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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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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Starting a new life

Juan David had his first true English immersion experience last night, and much to his surprise, he enjoyed himself!  We took him to church and gave him a sneak peak of the youth room before the service.  He originally said he was too uncomfortable to go to the class by himself since he doesn't understand any English yet.  So we planned to take him to class with us until David graduates into the youth group in a few weeks. 

However, as the service was getting over, he leaned over to me and said that he wanted to go to his class.  Alone. 

First I had to make sure that there was even going to be a class because barely anyone comes on Saturdays, especially in the summer.  Fortunately, the teacher was on her way, and there was one other girl there.  They played some ping-pong and had a short Bible study that he understood because he had his Spanish Bible with him (a gift from a Baptist church in Bogota).  He remembered all of the books that they read from.  Then they went outside and played a little soccer.  He said he had a really good time, liked the teacher and the small atmosphere, and he's good to go for next week.

He had me quite concerned while still in Colombia because he had absolutely no desire to learn any English.  Thankfully, he's quite interested in learning it now. 

Today, all we have on our agenda is meeting his new cousins--which also means swimming!  Both things completely made his day.


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