As I sit here and write, I am reminded that the days of summer are almost over. For the first time since we have lived in Colorado the trees are beginning to turn. Usually, the leaves begin changing to their beautiful yellow color the second week in September with the "peak" being then. I asked a local the other day why the leaves were changing this early and they said that "they have just given up". We have had so little rain over the year that they are are going into their dormant state to survive. Really? Sounds really interesting to me. Often times I wonder if we can just go into our dormant state to survive. It would be much easier to just run away and hibernate. However, life isn't like that for us. We must continue on and tackle those uneasy things that life throws our way.
|Boys enjoying the lazy days of summer|
When we stepped out to adopt Jacob both Marshall and I knew that God was calling our family to something much bigger than we could even imagine. So, we stepped out and began the adoption process. Thanks to all the prayers and support we have received from you, we are now the proud parents of a 12 year old Filipino boy. We both just assumed that bringing Jacob home would be just like it was when we brought our Naomi home. I don't know why that assumption was made. After all the many years of child development I have had learning about children you would think I would have known that every child is different and every adoption is different. I guess my brain stopped for a second.
Jacob's adoption has been so very different than Naomi's adoption. Just like Joshua's birth was so very different than Noah's birth. However, what a blessing Jacob is to our family. His laugh is just precious. Watching him run around the house chasing Naomi and speaking in their language brings joy to my heart. (OK...at first not joy because it is super loud, but in the end joy). I love sitting back and watching him learn all about America. Where this is, where that is. I often wonder how his life would be like had we not brought him home. Would he still be the oldest kid in the orphanage? Probably. Would he watch all his friends leave with their new family? Definitely. Would he still be wondering if someone loved him so much to adopt him? You bet. We are all created to be in relationships, to be in families and to be loved. It's really that simple.
There are children throughout the world who are waiting for someone, anyone to tell them they are loved and special. We have friends who have stepped out to "take the plunge" into this life changing process called adoption. Would you commit to praying for all of those children and families who wait and who are walking this wonderful road? The road is sometimes the most unpleasant and painful experience you will experience but in the end it is so very worth it. Adoption will change your life - I promise.
We just finished up our second social worker visit. We have one more visit and then we can file the necessary paperwork to "legally" adopt our son. We are thinking the court date will be sometime next spring. Until then, we will continue to abide by the Philippine adoption law that states we cannot post any pictures of our son. What a happy day it will be in the Worthey home when we can say " welcome home Mr. Jacob, welcome home". And, by all means, show all of you our newest member of the Worthey crew. Pictures, pictures and more pictures!
I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite adoption videos ever. I first saw this when we were stepping out and taking the "plunge" with Naomi. I have posted this one before but it is so worth posting again. May you be as blessed by this video as I am every time I see it. Enjoy.