My dream, since I was very young, was to have children. I knew that there would be a husband in there, but he wasn’t the dream- the children were. I wanted to give my love to my children, to show them what love was, teach them the important (imo) things in life, and have lots of fun together. My thoughts were always toward a large family, maybe even twelve children.
A year after we were married, medical testing showed that a divine miracle would be needed for us to conceive. One year after that my faith for a miracle gave out and my dream shattered. Though it remained painful, we found our path toward adoption. This became painful as well as adoption of a baby or young child was near impossible. Eventually, we did get our names on a list and seven years after marriage, we were told we would be parents.
I cannot explain the joy we felt, the excitement. We had about a week to get ready. We shopped for baby furniture, outlet plugs, clothing, diapers, bottles, food, toys, and even a stocking to hang on the mantle (our daughter actually fit in it…). Each new item brought more joy and anticipation. Then one day we got the call. We were parents of a beautiful and healthy baby girl.
The day we spent with her birthmom in the hospital, we got to hold her in our arms for the first time. We fell in love with her. She was perfect in every way. I could barely believe what a great blessing God had given us. When we brought her home, she was our delight, our greatest Christmas present. It was easy to spend hours just gazing at her beautiful face as we held her. I loved to sing to her, play with her, touch her soft skin and hair, and kiss her chubby cheeks.
We are God’s*, His precious adopted children, forever!
(God) His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to!* Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and his favor that he has poured out upon us, because we belong to his dearly loved Son.
So overflowing is his kindness towards us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; and he has showered down^ upon us the richness of his grace- for how well he understand us and knows what is best for us at all times. God has told us his secret reason for sending Christ, a plan he decided on in mercy long ago, and this was his purpose^: that when the time is ripe he will gather us all together from wherever we are- in heaven or on earth- to be with him in Christ, forever.
in whom also we have been chosen to an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,
Ep. 1:5-11 TLB (last verse in MKJV)
There was joy and excitement when we were born into God’s family (Lk. 15:10; Hb. 12:2) and we are now God’s treasure (Ml. 3:17) that He loves (Jh. 3:16; Rm. 5:8) dearly!!!
*if we are born again
*to the good pleasure of His will
^caused to abound, overflow (lavished in ESV)
^according to His good pleasure which He purposed