live life - and we will mess up, but we pray daily for grace as we strive to be the best parents to you. And, most importantly, we get to love your forever and ever and ever. Most days this is the easiest and most precious part of our job - we love hugging you, kissing you, laughing with you, smiling as you accomplish the impossible.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” (NLT)