What I didn't really think about til we got there is that it was Laila's first trip to a beach.
Her first time to feel the sand between her toes.
And at first, she wasn't too sure that she liked it.
But all of the sudden, she changed her mind. Holding Daddy's hand made her feel safer... and she started noticing the sand... the waves...
And just like that...
We had another beach girl on our hands. :)
She left the beach completely soaked in a brand new dress. And boy was she dirty!!
People sometimes stop and tell us how lucky she is to have us. They comment about how baby girls are just given up in China & she's so lucky we went to get her. (For the record- this is largely untrue now and there are much more complicated reasons for abandonment.)
Well, WE are the lucky ones. We get to give a father to the fatherless. We get to live out God's love and story of redemption every day. We get to see the world the way he sees it- through the eyes of a loving father. A father who delights in his children. Who wants to see them happy and growing and being all that he has called them to be. He called us to be a family to this sweet, beautiful little girl and her equally adorable and silly big brother.
Our children's lives have been filled with loss. But this is redemption. Redemption that their heavenly father has orchestrated for them. It is amazing to see the world through the eyes of these precious children and watch as God uses us to restore them. As he helps us heal their hearts. As we see a new joy sparkle in their eyes...
If you have ever said "I'd like to adopt one day" or considered becoming a foster parent, I urge you on Father's Day to take that step forward. Become a foster parent or adoptive parent to the fatherless. They need you to say "yes". God needs you to help him to restore his children. It is hard work. It is amazing work. And you will never regret it.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."