Friday, April 16, 2010

Referral Anniversary!!

Happy 1 year referral anniversary to us! Today marks 1 year since we received our referral of David. His name was Abdulkidar and here is the first picture we saw of him


Wow, reflecting on all that has happened in a year is amazing. This adoption journey has taken many twists and turns and it was not over when we arrived home with him on American soil.

Every day has its challenges and rewards.

God has shown me what grace is through David.

God who has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have
done but because of his own purpose and grace. 2Tim1:9

David is nearly 2 and only has 10 words. David is a child with a message for us that he just can’t get out. He knows what he wants to tell us, but doesn’t have the language to do it. Can you imagine how frustrating that is? He has a purpose but no way to express it. He is frustrated, sad, lonely, and scared and the only way he can tell us is screaming. Screaming all of the time, a thousand times a day. He wants something and we don’t understand and he screams. He has no other way to express his feelings.

All of the times I loose my patience with him, when I want to just go in my room and close the door where it is quite, the times I want to put him in his room and close the door…even after that, God has still saved me…only by his grace. I am just like David, God tells me to do something and I scream, I am angry and I scream, I am sad and I scream…but God still saves me by His own purpose AND grace.

Not only has David changed a lot in the last year


Jessica has changed as well. God has changed my heart for so many things…

2 comments:

Jen said...

Jessica,

Happy referral anniversary! I completely understand yours and David's frustration with communication. My middle bio boy has a global communications disorder that was first diagnosed as Autism. He had NO words at 2 years old, and the screaming fits were never-ending. It does get better. Ian is now 4, and the fits are maybe twice a month. David will get there too!!

Martin and Kendell said...

Beautiful words, Jess. Our Sam had almost no words at 3 years...and he was a screamer as well. I know first hand how hard some days can be, how frustrating, how tiring, but I also believe that God chose US to parent these children for a reason. They are the biggest gifts one can receive as they teach us amazing lessons on a daily basis and bless us with their uniqueness. They have a special and amazing calling on this earth and we are so blessed to watch it all unfold.

Hugs to you and Simon!