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I am a wife, daughter, mother, bilingual teacher, poet, author, women's Bible study teacher, world traveler, orphan advocate, and an adoptive mother.  Our adoption journey has been filled with a lot of hurt and loss, along with even more hope, grace, and healing.  Through it we have experienced more of God than we ever bargained for and have watched Him miraculously redeem our story when we surrendered all the broken pieces to Him.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

A surprise blessing

So, tomorrow is Julian's birthday, and he will be twenty years old.  I felt bad that we weren't there to share it with him, nor had we sent a gift.  We've taken his birthday gift to him in June the last two years, so I assumed we would do the same--as soon as we get legal clearance to travel for adoption purposes. However, considering that he just found out a month ago that his own adoption was not going to work out, it saddened me that we hadn't done anything special for him.  Just because his brother's adoption keeps progressing doesn't mean that we love Julian any less.

When I asked him what he wanted (or needed) for his birthday, he specifically asked for a special kind of cream for his skin.  Odd request for a birthday gift, I know.  I actually had a tube of it sitting on the counter, so I mentally decided that we'll take it to him.

Then I got a surprise message this morning from our dear Colombian friend, saying that she was in Dallas--for the first time in years!  I felt so blessed to see her and talk to her again, letting her know of our progressing plans to return to Colombia as soon as we can.  I even asked her to do us the favor of taking Julian that little tube of skin cream for his birthday!  What a blessing!  (She's headed back to Bogota tomorrow.) God always has impeccable timing for bringing those unexpected miracles our way just when we need them.

So little, but so huge!  I feel so blessed and am once again reminded at how much God goes out of his way to care for the orphan.

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