It occurs to me that I've never posted a picture of our whole family on this blog. This is us a couple of years ago taken by my soon to be son-in-law outside of a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va. We got together for lunch and I insisted we get a picture of everyone since it's seldom we're all in the same place at the same time.
Our bio says we have twelve children but only ten are in the picture. Two of our boys now make heaven their home. Brian, our 2nd birthchild, died at the tender age of four. It was a sudden death and a terrible loss for all of us. For a long time my days were gray, all my hope had gone away. When joy crept back into my life it was a great surprise. God is in the business of making good come out of bad. He's so good at that.
Thirteen years later, our son Daniel passed away at the age of two and a half. Daniel had blue eyes and blonde hair like our Brian. He was our 3rd adoption. He had Down Syndrome but that was the least of his problems. Daniel had a trach, a gtube and a colostomy. As you can imagine he had many battles but he faced them all with a smile. We never heard his voice but he spoke volumes to us.
After Daniel's death we were quite sure we'd never adopt again. After all, hadn't we been through enough? Hadn't everyone been through enough? But life didn't work that way. We found a baby who needed a home just a year later. Her "Gotcha Day" is coming right up. We got Lani on Halloween, she was our treat.
We celebrate every child that has been given to us for they are all gifts. Some we've had to give back and it was so hard. We still say "Thank You." We're so glad you came.