No longer an orphan

We spent the afternoon celebrating with our dear friends, welcoming Tessa to her new life, new love, new world. She came home from Ethiopia a few months ago to a home I can only describe as a home of deep faith undergoing deep pain. Her mother is one of those who is "mother" to every child she meets in life, from the kids on the block to the kids in the church nursery. For her, this is a crazy time of cancer and adoptive motherhood all swirled together in one bittersweet stage of struggle and strength. It has been a joy to see her inner beauty unfolding before my eyes, and today was a celebration of that. So, welcome to Tessa - to our hearts, our homes, our family. And a bow of gratitude to my friend, who has taught me a quiet, unwavering acceptance of God's will and God's timing that only a real-life example could teach. This bringing of the adoption dream to fruition has our whole church excited for our own journey to unfold.

"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me;
and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."
~ Mark 9:37 ~