Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
We were looking for a story about the miraculous 4 month old baby girl that survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She was found alive buried under rubble days after the tsunami. What an amazing story.
While reading the story there was this video on the side bar. We had to watch it. This gives me such hope. Our newest daughter from China has missing fingers. We have had a discussion about how to encourage her talents thinking that she would not be able to play piano like so many of our other children. Ressa and I decided that she could focus on singing if music was the direction she wanted to go. After seeing this video I realized I need to open up my mind to all her possibilities. There is no reason she could not play piano. If this girl can play with no fingers our daughter can play with missing fingers. I sure have a lot to learn about helping children see their possibilities. What a great video.
This blog will be a progression of our thoughts and our life. Many people have encouraged us to do a blog - maybe because they are curious about what life is like inside a family like ours. We know we are an oddity and it is diffult at times to let our personal thoughts and feelings out into cyberspace, but we feel that some may benefit from our experiences just like we have benefitted from knowing all of you and a little about your life's experiences. I guess that is what Heavenly Father intended - we all grow together through sharing with each other.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Well, I think it's time to just start writing those thoughts. The subject that most often comes to mind, ok always, is adoption. Yesterday I was reading "The Family, A Proclamation To The World". There is a line in it that I have felt very strongly about. It is "Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity." I have always thought of that in terms of unwed mothers. I don't judge them if they choose to keep the baby but I feel strongly that these children deserve a stable mother and father and that a birthmom that places a baby for adoption makes a very mature decision out of great love for her child. However, as I read that yesterday the words "entitled... to be reared by a father and a mother" hit me hard.
There are so many children in this world without parents. Each one of them are children of God and deserve the love and nurture of a family every bit as much as you or I. I believe that these children that come to earth knowing that they will, for a time or even all their lives, be without loving parents have greater faith in our Father in Heaven than most of us.
We saw this video not too long after we started the adoption process this time with China. It is pretty powerfull.