We are reminded very concretely this season that we are here to celebrate the season, and not with stuff. In some ways, there won't be a lot of "stuff" under the tree, but honestly, there is very little we can think of that we would like. We have a big surprise for the kids, and lots of little ones. We are so blessed - the kids are healthy, and we are making huge memories that will hopefully last them a lifetime. Our home smells lovely with cloves and oranges, yummy baking, and pine branches. We will spend Christmas day with a table full of food and extended family here. What joy. I am looking forward to Christmas Eve reading from the Bible with the kids, candles going, gingerbread baking, and everyone together. What more can we ask for? Except that hopefully by next Christmas we will have all ten of our children home!
Please remember the widow, the orphan, the fatherless and those in need this season. That is what Christmas is about. I am so grateful that our children are no longer orphans. They have parents, food in their bellies, a warm bed, a rich life, and lots of love. And a hope and a future and knowledge of their Savior. Life is good.
In the New Year we will be meeting with folks who can help us file the appropriate paperwork for Stepping Stones Adoption Ministry, and we are praying for God to direct it to those who need anything we can offer. I am so glad He has led us to people who know how these things work - we had no idea! God is good!
"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11