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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, November 8, 2015

Just a few pics from Juan David's 18th birthday (though a bit fuzzy)




Mike wanted to get him a bilingual Bible with his name engraved in the front.


He had to search for the verse Matthew 6:33--Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you. (That's where he found the cash he'd asked for.)


Grandma and Grandpa didn't disappoint. He checked the mail all week, looking expectantly for a card from them. :) Actually, that's what he opened first.


Bogota, Colombia--It's where my story begins. 


I got him doughnuts, and Mike made him eggs. He was served his plate with a birthday candle. :)


18 things I love about my son


I don't think I could have found a more perfect card.


Plus we both wrote him a personal letter with advice as he now enters adulthood (though, thankfully, he's still in high school for another year after this one).

Then that evening, he played the first game in his soccer tournament and scored a goal! And his coach led the team to sing Happy Birthday to him.


A full day of celebration. I hope it lived up to his expectations.

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